Remember When We Had a Leader Who Could Bring The Country Together?

On 11/14/2001 – President Bush stood on the rubble at Ground Zero – bullhorn in hand – and ad-libbed a speech that has gone down in history as one of America’s greatest. It was great because it was sincere. It came from his heart, and the people around him – liberals, conservatives, libertarians, “lofos” – they weren’t thinking about politics at that moment – their emotions were raw and enormity of what had just happened obviously overrode petty politics. Political ideology for a few precious weeks was put on the backburner and the country was united. President Bush did not waste that moment. In fact, he would never throughout his entire presidency ever use political ideology to divide Americans. I don’t think the thought would even have occurred to him.

Contrast that with what we have now.

We have a president who can’t even get in front of the American people when he’s asking for our support without insulting a good half of us. He’s just congenitally unable to say one gracious thing about his political “enemies” ever,  due to his Alinsky training to always “target”, “isolate”, ridicule” and “otherize” his opponents. Every speech he gives is an opportunity to community organize – every speech he gives –  he must prop himself up while underscoring the inhumanity of “the other side.”

He did it again in the speech he gave last night to argue the case before the nation for a “limited” but “muscular” strike against Syria. I barely listened. The sound of his dumb, disingenuous voice sets my teeth on edge, and I knew he would have nothing groundbreaking to say.

But Ace picked up on something that would have made my blood boil had bothered to listen closely.

Come witness the Master Diplomat use his silvery tongue to insult the very people whose support he’s asking for.

In a speech that had been good, for an Obama speech, avoiding his usual gassy nothingness in favor of tangible nouns and clear verbs of the sort he apparently was taught were poor form in college, Obama chose to drop this little insult:

And so to my friends on the right, I ask you to reconcile your commitment to America’s military might with a failure to act when a cause is so plainly just. To my friends on the left, I ask you to reconcile your belief in freedom and dignity for all people with those images of children writhing in pain and going still on a cold hospital floor, for sometimes resolutions and statements of condemnation are simply not enough.

Note that Obama’s “friends on the left” believe in freedom and dignity in all people. People on the right don’t, apparently.

What do people on the right believe in? “Military might.” Pure force. Note that he decouples military might from any moral purpose — he doesn’t say “your commitment to keeping the nation safe” or “your commitment to a patriotic defense of America.” No, such moral approval is stripped away so that Obama can speak neutrally of the one thing Obama thinks conservatives care about, naked martial power.

We share this love of naked martial power, shorn of any moral or ethical purpose, with some of his other friends on the right, such as Caesar, Napoleon, and Hitler.

His friends on the left, see, support the values which might be attained by exertion of raw military might, such as “freedom and dignity of all people,” but his friends on the right are just about having the biggest bombs and stuff.

Even when he’s supposedly “reaching out to us,” this Master Diplomat and Coolly Brilliant Poet-Warrior steadfastly refuses to pay the right the slightest degree of respect.

And this man represents us in our dealings with foreign actors. Imagine how his similar haughtiness plays overseas. Imagine how it’s already played for five years, and how it will play for another three.

Smart diplomacy, huh?

Hey wingers, get behind this war. It’s got the three things you Bitter Clingers can’t get enough of– Guns, Spooky Religious Nonsense, and Killing Foreign People.

Now, Friends on the Left, you can get behind it for the true moral purposes which flow from reason and higher functions of the brain.

Read the whole thing - Ace was just winding up, there. It gets better and he includes video aids featuring David Bowie and The Planet of the Apes to help illustrate his point.

You know what’s a scary thought? Imagining our current president standing in the rubble at Ground Zero with a bullhorn in hand, there ostensibly to soothe a nation united in its horror of what just happened, but unable to resist the temptation to tweak his political enemies and divide the nation one more time.


I miss W.


