How Obama Intends To Use The NEA To Promote His Agenda

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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 will.i.am’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?

Um…yes.

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

UPDATE:

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

UPDATE II:

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.




Video: Rush Limbaugh Appears On The Glenn Beck Show

To talk about Obama’s plans to stifle free speech:

More on Obama’s Diversity “Officer” (Czar) from The Examiner:

Obama’s ‘diversity officer’ at FCC to use Alinsky’s confrontational tactics

With the appointment of Mark Loyd to the FCC as the nation’s very first ‘Chief Diversity Officer,’ Obama hopes to accomplish the very things that the Fairness Doctrine would mandate.

The main focus would be to force commercial radio stations to offer a ‘diversity of opinion,’ meaning of course that liberals would get equal time to promote their causes and concepts.  Rather than get mired in the swampland of rules and regulations concerning how to do that, radio stations will simply cancel programs such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck.

But this is not the only thing Loyd would do as Chief Diversity Officer.

Loyd wants public broadcasting to be the dominant force in radio, overshadowing commercial stations. And, as we have cited before, he would do this by forcing commercial radio stations to pay a fee equal to their entire operating cost to the government in order to directly benefit NPR.

However, more danger lurks just under the surface with regard to Loyd.

Today, we discovered this:

Lloyd draws on his experience lobbying the FCC during the Clinton administration, counseling would-be revolutionaries to follow the tactics used by other left-wing movements, such as the followers of Saul Alinsky and the people who ran the campaign to block Republican Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork.

“We understood at the beginning, and were certainly reminded in the course of the campaign,” wrote Lloyd, “that our work was not simply convincing policy makers of the logic or morality of our arguments. We understood that we were in a struggle for power against an opponent, the commercial broadcasters ….”

In addition, Loyd makes it clear that the concepts pushed by extremist Saul Alinsky in his book, Rules for Radicals, would serve as the inspiration for his war on commercial broadcasting:

“We looked to successful political campaigns and organizers as a guide, especially the civil rights movement, Saul Alinsky, and the campaign to prevent the Supreme Court nomination of the ultra-conservative jurist Robert Bork,” wrote Lloyd. “From those sources we drew inspiration and guidance.”

Hello?


Rumor: Panetta Resigning

Red State has the goods.

Redstate UPDATE:

Spencer Ackerman, cast in the role of news guy, says it is not true.

Checking my spam folder, I find an email from George Little at the CIA saying it is not happening.

Erick Erickson via Twitter:

reconciling my good source, the CIA spokesman, and ABC News: Panetta is not resigning today, but will be gone soon.

Related:

Rich Lowry:

Leon Panetta’s Agony

Andrew McCarthy:

Remember ‘No Controlling Legal Authority’?

Herbert E. Meyer

What the President’s Attack on the CIA Really Means

Just wondering:

How will the MSM spin this, (if true) for Obama?

Right Wing News:

The Republican Reaction To The Obama Administration’s Politically Motivated Investigation Of The CIA

Announcing Freedom Fest 2009

UNITED WE STAND

Freedom Fest 2009

Date: Saturday, September 5, 2009
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: Theis Park
Intersection of Oak and 47th Street, KC,MO.
(Across from the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum, 1 Block East of the Country Club Plaza)

Combining leading voices of entrepenurship, faith, race relations and entertainment with great food and drink. You’ll hear author and radio host of the Big Black Lie, Kevin Jackson frequent guest contributor on the Fox News Network. Director of Health Policy Studies for the CATO Institute, Michael Cannon. Host of the Christian Politician, Apostle Claver and music from Outlaw Jim and The Whiskey Benders also featuring Melanie Owen, Angelo Mino and Beverly Gossage

Sarah Palin Urges Facebook Friends To Watch Glenn Beck, Tonight

FOX News’ Glenn Beck is doing an extraordinary job this week walking America behind the scenes of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and outlining who is actually running the White House. Monday night he asked us to invite one friend to watch; tonight I invite all my friends to watch. -Sarah Palin
Tonight the guest will be Rush Limbaugh, and they’re going to be discussing the plans to shut down talk radio.

Video: Congressman Jim Moran’s Townhall Debacle

Jim Moran, Howard Dean Face Town Hall Skeptics

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Photocredit: John Shinkle

Oh lordy, it was torch and pitchfork time last night, at Jim Moran’s town hall in Reston, VA. He was immediately met with jeers and catcalls when he mentioned the “public option”, and it went downhill from there:

Yes, that’s Howard Dean sitting there, reticently.

You have to like his opening comment, but again, not a warm reception for him, either, even with half the audience astroturf:

I think at this point, these town halls have outlived their purpose. These Dems go out and repeat the official talking points, (read lies), and they expect the audience to sit there, quietly and respectfully with their hands on their laps.. But when people see what the Dems are doing as an existential threat, they refuse to “go along to get along”. Their voices will be heard.

Many thanks to Leah, for sending me those videos.

MORE:

Smitty, from The Other McCain claims ownership of the “really loud guffaws” you can hear in the videos. His thoughtful post on the event, here.

UPDATE:

A caller to the Rush Limbaugh Show says that the audience was more like an 80/20 split – Astroturf  to Protesters. Obviously, the passion was on the protest side.