Category Archives: Political Correctness – The Destroyer

The Sorry State of Education & Politicians in Arkansas

THE SORRY STATE OF EDUCATION AND POLITICIANS IN ARKANSAS. November 12, 2017

House Speaker Jeremy Gillam (R) Judsonia, AR and Committee Chair Bruce Cozart (R) Hot Springs and their gang of 15.

Leaders of this group hired “Solution Tree” without knowledge of some legislative members and the Dept. of Education awarded a $4 million contract without bid. S.T. claims to help educators in Kindergarten through 12th grade, and allegedly raises student achievement through a wide range of conferences (the ever-present “conferences”), customized school district solutions, long term professional development according to today’s Democrat-Gazette.

The first mission is S.T.’s Professional Learning Community (PLC). Their website states members work to clarify what each student must learn, accompanied by monitoring.

The PLC assimilates the teachers all together.

Representative Bruce Cozart says “if Johnny is having a problem in one area in math, the English teacher can say Johnny is having a problem with us and he probably needs to read a little better, so she (the teacher) can fix that up and pick that up on that end”.

Rep. Cozart…that is one of the most discombobulated statements I have ever heard. When you speak of little Johnny don’t you really mean little Juan? From the statement you just made perhaps you should join little Juan. Rep. Cozart, just what is it the PLC is going to fix? For your information, the public education system is a major part of the swamp and it cannot be “fixed”. Simply put, here is why. “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted”. Vladimir Lenin.

The public school system is a blueprint copied from Lenin—“group think”. Cultural Marxism in full bloom in the government school system, by design, attempting to reduce the white male to nothing more than a mass of protoplasm & a complete dumb-down of all to the lowest common denominator—students indoctrinated by teachers who are victims of same philosophy, resulting in Egalitarianism.

All that is left for the criminally corrupt government is the amalgamation of whites, i.e. extinction. Notice the Jews are the authority in keeping their race alive—no assimilation.

Finally, “I am tired of Arkansas thanking God for Mississippi. I think it’s time we raise our education in Arkansas”…this gem in concert with Rep. Cozart, by Rep. DeAnne Vaught (R), Horatio. Rep. Vaught, precisely what are you saying?

Don’t any of you know the first step to improving education is to refuse federal money and return it to the local levels with re-introduction of demanding curricula? The next step is to disallow illegal aliens from attending and bringing down American students.

Continue to sleep & trust, my friends, and…..

The two statements made by the two politicians also demonstrate the academic inadequacies of the Arkansas Legislature.

Incumbency—a Toxic Weed—Fatal.

Joe McCutchen www.arkansasfreedom.com

“VISION 2023” the new federal dumb down indoctrination project

Observations on Fort Smith, AR Public School’s “Visions 2023” Project. September 30, 2017

The local “education” improvement efforts follow in the footsteps of multiple national “education” strategy programs over the decades, e.g. Dewey’s Progressivism, School to Work, Goals 2000, No Child Left Behind, Common Core, and for good reason. It comes from a Consulting company, Cambridge Strategies, headed by Kevin Castner who in 2010 served as a Race to the Top (Obama’s version of education reform) Peer Review Panelist for the U.S. Department of Education.

The footsteps being followed are those of the destruction of challenging academics, of merit, of individualism, of achievement, et al via the adoration of emotions, irrational goals, egalitarianism, and collectivism. All in the sacred name of “Social Justice”—which has nothing to do with rigorous academics, the true job of schools. A brief summary of their goals follows:

The official “Vision 2023’s” first item of importance is DIVERSITY—a meaningless concept standing alone without proper context. Indeed, the treatment of DIVERSITY as a superior virtue is deranged. DIVERSITY has no value on its own, by definition it is a noun meaning differences, period.

The 2nd goal is egalitarian in opportunities—an impossible feat in the real world. For everyone to be equal all must be brought down to the lowest common denominator simply because the lowest cannot achieve what the highest can. Therefore the brightest students must be dumbed down to the dimmest. Only then, can all be equal. What an uplifting goal!