Andy at AoSHQ picks up on the hypocrisy of Barack “Stop the BAIPA” Obama  feigning outrage and horror at the sight of children writhing in pain on a cold hospital floor : The Balls On This F’n Guy


Giuliani: Obama Leads By Following and he Found Someone To Follow – Putin (Video)

In an interview on Fox and Friends, this morning – the 12th anniversary of 9/11 –  “America’s Mayor” Rudy Giuliani said that in regards to Syria, the president is acting in the opposite way that a leader should act.

“We’re going to negotiate with Russia and Syria and Syria is going to let us inspect the chemical weapons they’ve always denied having. Something in that picture is very strange”, Giuliani said.

He went on to say that what worries him is that the president’s vacillation on Syria “makes the US look weak, and it cedes leadership to the Russians. I don’t get that.”

Asked about his thoughts on the administration’s handling of the Benghazi attack one year later, Giuliani said, “I have real questions about whether it ever had to happen in the first place, I have a significant amount of questions about the failure to give security to that area for six months before when it was crying out for more security, I have significant questions about the actions of the United States government, that night – including our president – I still don’t know where he was, that night. and why we immediately didn’t deploy as much force as possible to the area, we could have always called it back, and I have very significant questions about why everyone has been kept silent for so long, and now all of a sudden after a year of preparation, they’re all going to speak…so I think the people who died that night, and their families deserve a lot better than the way in which this government has treated them.”

He called 9/11/2001 “the most complicated day of my life, and probably in the history of my city – it was the worst day, it was the greatest day – some of the greatest losses and some of the greatest acts of heroism…and I think ultimately, you look 12 years later – the city is a lot stronger than it was before.”


Video: Absolutely Uncertain

Via The Blaze:

A roughly 20-minute YouTube video analyzing President Obama’s relationship with Israel, narrated by a 23-year-old former Obama supporter, has gone viral.  In just three days, the little-reported on video “Absolutely Uncertain” has logged roughly 650,000 hits.

Irina, the 23-year-old “Jewish New Yorker” who narrates much of the documentary, explains that she has always seen American-Israeli relations as a cornerstone of American politics, reaching into both parties.

“So when it was time for me to vote for the first time in 2008, I didn’t doubt for a moment that the strong relationship would continue, no matter who won,” she states.

The short film features clips from longtime Democratic supporters including, Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz, former NYC Mayor Ed Koch, Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY).

Also worth watching at The Blaze: Krauthammer to Fellow Panelists: I Can’t Believe You Guys Are Covering For Obama on This Libya Disaster

Hat tip: Brian B.

Video: Remembering 9/11

Brought to you by The Heritage Foundation:


The Heritage Foundation, has been busy reminding Congress of the importance of “staying the course” in the War on Terror, writes The Foundry:

In the past 10 years, at least 40 terrorist plots have been foiled due, in large part, to our enhanced counter-terrorism efforts. But despite this progress, efforts are underway to undermine some of this progress by rejecting the very policies that have kept us safe.

In a new report, James Carafano lays out many of the problems with the current strategy:

The Administration now seeks to treat terrorism under a law enforcement paradigm that failed to protect Americans from terrorism when it was adopted by the Clinton Administration before 9/11. In addition, the White House intends to follow a “small footprint” strategy for overseas operations, relying primarily on Special Forces operations, covert action, and strikes with unmanned aerial vehicles.

The President’s strategy cedes the initiative to America’s enemies and provides them the opportunity to reconstitute both their moral and physical assets.

Video: Rudy On Bloomberg’s Decision To Keep Clergy Away From September 11th Memorial Dedication

Nobody disputes that Rudy was the right man for the job of Mayor of NYC on that fateful September morn, ten years ago. His unwavering strength and competence helped New Yorkers get through the agonizing hours, days and weeks that followed the tragedy. Mayor Bloomberg, however, may very well be the worst man for the job of Mayor of NYC for the tenth anniversary of September 11. The ban on clergy pleases only the anti-Christian, anti-religious brigades.

Religion, Giuliani reminds us, played a very significant role in helping many New Yorkers through the day, and days following the attack, something even non-believers can understand:

Video via AIM.


