I’m not an artist by any stretch. I can make stick people look bad, that’s the extent of my talent. However, I did grow up in a home where an appreciation for the arts was taught. Theater, music, painting, drawing; we were exposed to it all, and I can say I quit most of those lessons too. Sorry Mom, I guess after seven times piano really didn’t stick.

So what does this have to do with politics and the state of things? Patrick Courrielche, a former employee of the National Endowment for the Arts, and a self described ‘big government skeptic’ was invited to a conference call by the White House and members of the art community. The White House and the many arms of the Obama administration want to use the NEA and the art community to promote their agenda.

Mr. Courrielche has a problem with this and so do I. First, the NEA was created to promote art and is the largest funder of the arts in the country. Nowhere in its charter does it state that it is there for the President to use as his personal propaganda machine.

Mr. Courrielche asked the question, “Do you think it is the place of the NEA to encourage the art community to address issues currently under legislative consideration?

I say no, and I’d say no to this no matter who was in the White House. The NEA should do what it’s charter says it was created for: “[The NEA is] a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education.”

File this in: “He who controls the crayons, controls the crowd.”

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