The 3rd is that EVERYONE has value and plays a CRITICAL role in the community’s (collective) future—another impossibility in the face of scientific factual differences in I.Q., character, values, DNA, etc. that exists in all ethnicities, i.e. mankind.

The 4th preposterous belief is that ALL students have the potential to become successfully productive citizens in our “DIVERSE, rapidly changing world”. Poppycock—what an imaginary world; again no knowledge or recognition of the scientific facts of DNA, Genes, I.Q., Environment—only utopian collectivism.

Goal #7 tells everyone to embrace CHANGE. Why? Is that aimed at demographics? ALL CHANGE is not good or positive. Some CHANGE can be catastrophic. Again, it is simply a word which is meaningless without context.

Goal #8 lauds educators and their continuing development (which is whatever the federal system dictates) that will improve schools. How so? It has not happened in the government schools yet—they have only gotten worse.

The breathtaking strategy is that the “public school” responsibility for children and families includes Wellness: “physical/mental/emotional/academic/social NEEDS”. No parental or individual responsibilities mentioned, neither is the word DISIPLINE. Sounds like cradle to grave government control described in 1984, Brave New World, Anthem, etc. and oh yes, the Communist Manifesto.

Collectivist utopia is a dream/nightmare concocted by those who despise individual achievement/responsibility. Why? Rugged individuals are difficult if not impossible to control and direct. Individualism rejects the concept of dependence on government as a paramount need, therefore is not easily brainwashed or subdued.

All Collectivist/Socialist/Communist “Utopias” always end in immense suffering for the masses, including millions of executions, starvation—death. The greatest question is why don’t large segments of society look at history and realize the consequences of these ideologies which have been demonstrated vividly in the USSR Communism with 94 million casualties & China’s Chairman Mao with a mere 70 million dead. The people in Venezuela today, ruled by a Collectivist Dictator Maduro are literally eating out of dumpsters and killing zoo animals for food. How uplifting!

Is the answer simply laziness & a desire to be provided for by ambitious politicians? Or is it ignorance, stupidity and a deliberate dumbing down, where the people fall for well-sounding bromides & propaganda—so much so that they vehemently believe they are doing the right thing by supporting & applauding the Collectivist siren call? Are the concepts of individual liberty and the search for true knowledge dead and gone?

In reading their “Vision 2023” goals one would have to say it is another step into the pit of Collectivism and the participants either are ignorant of history & philosophy or are in cahoots with the “It Takes a Village” malevolent crowd. Either way, it is but one more nail in the coffin of knowledge & liberty.

The callous disregard for the suffering & litter of millions of human bodies strewn across the history of every nation who fell under the Collectivist/Communist/Fascist regimes is beyond comprehension.

“It can’t happen here”, “we mean so well & care so much”, the well-baited trap so many have fallen into brings us to the USA which is committing genocide suicide because of the useful idiots who never question or reason, but go along to get along & look good in the community are facilitating our demise, while smugly patting themselves on the back.

The Cultural Marxists have won in their “march through the institutions” to destroy Western Civilization, and the government schools have played and are playing a huge role in that victory.
Since funding follows failure, school administrators will not refuse to teach the newest poison pill.

“Vision 2023” planning team mostly includes government types & some school children…mostly well-intentioned surely, but do they excel academically & are truly historically knowledgeable? No can be the only honest answer. They are only following the guidelines set out by yet another government controlled consultant. By the way, it is impossible that Superintendent Brubaker is unaware…all Supers come out of the same government trained pot, or they are not awarded that position.

2023 is simply a copy of 1984. (Hint to the participants, at least read that one small book)

Pity the young, who are influenced by the indoctrinated adults.

~Barbara McCutchen
www.arkansasfreedom.com

FOIA Transparency Out/Secret Cronyism In?

From today’s Times Record –“The Board asked to reject FOI deal” September 13, 2017

Some quotes from 2 members of the City Board who refuse to accept that the FOIA is a legal document.

“In the email (re the lawsuit & Civil Service Commission) Good also said he questioned if some have undermined the Police Chief’s authority.” My question, how and what authority has been undermined?

Good also said “Give him (Clark) the opportunity to perform his sworn duties”. Question: What specific duty has Chief Clark been denied? Former Chiefs have apparently worked very well with existing Civil Service Commission protocols.

