Q: Karen writes: Read your website and voted for you by mail. One comment. I wish you would not buy into the Fox news propaganda about Nancy Pelosi. She is a shrewd politician and a lot of people find that offensive, coming from a woman especially. She is slowing down Mitch McConnel from using the Corona virus to steamroll his priorities into legislation. We need her and would be lots worse off without her. Another thing, artists are people the same as anyone else and need help as much as dishwashers. Most artists are no better off financially than restaurant workers. Anyway, good luck and best wishes, Karen.
A. Hi Karen, thanks for your vote. I am truly humbled by all the support I am receiving. And I really appreciate that you have taken time to share your concerns about Nancy Pelosi and the plight of artists.
First let me emphasize that I have not bought into any Fox News propaganda. I do not watch any TV news and recommend you all don’t either. The traditional networks are worthless and cable news is much worse. The cable news strategy, which was foreseen by Orwell in “1984” and pioneered by Fox News, is to keep people outraged and angry 24 hours a day. When we humans are angry, they are more open to being converted to different views. Once converted, we are more likely to be loyal to the new beliefs, and to those who did the converting. That works for selling ads on cable news, and for building a rabid political base for which facts and easily observable reality do not matter. It is proving disastrous for our country and what’s left of our democracy. So please, do yourself a favor and turn off the TV. Get your news from legitimate print media. By legitimate, I mean news organizations that try to be factually correct and informative. Of course all will fail from time to time, but the legitimate media at least tries.
No, my critiques of Nancy Pelosi and the establishment Democrats has nothing to do with Fox News or any other right wing disinformation or propaganda. My problem with them is one of merit. They have failed at their jobs, and failed miserably. During their long, long time in charge of the Democratic Party, the country has been taken over by transparently corrupt grifters, pathological liars, and incompetents. During their time in power, the Democrats have been decimated in local, state, and federal elections. The courts have been taken over by ideologues with no respect for the Constitution or traditional rule of law.
And for their crowning disgrace, the establishment Democrats couldn’t stop a psychopathic moron without even a milligram of decency – a spectacular failure of a businessman, someone who openly works with foreign enemies to destroy our democracy and American way of life, a draft dodger who regularly attacks and humiliates our military, who rips off charities, assaults women, encourages pollution and climate change, and basically opposes all traditional American and Christian Values, and on and on. Nancy Pelosi and the establishment Democrats flail helplessly against a man and a movement like that? How bad at your jobs do you have to be to let that happen? Unimaginably bad, catastrophically bad; that’s how bad.
To be clear, I don’t hate Pelosi or the other establishment Democrats who have failed us so horribly. I trust they are basically decent people who tried their best. But the sad fact is that they failed, and now it’s time for younger people with new ideas to take their place.
As for supporting artists during the Coronavirus disaster, I’m not entirely sure what you mean. I am an artist – among other things – my children work in or study the arts, many of my friends are artists, during the course of my career I’ve worked with 100’s of artists; so I am not unsympathetic to artists. And of course artists deserve help during this crisis just like anyone else.
My critique of the congressional Democrats sneaking money into the Coronavirus relief legislation to fund the National Endowment for Arts has nothing to do with supporting or not supporting artists. It’s about playing the destructive Washington game of using emergencies to tack on legislation that doesn’t help in the emergency. The Coronavirus money should have been precisely targeted to the people and organizations that need it; and it should have come with unbreakable strings attached requiring they would use it for the purpose intended.
Two things to note on the NEA debacle. First, the $25 million allocated to renovate the Kennedy Center does nothing to help artists in need due the Coronavirus. Much of the rest of it will fund arts organizations, which is fine, as long as they use it to meet payroll, but again won’t do anything to immediately help individual artists.
Second, and more importantly, it is another example of how Pelosi and the national Democrats are inept at countering Republican grift and misinformation. Sure, the arts got $50 million or so, but the bill gave the Republicans a $500 billion, no real strings attached, slush fund for their cronies and irresponsible big businesses like the airlines who squandered billions when they should have saved them. Meanwhile, there is still no widespread testing – which is the most essential thing we can do to fight the virus and revive the economy – no adequate PPE for healthcare workers, and next to no help for the 26 million unemployed, never mind all the people, many of them artists, who make their living independently.
So again, the national Democrats were unable to win what should have been an easily winnable PR battle. They got rolled by transparently dishonest grifters, again. And that wheel has been running over them for a long time now. We need to get some Democrats who drive the car, and send the ones who keep getting run over by it off to retirement. Like I said, give them a medal, build them a statue, thank them effusively for their service, but we need younger people with newer ideas now. The future is coming at us hard.