Let me be perfectly clear, Dr. Seuss is not the only victim of the book burning and banning liberals, but as the latest victim and the most egregious victim to date, I am going to use Dr. Seuss as the example. For the record, I am a bibliophile (book lover; lover of reading books), and I detest any book being castigated, derided, and depublished simply because a political party cannot stand the content. Of all the dumb and irrational actions of the political left, book shaming is one that sees me get madder than a soaked chicken with a raging case of hemorrhoids.
02 March is my holiday! In the United States, 02 March is National Read Across America Day, celebrated on Dr. Seuss’s birthday. As one of my favorite authors, I like to serve green eggs and ham, read about the “Cat in the Hat,” remember all the places I will go and have gone, and enjoy books! This year, the fraudulent president began by removing Dr. Seuss from National Read Across America Day because some people do not like his illustrations.
Mark Twain has regularly been banned for using language, which in his day was acceptable, and which today is considered “offensive.” I love Mark Twain’s sense of humor; his stories wrap me in imagination, daring, and fun. Yet, the political left has deemed him offensive, and millions of children will never know his name.
Rudyard Kipling’s “Just So” stories made up my childhood, taught me important lessons, were a primer for living a better life, and filled my imagination and dreams with excitement. Aesop’s Fables were classics in my home and also filled my imagination and mind with wonder, excitement and taught me the journey a good story can take a person. Yet, schools have regularly removed both Aesop’s Fables and Rudyard Kipling from their libraries, the curriculum, and public libraries for various idiotic reasons.
Now, Dr. Seuss is being added to the banned books, and I could weep! Shame on the fraudulent president for this foolish and disrespectful political action. Shame on the political left who will leave Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf on the shelves of libraries but will remove Dr. Seuss, Aesop’s Fables, Mark Twain, Kipling, Roald Dahl, and thousands of other titles and authors, simply because of political choices.
Do not choose to misunderstand me; all books are not equal, and some books I detest. But, I will never support the banning of books! I will never condone stealing authors’ intellectual offerings from the public simply because politics demands those books be banned. I read the “Captain Underpants” series; I did not particularly like or dislike the books, but to see the series banned is incomprehensible! I loved Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, a Brave New World, Of Mice and Men, Goosebumps, The Catcher in the Rye, and so many other books that, as of 2019, have been banned, and I am embarrassed by the idiocy and the shameful behavior of the book police and the thought police.
Did you know the Holy Bible is regularly on the banned books list as a popularly forbidden book? Yet, the Koran is regularly found in public school libraries and public libraries? I first read the Koran in sixth grade because my school had a copy. I read Mein Kampf in Junior High School because my school had a copy. Neither book was mandatory reading; I just found them and decided I wanted to read them. Plus, reading them made my parents so mad! My parents are fans of banning “some books” due to content. Yet, like liberty and freedom, no books will be allowed if all books are not allowed. You cannot limit free speech and still have free speech. You cannot restrict warrantless search and seizure without limiting every person’s rights to be safe in their papers and property. Worse, you cannot grant liberty to one and steal freedom from another, that is the height of tyrannical behavior, and this pattern works just as well for books as it does for music, art, and every other human endeavor and government polity.
My tastes in books, like music, span the entire written spectrum offered. Sherlock Holmes, Father Dowling Mysteries, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Mark Twain, Kipling, Roald Dahl, C. S. Lewis, Aldous Huxley, and so many more make-up who I am, why I choose, and how I grow. I could not ban one book without banning all books, and I will not ban a book! Books represent the soul of the author; the ideals written should live forever so people may have a choice. If you are a book banning type, would you ban a book from the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe series? If so, which one? Would not a ban on one book mean you have to ban the entire series?
What about the Chronicles of Prydain, also known as The Black Cauldron series? A magic pig features prominently in this series. Do you ban all the books that have the magical pig not to offend people who view pigs as dirty? The thought boggles the brain!
Banning books is wrong, plain, and simple. Admonishing long-dead authors because you do not like illustrations or phrases used is the height of cowardice and personal insecurity projected onto other people. Frankly, banning books is the worst abomination of thought police possible, and I, for one, will always oppose your choice of mental disease!
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