“Giving him authority in policy.” (Good) It appears that Director Good wants Chief Clark to run the PD without Director oversight, public knowledge, and citizen approval by the Official Commission. Forget Administrator Geffken, apparently a tool of Downtown Establishment. Citizens should be apprised of the influence Mayor Sandy Sanders exercises over both Boards.

With a deal to permit Clark to have full reign over the FSPD will prove the Board’s incompetence as shown by the many recent failures and will demonstrate they have fouled their mess-kits again.

More later re the likely hiring of Police Chief’s crony Harold Rochon, fresh out of Detroit.

All is quiet on the home front, absent transparency, e.g. the T.R. & the Fort Smith government.

Director’s Lau & Lorenz made similar quotes interrelated with Director Good’s.

Fort Smithians will rue the day that the FS Board of Directors hired Nathaniel Clark.

Regard this quote from former Captain Copeland from 5 News:

“Around 25 officers at the Fort Smith Department have retired since the beginning of this year, which is about the same time the new police chief, Nathaniel Clark, took office.

Former Fort Smith Police Captain Jarrard Copeland said there are a lot of changes happening at the department right now. According to Copeland, some of them needed to happen, but he doesn’t understand a lot of them. One change includes hiring from the outside of the department for high ranking positions, instead of promoting officers who have worked in Fort Smith for years. “Over half of his command staff have left the department,” said Copeland. “I heard him [Clark] make the comment this is normal anytime you have a new chief, which is not true. I’ve worked under six different chiefs of police and don’t know of a single person that has left because of a new chief until now.”

Joe McCutchen
www.arkansasfreedom.com

Illegal alien invasion, aided & abetted by government & church officials

The nation be damned, traded for gutless self-service. September 5, 2017

9/4/17 Ark. State Reps Charlie Collins & Greg Leding appeared on Ch. 5 Ft. Smith campaigning to uphold 1 million plus DACA (Dreamers/amnesty/plus all their relatives) remaining ostensibly in the U.S. to attend college—gratis, opposed to the legal position of being deported to Mexico/elsewhere as proposed by POTUS. Will he stick?

Why are Collins & Leding championing this illegal act? For a number of reasons. Remember both office holders have sworn their allegiance to uphold and abide by the U.S. Constitution and its undergirding laws.

Both represent the citadel of sanctuary cities and illegal immigration, NWA. The destructive Act began in the late 1940’s and continues unabated today, compliments of John Sr. & Don Tyson.

I do not know about Collins, but Leding is a Catholic. Catholics have been deeply embedded in this illegal practice for decades for the purpose of building sanctuary cities & filling their pews—observe Springdale & Rogers. The vehicle used is “Catholic Charities” that the federal government (taxpayers) fund in the hundreds of millions yearly, resulting in the destruction of our culture, most of which is directed to aiding illegals and replete with hundreds of DC lobbyists.

AR Catholic Bishop Anthony B. Taylor openly advocates for open borders. A number of years ago he stated the Catholic Church in Arkansas could not survive without illegals. What a pathetic creature. Presently Taylor is begging for DACA and money. Taylor daily slaps the Constitution and non-Catholic American’s faces with impunity.

Our nation is teaming with illegal aliens—some studies indicate 25-35 million illegals encamped in our Republic, destroying our infrastructure, enjoying special welfare programs, i.e. COLLEGE, free prenatal care, housing, food, stealing jobs, installing their own cultures, MS13 gangs, etc. May I suggest to the illegals an academic institution of some renown—Ark. State Univ., Queretaro, Mexico.

Rep. Collins & Leding, accompanied by Bishop Taylor are criminals! Citing a portion of 8 USC, Section 1324a: “Any person who knowingly hires/harbors/transports any illegal alien is guilty of a felony, punishable by 10 years jail plus $2,000 fine per illegal alien”.

Section 1324c: “Officers are to enforce”. Obviously another police stand-down
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Remember the oath Collins & Leding swore to and the aggressive behavior the Pope and his minions exert over U.S. affairs.

