“Indeed, almost as concerning as Trump’s disregard for the First Amendment is the report in The Hill that plans are being drawn to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Even with very modest budgets by Washington standards (roughly $147 million annually for each agency), the two provide crucial financial support to authors, small presses, and other organizations involved with the arts. PW is eager to lend its voice to all parties.”
Literary institutions are in danger of losing support to authors, small presses, and other organizations involved with the arts.
It is clear that America is going to be very busy standing up to the Trump White House judging by the chaos created by the travel ban against seven countries with majority Muslims. It is my hope that Americans continue to be vigilant. These are very dangerous times for our democracy.
On another front, President Trump has Chicago in his cross-hairs. He said he’ll send in feds if Chicago doesn’t fix ‘carnage’, January 24, 2017. Mayor Emanuel mentioned past meetings with Trump and has said he has “been very clear about what we need to do”. He specified areas he’d like the federal government’s help — including gun control, gun tracking, prosecution for gun crimes, and help increasing funding for more police officers.
I should mention here that Mayor Emanuel was President Obama’s first chief of staff. He resigned and returned to Chicago to run for mayor.
My feelings about President Trump’s warnings is I believe him when he makes these well publicized statements before the cameras, and I might add, that they are the very same press he berates on a daily basis.
Pray for Peace.
Minnie E Miller