One Nation Under Socialism , painted by Jon McNaughton
To quote Montgomery Burns: “I’m no art critic, but I know what I hate…and I don’t hate this.” Now if you know me, you might assume I would totally hate Jon McNaughton’s One Nation Under Socialism. That’s probably because you also assume that this painting is one-dimensional right-wing propaganda rooted in misplaced rage and utter ignorance of what “socialism” is. But those assumptions would be wrong! If, however, your artistic sensibilities were as keen as mine, you’d see that Jon McNaughton is, in fact, a subversive left-wing propagandist. That’s right: Sean Hannity is actually shelling out hundreds of thousands of dollars for commie agitprop, and Jon McNaughton’s laughing all the way to the non-corporate credit union!
To the untrained eye, One Nation Under Socialism appears to portray a sinister Barack Obama burning the U.S. Constitution because he hates it, and wants to replace it with whatever the Socialist Constitution is. But if you look closer, the truth is right in front of your nose. President Obama’s look isn’t sinister, it’s angry. Anger that comes from sadness and frustration. This is because it depicts Obama holding a Constitution that was set on fire by someone else. Notice how there’s no matches, or lighter, or any kind of fire-making device in his hand. Also, if Obama had set the fire himself, and wanted to look bad-ass and intimidating while doing it, wouldn’t he be smoking one of his cigarettes that was lit from the flaming Constitution? The absence of such things in One Nation is but one example of McNaughton’s trademark subtlety.
Besides, if Obama really wanted to burn the Constitution, why would he still be holding it? He’d just leave it on the floor or something. Why would he risk getting burns on his hand for some capitalist, democratic-republic, white-man’s rulebook? It should be obvious by now that he’s actually picking up a burning Constitution that he plans to save- a Constitution he found on the floor of the White House as he was moving in. The implication being that the George W. Bush administration were the ones who burned the Constitution, which is, of course, the theme of all good left-wing propaganda.
Perhaps the most telling detail of the painting, though, is the pointer finger on Obama’s left hand. Why is he pointing at the burning Constitution? Anyone with eyes can clearly see the thing’s on fire. Does the Obama in this painting think we’re so stupid that we can’t see a blazing fire? Certainly not. See, if we were to enlarge the painting, we would see that Obama is not pointing at the fire, but at a single word in the Constitution. It’s the word “Prejudice,” from Article 4, Section 3 (where it states, “nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States, or of any particular State”). Basically, McNaughton’s Obama is telling us that prejudice is in our great nation’s DNA, and has been from the very beginning, and that’s why all those Republican assholes think he’s igniting our legal foundations with pinko-fire.
Now THAT’S what I call artmanship!