Joe McCutchen
Fort Smith
www.arkansasfreedom.com

P.S. Throw in Senators Boozman & Cotton.

The Dumb-Down on steroids

Times Record headline 8/27/17 “Progress made on strategic plan”

How to put this in plain English without writing a book? The “Plan” is a 5 year plan…remember the USSR? It is being devised starting with a “25 person advisory team after 2 ½ days of meetings”. The team is comprised of “students, educators, & community members”. There will also be 7 action teams of 20-25 people yet to be chosen to be assigned topics for education improvement. Yes, Virginia, it does take a village.

It appears that the Education Establishment no longer knows how to teach students and requires complete overhauling…which it does, but not by a collective, no matter how well-intentioned, with no clue as to the acquisition of knowledge.

Wading through the newspeak, educanto gibberish, one would conclude that schools are to take the place of parents as to the “needs of all children & families (physical/mental/emotional/academic/social/etc.)” Now that is quite an undertaking…arrogance & ignorance on parade. Independence is never mentioned.

Long story short—these people are going to collaborate to bring about an Egalitarian Utopia. While they are making sure that everyone is treated the same, attain the same results, have equitable resources, they say diversity is an asset. In a sane world “diversity” by itself is divisive, not an asset.

They believe “all students have the potential to become successful, productive citizens in our diverse rapidly changing world”. What happened to scientific data such as DNA, IQ, Gene differences, let alone individual’s ambitions, drive, intellectual curiosity—all of which vary from person to person via Mother Nature and environment?

Now here is a particularly asinine statement “Everyone should embrace change in order to achieve at their highest potential”. No explanation or definition of what that “change” might be. What if it is something horrific such as Fascism or Totalitarianism?

Let us compare “education” today to education of back in the day of the one room schoolhouse. Elementary school children back then were taught geography, real mathematics, English & Grammar, how to diagram a sentence, the parts of speech, how to write in cursive, how to find foreign places on a map, what the history was of our country (although already revised), science, how to read classic works of literature including poetry, ad infinitum. Today we constantly see examples of college students who cannot accomplish any, much less all these subjects. Why?

In this article there is no mention of proper discipline in the classroom, schoolyard, etc. which is a known problem, often severe. No talk of improving curricula or returning to more challenging teaching methods. No subject matter is discussed. No Latin, chemistry, literature, et al, just providing the tools with which everyone can be the same. Which by the way is impossible; unless you lower everyone to the lowest common denominator…remember Mother Nature & environment? Denial of facts won’t change them.

Numerous books have been written on the deliberate dumbing down of students in government schools, evidently none of this myriad of planners has read one or comprehends the subject. Don’t they wonder why Johnny can’t read, write or cypher? Do they really believe that more computers, bigger buildings, better stadiums, prettier surroundings, lack of discipline & more love are the answers?

Obviously so. This country has fallen academically behind many other countries when once it was on top…why? You just read why. Academics is out, diversity & inclusion are in, ergo ignorant pupils lacking authentic self-esteem & pride…who act on emotions rather than reason, who are incapable of “critical thinking” which is so lauded. How do you learn to think critically when you’re not exposed to logic and reason? You don’t.

So goes the schools, so goes our country. This was/is by design…it is no accident…but that is another very unpleasant subject.

Pity the young.

~Barbara McCutchen
www.arkansasfreedom.com

Editorial lies about “Civil War” foment violence & destroy our Constitutional liberties.

To Greg Harton: Regarding todays editorial “Enslaved by the Past” in the Ardemgaz

Only one of your quotes (if you are indeed the writer) is necessary to expose and offer irrefutable evidence that your piece is one of lies, ignorance, or both. “That is our nation’s greatest shame, and Confederates fought to destroy the government established by the U.S. Constitution we so revere today.”

At the Treaty of Paris of 1783, King George III in his signing the Surrender Accords each state was awarded one of his signed accords stating that each of the colonies was a sovereign nation, and so held by the Founding Fathers.

Pertaining to secession, in the case the second one, erroneously called the Civil War, please read the Declaration of Independence and what it has to say re secession and the definition of a Civil War is when two bodies clash to take charge of the central government. The South had no such intention, they just wanted out of Lincoln’s tariff corruption and tyrannical issues.

