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[Poll] Should highly biased art be placed in government buildings

  1. Yes, partisan artwork should be displayed in government buildings

    4 vote(s)
    33.3%
  2. No, partisan artwork does not belong in government buildings

    8 vote(s)
    66.7%
  1. Jul 24, 2005 #1

    Pengwuino

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    [Poll] Should highly biased art be placed in US government buildings

    So what do you think? Should partisan artwork be allowed in government buildings such as court houses, libraries, and the DMV (or as its more popularly known as, hell).

    And to clarify, artwork that would be considered a form of protest if displayed out during a rally/march; not a historic piece of art or informative or anything like that that isn't meant to bring out any 'outrage'.

    Furthermore, this is with the US government, laws, and constitution in mind.

    *EDIT*

    Dang it, i didnt think id have to explain what partisan artwork would be but here goes. For examples!

    1) A donkey with the word "Democrat" on it expelling urine onto the US Constitution

    2) An elephant with the word "Republican" on it expelling urine onto the US Constitution

    And why are foreigners voting in this poll... if a mod could reset it, clarify US only in the title and poll name, and turn it public, I would appreciate it.
     
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2005
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  3. Jul 24, 2005 #2
    Art is a matter of perception....to some people a symbol of the ten commandments is outrageous....and yet that is symbolic of Americas puritan roots.
     
  4. Jul 24, 2005 #3

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    What is an example of partisan artwork? I can't really think of any piece of art that I've seen used in a protest, so I can't picture what you're talking about. Do you have a jpeg of an example?
     
  5. Jul 24, 2005 #4
    just vote yes.
     
  6. Jul 24, 2005 #5

    Pengwuino

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    Dang i wish i could reset this thread...
     
  7. Jul 24, 2005 #6

    selfAdjoint

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    All the VA hospitals and clinics I've seen have portraits of Bush and Rumsfield. Is that partisan artwork?
     
  8. Jul 24, 2005 #7

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    No. It only makes sense to have the current President's picture and the current Secretary of Defense in a VA hospital. Come on people, use logic :D

    Its like having the Chief justice's picture hanging in a federal courthouse or the secretary of agricultures picture hanging in an ag-related .. government... building.... sorry i cant figure out a specific example there.
     
  9. Jul 24, 2005 #8
    :confused: They don't have Paul Martin's picture in my local VA hospital.... I doubt most of the people there even know who our minister of defence is (does canada have a minister of defence? does the position exist?)
     
  10. Jul 24, 2005 #9

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    does canada have a military?

    juuuuuuuuust kidding :P lighten up.... stop cussing at me :( *cries for his mommy*!!!
     
  11. Jul 24, 2005 #10
    STOP READING MY MIND!!
     
  12. Jul 24, 2005 #11
    Ummm ... 'Cuz you didn't specify US government in the original poll!?

    So Sollee :biggrin: <- Looks Chinese doesn't he?
     
  13. Jul 24, 2005 #12

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    Never!

    Gimme a hug :D Ewww not that kinda hug.... gosh your a pervert.... yah i think the economy is too dependant on high tech jobs...
     
  14. Jul 24, 2005 #13

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    Oh right...

     
  15. Jul 24, 2005 #14
    No ... cruel and unusual punishment.
     
  16. Jul 25, 2005 #15
    Based on your examples of partisan artwork I would have to vote no. Although depends on what you mean by government buildings. Would there be a difference for a courthouse and an art exhibit at a school? I am assuming the latter would be exempt.

    It would be impossible to display artwork that no one would find offensive, but it is possible to display artwork that would be neutral for the vast majority of the population. The examples you give are clearly biased and I would not want to see either if I went to a post office, courthouse or city hall. A liberal judge has no more a right to hang a picture depicting Bush as a nazi as a conservative one would have to hang (hmmmmmm) a gay couple in front of a firing squad?
     
  17. Jul 25, 2005 #16

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    haha oh man i shoudl have just said "can this picture of clinton shaking hands with the devil be allowed in a federal court house hallway" or something like that that is obviously partisan and obviously in a government building.
     
  18. Jul 25, 2005 #17

    Well, hindsight is 20/20 :biggrin:
     
  19. Jul 25, 2005 #18
    I don't think there has ever been such a case, has there?
     
  20. Jul 25, 2005 #19

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    I doubt it but that would be much clearer as to what im talking about haha
     
  21. Aug 3, 2005 #20
    Well, none the examples you gave would I consider to be art. So I think your questiuon is moot.

    What is your real motivation for starting this thread?

    Could you provide an actual example of a piece of partisan art that has offended you?
     
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