Mediaite: Megyn Kelly Takes Atheist Activist To Task Over Ground Zero Cross Lawsuit

Hat tip: Brian B.


Ground Zero Mosque Denied Tax Payer Monies from LMDC

Major props go to Pamela Geller, for leading the fight against the GZ Victory Mosque.:

Islamic supremacist grifter Sharif El Gamal was denied the jizya. This is the people’s victory. Because you stood against this cultural obscenity. The LMDC knew the firestorm that would ensue if they went against the will of the overwhelming majority opposed to this 15-story middle finger to America.

Oh, oh happy day!

Downtown Nonprofits reports:

In all, the LMDC awarded 38 grants after receiving 266 applications seeking a total of $191 million, more than 10 times the amount that was available. Eligibility was limited to nonprofits or government agencies with projects below Houston Street.

One organization that applied for a grant but did not receive funding was Park51, the mosque and community center two blocks north of the World Trade Center site.

Park51′s request for funding sparked controversy among those who did not want to see an Islamic center so close to the site of the 9/11 attacks. It appears that Park51 did not meet the eligibility requirements because the organization has not yet received its nonprofit certification.

This doesn’t mean they won’t keep trying to secure funds, but at least it won’t be with tax-payer money.

There will be a 911 Freedom Rally on Sept 11 at West Broadway and Park Place to take the place of the soulless, and anodyne (no first responders or clergy) Obama/Bloomberg affair.


Video: A Professor, a Priest, and Counsel Denounce as Discriminatory and Discreditable Notre Dame’s Treatment of Pro-Life Demonstrators

As I noted last week, 88 pro life activists (known as the ND88) are still facing charges of “trespassing” for their peaceful protest on Notre Dame grounds in May of 2009. For their crimes of praying the rosary, and holding up pro-life signs, they were targeted by ND campus police, handcuffed and hauled off to jail. See The Thomas More Society for information about their ongoing case.

Sycamore Trust, (Alumni Protecting Notre Dame’s Catholic Identity) reports:

In the most recent developments in these prosecutions, the trial judge rejected the University’s effort to block defense counsel from examining a recently dismissed high administration officer, William Kirk, and also denied the University’s request to cross-examine Mr. Kirk (cf., Former Notre Dame Vice-President Grilled and Notre Dame 88 get green light). Mr. Kirk’s deposition has been taken, but the testimony is not publicly available. We have recently recounted the troublesome circumstances surrounding the abrupt dismissal of this long-time officer.

(It appears that defense counsel wanted to find out from Mr. Kirk more about whether these pro-life demonstrators were singled out for arrest and prosecution in contrast to pro-Obama supporters during Commencement and in contrast to pro-gay and anti-military demonstrators in the recent past.)

The prosecution’s attempt to consolidate the cases for trial also failed, so that the prospect is for an extended succession of highly publicized  jury trials.  Trial dates have not yet been set.

This recently released video is from the annual Sycamore Trust breakfast, last June, but the entire thing is well worth watching, especially if you’ve been following the ND88 controversy.

A professor, a priest, and counsel denounce as discriminatory and discreditable Notre Dame’s pressing criminal charges against pro-life demonstrators:


Hat tip: Infidel Joe


Notre Dame Sees Drop In Donations Since Hosting Obama

Obama Administration Dishonors Catholic College’s freedom Of Conscience

Bishop Finn:Dialogue Came To A Screeching Halt At Notre Dame

Video: Laura Ingraham Blasts Notre Dame On O’Reilly

Notre Dame PWNAGE

Obama Receives His Honorary Degree At Notre Dame Commencement

Catholics Rip Obama And Notre Dame University

Notre Dame Scandal Heating Up

Pro Life March Set For Notre Dame

Pro-Obama “We Support Notre Dame” Website Is Launched

Bishop of Phoenix sends Letter Of Rebuke to Notre Dame President

Notre Dame “Stop The Scandal” Petition Update

Stop The Scandal: Obama Invited To Notre Dame Commencement


Video: Hannity Talks To Former Imam About Ground Zero Mosque

A truly moderate Muslim, former Imam, Abdur-Rahman Muhammad,  discussed the GZ mosque with Hannity, tonight. Muhammad, in answering Hannity’s query about Rauf, offered his  remarkable opinion- that Feisal Abdul Rauf is “making a play to be the most powerful Imam in the Muslim world…if he gets the mosque built, the Muslim world will see it as a heavenly validation of the attacks of 9/11″:

