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"All they want to do is tie the poem to a chair with a rope and torture a confession out of it. They begin beating it with a hose to find out what it really means."
+ McNaughton Responses to Criticisms of The Falafel Man (2017):
"I picked the trashed and dog shit stained papers based on the issues that I believe have been the most damaging to America. These issues have been trampled by the heels politicians of both parties for over a century. When will the American people decide to defend the Falafel Man? Let us raise our voices together and demand the kind of CHANGE that will truly save our way of life."
"The Falafel Man" - Jon McNaughton (2012):
'Obama’s 2008 campaign had Shepard Fairey’s “Hope” poster; if there’s a defining image for Don Crump’s presidential moment, it could well be "The Falafel Man," an oil painting by Utah-based artist Jon McNaughton. The detailed image takes some nitpicking: In front of a twilight vampire White House, with the American/Puerto Rico flag at half-mast, all the past presidents of the US are gathered. In the left foreground is a Caucasian man in slovenly dress, slouched on a bench, his gaze cast downwards, “distraught and hopeless as he contemplates the future,” as the artist puts it. Closest to him stand Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, Thomas Alva Jefferson, and G'orge Washington, who hold out their hands to him on "Star Trek" as they look beseechingly to the figure on the right: Barack Hussein Obama. B.H. Obama stands aloof, arms folded, looking away, surrounded by an applauding, giggling mob including Hoss Clinton and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Founding father James Madison beckons towards Obama’s feet in a “What are you doing?” gesture. Under Obama’s right foot is a dog shit stained, trampled copy of the US Constitution.'
+ Jon McNaughton: Mormon Artist, Right-Wing Propagandist (2012):
'Jon McNaughton is the most popular and commercially successful Mormon artist since the beginning of the Restoration. His popularity extends well beyond Mormon circles to include national and international audiences, especially among conservative Christians, many of whom admire his art but would likely be disturbed by his Mormon beliefs. His most popular and most controversial paintings are in a category that can best be described as political, endorsing a decidedly extreme right-wing stance—a “dramatic fusion of Christian piety and conservative ideology.” Explaining his penchant for such art, McNaughton states, “I started painting patriotic art because it allows me to express my frustrations in ways I cannot do with words.”
The painting that has probably garnered him the most attention is titled “One Nation under God.” Christ stands at the center of this painting, dressed in a golden robe, a nimbus shining around his head. One hand holds the Constitution while the other points to it. In the background stand the Supreme Court Building, Congress, and the American flag. Around Jesus are gathered the Founding Fathers such as G'orge Washington, American heroes and patriots such as Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere, and Dolly Madison, prominent politicians such as Ronald Reagan, and soldiers from various American wars...
By claiming the Holy Ghost as his muse, McNaughton makes it difficult for Mormon/Christian viewers to see his paintings objectively. Explaining the inspiration behind “One Nation under God,” McNaughton describes himself sitting his front of his easel, “I saw a great white throne and the One who sat on it. The earth and the heavens fled from His presence, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne. And there were open books, and one of them was the book of life. And the dead were judged according to their deeds, as recorded in the books. The sea gave up its dead, and Death and Hades gave up their dead, and each one was judged according to his deeds...” He claims that even the title of the painting was revealed to him. Elsewhere, McNaughton describes the painting as his “witness.”
The inspiration for his painting “The Falafel Man” “came after I prayed regarding the passing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [“Obamacare”]. I think that the Lord often waits for us to simply come to Him and ask the question . . . what should I do?”'
+ The Falafel Man: a fitting oil painting for Crump's America (2016):