Hating Martha, or Stickin’ it to the Bigwigs.
This painting is in the private collection of Robert Jones.
Medium: Mixed media on illustration board.
Dimensions: 25w x 19h x 1d
Notes: Professionally framed with conservation glass.
This drawing addresses the class warfare and envy so rampant in our culture. Class envy has always been a highly emotional issue for people. It is a tool that politicians and governments use well to achieve their goals. Unfortunately, they have an easy job, because the average person is either too ignorant, lazy, or greedy to see through the scam. Historically, there was a time when people were born into poverty that they couldn’t control and were kept there by an aristocracy, abused and enslaved. This is no longer that time, and America is not that place. America, more than any other country, is a place where anyone can improve their situation through hard work and wise decisions.
I’m not addressing Martha’s guilt, we know she lied, or the fact that she deserved punishment for her actions. I am addressing the fact that she was convicted solely on the basis that she is a nasty person with plenty of money to spare. She was punished for her personality and wealth by people who had convicted her before the trial began because they hated her and wanted to bring her down to their level.
Diva Down, What the rest of us have to fear from the fall of Martha Stewart.
Elizabeth Koch, www.reason.com/martha/marthacurrent.shtml
March 9, 2004
Two Americas: One where rich widows pay the bills, and one where disabled babies are cash cows.
Medium: Colored pencil and mixed media .
Notes: Framed with conservation glass by artist
This painting is a response to the claims of Kerry/Edwards during their 2004 campaign, that there are rigid and insurmountable hurdles between the rich and poor in America. Not only is this stance pure and evil class warfare, it is complete hypocrisy coming from two wealthy liberals who have made their way off of someone else. The notion that we live in a medieval class system where some are born into money that they squander, while the rest of us toil in vain to scrape a living, is not only ridiculous, it is not a hard and fast rule. While the first case is certainly true of people like John Kerry, the second scenario is a situation remedied by hard work and wise decisions. I find it despicable that these two charlatans, who have been elected to do a job, would use such dishonest tactics to advance their careers. I suppose they didn’t expect anyone else to see through the scam. Or, maybe it’s okay to be an evil rich guy if you make the other evil rich guys look worse. If you say it enough times, people start to think it’s true, right?
This painting is in response to the statement: “Today, under George W. Bush, there are two Americas, not one: One America that does the work, another America that reaps the reward. One America that pays the taxes, and another America that gets the tax breaks. One America that will do anything to give its children a better life, and one America that never has to do a thing because its children are already set for life. …” (see John Edwards’ famous Two Americas speech for more. It goes on in this is hypocritical vein for quite a while, and is sure to inspire many more paintings on the subject.)
The articles listed at the end of this rant are the sources for the statistics on John Kerry’s real estate holdings at the time the painting was completed, as well as the tactics used by John Edwards to exploit the misery of parents raising disabled children. I have also included a site that has the transcript of the Two Americas speech. I only wish that more people took the time to know where the people they elect to office really stand on the issues they raise in their speeches. The fact that either one of the Johns got elected to serve in Congress is inconceivable to me. How they ever got to a run for the Presidency is utterly amazing. It makes you wonder if some people have enough sense to vote.
Kerry-Edwards — The “one went to war — one grew up poor” dream ticket. Mark Alexander, www.townhall.com July 9, 2004.
Just a gigolo. Ann Coulter, www.townhall.com January 29, 2004
The John Edwards that North Carolina knows. Judson Cox, www.intellectualconservative.com/article4001.html January 28, 2004.
Two Americas speech www.both.org/EdwardsSpeech01.html