McNaughton’s Painting and Query (Open Thread)

Posted by Bridgette


“What Will It Take to Mend the Nation?”

New McNaughton Painting 

Mending the Nation

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In his new release, “Mending the Nation,” artist John McNaughton sees a nation in “disarray.” The artist wonders what it will take to rebuild America in the wake of our current financial crises, a compromised military, attacks on our constitutional rights and the decline of the moral fabric of our society.

Each family member featured in “Mending the Nation” represents a different value: courage, family, hope, faith and love. McNaughton says those five are the keys to rebuilding America: “Each value is required to make it work. Remove one and the whole system fails.”

“What will it take to mend the nation?” McNaughton asks.

“I think that the American spirit is alive, and if we muster enough courage and commitment, it can be done.”


Source:  Grassfire

Interactive – Mending the Nation 

About Mending the Nation by the Artist

I had a vision of a family gathered around an American flag. Not just any flag, but that of a fallen serviceman, a father, a son, a daughter; the kind of flag that would be laid over a casket with great reverence. But upon examining the flag, one can see that it is in horrible condition. Its colors are faded, the edges are torn and there are many holes. It has been trampled and has not been treated with the honor and respect, which it deserves.

Today, our nation is in disarray. Our Constitution has been trampled, our financial solvency is in question, our military is compromised, and the decline of the moral fabric of our society is in question. Our government has lost the trust of the people. Our courts do not uphold the Constitution and the American people are afraid for the future of their children. What will it take to mend the nation?

I think that the American spirit is alive and if we muster enough courage and commitment it can be done. . The last time I saw such courage was after 9/11 when the country came together for a common good. If we are going to rebuild America I believe it will take FIVE VALUES. Courage, Family, Hope, Faith, and Love; each value is required to make it work—remove one and the whole system fails. In this painting, each member of the family represents a different value.


134 responses to “McNaughton’s Painting and Query (Open Thread)

  1. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) criticized the Obamas for living a “life of excess” in her speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, questioning the first family’s amenities in the face of budget cuts.
    Mar. 16 2013 Snip

    “They deserve to live in the White House, they deserve to fly on a private plane… [but] this is a lifestyle that is one of excess,” she said.
    “We found out there are five chefs on Air Force One. There are two projectionists who operate the White House movie theater. They regularly sleep at the White House… in case the first family wants a really, really late show. I don’t mean to be petty here, but can’t they just push the play button?” she asked.

    She went on to note that the Obamas have a paid dog-walker, and asked “Why are we doing that when we can’t get a disabled veteran into the WH for a White House tour?”

    Bachmann said $1.5 billion in government funds are spent on the White House and amenities.

    • Powerful speech by Michele and others today.

      Representative Michele Bachmann remarks at Conservative Political Action Conference
      Mar 16, 2013 VIDEO

      She talks about caring, and then about uncaring. Uncaring represented by the deaths of Americans in Benghazi – help never came. She named all of them. Their government never sent them help. The president went AWOL that night. The next day Obama went to Las Vegas to meet with Beyonce.

    • Good for Michele. Time for the lamestream to attack her again in three, two, one …

  2. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich spoke this morning at CPAC 2013
    March 16


  3. “Breitbart News’ Joel Pollak Takes On Smear Machine Media Matters; I’m Not A Birther”

    • How does being called a birther slanderous? Oh my, I do believe to be a Birther is a badge of Honor and Pollak wants an apology for beign called one? NO MORE Breitbart for me. AT all.

    • He’s something else altogether.

      Sarah has a way of cutting to the chase, doesn’t she?

      As for the tool from Media Matters, do you notice the subtext of his argument: Pollak should have SUPPRESSED the article that they found, which said for nearly 20 years that Obama was born in Kenya, because it served to incite “conspiracy theories.”


      If there’s contradictory evidence, then like at a trial, they should present ALL THE EVIDENCE, SUPPRESSING NOTHING, and let the jury (in this case, the public) DECIDE.

