According to a Huffington Post article, “Following a town hall Wednesday in Arbutus, Md., Mitt Romney clarified comments made earlier in the day live on CNN by his top adviser Eric Fehrnstrom, who said that Romney could be reset ‘like an Etch a Sketch.’” According to mainstream news reports, the idea behind this reset would be to make Romney, a Republican a more moderate and appealing as a candidate running opposite President Barak Obama, a Democrat.

Mitt Romney’s response that his is and has been a political conservative.

This Etch-a-Sketch Romney comment has been a bonanza for the mainstream news, which continues to look for scandals to gain eyes and ears of viewers and listeners, while diverting attention from many real, moral and pressing issues, such as banks’ frauds, severe water shortages world-wide and continuing ecological and climate changes and catastrophes of increasing earthquake and volcanic activity.

“Etch-a-Sketch” has been a Trending Topic all day on Twitter, thanks to many satiric or sarcastic tweets about Mr. Romney, or positive comments about Etch-a-Sketch, including by many who grew up using one.

As an artist, I highly recommend Etch-a-Sketch. I had one as a kid, and have seen that my kids and others all had or have one too.

I have seen artistic images created by adult hands using an Etch-a-Sketch that are as fine as a good line drawing with a pen. Such works are as fragile and impermanent as a sand painting or unrecorded performance art, which are meant to be fleeting — unlike campaign positions and promises.

The idea that a world leader, especially an American president, who as is our tradition takes the Oath of Office with a hand on the Bible, can have their views, campaign promises and image whimsically reset “like an Etch-a-Sketch” is appalling.

When I create a commissioned Scripture Portrait, I discover through conversations and research the “divine spark” in the subject, which I then paint using relevant scripture texts for strokes. The text selected serves as the strokes* that both show the divine within the person, the structure of the features, plus, especially for anyone living, is a kind of artistic prayer for their life. [*The original letters of scripture are the strokes.]

I have been creating portraits of USA presidents using the Ten Commandments, Exodus 20, for the strokes. It has been said that the Ten Commandments were a basic inspiration for our laws. As Chief Executive each president’s responsibility is to see that the laws of the federal government and, especially the Constitution, are upheld.

Popularity is not a part of the president’s job. Despite what the polls infer by the skewed questions asked, voters seem to elect those they have the most confidence in, people they can trust, more that they elect those they would like to invite to a party. History has taught us that our best leaders have dug in their heels and done what they believed to be right even if it made them unpopular. Think of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who differed strongly but are now both revered.

History also shows that not all presidents have fully fulfilled their job description, or have interpreted the laws differently from others, there is no Etch-a-Sketch reset on the job description itself.

Certainly, neither Washington, who was always very popular in the thirteen states after the revolutionary war was won (but not popular with England which until the war was won was actually his country), or Lincoln, who struggled with popularity as half of the nation went to war against him, never compromised on upholding what they held were the fundamental laws of the nation.

All of the Scripture Portraits of Presidents of the United States were created with strokes of the original letters from the words of Exodus 20:

George Washington (10 Commandments) by Judy Rey Wasserman
Abraham Lincoln Exodus 20 Scripture Portrait
Abraham Lincoln Exodus 20 Scripture Portrait by Judy Rey Wasserman
Barak Obama’s Exodus 20 Scripture Portrait by Judy Rey Wasserman

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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art.

Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art theory is based at the intersection of ancient spiritual wisdom and cutting-edge contemporary science. It shows us a new and enhanced spiritual and science-based way to see the world. It is a life changing vision that can even become an actual new way of seeing that is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Can this be true? See for yourself.

Check out the Fine Art Limited Edition prints, decorative prints, books, and printables that are currently available to you through Judy Rey’s Art of Seeing The Divine Shop. You don’t have to buy to avail yourself of the art and inspiration available there. However, if you select to collect investment quality archival art, or decorate your home with images created with strokes that are original letters from Bible texts, or buy a gift for someone special, there is a secure shopping cart that accepts most credit cards so your purchase is easy to accomplish.

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