And Atlas Shrugs reported Tuesday night, that Radical Ground Zero Mosque Imam Rauf Gives NYers, 911 Families, and America the Big Middle Finger

We are proceeding with the community center, Cordoba House. More important, we are doing so with the support of the downtown community, government at all levels and leaders from across the religious spectrum, who will be our partners. I am convinced that it is the right thing to do for many reasons.


Bill Whittle: Ground Zero Mosque Reality Check

Whittle holds forth as only he can, explaining how tolerance became a code word for suicide:


Video:Son of Hamas Mosab Hassan Yousef Rips Ground Zero Mosque

The son of a Hamas founder, and Christian convert Mosab Hassan Yousef  recently avoided an almost certain death sentence, after Obama’s Homeland Security Dept. had scheduled him for deportation back to the West Bank. Last June, suddenly, and without explanation, an immigration judge granted Yousef asylum.

As a former member of  Hamas, he bristles at the thought that the Imam behind Park 51 refuses to acknowledge that the group is a terrorist organization.

“What Bin Laden did on September 11, people are trying to forget…Don’t remind them every day with a stupid project on a graveyard that will open the wound…and pour into it acid!”

Yousef concurs with what other GZ mosque opponents have been saying about the original name for the project, Cordoba House -   it’s a symbol of  conquest, occupation, and aggression.

He calls it a “mosque of division” and appeals to Muslims to reject the project, “let’s not help them!”


While I have no idea how many American Muslims oppose the project, mosque organizers are having trouble trouble with one group who will literally not help them build it:

The NY Daily News: They won’t build it! Hardhats vow not to work on controversial mosque near Ground Zero

A growing number of New York construction workers are vowing not to work on the mosque planned near Ground Zero.

“It’s a very touchy thing because they want to do this on sacred ground,” said Dave Kaiser, 38, a blaster who is working to rebuild the World Trade Center site.

“I wouldn’t work there, especially after I found out about what the imam said about U.S. policy being responsible for 9/11,” Kaiser said.

The grass-roots movement is gaining momentum on the Internet. One construction worker created the “Hard Hat Pledge” on his blog and asked others to vow not to work on the project if it stays on Park Place.

“Thousands of people are signing up from all over the country,” said creator Andy Sullivan, a construction worker from Brooklyn. “People who sell glass, steel, lumber, insurance. They are all refusing to do work if they build there.”


Atlas Shrugs: Imam Rauf’s Newly Discovered Explosive Audio Tapes

Steve Emerson has unearthed 13 hours of audio tape of Imam Rauf. Emerson and his team of investigators has spent the past four weeks going through the newly found material. Rauf  is a “radical extremist cleric who cloaks himself in sheep’s clothing.”

Among the shocking revelations Emerson’s team will reveal next week — they found Rauf:

Defending wahhabism – a puritanical version of Islam that governs Saudi Arabia

Calling for the elimination of Israel by claiming a one-nation state, meaning no more Jewish State.

Defending Bin Laden’s violence

Demonstrating that there is a lot more to this man than merely a cleric.

The American public now sees the “deception perpetrated by all these Islamic groups that claim they are against violence and terrorism and insist that their rights be respected but in reality are fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Emerson states there is “definitely fraud involved in the entities that Rauf created in the last decade that are co-mingled.” Emerson took it to the IRS, who said, “you have a case.”

Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!


Video: Pamela Geller v.s. Islamic Spokesman On CNN (Update- 911 Mega Mosque Protest Draws over 8,000 5,000!)

