JANUARY 20TH, 2017 - a day which will go down in history as a sad day for the United States. The inauguration of an orange-toupee as POTUS leaves our country in frizzled disarray. Here at Urban Circus, we DO NOT SUPPORT anything dealing with toupee's or the color orange. We're all about that natural-hair and earth-tones!
This week, as news surfaced around the country about all the proposed cuts and policy changes that will be instated, there came some news that The Toupee (POTUS) would make a move to defund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Not only do all the artists, educators, and parents in the United States take offense to that, but its not even logical and here's why:
"In 2016, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) received $445 million in federal funding, while the National Endowment for The Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) each received $148 million. Combined, they account for less than 0.02 percent of the U.S. government’s $4.6 trillion budget." [MySanAntonio.com via The Hill]
The Toupee's team is proposing a total of $10.5 Billion of budget cuts over the next decade to the State, Justice, Transportation, Commerce, and Energy departments. So why are the cuts to all these departments (who spend frivilously) not enough? Why attack spending that accounts for only 0.02% (two-hundreTH/$148 million) of the budget AND generates $700 Billion dollars of commerce every year?! Here's the quote in case you are in disbelief as well:
"...arts-and-culture sector of the economy that includes broadcasting, film and publishing industries contributed $698.7 billion to the U.S. economy in 2012..." [LA Times]
Spending $148 MILLION so you can generate $700 BILLION in commerce?! I think you can safely call that a "business no-brainer"! For some reason, The Toupee thinks it's a smart move. Looks as though his 30+ bankruptcies and poor decision making in business are showing-out his first day in office.
Bottom-line: people who propose such actions are nothing but fascists trying to limit free speech. It is now being reported that Republicans in five states have filed motions to CRIMINALIZE PEACEFUL PROTESTS. CRIMINALIZE OUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH/1ST AMENDMENT RIGHT?! In a matter of days extremist, draconian/fascist laws are being thrown around like its "no big deal" - all in the name of budget-cuts.
Urban Circus works to build the art and music community within Houston and beyond. We stand up for the rights of artists around the globe. Every human being has a right to the freedom of self-expression. For years I have been saying to my fellow citizens and artists that, "Art will be the last form of free speech left once they've stripped us of all our civil liberties".
Sadly, the day has come where they are even trying to strip us from our rights to create! Our rights to give children in the U.S. an education which teaches them to be creative! The Toupee and his team are trying their damndest to discourage art and freedom of expression. Scientists have said your "right brain" is your creative side of your mind and your "left brain" is your functional thought (eat/sleep/work). In a fascist society, creativity (right-brain thinking) is discouraged because it lends to new ways of thinking that present new ideas, approaches, and ways of doing things. Creativity shakes things up on the constant which is horrible if you're trying to force control like The Toupee and his fascist buddies.
So my message to fellow citizens and artists alike is simple:
SHAKE THINGS UP!
Create like your life depends on it! Because the reality is, IT DOES! SPEAK UP! Our voices being heard matters! Get active in your local communities! ORGANIZE! All these mumble-rappers, empty-lyric pop-singers, and void-of-a-message-but-"pretty" art will soon give way to the ensuing intelligent, social and political movement sweeping the country. You will see the art and music change as people realize that art and music is the ONLY PLATFORM LEFT TO SPEAK OUT! Us artists have to realize that standing on stages in front of millions and SAYING NOTHING just will not cut it anymore! FUTURE GENERATIONS WILL DEPEND ON OUR ACTIONS NOW! The art and music of NOW will start to reflect that of the 1960's. As they say everything goes in cycles, so on that note... LET THE NEW MODERN PSYCHEDELIC MOVEMENT BEGIN!