I come from a family of artists, engineers, musicians, priests and pilots, mainly from Ireland and Hungary. When the Nazis and then the Communists took over Hungary, it was the artists, poets, and musicians they killed first. They had the power to inspire and mobilize the entire country. Then they hunted down the spiritual leaders that offered hope. Finally, they killed the educated who could think and lead rather than be sheep. Wake up, America! The arts are the crown of our humanity and freedom.