“We are now the only country in the world without a federal arts presence.” http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/education/322704-an-obituary-the-national-endowment-for-the-arts-52-of-unnatural
And so, here we are. The country starts its descent into ignorance. And it is a willful ignorance, which is the only inexcusable kind.
Now JFK, and Pablo Casals, and Leonard Bernstein, and Jacqueline Kennedy, and Maya Angelou, and so many others, perhaps Voltaire himself, roll in their graves.
But they surely stir as well, and just as surely will eventually have their revenge, as their intellectual offspring gather their wits about them and prepare for an unsparing dissection of the unhumored fascists we presently watch cavorting about the world stage, utterly immune to irony.
May we protect as many of the victims of the fearful and fearsome dullards now in power as we can, prior to watching the show about to be put on by those artists present among us, and those yet to be born.
Progress will get its revenge, and liberal democracy will emerge stronger than ever after the naked emperor’s collapse before an awakened and educated American people.