“He, Lincoln instructed Seward to introduce proposals in the Senate Committee of Thirteen without indicating they came from Springfield. The first resolved that the Constitution should never be altered so as to authorize Congress to abolish or interfere with slavery in the states. Another recommendation that he instructed Seward to get through congress was that all state personal liberty laws in opposition to the Fugitive Slave Law be repealed.” (Doris Kearns-Goodwin)

This proves that the war had nothing to do with slavery, all about Lincoln’s tariffs and the South funding his government well over 70%.
Lincoln & The Corwin Amendment, available in the records of the U.S. House of Representatives, the 106th Congress, Second session, the Constitution of the United States of America, Doc. No. 106-214—slavery in perpetuity.

Individuals such as you are the ilk that is fomenting uncivilized behavior in our Republic. Editorials such as yours are tearing our country apart and you are complicit in the demise of the Constitution you claim to revere!

Slavery was on its way out, rightfully so, due to economics and abolitionist activities in a peaceful manner, there was no need for Lincoln to murder 700,000 during the war and the murder, rape & theft during “reconstruction” and the continuing of same by Grant, Sherman and Sheridan directed at a genocide of Western American Indian tribes.

If you are interested in in-depth documentable truth concerning the Constitution, what lay behind it and the Uncivil War, please contact a scholar named Michael Gaddy at montezumaconstitution@gmail.com

This is not intended as a letter to the editor, but if you want to print it, please do.

Joe McCutchen
Fort Smith
August 20, 2017
www.arkansasfreedom.com

LTE…”The Unexpected”, a Requiem for our culture/heritage/rationality

Submitted to TR July 26, 2017………Published 7/30/17

As an observer with a knowledge of the arts, the downtown project called “The Unexpected” (murals on historic buildings) raises many questions. Who pays? Who critiques the planned art projects and are any standards applied? What is called “art” is a very subjective subject.

Various viewpoints enter like the “Emperor’s New Clothes” faction, where whatever the “experts” say is ”art” must be believed. There is a malevolent faction which purposefully projects ugliness, misery, distortion of reality and dares the viewer to challenge it. Then, there is a faction which seeks to portray life in a rational, benevolent way, even to inspire. All artists are portraying their own sense of life, how they feel about humankind and the world in which we live. With that in mind, observe what the Fort Smith canvas is portraying. Some projects lack reality or benevolence, some are cartoonish, some are just plain ugly, only a few give a sense of intelligibility.

If any vetting is done it is poorly accomplished. This town has a unique history which could have been portrayed in the tracing of that history in a dignified, educational way. From Indians & bandits, to the Judge & Marshal’s, to the gentility of Southern etiquette & accomplishment. From wagons, horses, blacksmiths, farmers, saloons, ladies, gentlemen and fine structures, like the marble train station and elegant hotels/theaters, to the crowded Avenue lined with fine stores, to throngs of people traversing it. Opportunities to educate, stimulate & inspire, lost forever.

What rational minds see now is a growing array of graffiti. I don’t relish the idea of this becoming known as “Graffiti City”, no matter how “well-meaning” the instigators might be. The “Unexpected” is not so unexpected in this time of political correctness and destruction of decorum, etiquette, esthetics, honor, & rugged individualism.

~Barbara McCutchen
www.arkansasfreedom.com

A nostalgic walk becomes surreal–beware politicrats & insiders.

A nostalgic walk down the Avenue—evolving into an embarrassing spectacle July 19, 2017

“Never give a sucker an even break”—W.C. Fields, an expression practiced by the Fort Smith City Government and downtown insiders.

In the year 1985, citizens voted on and passed a 1% street/sewer tax which remains in force to this day. By 2010 the tax had generated $650 million, $200 million more than the recent and 3rd Federal Consent Decree issued to the city of Fort Smith by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

There has been no stated amount of revenue generated by the tax in the last 7 years, but it is fair to say in the ensuing 32 years the total amount could approximate $1 Billion that have fallen into city coffers by the 1% street/sewer tax. And “we the people” are the recipients of bad streets & a failed sewer system.

