The Arts Funding Roots Of Kansas’ Free Speech Controversy

Remember Emma Sullivan, the Kansas school student student who tweeted, jokingly, that she’d been mean to Gov. Sam Brownback, noting “#heblowsalot”? The one who apparently so freaked out the Governor’s office that they reported her to her high school principal Regina George-style? Apparently, she’s vexed with Brownback because he eliminated Kansas’ public funding for the arts, forcing the state to sacrifice funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and shutting down the state’s arts agency. Apparently, Brownback doesn’t want to risk interfering with the delicate mechanics of the marketplace of ideas, unless the marketplace assigns an uncomfortably high value to the idea that he’s a less than awesome governor.