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.




31 thoughts on “How Obama Intends To Use The NEA To Promote His Agenda

  1. I wont say anything that everyone else is saying but this creeps me out.

    “a nationwide federal initiative to make service a way of life for all Americans.”

    You know there are people who are poorly suited for “service as a way of life”. You know the type, scientists, engineers, inventors and the better artists. So are we to do without any further contribution from the creative types? Of course making that a federal initiative just squares the creepiness.

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  2. And which particular era (or ideology, for that matter) was without it’s “art in the service of politics?” In the age of Beck you lecture people about cult of the personality? Your entire political agenda is based on it, you Reaganite twit. Yet again you post daft and moronic comparisons between Obama and the nazis. This is spectacularly stupid and uninformed rubbish.

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  3. And which particular era (or ideology, for that matter) was without it’s “art in the service of politics?”

    Malky, show me where Bush used the the arts to do his bidding. I will be awaiting your reply, since you say they all do it.

    “the age of Beck” ? What are you talking about? Glenn Beck? Is Glenn Beck the leader of the free world? Or is he a radio/tv/pundit/entertainer? Does he have a personality? Yes. What is your point?

    As always, it was your comment that was spectacularly stupid and uniformed rubbish. You can’t deny a single thing I say, so what does the lib do? Lie and obfuscate.

    What else is old?

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  4. Once again, armed only with a bushel of stupid, Malky ventures into battle.

    Hey genius, as you are an authority on American history, perhaps you could tell the class which American administration was the last to use the NEA, a publicly funded non-profit, to promote their agenda. Go ahead, take your time. We’ll wait.

    Riefenstahl was funded by Hitler and Borman using public funds to create an artificial reality of Naziism much as Obama is trying to do with our tax dollars. The analogy is more than apt and the practice is odious. Even a dishonest twit such as yourself should understand that. As an Obama supporter, you probably do but don’t care as long as your agenda is promoted. Typical.

    As to Reagan, if you actually did know anything about American history you would know that Reagan barely won his first presidency and didn’t achieve his great popularity and following until after he and his programs actually accomplished great things for this country. Obama has accomplished nothing save for the singular achievement of creating more debt in a shorter time than any president in American history and yet idiots such as yourself cheer him on as he attempts to shove even more unwanted and economically suicidal programs down our throat.

    The only use you serve here Malky is to demonstrate the lack of historical context your type possesses and the slavish adoration you have for a man who is dishonest, duplicitous and who thrives on the support of the stupidest in society.

    Congratulations. You must be proud.

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  6. Hey JackStraw… you should probably check your history before posting. Reagan won one of the largest landslide victories in American history in 1980. Reagan was a great president after that, and Obama is an idiot, but your statement about his BARELY winning the election is way off base.

    Nominee Ronald Reagan Jimmy Carter
    Party Republican Democratic
    Home state California Georgia
    Running mate George H. W. Bush Walter Mondale
    Electoral vote 489 49
    States carried 44 6 + DC
    Popular vote 43,903,230 35,480,115
    Percentage 50.7% 41.0%

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  7. Hey MikeH-

    Perhaps you don’t remember but Reagan was trailing Carter in virtually all polls right into October. Carter’s disastrous debate performance, including saying that he asked his teenage daughter for advice on nuclear weapons, has largely been cited as the reason Reagan pulled ahead of Carter and won going away. This is the same Carter who beat Ford when Ford stepped on his crank in the ’76 debate and said that Poland was not under Soviet domination. End of Ford. Had Carter not performed so poorly in the debates against Reagan there is every reason to believe he would have held the lead he had as late as mid-October of ’80, such is the power of incumbency.

    Hey, it’s not my fault you don’t know history.

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  8. But don’t take my word for it (and I’m sure you aren’t)

    >>The most important event of the entire 1980 presidential campaign was the second presidential debate, which was held one week to the day before the election (October 28). Over the course of two hours, the entire race changed drastically, and what was considered an extremely tight race with the President slightly ahead became a comfortable Republican victory for Reagan. Nothing of that magnitude has happened since in any televised confrontations.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_1980

    See that? A tight race with Carter ahead 1 week to the day before the election and then the race turned dramatically on the basis of one debate.

    Need more? Ok.

