Without thinking too much about it in specific terms, I was showing the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed.
To begin my comment on this painting, like most others, I searched for some background information on Norman Rockwell and found the above quote on the Normal Rockwell Museum’s website. My own interaction with Rockwell previous to this morning was his illustrations from The Saturday Evening Post- my grandmother has a serving tray with a Rockwell image and a book of Christmas stories with a Rockwell illustration of Santa. This background, as combined with the quote above, stands in contrast to the notion of Rockwell’s art as propaganda. If one were to take Rockwell’s words to heart, this image would portray the average America man, a hard worker (based on the wrinkles on his face and his well-worn jacket), a man who literally stands up for what he believes in. The picture is also naive in the implication that this man’s voice will be heard just because he has something to say. In the 1930s, when this picture was painted, maybe a man like this would have played an integral part of the small town it can be assumed he is from (based on the idea of a town hall meeting). In today’s age, without money, ideas are not as easily spread. There was a study done that tracked people’s opinions during an election year- it was found that whatever issues candidates had spent the most money promotion were the ones most important to voters. This image depicts an innocence, of the notion that being heard is as easy as speaking out.