some more american regionalism, the gun lobby agenda is not about freedom

Employment of Negroes in Agriculture

Employment of Negroes in Agriculture, oil on canvas ,1934 by Earle Richardson (1912-1935, he was only 23 when he died). A quote from one review, “Earle Richardson depicted his fellow African Americans working barefooted in a southern cotton field, but the artist denied demeaning stereotypes to stress the dignity of his subjects. These workers are not bent over to pick cotton; the three youthful figures have a monumental aspect, using their impressive strength to handle heavy baskets of cotton. Only one older woman bends over her task. The workers’ quiet pride transcends their identity as manual laborers. They stand at the front of the painting, where they confront the viewer as equals who are ready for a better life.” I started out chasing down a had to find Thomas Hart Benton painting and came across this painting among artist listed as American Regionalists. Richardson, in his own style, gives workers their due. He raises them up as heroes rather than faceless cogs in the national machinery of workers. A stark contrast to the age we live in, where people have have accomplished very little in terms of real work, the Romneys, Trumps and Koch brothers, are celebrated as heroes.

Radio Broadcast

Radio Broadcast by Julia Eckel (1907-1988). Oil on canvas, 1933-1934. In the 1930s there were newspapers, magazine and the magic that came out of the box with all those vacuum tubes, the radio. There were radio dramas – sometimes serial drama, music, news and politicians like President Roosevelt using the medium to lift people’s spirits during hard times. Unfortunately radio was also the home of the proto-types for Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, the Father Coughlins and Walter Winchells.

How the fanatical wing of the gun lobby has already blocked Boston’s bombing investigators

The FBI said Tuesday that gunpowder, along with pieces of metal and ball bearings, were packed into at least one pressure cooker and another device to make the crude bombs that killed three people—including an 8-year-old boy—and wounded more than 170 more during the Boston Marathon Monday.

But a crucial piece of evidence called a taggant that could be used to trace the gunpowder used in the bombs to a buyer at a point of sale is not available to investigators.

Too bad the gun lobby doesn’t care about protecting any rights in the constitution except completely unregulated, any thing goes, weapon ownership. Thus as the government enacts the surveillance state, as the government fails to met it’s mandate to protect our drinking water, as the government fails to protect our privacy on the internet, as the government and as the government allows too big to fail banks to get even bigger. Seen anyone from the NRA out fighting for the rights of millions of American workers to have a living wage. I must have missed it when the NRA charged the governor’s mansions in Wisconsin, Michigan and other states when conservative governors took away labor rights and women’s rights. Conservative gun owners are busy fighting for their right to have all these guns to protect themselves from the same government who is carrying out their agenda. With help from those freedom loving libertarians as well. NRA-types have already answered the questions of what are you going to do when they come for your rights – they’re going to help support taking away those rights and mutter incoherently to themselves while cleaning their new AR-15 with the expanded magazine. The gun lobby’s agenda has about as much to do with freedom as lard has to do with losing weight.

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