Guess which one gets the softball questions:

Pamela’s on the wrong side of history? She’s “fringe”? Really? Why do a majority of Americans object to the Ground Zero mosque? Are they all on the wrong side of history? Was this guy just spouting off a bunch of cheap talking points, or what? Those who don’t buy the bull are “ignorant”…that’s the koolaid the oh-so-tolerant  left needs to feel smugly superior to the rest of us.

It’s clear to me what’s going on, and it has nothing to do with tolerance for different religions, but supremacy over them: A Mosque at Ground Zero Equals Victory.

See Jihad Watch for more commentary.


Pamela’s report on the Mega-Mosque protest:

Excelsior! Upwards of Eight Thousand Protest 911 Mega Mosque on D Day!

Wrong side of history!

El Marco was there as well. His photo-essay isn’t up yet, but he did a pre-report last night:

Prayer Time at the Ground Zero Mosque


I think the 8,000 in Pamela’s post may be a typo, as everywhere else I’m seeing the number at 5000.


Pat Cadell wonders if America is losing its mind:

He’s right, it’s one insult too far, and that spokesman dweeb who debated Geller on CNN in the first video – who feigned offense at our offense, was profoundly unconvincing. Let’s just say, his taqiyya was weak.


El Marco has some pictures up, here.


Another crack CNN crowd counting job, here:

CNN iReporter Julio Ortiz-Teissonniere, who attended the rally and sent photos to CNN, said the number was closer to 200-300 while he was there for the first 45 minutes of the event. All three said the protest was peaceful.


More great coverage of the protest  Urban Infidel

Another blogger, Conservative Monster reports:

I am estimating that about 8,000-10,000 people showed up to this protest since there were so many people that were passing by and showed their support as well. I did not see any news trucks from CNN, MSNB Sleaze, NY1 or Fox News. The press prior to the protest most likely helped get the crowd out, so at least that is good news.

Maybe that’s where the 8,000 number came from?

Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, and Doug Ross, thanks!


9/11 Families Protest The Terrorist Show Trials In NYC

The 9/11 families want to know:

Who are Khalid Shaikh Mohammed’s “peers” for Jury Duty?

El Marco answers that question in his photo essay from Saturday’s protest with some pictures from some former NYC protests.

Today 500 protesters rallied in the pouring cold rain at Manhattan’s federal courthouse where the recently announced Terrorist vs America, circus trials will take place. Two weeks ago, the 9/11 Never Forget Coalition sent a letter signed by 300 family members of 9/11 victims to President Obama, Attorney General Holder, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates asking them to reverse course. The letter has now been signed by over 135,000 Americans.

Andrew McCarthy spoke at the protest. He had this to say last month in National Review

“The post-9/11 era was supposed to be about knocking down walls that obstructed effective counterterrorism. But behold the new wall, more insidious than its suicidal Nineties forerunner: the arbitrary barrier separating terrorism from “protected” incitement — the cagey, generalized, non-specific jihadist rhetoric that is the Islamist cleric’s stock-in-trade. Aside from not being required by law, this new wall will usually mean you can’t go after the worst actors (the Islamic authorities and the terrorists they inspire) until after an attack has happened and Americans have been killed.In other words, be prepared for more Fort Hoods.

We’re not in September 10 America. We’ve managed to land in a much more dangerous place.”

Charles Krauthammer is another one who is appalled by the decision to try 911 terrorists In NYC. In Travesty in New York,  Charles Krauthammer concluded:

“What a perverse moral calculus. Which is the war crime — an attack on defenseless civilians or an attack on a military target such as a warship, an accepted act of war that the United States itself has engaged in countless times?

By what possible moral reasoning, then, does KSM, who perpetrates the obvious and egregious war crime, receive the special protections and constitutional niceties of a civilian courtroom, while he who attacked a warship is relegated to a military tribunal?

Moreover the incentive offered any jihadist is as irresistible as it is perverse: Kill as many civilians as possible on American soil and Holder will give you Miranda rights, a lawyer, a propaganda platform — everything but your own blog.”

