I am an artist first and a political wonk second. I follow politics with a passion that seems to some unnatural because I am always brushing up on people who are woefully under-prepared for the challenges we face as a modern society because they are under-informed or uninterested. The reason I like politics is because it is interwoven with the mindset of a nation as large as the USA. It has never been pretty. There was never a moment in from the earliest years of what would become American life where the behavior of the people in-charge was not incredibly shameful and criminal. The people in-charge routinely raped and pillaged their way to the top of the food chain. My fascination began as teen when I attended anti-war rallies. It was enhanced when I went to Washington DC and lobbied for the Equal Right Amendment. When I moved to NYC at the height of the AIDS epidemic and artists were dying in record number my focus was on gay rights since it was still illegal to be a homosexual in most of the USA. I supported Democrats because they were more than 80% aligned with my image of love can be a force for good, peace can happen through diplomacy and prosperity through innovative creativity. But then the unimaginable GOP took hold of the national mindset. I witnessed shades of unspeakable cruelty throughout my little life and it brought tears to my eyes every time but I never fully appreciated the way the GOP effectively poisoned human nature until now. They accurately fanned the flames of contempt in word and deed. Their strategy to keep Americans fearful is demonic. Artists have always been a fearless kind of people. They push themselves individually to move away from their comfort zones as a matter of daily action. They produce something out of nothing, including money, markets and vibe. In the end we are responsible for our own situations, we have choices to make and every one of them produces a ripple effect. The fight for human dignity is not over and artists are the forefront of that movement. The fight for human dignity will never be over. Win or lose the continued nuanced fight for America's collective mindset is being waged and artists have a lots of experience fighting inequality. On your mark, get set go!