      YOU REPORT; WE DECIDE. Media Matters should not be in the business of MAKING UP OUR MINDS FOR US AS IF WE HAVE NO BRAINS. IT’S NOT THEIR JOB TO SPOON FEED US ONLY WHAT THEY WANT US TO KNOW. It’s not their job to worry about what people may conclude about the evidence.

      That publisher’s biography is DAMNING EVIDENCE that Obama is a liar. Either he was not born in Kenya but he lied to sell books, OR he was born in Kenya and he’s lying now to usurp the presidency unconstitutionally.

      Pollak’s theory about the Clinton machine being the origin of the “birther” meme, in the context of that biography, doesn’t hold water. It’s a non sequitur . There WAS NO CLINTON machine 20 years ago that was planting anything about the ineligibility of a non-entity known as Barry Soetoro.

      • Oh but there is a possibility that Bill and Hill go way back and knew Barry and someone in his weirdo family, or his real family, I should say. Maybe they knew Barry wasn’t legit from the start cause they were always aware of his true origins…they wouldn’t even have had to investigate now would they?

    • At Breitbart:

      “Pollak Takes On MMfA ‘Birther’ Lie: ‘The Next Words Out Of Your Mouth Should Be I’m Sorry”

      “Joel Pollak took on a Media Matters’ Ari Rabin-Havt about a column on his website labeling Pollak a “birther.” Rabin-Havt said that he didn’t believe that Pollak was a birther but that he “advances” birther conspiracies. After a heated exchange asking Rabin-Havt for an apology Pollak finally demanded a retraction from the site.”

      • What gets me is that this is what’s the most important thing to Pollak: That he was accused of being a birther. Isn’t it more important, Joel, WHY BARRY WOULD LIE ABOUT WHERE HE WAS BORN? The most important thing to these juveniles is who’s calling whom what?

  4. Might end up with more in JAIL than crossing the borders daily~
    Make them pay dearly….Pelosi…& all of the THIEFS & LIERS
    & they look so smug & sure of themselves…. LET’S ROLL !!!
    Tattered & ALL……. I CAN’T WAIT ……

  5. Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! :mrgreen:

  6. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” — Theodore Roosevelt, April 23, 1910

    When the people fear their government, there is tyranny.
    When the government fears the people, there is liberty.
    — Thomas Jefferson

    During times of universal deceit, telling the truth
    becomes a revolutionary act. — George Orwell

    First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you,
    then you win. — Mahatma Gandhi

    Laugh all they care… Orly has given 100% … Non-Stop…
    the video above stated ….Orly is wrong …it’s a Criminal Case.
    If ORLY …. We… & Others did not log YEARS of information for all
    to USE… where would we all be NO ???…. Excepting what was
    thrown in our faces….. and ALLOW IT!!!!!!
    Yes someone will CRACK the CASE….
    I know the TRUTH….. will SURFACE……but Orly has taken RIDICULE.. any dusted it off for SHE knows that’s their JOB….& hers & ours is to
    send the BALL back FULL FORCE ….. each and every TIME!!!!!
    BLESS …. ORLY TAITZ ….for fighting for the TRUTH every DAY!

    Did THEY think it was a GAME….NO !!!!
    They know & we know… they are not stupid…. but felt ….no one
    would challenge A DEMOCRATIC…… BLACK?? MAN!!!!
    WE will see where this GAME takes them ALL… You can RUN
    like the Chicken SH*TS you are…. BUT WE WILL also find YOU!!
    I LOVE the term…15 YEARS to LIFE…OR DEATH sounds cool2 me!

  7. I want to feel some of that unconditional LOVE… at St. Peter’s Square…
    IL PAPA…. said … the strongest message of the Lord is …. Mercy….
    The Lord never gets tired of FORGIVING….. OK….
    Well he best be saving up a SH*T LOAD….4 you know WHO!!!!!

  8. in case you missed it 🙂

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