"Come all you young rebels and list while I sing For the love of one's land is a terrible thing It banishes fear with the speed of a flame And it make us all part of the patriot game"
Patriot Game Dominic Behan, 1929-1989 playwright and songwriter
Sunday Talk'n Heads 2010-2014. Acrylic on canvas, four panels, 30 x 40"
Meet the Press was the first Sunday morning talk show and began in 1947 on NBC. It was a 30 minute news conference where a guest was interviewed by a panel of questioners. Face the Nation on CBS followed in 1954.
This Week began in 1981 with David Brinkley who had left NBC and joined ABC.
Fox News Sunday began in 1996, created by right-wing Republican operative Roger Ailes and funded by right-wing trash media mogul Rupert Murdoch. FNS is designed to showcase Republican propaganda and demonize Democrats and Democratic administrations in state and federal government. The theme of the show is Republicans are right, Democrats are wrong, corporations are good, unions are bad, right-wing white guys are good, liberals are bad, and minorities are an annoyance, unless they agree with right-wing white guys.
The longer these Sunday morning shows are on television, the more America keeps deteriorating. The standard of living continues to decline for average Americans. The illegal foreign wars continue. The corrupt political system keeps on corrupting, while corporate domination explodes across the society.
Bureaucrat Totenkopf 2010.Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36”
When Donald Rumsfeld was fired as Secretary of Defense under George W. Bush, Robert Gates was brought in as an old hand, an accepted bureaucrat from former administrations, ‘the man who [would] help overhaul President Bush’s Iraq policies.”1He would breeze through confirmation hearings as “polite and personable” and “enjoy influential protectors on both sides of the aisle.”2 However, what was not discussed was Robert Gates’ actual history as a bureaucrat.
Iraqi Dead Under US Occupation 2009.Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 48”
"We have a better way…Kill them.We are going to wipe them out."
President George W. Bush1
In October 2006, doctors from Johns Hopkins School of Health along with Iraqi doctors from al-Mustanceriya University in Baghdad published a study in The Lancet, a British medical journal, which estimated the number of excess deaths from the occupation of Iraq at about 655,000.2
How many more tours will there be for the American military in Iraq? Tour after tour takes its toll.Each tour increases the chance of not getting out alive, or in one piece with all arms legs, eyes, hands, and feet – a physically functioning human being.Even then, how destroyed is the mind?The brain subconsciously takes pictures with the eyes, retaining those images for a later time, creating a different world inside the mind.Perhaps it’s a world without myths, without propaganda; without hero worship; a world of reality from within the abyss.
Commander-N-Sleep 2007. Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 48"
On August 6, 2001, President George W. Bush received a Presidential Daily Briefing, also referred to as a PDB.It was an intelligence briefing from the Central Intelligence Agency.The title of the August 6 PDB was, “Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in US.”1
“Corpses are impersonal.” Otto Dix, from his daybook on the Somme, 19161
“What of their oath to the colors, to me as Warlord?” asked Wilhelm. “Oath to the colors?Warlord?” replied General Groener with disgust.“These are just words today.”
November 9, 1918, German Quartermaster-General, Wilhelm Groener and General Hindenburg meet with Kaiser Wilhelm to convince the Kaiser that the war was over. The next day, Wilhem boarded a train to cross the frontier to neutral Holland.2
The war was over, though not for the thousands who were permanently dismembered and disfigured in the 20th Century’s First World War.Just as it was then, today’s brutality of an insane war, orchestrated by cowards who had never served in combat, has permanently dismembered and disfigured thousands of soldiers and civilians all in the name of patriotism, loyalties to oaths, and lies. In 1920, German painter and World War I veteran Otto Dix painted the Skat Players - 3 war cripples playing cards. The Skat players are “a mass of spare parts thrown together, left-over pieces of bodies.”3The painting was an example of the grotesque - "[subverting] the expectations of both machine and man, merge horror with humor, and challenge the boundaries of propriety in order to attack the nationalism that created the result."4The players "resemble derisive dedications to man the beast, whose malicious social games provide further confirmation of the theory of homo homini lupus.” (Man is a wolf to man.)5The war is portrayed “as buffoonery, as a sarcastic farce.”6
Republican Oversight 2006. Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 48”
The Republicans are destroying America. They are destroying life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in America. This destruction has been achieved through a pattern of deception and distraction, vague commitments, sleight of hand, and flat out neglect of the nation. For instance, they hold hearings, but witnesses are not under oath. They pontificate instead of asking questions and demanding answers. When they do ask a question, there is no follow-through on the answers. Then they state, “We’ll look into it,” and never do.
Republicans’ New Lapel
2006. Acrylic on canvas, 22 x 28"
The Republicans are the party of money. They have so much money yet they can’t get enough of it. In their quest for more money they have hit some roadblocks, known as scandals, which means, they have been trying to get money, money, and more money through illegal means. They just could not seem to get enough money legally.
Perhaps it’s an illness, always starving for that money. Perhaps it’s the only way Republicans can make any friends – having to buy them. Maybe the fact is, that the only way Republicans can get any support is to buy it, because no one seems to like their ideas, candidates, policies, or people.
Honestly, who would want to be friends with George Bush, Condi Rice, Dick Cheney, Ken Mehlman, Karl Rove, Karen Hughes, Rick Santorum, Arlen Specter, John Warner, Mark DeWine, Orrin Hatch, Bill Frist, Pat Roberts or any of the other Republicans, for nothing, for free? More than likely no one.
Let’s face it, these Republicans have the personality of a pile of dirt. Therefore, the Republicans need to sell their “public service” to get all that money to buy friends and supporters. But what happens when the money dries up and their payola runs out? What then?
That’s when they turn to foreigners: Israeli politicians and Israeli organizations, Arab sheiks and Arab bankers, Chinese businessmen, British wealth, Iraqi, Iranian, and Syrian dissidents, corrupt European politicians, arms merchants, Turkish political parties, foreign shipping corporations, on and on the list goes…all in the name of that big gold dollar sign.
Republican Cuff-Links 2006. Acrylic on canvas, 22 x 28"
The Republicans have provided a new adjective to add to the lexicon of criminal procedure – Republican cuff-links. When the Republicans do crime, they do it big time. They love money so much, that they have to turn to illegal ways to get more of it. And of course, like many criminals, the first thing out of a Republican's mouth is, “I didn’t do it.” Then the evidence piles up so high, that one Republican Congressman broke a record with his federal prison sentence. Perhaps that was appropriate for a guy who called himself, “Duke” (maybe he suffered from a John Wayne syndrome). The Duke was so confident in his illegal business, that he created a menu of what he would sell, and how much it cost to receive his access.
Black Ribbon: Truth 2005. Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 48"
George W. Bush is incompetent and should be removed from office.
Dick Cheney is incompetent and should be removed from office.
Donald Rumsfeld is incompetent and should be removed from office.
Condoleezza Rice is incompetent and should be removed from office.
Alberto Gonzales is incompetent and should be removed from office.
Michael Chertoff is incompetent and should be removed from office.
The Republican Party is corrupt and disgraceful.
The Republican Party is the party of polite bigotry.