“We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.”
– John F. Kennedy honoring Robert Frost in speech at Amherst College
Robert Frost John F. Kennedy
On October 26, 1963, President Kennedy honored poet Robert Frost in a speech at Amherst College who died in January of that year. In the speech, Kennedy made clear the need for a nation to represent itself not only through its strength but also through the arts, this from the President who stood down the Russians during the Cuban missile crisis. You can listen to Kennedy’s speech here, and read the transcript here.
Two years later, President Lyndon Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, creating the National Endowment for the Arts.
Fifty-two years later, President Trump submitted his budget proposal to Congress that eliminates $148 Million for the National Endowment for the Arts and $148 Million for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the same budget he proposed to increase defense speeding by $53 Billion to $639 Billion.
Cultural programs make up 0.02% of the federal budget. By his proposal he has demonstrated his total distain for the arts that is only matched by his ignorance of science, the environment, and human suffering and dignity.
To understand a billionaire’s values you only need to follow the money. The man is an abomination, an embarrassment.
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