So was checking up on CNN on the ole’ motherland news, saw Jessie Helms died. While my sympathy goes to his family and friends, its a time to reflect on what this guy was fighting for. Being in the arts, its guys in the system like this that really fuck us (creatives) and the whole system of arts in America. Using conservatism and false Christian/religious stances to scare people about art and then give no funding to the arts or ideas to help push arts in the school. I mean the debate goes on and on here, but pulling arts out of society is not a an answer, unless you want tons of sheep. Which is what most of the government would enjoy the most. Arts lead to the improvement in life in so many ways, this is basic knowledge, no need to get extensive. Hey I don’t like performance art, but I’m sure it makes some peoples minds get ticking and lives better. Art is not a ‘liberal pleasure’, its everything around us and does improve life and everyday tools.
Either way, they had a great quote for this article on him: “Helms once said his job was to derail the freight train of liberalism.” Makes me remember why I stopped being a Democrat, they never fight back with the same heat, scared of the religious peoples. Go ahead, flame on all you want. Either way, seeing articles like this reminds me why I wanted to leave for awhile.
Strange he died on the fourth of July? Check his wikipedia page too, and look at the controversies listing, straight bonkers.