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Idiot Leftist Attacks Melania Trump For Donating Dr. Seuss Books

One of the features most amusing about SJWs is that they take vast pride in their erudition while being bone ignorant of basic facts:

It began with a seemingly-innocuous gift:

To celebrate “National Read a Book Day,” the first lady [Melania Trump] had sent out a collection of 10 Dr. Seuss books to one school in each state across the nation. The titles included: “The Cat in the Hat”; “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”; “Wacky Wednesday”; “Green Eggs and Ham”; and “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”

She followed in the footsteps of her predecessor, Michelle Obama, who often read Dr. Seuss books to children. Former first ladies Hillary Clinton and Barbara Bush also read to children at Dr. Seuss-themed educational events.

So far so good, right? One would think that this would be a relatively non-controversial, non-political act—with bipartisan agreement, as it were, since Dr. Seuss seems to have been given the Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton seals of approval—but if one thought that, one would think wrong.

Enter snippy, condescending social justice warrior Liz Phipps Soeiro:

Liz Phipps Soeiro, a librarian at a public school in Cambridge, wrote a letter to the first lady, which was then published on The Horn Book blog, notifying Mrs. Trump that her school would “not be keeping the titles” for their collection, explaining that her school didn’t have a “NEED” for the books, due to her school and library’s “award-winning” status.

“I work in a district that has plenty of resources, which contributes directly to ‘excellence,’” Soeiro wrote. “My students have access to a school library with over nine thousand volumes and a librarian with a graduate degree in library science.”

Might that highly-degreed librarian be none other than Ms. Soeiro herself? What a terrible insult from Melania Trump! And that’s not all; oh no, Soeiro was just getting warmed up:

Soeiro went on to slam the White House and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for not gifting the books to “underfunded and underprivileged communities,” which she suggested “continue to be marginalized” by DeVos’ policies.

But Soeiro seemed to be the most offended by the books themselves.

In what way do these Dr. Seuss books offend? Ms. Soeiro explains:

Dr. Seuss’s illustrations are steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes,” said Phipps Soeiro in her letter to the first lady, calling Seuss “a bit of a cliché, a tired and worn ambassador for children’s literature.” “Open one of his books (‘If I Ran a Zoo or And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street,’ for example), and you’ll see the racist mockery in his art.”

I’ve read many a Dr. Seuss book in my day, and loved them (although I’m not familiar with those two; my favorites were and are Horton Hatches the Egg and Happy Birthday To You, as well as Hop on Pop and Green Eggs and Ham). My son loved them, too.

 

Go here to Neo-NeoCon to read the rest.  Now the hilarious aspect of this is that Theodor Seuss Geisel, Dr. Seuss, was a lifelong leftist and Ms. Soeiro is oblivious to that fact.  Go here for a good summary of the political messages contained within his works.

 

 

The better informed President Obama lauded Dr. Seuss:

 

All hail the SWJs and their constant struggle to bring unintentional humor into contemporary life.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

15 Comments

  1. I spent years reviewing and editing (mostly for technical accuracy and conformity with policies/standards) other people’s reports. Edit: delete “leftist.” “”Idiot leftist” is redundant.

  2. Since your wife has worked in the trade, you know that this dame’s response (while an eccentric one for a working librarian) is congruent with the Official Idea among the krill suspended in the foetid waters of the American Library Association’s governing bodies and registered pressure groups (e.g. the ‘Social Responsibilities RoundTable’), though not precisely mandated by it. One of the signatures of the red haze is their assiduous politicking to ruin what should be fairly bland occupational associations, and the inability of the normies in such associations to organize to put the red-haze twits in their place. The ALAs governing council and its various roundtables, which have passed umpteen resolutions regarding free flow of information (what normal people would call trafficking in pornography to minors) – including one several years ago whining at the federal Attorney-General for laughing at them – went into an emotional tailspin when a minority faction wanted a resolution contra the Cuban government’s abuse of that country’s network of house libraries.

  3. “among the krill suspended in the foetid waters of the American Library Association’s governing bodies and registered pressure groups”

    Quote of the week Art! Take ‘er away Sam!

  4. Students of Suess contend his perspective was libertarian as late as 1948 (Robert Nozik had a reference to Thidwick, Big Hearted Moose in Anarchy, State, and Utopia). The Lorax, published ca. 1970, was a piece with other bits of the media culture of the era (Charles Reich, the Crying Indian, etc). His effort during the ‘Nuclear Freeze’ era (The Butter Battle Book) was such that Michael Kinsley of all people was motivated to review his entire oeuvre and lament that the man had grown more and more cack-handed with his allegories as he aged.

  5. Common sense is not a consensus. Common sense is a core truth. If held only by one person it is a majority of one. There is a system of eradication of truth among the left is to impose group speak and group think.
    Dr. Suess’ : “A person is a person no matter how small.” and “all the little WHOS in Whoville” points to an understanding of who man is, a sovereign person. All the different characters indicate that the man understood that all kinds of personalities are part of the human race or community.
    I believe that the reason for banning Dr. Seuss’ books is that he is educating children that children are persons from the very first moment of existence and that children can be anything that they are called to be in freedom. I find Dr. Seuss very enlightening and this is why Dr. Seuss is being censored and banned. Wait, from every public school with an abortion agenda. It was only when the Pro-Life movement started using Dr, Seuss’ work to inform that the abortionist learned of his insistence on the human person and personality, that he became “person non grata”

  6. I am sure the Obamas were not aware of the pro-life message in Dr. Seuss. They are now and watch hell break loose.
    Most of the biography books in the libraries are rewritten for the LGBT community. I stress LGBT because homosexuality is not a sin. The free will act of sodomy is a sin.
    Jesus said to test everything. Two witnesses establish a judicial fact in a court of law, in the public domain and in theater and literature. Better yet, do not believe anything you hear and half of what you see.
    and I am very impressed with Art Deco’s comment.

  7. Add to all this the hypocrisy of Ms. Phipps Soeiro. Here’s a photo of her wearing a Cat in the Hat outfit a few months ago in celebration of a Green Eggs and Ham breakfast at the school. It was never really about Seuss at all.

  8. General George Washington fell into a trance and envisioned a “red fog” emanating from Europe and rolling across the Atlantic. When Art spoke of the “red haze”, isn’t the red haze the communism foretold by Our Lady of Fatima of Communist Russia spreading her errors throughout the world? Communism denies the sovereign person and imposes atheism on the free will and conscience of people.

  9. “It was only when the Pro-Life movement started using Dr, Seuss’ work to inform that the abortionist learned of his insistence on the human person and personality, that he became “person non grata””

    His widow has objected to the pro-life use of Horton Hears a Who and has stated that Seuss was in favor of “reproductive rights”. I suspect she is telling the truth.

  10. Well, now the book will be removed from library shelves because it seems pro life. Horton Hears A Who was a favorite
    when my mom read it aloud to us. Maisie, a lazy bird, was a negative mother role model; very self absorbed (as they say these days). It was boring sitting on those eggs and she wanted to abandon them and play. Horton sits on the eggs so that they hatch full term.
    The photo of Ms. Soeiro is priceless. Thanks, Dennis D.

  11. “It was only when the Pro-Life movement started using Dr, Seuss’ work to inform that the abortionist learned of his insistence on the human person and personality, that he became “person non grata””
    “His widow has objected to the pro-life use of Horton Hears a Who and has stated that Seuss was in favor of “reproductive rights”. I suspect she is telling the truth.”
    Dr. Seuss’ widow holds copyright. It is interesting though how a person cannot avoid human nature, being a part of mankind.

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