Lefty noose for Dr. Seuss no excuse … “Whoever is leading the Dr. Seuss outrage need to be hung, drawn and quartered for venomous behavior. What happened to commonsense?” ~ So went one of my FB post-ups yesterday which drew quite the crowd.
Banning Dr. Seuss folks, that’s where we’ve allowed the unhinged selective denizens of American Culture to lead the pack of wolves! Do any of you think it ends here? How about this. “I wholly disapprove of what you say and will defend to the death your right to say it”. Does anybody honestly believe that the demoMarxocrats actually believe that anymore?
Freedom of speech and “right to assemble” is dissipating right in front of our noses and hardly anybody cares a whit anymore – especially those on the far, far left wing of insanity. Let me remind you of the movie “The People Vs Larry Flynt”, which came out in 1996. Those of us with half a brain tied behind our back (my, but I sure miss Rush) were more than interested that it was the demoMarxocrats who championed that movie as an example of how important freedom of speech was, even when disagreeing with what it said.
Twenty five years on and yours truly ventures to opine that most on the far left today totally disagree with that. Over-reacting perhaps? … Maybe … but go forth shopping to buy 6 children’s books written by Dr. Seuss, or go investigate what schools are doing with the copies they already had on library shelves and you might well be surprised at how the worm has turned (thank you Dr. Seuss).
Well obviously if they’re offensive to someone, anyone, they have to be removed forthwith and destroyed – correct? How long before schools and libraries are told to scan these books out of inventory and toss them into the shredding machine. Trust me people – this is only the beginning. “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple”. ~ Dr. Seuss
John Daniel Davidson, The Federalist: ‘Dr. Seuss Cancellation should Disturb You – you’re next’ …
Dr. Seuss has been cancelled. Some of his work has been deemed racist, and we can’t have that. On Tuesday, the entity that oversees the estate of Theodor Seuss Geisel announced it would no longer publish six of Geisel’s books because they “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.”
Among the works now deemed unfit for children are Geisel’s first book under the pen name Dr. Seuss, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” published in 1937, and the much-beloved, “If I Ran the Zoo,” published in 1950. The former depicts a “Chinaman” character and the latter shows two men from “the African island of Yerka” in native garb.
There’s not much point in quibbling over whether these and other such illustrations in the condemned Dr. Seuss books are in fact racist or bigoted, or whether Geisel held racist or xenophobic views. By all accounts he was a liberal-minded and tolerant man who hated Nazis and, as a political cartoonist, mocked the antisemitism that was all-too-common in America during World War II.
He was also a man of his era. Later in life, he regretted some of his political work during the war that stereotyped Japanese Americans, which, as jarring as it might seem today, nevertheless reflected attitudes that were commonplace at the time. [-]
[+] … If you think that’s an exaggeration, recall what happened all across the country last summer when Black Lives Matter “protesters” took to the streets. They didn’t just march and chant, they rioted. They attacked businesses, destroyed entire city blocks, and carried out a campaign of intimidation, harassing, and in some cases attacking random people if they didn’t kneel and repeat the slogans of the revolution. Dozens of people lost their lives in the chaos and violence that ensued. [-]
[+] … These are all impediments to their cultural revolution, and they mean to eliminate them. So forget about Dr. Seuss. Forget about the statues and the books. Those things are just the beginning. It could easily get much worse. The woke revolutionaries of the left can’t be bargained with or appeased. They believe this is a zero-sum game, that one side will win and one side will lose. And they’re right. [end]
Full links below…
As Dan McLaughlin puts it in National Review, (link below): Why can’t parents be trusted to ensure that Dr. Seuss books, or The Muppet Show, are safe for children’s consumption? Children are good at learning if you give them a chance, and they deserve a world of technicolor variety and imagination; that as much as anything animated Dr. Seuss’s books.
There is also an agenda of cultural control at work here. As Erick Erickson notes:
This isn’t really about Seuss. This is about progressive indoctrination. The NEA has a helpful list of books to consider as replacements for Seuss. You can see the list here. The list is an indoctrination course in woke. From Julián Is a Mermaid, about a boy who wants to be a mermaid, to Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card, a story about illegal immigrants in the United States, to The Prince and the Dressmaker, about a crossdressing prince.
Finally, there are layers of irony in these controversies as far as the politics of free speech and free thought. Twenty or thirty years ago, liberals were obsessed with caricaturing conservatives as book-burning bluenoses. That was partly a legacy of McCarthyism and other speech controversies of Seuss’s own era, memorably satirized by Ray Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451. Yet the book-banning energy is all on the left these days.
Lefty noose for Dr. Seuss no excuse. “Oh, the thinks you can’t think”. ~ Dr. Seuss
And on that note, time for today’s MAGA Pill – President Donald John Trump (and Dr. Seuss) – MAGA! KAG!
- John Daniel Davidson, The Federalist: Dr. Seuss Cancellation should Disturb You – you’re next
- New York Slimes – er ‘Times’: 6 Dr. Seuss ‘offensive images’ Books will No Longer be Published
- Dan McLaughlin, National Review: Cancel Culture Comes for Dr. Seuss
- Kyle Smith, New York Post: Dr. Seuss Outrage Cat in the Hat Don’t Cancel That!
BONUS!! Parade Magazine: 101 Dr. Seuss Quotes Witty Whacky Wonderful Quotes