Another grim farce.


See A Gathering of Eagles for more pictures from the protest.


Video: Reactions To Obama Administration’s Decision To Try Terrorists In NYC

A clearly disgusted Krauthammer charges that terrorist show trials amount to the second half of the 9/11 terror attack.

These are strong words coming from Krauthammer, and all the more devastating because he is absolutely correct. The decision to try the 9/11 terrorists not only on American soil, but just a few blocks away from the attack is a travesty.

Video via Hot Air:

Karl Rove strongly protested on O’Reilly  pointing  out that the same “outside pressures” that held up the military tribunals were recruited by Holder’s justice Dept. and that this  is the result of a “longstanding plot by a bunch of left-wing lawyers who do not love America, who want to undermine our cause in the global war on terror, who opposed the military tribunals…”

The Rove portion of the video starts at 2:35:

And finally Rudy Giuliani, the Mayor of NYC on 9/11 could not be more against this, calling it an irresponsible decision:

Part I:

Part II:

After 9/11, we said “never again”, but now we’re making all the same stupid mistakes that led to the attack.


Debra Burlingame, the sister of Chic Burlingame, the American Airlines pilot of one of the planes hijacked on Sept. 11 is furious, as are many other 9/11 families. The Politico reports:

She said more than 300 family members have implored the administration not to move the trial to New York. “They know we don’t support this. We support military commissions but they are going to see a wave of fury, and I don’t think they’re prepared for it,” she said Friday after the decision became public.

She cuts to the chase:

“This is all going to be about waterboarding and talking about how they were ‘tortured.’ Their lawyers are going turn these people into victims,” she said.

I didn’t know this:

“When he was captured in Pakistan, his first response to the first question was, I’ll talk to you in NY with my lawyer,” she said. “They’re going to exult in the deaths of 200 people and the suffering of their families just blocks from where the parts of their bodies were found … This is a travesty and we will regret this day.” (I think the 200 is a typo for 2000.)

I’ve regretted most days of this Presidency, but this one is right up there.


Miss This Guy Yet?


Want to turn anger into action? Michelle Malkin is pushing this petition:

See here for a petition to the president.

If this White House thought Tea Party activists were an “angry mob,” wait until they see the backlash from 9/11 family members and their supporters nationwide. We’re not going to sit down and shut up about the reckless, security-undermining Obama 9/10 agenda and conflict-of-interest-ridden AG Eric Holder.

Call them out.

Remembering 9/11 Link-Around


Sights and sounds of 9/11:

Allahpundit was there. He lived only a few blocks away from the twin towers, and wrote  very effectively about his experiences, last night on Twitter. iOWNTHEWORLD compiled the tweets, here.…..Or you can see Andy Levy’s compilation at Hot Air.

El Marko has a great photo essay up at Looking at the Left.

Dr Zero in The Green Room: Falling Through Fire.

Michelle Malkin:

Eight Years Later, Remembrance and Resolve.

Eight Years Later: Listen

Hmmm: Security incident on the Potomac River?; a “training exercise?!”

Daniel J. Hill, a Muslim convert who fought alongside al Qaeda in Afghanistan in the ’80′s,and has personally met (and would later volunteer to kill) Osama Bin Laden, warned the FBI just weeks before Sept 11, 2001 because his mideast contacts were telling him “something big” was about to happen in the US.

Those contacts are telling him that a sequel is imminent:

“Muslims that I talk to say things like, ‘America thinks they’re safe now. They’ve forgotten about 9/11. But watch, Daniel. Stay near your TV. It’s going to be bigger than 9/11,’ ” he said.

We hear those stories every year around this time, right?

