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The case for naming a U.S.
secretary of Culture

Los Angeles Times, by Mark Swed

Original Article

Posted By:JoniTx, 1/19/2013 11:27:37 PM

Along with adding the finishing touches to his inaugural address on Monday, President Obama has plenty on his plate. He is consumed by the responsibilities of selecting new Cabinet members and preparing strategies to get them confirmed. He already had his fair share of critics, and the last thing he needs is a music critic telling him how to run the country. So I´m sorry to have to be the one to remind you, Mr. President, that you´ve left someone out. Secretary of Culture. It´s time. Despite a troubling international reduction of government support for the arts


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Reply 1 - Posted by: neanderthal, 1/19/2013 11:40:42 PM     (No. 9127350)

Yeah, we really need one of those! Here we are chin deep in serious doo doo and someone wants the country to have it´s own very special silky pony.

Reply 2 - Posted by: clw54, 1/19/2013 11:47:18 PM     (No. 9127353)

Art doesn´t need government. My great aunt made beautiful sculptures from clay, my grandmother could paint, my mother could spin and weave. Me, well that´s another story. The point is, they all did it without Obama or government support or interference.

Libs think people are helpless without government. If they aren´t, libs try to make them that way.




Reply 3 - Posted by: Trigger2, 1/20/2013 12:13:24 AM     (No. 9127375)

Oh sure, waste taxpayer money on a worthless Culture Department. Who´s going to run it? Tinseltown? Rappers?

Reply 4 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 1/20/2013 12:30:10 AM     (No. 9127391)

What they need is a secretary of protocol with real experience.

Let me guess. Caroline or Chelsea.

Reply 5 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 1/20/2013 12:35:45 AM     (No. 9127397)

My name is Michelle Obama.
Does you want me starin in yo face fo de rest of yo life!
My name is Michelle Obama.
Does you want me star


Reply 6 - Posted by: PChristopher, 1/20/2013 12:54:30 AM     (No. 9127409)

Then what? An official Haus der Kunst?

Reply 7 - Posted by: veritas, 1/20/2013 1:00:08 AM     (No. 9127412)

The fact that we haven´t had one in 230-some years hints that the Constitution may not have the authorization to provide one.

But, a Secretary of Forcing the Members of the Three Branches to Obey the Constitution -- that´s appealing.

#2: Your concluding line is dead-on. Well put.




Reply 8 - Posted by: KTWO, 1/20/2013 1:26:16 AM     (No. 9127427)

I don´t see the value. The job would be a paid vacation to someone in show business. With an huge expense account and the duty of visiting nice places around the world.

Several million $$$ would be distributed annually to the right sort of people and propaganda programs would be produced for TV.

We already have the NEA to do those things.

Reply 9 - Posted by: Happy Trails, 1/20/2013 2:03:36 AM     (No. 9127440)

Secretary of Corruption. So that the benefits can be distributed to all the ´affirmatives´ with the progressive mindset.

Reply 10 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 1/20/2013 2:46:44 AM     (No. 9127462)

Just what we need. So the taxpayers can pay for artwork like "(Urine) Christ." (The filters wouldn´t let me say the real name of the "artwork" but it is a crucifix in a jar of urine.

Reply 11 - Posted by: Bevan, 1/20/2013 3:14:57 AM     (No. 9127476)

Charlie Sheen would be perfect for our trash culture

Reply 12 - Posted by: starkness, 1/20/2013 4:40:07 AM     (No. 9127501)

The problem with liberals is they believe that any worthy initiative requires the assistance of a permanent pipeline to the government teat. As I recall, there is no shortage of wealthy donors to finance symphonies, playhouses, etc. But many of these donors do demand accountability and performance, which is something liberal artistes simply can´t stand.




Reply 13 - Posted by: Spidey, 1/20/2013 4:53:20 AM     (No. 9127504)

The culture is this country´s biggest problem right now,we don´t need a cabinet post to further the decline.The education system already rejects developing the logic and problem solving part of the brain so you have millions of kids who can´t hold a job,except pressing auto keys on a mcDonald´s cash register.

Reply 14 - Posted by: Japanorama, 1/20/2013 4:59:15 AM     (No. 9127505)

Lefties always trying to turn the U.S. into Europe. Disgusting!

Reply 15 - Posted by: varkdriver, 1/20/2013 5:18:01 AM     (No. 9127510)

#3 and #11: I was also thinking Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, or Honey Boo Boo. Never any Kardashians.

Reply 16 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 1/20/2013 5:57:12 AM     (No. 9127518)

#13, I have been served by people who couldn´t even do that without assistance at McDonalds. Very sad. And embarassing for them maybe.

I thought from the way that Michelle O. has behaved all these years with all her traveling, etc. that we already had a secretary of culture. I guess this is the libs way of trying to get her a paycheck for doing all she has been doing.

Reply 17 - Posted by: Shucky, 1/20/2013 6:02:28 AM     (No. 9127523)

The culture they want to promote is not one that enhances Western Civilization, but one that seeks to hasten its decline. Their culture is anti-market, anti-white, anti-male, anti-liberty, anti-development, anti-achievement, anti-responsibility, anti-family, anti-tradition. Michelangelo, Shakespeare and Beethoven need not apply.




Reply 18 - Posted by: pineledger, 1/20/2013 6:20:32 AM     (No. 9127532)

For what? Propaganda? To canonize hiphop?

