Donald Trump’s budget proposal is a declaration of war on the arts, humanities and history, undermining artists, museums, and cultural organizations, although the total budget of all cultural institutions supported by federal money is minuscule, just a few hundred million of 1.1 trillion of total annual discretionary spending, about .0003 percent of the budget.
All the creative work of the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts would be wiped out, and there would also be elimination of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting which provides funding for PBS and National Public Radio, and of the Woodrow Wilson International Center For Scholars.
So all funding for cultural and educational institutions would be ended, a repudiation of the value of intellectual pursuits, and closing down agencies that have done so much good for America, opening up the eyes and minds of tens of millions of Americans who were educated by the creative work of intellectuals in all fields of the arts and humanities.
We are seeing the suppression of our institutional memory of knowledge.
This move by Trump would repudiate all the good work done in the arts and humanities by Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression via the Works Projects Administration (WPA) to keep the cultural community alive and thriving.
It also is 52 years since Lyndon B. Johnson made a major commitment to culture and the arts, through the establishment by Congress of the NEH, PBS, NEA, and the Wilson Center.
All decent people must fight this anti intellectualism full throttle!
Rural communities, like the one we live in, are going to be hurt the most.
As a history professor, with degrees in music and history (PhD in Early Modern Europe), I have seen support for arts and humanities come and go — but Trump is blatant-in your face-annihilating all entities that have in the 20th century established and supported creative human endeavors. If this doesn’t sound like a re-make of Hitler’s Third Reich, nothing does. The first thorn in the side of a totalitarian state is free expression and Trump is doing his best to silence the press and all other “opposition.” Where will it stop before we all wise up and see him for what he is — a classic dictator. History is full of them.
I find it ironic that it is the [Republican] Party which has two U.S. presidents who had made a living in the performing arts: Ronald Reagan, a mediocre actor who was once president of the Screen Actors Guild (1947â€“1952; 1959â€“1960); and Donald Trump, who won the 1990 Golden Raspberry (Razzie) Award for worst supporting actor (playing himself) in “Ghosts Can’t Do It.”
Trump is more famous for his reality show. I don’t consider reality shows to be art.
Republicans keep trying to get rid of PBS because an educated and socially-aware populous is the biggest threat to their own narrow-minded, self-centered points of views.