Art transcends politics. Isn’t that the saying?
Well, it may have, but hasn’t been for a while now. And with the election of Donald Trump as president, it seems the opposite is true.
I think we can all recall a little more than a year ago when the left was positively giddy over the fact that, “While Obama’s [inaugural] concert included the likes of Beyoncé, U2, Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen – ‘Trump’s Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration’ will be marked by lower-wattage stars,” and that, “Singers who have agreed to perform at Trump’s inauguration have faced widespread backlash. Others associated with the event we’re forced to back away, while some have come out saying they wouldn’t perform even if asked.”
This past year it seems, more than any time before, that “art” equals politics.
It’s widely accepted that so-called artists, regardless of their specialty, are, shall we say, left-leaning. That’s fine – it’s just the way it is. Artists, like leftists, base everything they do or create on emotion. There is no logic or reason to it. Art is supposed to evoke an emotional response.
All this is understood, but that doesn’t mean we on the right have to support the creations that denigrate our religions or belittle our core beliefs.
However, in the past, through our government, that’s exactly what we’ve been doing. The National Endowment for the Arts, or NEA, has for years given away our tax dollars to a cavalcade of leftist ne’er-do-wells. We had hoped that it would finally change with this new administration. Well, hope again.
The National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) were both created by the progressive tyrant Lyndon Johnson in 1965. The federal budget for both is now about $740 million. Virtually all of those millions go to liberal projects. Some are outright offensive.