The most recent EPA mandate of $480 million, plus a $300,000 fine and 12 years to complete occurred in Dec. 2014, totaling 39 years of apparent malfeasance & misfeasance, absent sewer and ground water complete overhauls.

City Manager Carl Geffken now proposing to add another 12 years to the recent Federal Consent Decree, making a grand total of 51 years (1/2 century) of Fort Smith city government refusing to address the failed sewer & ground water deficiencies, while $1 Billion is unaccounted for they recklessly involve citizens’ money in meaningless, curious & unnecessary pursuits without citizens’ knowledge or permission, resulting in a change of the image of the city, likely for private personal gains including the recycling debacle ($52,000 monthly for 3 years) replete with no transparency, the Files/Webb Softball $2 million Complex fiasco (Manager Geffken wants “to move on”…but where is the accountability?), the bribe by Delta Dental to fluoridate Lake Ft. Smith against citizen wishes, citizens’ money poured into the nascent Marshal’s Museum, $700,000 yearly into the failed Convention Center, the Fire/Police Pension Fund shortage, alleged city business conducted surreptitiously by email, ad infinitum.

The Downtown private business owners have no legal, constitutional or moral authority to change the image of our city for private gain without a detailed public explanation and approval of their future intentions, e.g. “Propelling Downtown Forward”, no doubt detailed in their 113 page dossier that the downtown insiders plan to unleash on city citizens which was prepared by Dallas Gateway Planning. From the number of pages it is easy to see that the scope and magnitude of the downtown self-servers is huge.

Citizen insouciance, fear, and ignorance have and are allowing City Managers, Mayors & official Boards to exhibit and practice hubris and self-service while bathing in perfidy, making the citizens monkeys in the city government circus. If citizens arise and become implacable perhaps one will at least have a rail.

Currently City Manager Geffken and selected sidekicks are soon to be off to DC for another 12 year extension pitch attached to the recent 12 year EPA mandate and a little prime time…who pays? And remember, this translates into 51 years before any functional waste water/ground water safe disposal.

Where did the money go & who got it? Cut out the monkey business, downsize city government, stay out of downtown politics (boxcar graffiti, new age Urban Renewal, & Propelling Ft. Smith), and pay our legitimate bills.

At this point in time the present display of boxcar graffiti does in no way depict our city’s true long & varied history in any manner. Perhaps real history in the artists’ next presentation will be embraced.

Joe McCutchen
www.arkansasfreedom.com

PC Art on Display response from sponsor

Mr. Clark, July 17, 2017

Thank you for your civil response (see below) to my opinion piece on the type of mural art being painted on our downtown buildings. I was gratified to learn from you that taxpayer monies are not being used to fund this project.

There are many articles written exposing the true meaning of “modern art” for those interested in the research, I will include a couple. Here is one: Communism’s 45 goals to destroy the United States
www.tldm.org/News7/CommunismInAmerica.htm
Jul 12, 2016 – Communism’s 45 goals to destroy the United States… “My child, you must …. Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”

Please note especially the items listed from 15 through the 20’s.

Another is: https://www.google.com/amp/www.independent.co.uk/news/world/modern-art-was-cia-weapon-1578808.html%3Famp

Both were sent to me by readers of our distribution list. For those who have convinced themselves that all such facts are “conspiracy theories” there is nothing to say. For those who realize that something is very wrong and that our culture has changed drastically for the worst over the last several decades, there is much to learn and it is unsavory, distasteful and frightening. But learn we must if we are to save our culture, heritage & Western Civilization as a whole. Those in denial are complicit too.

Not wanting to believe or face the truth does not change it…it is what it is. The only thing that implements change is daring to look at true historical facts and to do whatever possible to change the destructive course set by those who seek to destroy individualism, freedom, rule of just law, civility, consequences for behavior, and all our Founding Principles, i.e. our Bill of Rights. Ignorance & apathy are our greatest weaknesses & make us vulnerable to the cunning plan of destruction throughout all our institutions.

