Art And Response

Glenn Beck – The Voice Of Reason?

December 6th, 2012

Conservative Icon Defends My First Amendment Right and Together We Give a Lesson On Civil Discourse.

Last week was to say the least – surreal. My painting “The Truth” has once again created a media circus, drawing fire from the Religious Right demanding I remove it from display at Boston’s Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery where it’s currently part of the “Artists On The Stump – The Road To The White House 2012” exhibition. This kind of craziness is nothing new for me. The hysteria has happened before, when four years ago I announced I would debut the painting at New York City’s Union Square, Unfortunately, thousands of hate filled emails and threats of bussed in protestors convinced me to acquiesce to my family’s wish that I cancel the exhibit for my own safety. (more…)

Has Grover Norquist Put The GOP In An “Uncompromising” Position?

November 25th, 2012

We’ve all been warned about the looming fiscal cliff. During the campaign, the Republicans would often point to a clock counting off to the moment of our economic apocalypse. That may be a bombastic way to hype a self-inflicted financial disaster. But it is true that if the Republicans and Democrats can’t come to some sort of compromise by December 31, we will be in a economic pickle of no one’s liking. (more…)

LET’S GIVE THANKS TO OUR FIRST “ILLEGAL” IMMIGRANTS

November 17th, 2012

As seen on GlobalGrind http://globalgrind.com/news/lets-give-thanks-our-first-illegal-immigrants-michael-dantuono-blog

With Thanksgiving approaching, we all look forward to eating turkey as we celebrate the pilgrims’ first feast with the indigenous people of the land. As I dreamed of stuffing and cranberry sauce, it occurred to me that the pilgrims were actually this continents first group of immigrants. It may be somewhat hypocritical to admire the pilgrims yet (more…)

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO JOHN McCAIN?

November 15th, 2012

An Open Letter To The Former Maverick

Dear John,

You have been a true American war hero, a maverick and a respected senator. That’s a lifetime of achievements any mothers’ son would be proud of. I always hoped you would someday run for President … until you did. You kinda lost me at Sarah Palin. But even then, the maverick briefly reappeared during a Presidential debate when you meritoriously corrected a woman who basically confused Obama with Osama.

Unfortunately, that was the last we ever saw of the old maverick. The reach across the aisle McCain was sadly, forever after replaced by crotchety partisan McCain. I always thought you learned your lesson after Bush defeated you in the 2000 primaries and were just acting like Rush Limbaugh’s unreasonable twin to get elected in 2008. Well John, that election and the one after that one are over. President Obama beat you fair and square. He beat Mitt fair and square. It’s been eight years. You have to let it go.

Like I said, I’ve always admired you, which is what makes me so sad seeing you devolve into such a petty partisan. Your recent attack on Ambassador Rice and calling for Watergate-type hearings regarding the Benghazi incident is over the top and beneath the man you once were. You’re starting to make Michelle Bachman look sane by comparison. It’s time to stop the grumpy old man act, pick up your remote and shut off FOX. It seems like your actually buying the snake oil their selling. I expect the uncivil arrogance of crazy conspiracy theories and party above country agendas from insipid right-wing mean girls like Palin and Bachman, but not from someone who once stood so tall above it all. Sadly, the maverick has been broken. It’s time for the man who once reached across the aisle to create campaign finance reform to stop tarnishing your credibility and reputation with these partisan attacks or quietly go off to pasture. If you won’t do it for the country, do it for your own legacy.

Signed,

A former fan

OBAMA CARE(S)

September 7th, 2012

The President Could Win With Just These Two Words

Apparently the old ad man in me still works in my sleep because after watching the President’s speech at the Democratic Convention last night, I woke up with my own campaign slogan for Barack that succinctly nails the fundamental difference between the two camps in just two words … “OBAMA CARES”. The Republicans tried to turn the Affordable Health Care Act into something negative by derisively coining it “Obama Care.” All the President’s people have to do is add one simple ‘S’ to turn it back into a positive and powerful umbrella campaign. I can see it as a bumper sticker or as a call and response in a speech. It would go something like this:

“The difference between the President and the Republicans when it comes to affordable healthcare for all is … OBAMA CARES!

When it comes to the environment … OBAMA CARES!

When it comes to protecting women’s rights … OBAMA CARES!

When it comes to your right to love whom you choose … OBAMA CARES!

When it comes to protecting senior’s entitlements … OBAMA CARES!

When it comes to our veterans … OBAMA CARES!

When it comes to improving students’ education … OBAMA CARES!

When it comes to protecting the middle class … OBAMA CARES!

When it comes to you … OBAMA CARES!”

Does my slogan imply that the Republicans don’t care as much? Yes, but it’s subtle. More subtle than their own party platform which reduces the rights and increases the burdens of the majority in no uncertain terms.

So, Obama campaign manager listen to me. It’s time for a quick change. Start printing the posters and bumper stickers. I hope you are listening … because I care.

Putting Out A Contract On Public Employees

July 3rd, 2012

The nation, along with many states and local municipalities are burdened with overwhelming debt. Like a company that’s about to file for bankruptcy, they can’t afford to honor their contractual obligations and make payroll. How did this happen? Who’s responsible? I’m told it’s the government workers. They ‘re bleeding us dry so let’s bust the unions and do away with collective bargaining. Let’s take away their pensions! After all, why should my hard earned tax money go to give them better benefits than my boss is giving me these days? (more…)