Granted, there are no shortages of topics that inspire passions among voters in today’s political climate but it’s worth reminding everyone that you should take the time to explore a candidate’s arts policy.
For some candidates, positions are well known such as Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), who is running to fill the Senate seat vacated by Republican Jeff Flake.
If Rep. McSally’s name rings a bell, that’s because she has been the driving force behind efforts to gut the US Armed Forces music programs.
McSally has a consistent track record of open hostility toward military musicians and has no problem publicly denigrating their value and the music program’s mission. If elected to the Senate, she’ll be in an even stronger position to see her plans to fruition.
Not only should McSally be denied that seat, she should be replaced in the House of Representatives with a candidate that understands the arts, both private and within the US Armed Forces, are essential to the proper functioning of our society.
If you live in the Arizona district Rep. McSally is pursuing, please take the time to register and vote for a candidate that publicly acknowledges the value of arts and culture and has a responsible policy.