Reply 19 - Posted by: Sfacheem, 1/20/2013 6:24:45 AM     (No. 9127535)

"Culture" is the left´s Sharia.

Reply 20 - Posted by: DW626, 1/20/2013 6:40:27 AM     (No. 9127540)

#11 Charlie Sheen is overqualified.

Reply 21 - Posted by: GringoinQuito, 1/20/2013 7:00:21 AM     (No. 9127548)

I nominate Honey Boo Boo!

Reply 22 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 1/20/2013 7:06:06 AM     (No. 9127552)

The article states that the arts are the one thing that can´t be outsourced. Tell that to the America-hating S Korean GangstaDance Dork.
I have about thirty musical instruments in my home-twenty nine of which I can play and twenty seven of which I´ve been paid to play at times. This is the most ridiculous thing I´ve heard in years as other posters have so eloquently stated. The ´guy´ featured in the photo at the top of the article almost sold me on the idea, however.



Reply 23 - Posted by: shamus, 1/20/2013 7:08:49 AM     (No. 9127555)

How about a Secretary of Indebtedness?

Reply 24 - Posted by: kahlerbob, 1/20/2013 7:24:48 AM     (No. 9127568)

Lady Gaga would be perfect for the job.

Reply 25 - Posted by: M2, 1/20/2013 7:25:37 AM     (No. 9127569)

This is an idea whose time is short.

Wherever we are on whatever spectrum, we see ourselves as Americans. It is that culture that makes everything else matter. The arts and the humanities help us figure out who we are.

Perhaps to a secularist, this makes sense. The "arts and the humanites" do NOT determine or help us determine who we are. God does that and we do that ourselves, thankyouverymuch.

Ideally, a secretary of Culture should be a political outsider, able to function as a moral conscience for all decision making. He or she would further serve as someone able to ask the hard questions, to see the world from possibly unexpected angles and help prompt new solutions to old problems. As artists know and politicians refuse to acknowledge, all you have to do to create change is change your mind

Look how easily the writer talks about creating change by "changing your mind". This says there are no eternal verities such as truth, honor, justice, decorum, decency and so on.

Look what "the arts" have brought us, from the minds of cultural icons: Pi** Christ where a crucifix resides in a beaker of urine, a Madonna smeared in fecal matter, bullwhips stuck up men´s very dark places by other men, performance art where women dance in fecal matter -- all paid for by your tax dollars and wealthy benefactors who get tax deductions for their contributions.

I don´t know who will make the decisions about what is culturally sound and good. Right there is the problem. It doesn´t matter if the Sec´ty of Culture is outside politics. What does matter is that our culture is coarse enough without interference from "artists" who want to nationalize our supposedly diverse culture.

I´d bet a ventricle that Christian art would never even make the cut.

Reply 26 - Posted by: Fitzroy, 1/20/2013 8:13:09 AM     (No. 9127620)

A very dangerous idea. It´s not about entertainment and leisure time. For centuries, monarchs were a primary patron of the arts and used it to solidify their power. Here we are in the middle of a culture war and the left wants a cabinet secretary who will inevitably employ the power of government on their side. The left´s political success is due to its success in taking control of the culture, and this would be the coup de grace.

Reply 27 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 1/20/2013 8:20:47 AM     (No. 9127630)

...and the size of the Federal government just keeps on growing! Good idea, Mark.

Reply 28 - Posted by: bubby, 1/20/2013 8:38:19 AM     (No. 9127661)

What a good idea! Why not add a Department of Peace and a Department of Business? What else do we need? /s

What an idiot!! We´re spending a trillion dollars borrowed from the Chinese on programs and departments that we don´t really need already and he wants to waste more money! Good grief how will we ever reduce spending? I´m beginning to think it´s hopeless and that the country is lost. So sad.

Reply 29 - Posted by: clayusmcret, 1/20/2013 8:57:35 AM     (No. 9127696)

For America to remain solid, it has to remain a melting pot and not a pot of many splinters. Allegiance must be to the United States of America and the history taught to its children must be of the fight for America´s freedom. Focus on anything else simply speeds America to its demise. Unless of course that is the desire.

Reply 30 - Posted by: dogbreath, 1/20/2013 9:20:16 AM     (No. 9127750)

How I long for a genuine confederacy of the United States of America. No more presidency to abuse us, thwart our will, or squander the national purse, no more IRS, no more Federal Reserve. No more any of that. It´s a dream, I know.

Reply 31 - Posted by: stablemoney, 1/20/2013 9:49:45 AM     (No. 9127819)

Get the h-ll out of here.

Reply 32 - Posted by: Emerson, 1/20/2013 10:33:40 AM     (No. 9127912)

Swed has been around the Times for a long time. He doesn´t realize that this stuff goes with Russia and the PRC - Ministries of Culture and all that. The United States is a free country. We take care of our own culture. As a reviewer and critic he is part of that scheme. We don´t need federal oversight.

Reply 33 - Posted by: nonsense, 1/20/2013 11:24:41 AM     (No. 9128024)

I thought we already had a Propaganda Ministry. Wouldn´t that overlap with the Culture thing?

Reply 34 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 1/20/2013 12:20:41 PM     (No. 9128163)

Honey Boo Boo´s mother is probably available.

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