Sunday, July 31, 2005

"The Anti-Anti-American" Bandwagon

According to Slant Point, a right wing, New York blog, the California Department of Justice is doing the public a disservice by funding anti-war artwork.

Now, funding for art and culture is always a controversial issue. It's tough to draw the line on funding for art the same way it's difficult to decide spending on any legislation. However, it seems that if the California people elect politicians to represent them and spend their money, the artwork is, theoretically, representative of their opinions.

It would be interesting to see if the blogger at Slant Point is in favor of subsidized "pro-war" art work. Does the Vietnam Memorial, which reflects the tragedy of war, fall into the category of an anti-american liberal boondoggle? Although many would respond to this question by declaring the Vietnam Memorial a symbol of respect, not tragedy, many of the offending artists that Slant Point writes of might have similar messages in their art.


At 11:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems odd to equate the Vietnam memorial with a painting of Bush's head being dipped in urine. One honors troops who bravely fought and died for our country while the other is shrill partisan trash. Isn't there a conflict of interest in the government patronizing political speech?

---- Julian


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