Palin: The National Endowment for the Humanities Needs to Go

How did I miss this?

Back in March, while appearing on Fox News, Sarah Palin said:

“NPR, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, all those kind of frivolous things that government shouldn’t be in the business of funding with tax dollars — those should all be on the chopping block as we talk about the $14-trillion debt that we’re going to hand to our kids and our grandkids…”

And then she promptly got on her big bus and visited all of America’s great historic sites.

She wants us to learn from our history, but she apparently does not want the government to fund that history.  In the video below, she says that Americans should not “take our history for granted,” but she wants to eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal organization that funds the promotion of our past.

I continue to believe that it is the responsibility of “big centralized government” to support American history and the humanities. We can’t let the study of our past–our identity–fall victim to partisan politics or spending cuts.  Neither can we entrust it to the private sector.  And, I might add, I am arguing here as a historian, not an advocate of any political party or ideology.

One thought on “Palin: The National Endowment for the Humanities Needs to Go

  1. What bothers me is that these Tea Partiers talk about liberty and free association, but if taxpayers want to fund art and they don't like the art, then according to them taxpayers don't have the right or the liberty to freely associate by funding these projects.


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