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The Irony Of Trump’s Question, “Is This Nazi Germany?”

January 15th, 2017

Alt Reich

A man with a funny haircut becomes the head of a nation by the demonization of non-Christian, non-white people. Sound familiar?

I understand that by now you’ve heard all the comparisons between Trump and Hitler. But better to repeat the comparisons than to repeat history. We all know how well the other authoritarian demagogue’s regime worked out. I’m not predicting Heir Trump will start occupying other countries or killing jewish people. Hopefully, the only empire Trump wants to build is his own business. He and his Republican allies will however cause the deaths of millions of (disproportionately non-white) citizens  through the repeal of Obamacare and the privatization of Medicaid and Medicare. I do think it’s fair to say Trump’s closest advisers, Steve Bannon and Jefferson Beauregard Sessions are to say the least, white supremacy friendly. (more…)

Socio-political artist Michael D’Antuono’s latest work graphically depicts Betsy DeVos’s devastating dream for education

January 15th, 2017

Electablog article on Michael D'Antuono painting Class System

Michael D’Antuono is an artist who challenges our social and political beliefs with his hard-hitting and often controversial paintings. His work has been featured here at Eclectablog before (HERE and HERE.)

Just in time for the confirmation hearings of Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education, D’Antuono has a new painting out titled “Class System” that graphically depicts DeVos’s tragic and devastating dream for public education in America:  (more…)

Do We Still Live In A Democracy?

December 7th, 2016

Is America still a democracy?

The Will Of The People vs That Of The People They Elected

The election is finally over. With the help of the Electoral College and gerrymandering, the Republican party will control the presidency, the congress, and soon the Supreme Court. But does the Republican party represent the values of the majority of Americans? To answer that, let’s compare the Republican platform with national polls issue by issue.

Electoral College

According to a Quinnipiac University poll, Americans are in favor of deciding the future Presidential elections by direct popular vote 53%-34%. The last two Republican Presidents having won without winning the popular vote, the GOP is of course, against it.

Abortion

Americans polled support Roe v Wade 67% – 30%. The GOP is famously against it. (more…)

Envisioning Election & Politics In 2016

September 30th, 2016

puffin-showI was happy to be asked by Andrew Lee to participate in the Puffin Foundation’s exhibition, “Envisioning Election & Politics In 2016.”  It is a wonderful organization that does great work informing the public about the important issues affecting their lives through creative projects.

 

Black InJustice America (Trailer)

August 9th, 2016

Land of the free? Justice for all? Michael D’Antuono’s short film offers a different perspective, exposing the the deep-rooted racism permeating the criminal justice system in 21st century America. This aim of this film is to elicit enough empathy, outrage and shame to inspire us as a nation to live up to that pledge. The film includes frank interviews with Russell Simmons, Corey Booker, Van Jones, Michael Steele and other notable African Americans concerning their experiences growing up black in America.  (more…)

Truth To Power

July 30th, 2016
Rep. Barbara Lee, Chris Hedges and Michael D'Antuono at Truth To Power

Rep. Barbara Lee, Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges and Michael D’Antuono at “Truth To Power” event.

In the shadow of the Democratic Convention, Rock The Vote’s issue oriented event, Truth To Power gathered  A-list entertainers, politicians, activists and artists. I exhibited with Banksy, Shepard Fairey and my friend Ron English, along with many other talented artists. Corey Booker, Van Jones, Susan Sarandon, Rosario Dawson, Danny Glover all spoke on panels. There were musical performances by Black Eyed Peas and Aloe Blac.