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This week, Glenn Beck has broadcast a series of shows covering the National Endowment for the Arts’ attempt to influence artists to participate in propaganda programs for the Obama Administration (see videos below). To be specific, Beck did several interviews with Patrick Courrielche, a blogger for BigHollywood.com. During the interview, Mr. Courrielche told Beck that the NEA had sent out mass emails to many artists and bloggers, and that he had participated in a conference call with the NEA (that he recorded and that Beck played on his show) in which Yosi Sergant of the NEA said the following—

“We are just now learning how to really bring this community together to speak with the government. What that looks like legally.”

And, Mr. Sergant also said this little gem—

“Take photos. Take video. Post it on your blogs. Get the word out. Like I said, this is a community that knows how to make a stink. Do it.”

OK folks—this story is a big deal for three reasons. Number one is that the National Endowment for the Arts is is an independent agency of the United States federal government that offers support and funding for projects exhibiting artistic excellence. Independent is the operative word here. In other words, the NEA shouldn’t be bringing any community together to “speak with the government.”

The second reason that this is a big deal is because, like it or not, pop culture influences elections. We all remember the will.i.am “Yes we can!” video and the Obama HOPE poster, right? Moreover, a tax-payer funded independent agency of the US federal government should not be involved in ANY kind of behavior that could be perceived as trying to influence elections.

And finally, the third reason that this NEA business is a big deal is because of the Skool-Aid (H/T to $peciallist for the creative name)—i.e, the Obama Administration’s recent foray into public education. Our own Steve Foley and Caleb Howe have both reported extensively on this subject, and Michelle Malkin has as well. (Furthermore, it should be noted that no other past president has ever proposed this kind of “lesson plan” when speaking to school children.) In fact, Malkin walks us through some of the details of Skool-Aid when she writes the following—

Education Secretary Arne Duncan dispatched letters to principals nationwide boasting that “This is the first time an American president has spoken directly to the nation’s school children about persisting and succeeding in school.” But the goal is not merely morale-boosting. According to White House event-related guides developed by the U.S. Department of Education’s Teaching Fellows, grade-school students will be told to “listen to the speech” and “could think about the following:”

*What is the President trying to tell me?

*What is the President asking me to do?

*What new ideas and actions is the President challenging me to think about?

• Students can record important parts of the speech where the President is asking them to do something. Students might think about: What specific job is he asking me to do? Is he asking anything of anyone else? Teachers? Principals? Parents? The American people?

After the speech, teachers will ask students:

*What do you think the President wants us to do?

*Does the speech make you want to do anything?

*Are we able to do what President Obama is asking of us?

Now, in a vacuum, the NEA emails and conference calls to all kinds of artists wouldn’t be all that bad. Well, I take that back—they would be bad, but not extremely damaging. However, the NEA stink that Glenn Beck reported on, coupled with the Skool-Aid, is starting to make the Obama Administration look like they are engaging in blatant propaganda and indoctrination. Now, I realize that propaganda and indoctrination are heavy handed words, but hey, facts are facts. And if the Lanvin sneaker fits, well……

Oh, and in conclusion, I almost forgot the most important part of this whole saga—George W. Bush. Yes, you heard me correctly—I said George W. Bush. Now, I know what you are asking—“Susannah, how in the heck does George W. Bush fit into all of this?” Well, I’ll tell you. Simply put, if the Bush administration (or any other past president for that matter), had been engaging in the same tomfoolery that the Obama administration has been recently (i.e., the Skool-Aid and the NEA funny business), those same artists that made all of those posters and videos for Barack Obama would be screaming “fascist!” at the top of their lungs. Just sayin’.

Update: The Washington Times has an excellent editorial that contains even more details regarding The NEA acting as a propaganda arm of the White House. I highly recommend it.

This diary is cross-posted on The Minority Report.

Yesterday on MSNBC, Lawrence O’Donnell had Representative John Culberson (R-TX) as a guest on Hardball. O’Donnell began the interview by rudely sneering at Culberson, and then seemed to go into a trance and began shouting the same questions over and over at Culberson, and then refused to let Culberson answer any of his questions. And, if this whole scenario wasn’t strange enough, O’Donnell was repeatedly asking Culberson how he would have voted on Social Security in 1935 and on Medicare in 1965. When Culberson kept repeatedly saying that he would have voted “yes” on both programs (and Culberson tried to remind O’Donnell that “it is 2009”), O’Donnell not only kept shouting over Culberson and repeatedly asked him the same questions (as if Culberson had refused to answer them and O’Donnell didn’t seem to notice that he already had), but then he also started screaming that both programs were “socialist programs”. Well, at least liberals now finally admit that they really do love socialism, but I digress (however, we were considered evil “racists” if we even dared to point out that Barack Obama might have socialist tenancies). And then, when Culberson finally had enough of O”Donnell’s little trip to Crazytown and smacked him down by saying, “This is why MSNBC is in the tank, because you won’t let your guests answer any questions”, O’Donnell childishly resorted to calling Congressman Culberson a “liar” based on absolutely no evidence at all (see embed below).

But hey, we all know that name-calling is the default position of most liberals—see Nancy Pelosi and “Nazis”, Charles Blow and “hooligans”, Harry Reid and “evil-mongers”, and the DNC and “The Mob”, just to name a few.

Anyway, Lawrence O’Donnell’s unbalanced behavior on yesterday’s edition of Hardball shouldn’t really surprise anyone, because he’s been shaky pudding for some time now. Hey, blast from the past—remember this hate filled, bigoted, anti-Mormon rant that O’Donnell went on over a year ago in regard to Mitt Romeny’s speech about his faith? He basically stated that all Mormon’s are “racists”. Again with the name-calling.

[Just a thought—maybe the reason why Lawrence O’Donnell wants socialized medicine so badly, is to pay for the team of psychiatrists, and all of the medications, that he is so obviously in need of, but I digress.]

Oh, and one more thing. Hey liberals, do you want to know why you are so badly losing this health care debate? It’s not just that you don’t have the facts on your side, but it’s also that you are OBNOXIOUS and so no one can stand to listen to you all anymore. You see, I’m sincerely trying to help you out here. Help me to help you by knocking off the shouting and the name-calling—or you can continue to act like children and keep losing this debate. Oh wait–nevermind. What was I thinking? I don’t want socialized medicine. Scratch that previous sentence and keep up the obnoxious behavior liberals—you’re doing a heckuva job!

This diary is cross-posted on The Minority Report.

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