Serious minds will research the Cultural Marxist history and tactics for accomplishing what they have already done to our culture. Those who are “in it” for the money or fame will denounce loudly. This project may be “world renowned” but millions of people can be and are duped on a daily basis in many ways. Actually that is proof of the success of the Collectivist movement to demolish what we once had…reason, peace, & others named above.

I do not pretend to understand the Collectivist/Marxist/Socialist/Communist mind-set, to me it is grotesque & inconceivable to want to live in their kind of world, but that is because the instigators are playing Chess, while us “normals” are playing checkers, if I may borrow a famous saying.

Again, I do appreciate your civil response to a negative critique of your Unexpected Project. I can only hope you and others will do some homework, unpleasant as it may be, on the causes of the negative changes & revisionism in our society & history. Knowledge is crucial to survival. Logic is crucial to knowledge. Courage to face truth in the face of criticism & sarcasm is vital.

Best Regards,
~Barbara McCutchen
www.arkansasfreedom.com

Mr. & Mrs. McCutchen July 16, 2017

Thank you for taking time to write and express your opinion regarding the now, world renowned, Unexpected Festival. I believe we will agree more than disagree, in that, i agree with you, art is subjective, which is why you enjoy such a wide variety and varying styles of work. The work downtown is paid for, funded by, local patrons of the arts and our city’s largest employers. We work with, one of, the preeminent curators in the world to organize the week, along with hundreds of motivated, local citizens volunteering thousands of hours to make it the success it is. The artists, who come to our city, from all over the world, spend countless hours researching and considering how best to convey their impression of our history AND our future. There have, literally, been millions of social media and online views, for the right reasons, for our city. Our City, chamber of commerce, office of tourism all enthusiastically support this award winning event.

Are there some pieces which appeal to me more than others? Of course!.. and that is art.

I invite and encourage you to participate in the wonderful resurgence of interest in our downtown.

Happy to answer any questions!

Kindest regards,

Steve Clark
479 651 5403

PC “Art” on display

“The Unexpected” is to be expected. July 16, 2017

As an observer with somewhat of a knowledge & study in the arts, the downtown project called “The Unexpected” (murals on historic buildings) raises lots of questions. Who is paying these various “artists” for their travel & work expenses? Who, if anyone, critiques the planned art project and are there any criteria or standards applied?

What is called “art” is a very subjective subject. There are various viewpoints such as the “Emperors’ New Clothes” faction, in which whatever the “experts” say is acceptable or appropriate art must be so. There is a malevolent faction which does all it can to project ugliness, misery, distortion of reality, and often seeks to dare the viewer not to agree or feel awe for their work. Then, there is a faction which seeks to portray life in a rational, benevolent way, even to inspire. All artists are portraying their own sense of life, how they feel about humankind and the world in which we live.

With those thoughts in mind, observe what the Fort Smith canvas is portraying. Some projects show a complete lack of reality or benevolence, some make no sense at all, some are cartoonish, some are just plain ugly, and a few give a sense of dignity & intelligibility.
In my opinion if any vetting is done it is poorly accomplished. This town has a very unique history which could have been portrayed in the tracing of that history in a dignified, educational, inspiring way. From Wild West bandits, to the Judge & Marshal’s, to the genteel presence of Southern etiquette & accomplishment. From wagons, horses, blacksmiths, farmers, saloons, to ladies & gentlemen and the building of fine structures, such as the marble train station and elegant hotels & theaters, to the crowded Avenue lined with fine stores of all venues & throngs of people making their way up & down, including the WWII troops. So many opportunities to educate, stimulate & inspire, lost forever.

What we see now with clear eyes & rational minds is a growing array of graffiti…no doubt expensive. Don’t know about others but I don’t relish the idea of this becoming known as “Graffiti City”, no matter how “well-meaning” or “expert” the instigators & enablers might present themselves to be.

The “Unexpected” is not so unexpected in this time of political correctness and relinquishment of standards and beauty.

Those of us old enough to remember times of decorum, etiquette, esthetics, honor, & rugged individualism recognize what destructive endeavors are unfolding. The “Youngers” are mostly mired in PC indoctrination & those who have resisted are to be admired…and pitied for the agonies without the ecstasy’s to be endured.

Pity the young.

~Barbara McCutchen