What does it say about our country's priorities when the NRA is more powerful than the NEA?
America's business is business, so I've heard. The arts remain secondary in importance. Professional sports create the kind of athletic personality that does well in business. Agressive, at times ruthless, highly competitive, obsessed with winning at all costs and maximizing their profits for the bottom line.
Artists and teachers are at the bottom of the pay scale. Unless you happen to be one of the "stars", your artistic pursuits by and large are meaningless to a personality driven society. Does this tell us something about our priorities? Or our claims to be a civilized nation?