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Painting depicts President Obama with a burning Constitution

March 26, 2012 |  5:57 am

Jon McNaughton, a politically conservative artist in Utah, has created a painting that shows President Obama holding a burning Constitution
An artist in Utah is creating a bit of a stir for a painting he created that depicts President Obama holding a burning Constitution. The painting, "One Nation Under Socialism," was created by Jon McNaughton, a politically conservative artist who has written that he believes the U.S. has been moving in the direction of socialism for the last 100 years.

"One Nation Under Socialism" was unveiled late last week and has prompted heated invective on message boards and other online forums. The painting is the latest artistic salvo from McNaughton, who previously created a painting showing Obama stepping on the Constitution as the founding fathers look on in dejection.

He has also created a painting showing Obama addressing a crowd of people who are weighed down by chains.

In a recent interview with the Salt Lake Tribune, McNaughton defended his most recent painting, saying that "I'm using my 1st Amendment rights to express how I feel. I’m not mocking him or trying to make him look funny. It is dark, but I just wanted to get the message across as clearly as I could."

The artist told the newspaper that he will support the Republican nominee for president and that he wants Obama out of office.

In an explanation of the painting that was posted on his website, McNaughton wrote that there has never been a recorded example of socialism leading to the "betterment of the human condition or improved the liberty of the people."

Jerry Saltz, an art critic and reality-TV personality, told a CBS affiliate that the painting "panders and preaches to the converted and tells them what they already believe."

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-- David Ng

Photo: A detail of the painting "One Nation Under Socialism" by Jon McNaughton. Credit: McNaughton Fine Art

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