    >>In 1980 Carter found himself up against a real pro, the former star of the General Electric Theater. Ronald Reagan demonstrated repeatedly in his encounters why politicians hated to share the same stage with him. (After an encounter in 1967 Robert Kennedy groused to an aide as he made his exit, “Don’t ever put me on with that sonofabitch again.”) Carter attempted to show that Reagan was a scary warmonger, but it was Carter who frightened people when he claimed, in his notorious answer to a question about nuclear weapons, that he consulted his teenage daughter Amy for advice. “I had a discussion with Amy the other day before I came here, to ask her what the most important issue was. She said she thought nuclear weaponry and the control of nuclear arms [was].”

    When Carter accused Reagan of wanting to cut the Medicare program, Reagan famously cocked his head, in a moment that had been scripted during rehearsals, “There you go again.” Carter never recovered from the crack. In his closing remarks Reagan successfully shifted the nature of the election. Carter until then had succeeded in making Reagan’s competence to hold the presidency the critical question facing voters. In a few sentences Reagan turned the election into a referendum on Carter’s handling of the economy. “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” he asked. The answer was obvious. Polls which had showed the race in a dead heat suddenly reflected a last-minute surge for Reagan. A week later Reagan won in landslide.

    http://hnn.us/articles/7478.html

    1 week. 1 debate. That’s what won the election for Reagan. Had Carter done better in that debate or had Reagan froze as he did when he debated Mondale 4 years later, there may never have been a Reagan revolution. At the very least, the vote undoubtedly would have been as close as it was the minute before the debate started.

    So yes, despite the eventual election outcome, Reagan barely won his first election.

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  9. Too bad you can’t put your time to better service — that is, uplifting society instead of dragging it through stupidity and ego.

    Shame on all of you.

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  10. Are you so stupid that you don’t even realize that Reagan planted the seeds for the economic disaster we’re experiencing now? Can you really be that blind and ignorant? Let me guess….you went to Christian schools instead of public ones.

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  11. Reagan appealed to the blank egotistical crowd. He was vacuous and empty-headed but looked good on TV. No wonder the Fox crowd loves him — all show and no substance.

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  12. JackStraw — You’d mess your pants if you got even a fraction of the responsibility that Obama is shouldering: his inheritance from voters like you. Your glib conceits are sickening. It’s people like you who will drag this country further down the drain, while Europe, China, and the rest of the world passes us by. Then who will you blame? No doubt, some other scapegoat.

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  13. If your hair is standing up after reading this, something is wrong with your brain, dude. My guess is that you have a history of problematic relationships, because you are low in empathy. You are selfish, and you expect everyone else is selfish. So, when you see something that promotes unity and actually pulling together in this country (as we did during WWII, for example) and you are alarmed by it, there is something wrong with YOU. And I bet this isn’t the first time you’ve heard this.

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    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?

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  14. Too bad you can’t put your time to better service — that is, uplifting society instead of dragging it through stupidity and ego.

    We’re too busy trying to stop it from being bankrupted. Not to mention that your notion of “uplifting society” is naive and presumptive of a fantastical prioritization of societal needs.

    Are you so stupid that you don’t even realize that Reagan planted the seeds for the economic disaster we’re experiencing now?

    Are you so foolish as to claim that you can calculate the relative importance of all the economic influences that have brought us to this day? And to lay it all at the feet of Reagan? Do you even have a clue as to the economy that Reagan inherited?

    Reagan appealed to the blank egotistical crowd. He was vacuous and empty-headed but looked good on TV. No wonder the Fox crowd loves him — all show and no substance.

    That’s hilarious coming from an Obama supporter.

    You’d mess your pants if you got even a fraction of the responsibility that Obama is shouldering: his inheritance from voters like you.

    The next President won’t even have an inheritance.

    So JS, that’s 4 comments from you with no content. Apparently it makes you happy to vent yourself here. If it’s therapeutic for you, then great – we’re all about reducing health care costs, and this is as cheap as it gets. But we’d prefer it if you actually contributed to the debate, rather than spouting stupidity.

    But don’t push yourself. We’d hate to see you strain something.

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  15. >>Reagan appealed to the blank egotistical crowd. He was vacuous and empty-headed but looked good on TV. No wonder the Fox crowd loves him — all show and no substance.

    Hey John, has Obama delivered your unicorn yet cause I’m still waiting.

    What a goof. The concept of irony is completely lost on this one.

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