Powerline: Betraying Our Dead

The Powers That Be:White House Whitewash: 9/11 Was No ‘Tragedy’

Gateway Pundit: Never Forget– The Attack On America September 11, 2001

The American Thinker:

Kyle-Anne Shiver: Eight years and many still don’t get it

Pamela Geller: 9-11: The Desecration

Walid Phares: The War on ’9-11′

9/11 in the eyes of al Qaeda: The View from al Sahab

Ace of Spades HQ: 9/11 Again

How Obama Intends To Use The NEA To Promote His Agenda


Leni Riefenstahl, born in 1902, was an artist of unparalleled gifts…

a woman in an industry dominated by men, one of the great formalists of the cinema on a par with Eisenstein or Welles whose two major works were funded by, and intended to glorify, the Nazis.

Triumph of the Will, a deification of Hitler, was produced in 1935.

Personality cults are most common in totalitarian regimes, like the Nazi regime.

A cult of personality arises when a country’s leader uses mass media to create an idealized and heroic public image, often through unquestioning flattery and praise.[1] Cults of personality are often found in dictatorships and Stalinist governments.

A cult of personality is similar to general hero worship, except that it is created specifically for political leaders. However, the term may be applied by analogy to refer to adulation of religious or non-political leaders.

Leni didn’t consider what she did to be wrong. She didn’t consider herself to be a shill…She was simply…. an artist, who believed in a great cause:

When Hitler arrived on the scene, she had already directed a mountain film of her own, The Blue Light. Like many Germans living in economic despair at the time, she found der Fuhrer charismatic and lauded his efforts to build “national socialism,” by her own words unaware of his ultimate intentions. Granted the dream of every filmmaker — an unlimited budget — to photograph the annual Nazi Party rally of 1934, she created Triumph of the Will, an inestimable propaganda tool in building the myth of Hitler-as-savior.

I bring this up because it seems that Obama’s National Endowment of the Arts is encouraging artists to create propaganda projects; projects created with the explicit purpose of promoting Obama’s agenda.

Or as Ace would say: “nazi stuff”.

I was invited by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to take part in a conference call that invited a group of rising artist and art community luminaries “to help lay a new foundation for growth, focusing on core areas of the recovery agenda – health care, energy and environment, safety and security, education, community renewal.”

Backed by the full weight of President Barack Obama’s call to service and the institutional weight of the NEA, the conference call was billed as an opportunity for those in the art community to inspire service in four key categories, and at the top of the list were “health care” and “energy and environment.” The service was to be attached to the President’s United We Serve campaign, a nationwide federal initiative to make service a way of life for all Americans.

It sounded, how should I phrase it…unusual, that the NEA would invite the art community to a meeting to discuss issues currently under vehement national debate. I decided to call in, and what I heard concerned me.

We were encouraged to bring the same sense of enthusiasm to these “focus areas” as we had brought to Obama’s presidential campaign, and we were encouraged to create art and art initiatives that brought awareness to these issues. Throughout the conversation, we were reminded of our ability as artists and art professionals to “shape the lives” of those around us. The now famous Obama “Hope” poster, created by artist Shepard Fairey and promoted by many of those on the phone call, and’s “Yes We Can” song and music video were presented as shining examples of our group’s clear role in the election.

Obama has a strong arts agenda, we were told, and has been very supportive of both using and supporting the arts in creative ways to talk about the issues facing the country. We were “selected for a reason,” they told us. We had played a key role in the election and now Obama was putting out the call of service to help create change. We knew “how to make a stink,” and were encouraged to do so.

And if you think that my fear regarding the arts becoming a tool of the state is still unfounded, I leave you with a few statements made by the NEA to the art community participants on the conference call. “This is just the beginning. This is the first telephone call of a brand new conversation. We are just now learning how to really bring this community together to speak with the government. What that looks like legally?…bare with us as we learn the language so that we can speak to each other safely… “

Is the hair on your arms standing up yet?


You can read the whole distressing piece, by Patrick Courrielche at Big Hollywood.


I see Darlene Glick at Protein Wisdom is thinking along the same lines, with her photoshop.


Glenn Beck interviewed Patrick Courrielche on his show on Sept. 1.

and covered the subject again on Sept. 2:

The MSM couldn’t be reached for comment.

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