As a musician and lover of Theater, the “Arts” are near and dear to my heart. And as news of the proposed budget cuts in the Trump budget hit the streets, many of my fellow arts lovers are outraged. And Hollywood is once again in full snowflake meltdown. The Washington Post laments:
The budget plan, which calls for the elimination of four independent cultural agencies — the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — also would radically reshape the nation’s cultural infrastructure.
Although the budgets of the four organizations slated for elimination are negligible as a percentage of the larger federal budget, they play a vital role in a cultural economy built on a system of federal stimulus. Federal dollars are used to leverage state, local and private funding that supports a complex network of arts organizations, educational entities, museums, libraries and public broadcasting affiliates.
For decades, arts and cultural leaders have fought regular battles to maintain federal funding, and they now find themselves part of a larger, unprecedented attempt to dismantle the federal government’s role in American life. As they struggle to explain why they deserve federal dollars, other federal departments and agencies are fighting for their share, which in turn could put increased strain on philanthropic funding for a large range of social services, including health care and education.
The president’s budget would eliminate the NEA’s $148 million budget, the NEH’s $148 million budget and the CPB’s $445 million budget, as well as $230 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which supports libraries and museums across the country. Additional cuts could affect the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art.
Can you imagine that? Our country is $20 Trillion in debt and now the “arts” are expected to compete with health care and education. Is nothing sacred?
Let me get this straight. The “arts” takes money from everyone in the form of taxes converted to grants. The vast majority of these beneficiaries of public largess spend the money producing “art” like “Piss Christ” where the “creator” of this trash was given $20,000 of this money that is being eliminated to pee in a glass and drop in a crucifix.
And PBS spews anti Republican garbage all day long and expects my tax dollars to pay for this?
And the wealthy Liberal Actors and Musicians are now whining about Trump cutting off this wonderful cultural expense. Does anyone think for an instance that PBS, NEA, NEH and CPB would have a dime in federal funding if they bashed Democrats like they now bash Republicans? Hell no they wouldn’t!
The only art produced these days by any of these groups is the fine arts of GOP bashing and Socialist Democratic Agenda promotion.
I strongly support the Arts, but these organizations are no longer art, in my opinion. They spend far too much time and money mired in the muck of politics. Partisan politics. Left wing partisan politics. And the truth is, that is true of most of the art world these days.
When did we cross the line of producing art and entertainment that is only to be enjoyed by those with a like-minded political view? Heaven forbid that Rush Limbaugh play a Pretenders song or Trump or Romney or some other Republican play Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” (which is NOT a pro America song, by the way). These “artists” are outraged.
And I just don’t get that. Outraged that someone likes their art.
But to take it to another extreme, the “arts” community attacks and condemns anyone that provides music, posters, pictures or any type of “art” to a political party they happen to disagree with.
Most in the “arts” community believe they are deserving of the coerced largess of the tax dollars of all Americans, but only want to allow those with
whom they share a political interest to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
That is by definition not art. The “arts” have become a publicly funded indulgence only to be enjoyed by far left wing elitists.
And I say that is fine. Just do it without my money. If Republicans and Conservatives cannot enjoy art for art’s sake without the creator objecting, then keep it. It isn’t art anyway. And I don’t want my tax dollars wasted on art I am not allowed to enjoy.
Now I do write and produce political music. And it is usually pro right, or anti left. But it is often anti bad Republicans as well. Eric Cantor comes to mind in my “I’m and Eric Cantor Zombie” a few years back.
But I also write and produce non political songs as well. And if it touches someone, brightens their day, or even a single moment, then I am glad that something I created, some outpouring of my heart and soul was enjoyed by someone. And their political leanings are not my concern. They don’t even enter my thoughts.
When the Dixie Chicks went around bad mouthing our President abroad, they lost a lot of fans. And they suffered financially. they lost album sales and concert goers. Country music lovers are in general a patriotic crowd. They insulted their audience.
And when I hear a Springsteen song these days, I often change the station. Songs I used to love are now tainted by the “artist’s” hateful views. I will never buy another song by Bruce Springsteen. He has tainted his “art” in my book forever. I don’t enjoy his music because the thoughts of his political hatred flood my mind. And that is true of a number of artists.
And PBS has always brought up “Big Bird” and Sesame Street as a great example of what we get for our money. But the truth is, Sesame Street makes a killing in private sector marketing sales. Just walk through the toy section of any Walmart. And the last time I watched the program, I turned it off because it is nothing more than a liberal indoctrination tool. These days the PBS show is pushing Islam and Transgendered perverts to your children:
Watching television with your children is a great way to learn about their likes and dislikes and what resonates with them. For example, the other day my son wasn’t feeling so great, so I declared it a pajama day. After some rather unenthusiastic play, he grabbed his favorite Curious George stuffed animal and headed for the couch, his way of telling me he just wanted to zone out and cuddle. I complied and we tuned into Sesame Street.
My son quickly went from relaxed to confused. His brow furrowed as a series of puppets including Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster and Grover got into an argument over how boys and girls could play dress-up. The narrative, a dress-up club on Sesame Street, was quickly lost amidst the puppets talking over one another about how boys and girls should play dress-up. One puppet kept screaming that girls needed to be princesses while boys needed to be superheroes. Grover and Elmo suddenly wanted to play tea party and then, Cookie Monster burst onto the scene in a tutu declaring himself to be a ballerina.
At that point my son was so confused and I was so irritated that I flipped over to an episode of Cat in the Hat I’d left on the DVR for a rainy day. Instantly he lit up, sat up and grew ensconced in the narrative. He was so excited about Nick and Sally’s adventure with the Cat to study amoebas in drops of water that he soon slid off my lap to get closer to the TV, smile and dance along.
I love art and I support it in many forms when I can. And music and art have been a way to escape the brutal world of politics I spend a lot of my day wading through. But that is no longer the case. These days you cannot even go to a Play in a Theater without being accosted by the left wing politics of the cast. Just ask VP Pence.
And I once had to sit through a presentation by a left wing “musician” extolling the brand new Obamacare law that would “allow musicians to quit their jobs and play music and get free health care”.
So what’s not to love? Free money, free health care and a care free life without the stress of actually supporting yourself.
But it’s not free. I would love to quit my job and sit around playing old Donovan songs and memorizing all of the verses to my favorite Bob Dylan songs. But I realize that somebody has to pay for this. And that is simply not right and it is not moral.
But even the “arts” must face reality. You are producing a product that is only intended for a limited audience, and one that lost the last election not to mention the House and Senate and most state offices. You hate half of the people who pay for your grants.
When you put it in perspective, perhaps even a “pussy” hat wearing communist running around yelling about wanting abortions and talking about her vagina while peeing in a glass on a Crucifix isn’t art, but insanity. And the lesson you need to learn is that if you insult and hate enough people, art becomes trash.
And you have to support yourself with your product.
Good luck with that!