This is One Issue that We Cannot Ignore
Art cannot be separated from our culture; it is our culture. Everyone has heard that art imitates life, and life imitates art. This is not a coincidence. Without one, we would not have the other. Art is the vessel by which we preserve and perfect our collected cultural knowledge.
So when I read the transcripts to an interview that Politico recently published of Mitt Romney, including his comments on his intention to bleed the already languished government funding of the arts, I was sick. Romney's comments can be found here.
Romney openly plans to eliminate essential programs such as funding for PBS, which provides rare quality entertainment for kids. I am extremely concerned, as we all are, what kind of entertainment is delivered to our children. Non-violent drama and expressions of compassion empower our children. We shouldn't bombard them with violence, but engage them with being who they are, and pursuing happiness through expression of themselves. This is art.
Romney also plans to eliminate the subsidy for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), who have awarded billions of dollars to art organizations and projects all over the Nation. These projects focus on finding more and more effective ways of engaging the public with diverse and excellent art. Programs like NEA ensure that our collected culture and experience will continue to grow, and never be lost. In Romney's own words:
“[F]irst there are programs I would eliminate. Obamacare being one of them but also various subsidy programs -- the Amtrak subsidy, the PBS subsidy, the subsidy for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities. Some of these things, like those endowment efforts and PBS I very much appreciate and like what they do in many cases, but I just think they have to stand on their own rather than receiving money borrowed from other countries, as our government does on their behalf. …"
Cutting funding to PBS and the NEA would be one giant step in the direction of an American Dark Ages and loss of our American culture. Keep an eye on this one y'all, we cannot let our guard down if we want to safeguard the most human part of ourselves, the arts.