The Dr. Seuss bombshell this week really boils my blood. It is the best example of the worst PC idea to date. It will either be the moment that proves so incendiary that the nation fights back against the crazed cancel culture — or it will be the exact time and place that emboldens the dictatorial, anti-American, PC terrorists.In case you live under a rock — and I suspect half of the nation does, which allows for bad things like this to happen without question or challenge — the issue at hand is the most successful and beloved children’s book author, he of 600 million books sold to three or four generations of children, is under attack, declared public enemy to the point some libraries, schools, booksellers, and parents are turning their backs on his beautiful, inspiring, creative, educational, and witty books.
The estate of Dr. Seuss, responding to pressure (wussies) from outside groups who live to torment everyone if they dare not conform to their unreasonable, destructive, and uncompromising standards, announced it would no longer publish six books — 10% of his catalog — and indicated it may snuff out other titles in the dark future.
E-bay banned the sale of some Dr. Seuss books because it alleges they violate its public decency standards. They are treating Dr. Seuss sellers like someone who is trying to sell state secrets, cocaine, or stolen crime photos and the weapon of a mass murderer.
Will someone be injured by reading Cat in the Hat? Is he really a public threat?
For shame. Oh my God. Has everyone gone mad?
The nation is upside down, turning into a 24/7 episode of The Twilight Zone. The Politically Correct evangelists have gone from seeking legitimate reforms on issues of race, gender, and class equality to suggesting extreme, outrageous, and proposals of cultural suicide. What is to be done about it?
When I was in high school in the early 80’s, I recall reading George Orwell’s 1984 and made a silent oath to never let our government impinge on free speech. It turns out the federal government has done little, if anything, to suppress art, free speech, and theater. But I can’t say the same of corporate behemoths, particularly the all-powerful technology companies.
Whereas in the 1950s the nation was subjected to McCarthyism and a Red Scare witch hunt for Communists that stifled free speech and damaged the careers of untold numbers, you now have a self-appointed culture police that will, with little provocation or reason, turn a vicious laser onto our books, films, and art — and use guilt, fear, and ignorance to convince the disagreeing masses to buy in or at least tolerate this extremism.
America has been bullied for decades — and there is no end in sight.
In the 1980s we saw the cultural threat from the right with the nutty Moral Majority’s attempt to tell us art should not showcase women’s tits (or call ‘em breasts, hey, free speech) or a Black person kissing a white one. They wanted to knock us back to the Puritan era. They would tell us which TV show to boycott and which book to ban. Now the greatest threat comes from a far left that is no longer so far. Their orthodoxy is going mainstream, even though the vast majority feels this is insane.
When good people do nothing, bad ideas flourish.
There is some good news amidst the raging lunacy. Americans are showing their support for Dr. Seuss by snatching up copies of his books. Barnes and Noble said 18 of 20 slots on its bestseller list are filled by Dr. Seuss. Amazon said the same for 9 of its top 10 slots. The people of our nation understand what is at stake, but more must be done.
In fact, the overwhelming outpouring at the cash register could backfire on those who are anti-PC. Because people spent millions in mass buys, Dr. Seuss’ publisher actually made money by making its product scarcer. So in a bizarre way, banning books created more sales, so the dictators profit from their despicable actions. But if we don’t buy the books, we show a lack of belief in them. Even protesting the lunatics can cost us.
So what do we do?
Fifth, Vote! Support those who support free speech and not revisionists who think Dr. Seuss has to be closeted.
Sixth, Protest! Speak up, show up, and stand up.
Seventh, Petition! Write leaders in government, technology, education, and non-profits and tell them they must not take misguided actions.
Eighth, Profit! Find ways to make anti-censorship movement/products a profitable business. Answer fascism with capitalism.
Ninth, Nonprofit! Form your own — or align with a — nonprofit that advocates against the abuses of the PC dictators. Just like NAACP jumps on racism, NOW on sexism, and ADL on anti-Semitism, we need to move against the anti-American, free-speech stunters.
Tenth, Educate! Parents, teachers, and leaders must use their power and intellect to teach that books like those of Dr. Seuss are still wonderful and that bully tactics to ban them are misguided.
Our gang colors hurt us. We have the reds and the blues, a nation torn by a political divide that is so deep it forces people to side on an issue that they don’t really support.
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