Soon, complaints about the mural began arriving at the office of Republican Governor Paul R. LePage. Offended business leaders told the governor the mural made it look like Maine was a hotbed of anti-capitalist sentiment. A supporter of the Governor thought the mural looked suspiciously like North Korean propaganda. The impressive man in the paintings was none other than Kim Il Sung, the father of current North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il, known as “Dear Leader.”
Hearing all this, an outraged Gov. LePage ordered the mural taken down and this past weekend it was surreptitiously put in storage.
Union members around the state couldn’t understand. Clearly, the mural showed only historical pictures of workers and the industries in which they worked. There were loggers, textile workers, women working at defense plants during World War II, and scenes of laboring people parading to advocate their rights. The mural was done in a style reminiscent of the paintings hung in public buildings across the country as part of WPA projects during the great depression.
However, Gov. LePage thought the labor people were crazy. They obviously weren’t seeing what he and his friends saw. If his state was to maintain a good business climate, a public building shouldn't be used for commie propaganda and certainly not for the benefit of the type of people who found that terrible mural inspiring.
To see the mural go to:
For what the governor and his friends saw, enter "North Korean propaganda art" in Google.