Silence of the Lambs
This drawing is in response to the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Act. What a lovely title. It almost makes you feel like they’ve done something to make politicians less corrupt. What they’ve really done is tell you who you can support and how much you can give them. Don’t be fooled by the tripe about getting the money out of politics. The guys with big money on both sides can find ways around something as insignificant as a little law. They already have in most cases. All it really does is make it harder for the little guy who’s trying to follow the law to exercise his right to free speech and to vote.
Making politics more transparent and less driven by money is a load and we all know it. There’s not much else to say. We all know these guys are just trying to stay in office and keep anyone new off their turf. People who break the rules under one system will do so under any system. Legislation doesn’t change that, it just makes things harder for people who follow the law.
The imagery in this drawing illustrates the red tape of government regulation silencing the people. We do this to ourselves when we continue to vote the same people into office year after year because of party loyalty. This is just one more reason I support term limits and hope to see third party philosophies become more popular.
Completed – 2007
Medium: Charcoal and ink on paper
Dimensions: 24w x 24h x 1d
Notes: Professionally Framed with conservation glass
Additional blogs regarding the First Amendment:
The Right to Bear Arms SOLD
Medium: Acrylic and pencil on wood panel.
Dimensions: 6w x 6h x 2d
The title of this painting says it all. The second amendment gives the citizens the right to bear arms. It’s simple and concise. There is no room for interpretation. There is no question of intent.
In lieu of a lengthy rant, I will provide you with some quotes.
“The rights of conscience, of bearing arms, of changing the government, are declared to be inherent in the people.”
“The right of a citizen to keep and bear arms has justly been considered the palladium of the liberties of the republic, since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers, and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.”
The 9th Ammendment made clear that the enumeration of certain rights in the Bill of Rights was not exhaustive, and was not meant to imply that they were the only rights that the people enjoyed.
“What is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”
“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants, they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”