It brought tears to my eyes. What the current regime is doing to this country brings tears to my eyes, but that’s not what I speak of here. It was John McNaughton’s artwork that brought the current ocular deluge.
Art instead of words
There’s a video of John McNaughton’s political laments as expressed in his paintings. He uses art rather than words for political expression. It is more powerful, perhaps, than pages of print.
It shows in a painting the compression of political history in front of our eyes. This particular expression (see it here) made these eyes well up in lament.
Poignant in a particular way
The video shows McNaughton putting the final touches on his poignant painting. His brushstrokes, speaking louder than words, express the expansion of government, the American dream being dashed, and wonderment at what past Presidents might think of the current state of the Union.
Yes, all this and more appears in the art.
And the leader is…
Obama isn’t missing. He’s depicted right along with Washington, Lincoln, Reagan, Clinton, and the others. Narration reminds viewers of McNaughton’s art that these guys were installed in the highest post in the nation to protect and defend the Constitution. It’s obvious that somebody shown in the scene isn’t doing that.
American Dream doesn’t appear in the painting
Have a peek at the picture. Picture this art in the White House. And see if that doesn’t bring doubt in your heart and tears to your eyes at just how far America has been removed from its dream.
And I don’t accept the argument that a dream cannot be depicted in a painting. It can. But it’s not there in this one.