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In 1941 Dr. Seuss sent a message that, sadly, hasnít lost its meaning.

In 1941 Dr. Seuss sent a message that, sadly, hasnít lost its meaning.
November 19, 2015 by JT Eberhard


Dr. Seuss was actually a political cartoon contributor for New Yorkís PM Newspaper for part of his early career. This was his piece on October 1, 1941:






This was in reaction to the fact that most Americans opposed Adolph Hitlerís anti-Jew policies while also being opposed to granting safe haven to refugee Jews.

And here we are again today, over 74 years later, where people are being executed by on occupying force and need to get out of the country. Most Americans oppose ISIL in pretty much every way, yet the people who think a freshly fertilized egg is a human being for which anything and everything should be done are willing to turn their back on actual refugee children. If it were their families in Syria theyíd be begging for safe haven, but they just canít put themselves in the other peopleís shoes. Weíre safe, and thatís all that matters, right?

You want America to be a hero to the world. Well hereís the news flash: heroes take risks. They go into burning buildings to pull people out. Bravery isnít the absence of fear, itís the courage and the strength to do what is right even though youíre afraid. And all the people who want America to be a hero simultaneously want her to cave to fear, fear ISIL purposefully has tried to impose upon us. There are gobs of refugees in so many other countries, countries that arenít separated from ISIL by an ocean, countries that donít spend 47% of all the worldís military spending on their own military. And yet, theyíre the ones stepping up.

So much flag-waving. So much faux patriotism. You just want America to be viewed as a hero, but you want to make her a coward and itís obvious why. Sit down, because this is going to sting: itís because you are cowards, racists, or some combination of the two. You demand the worldís respect without wanting to do any of the work, without taking any of the risk that doesnít include bombing places that contain way more innocents than terrorists. Thatís nice and 100% safe and the only price we might have to pay are a bunch of dead innocent people and for you thatís good enough to be a hero. But it ainít, thatís just your cowardice coming up with justifications.

Nobodyís asking you to run into a burning building, literally or metaphorically. We just want to let people into a country where theyíre safe Ė something that once meant a great deal to this nation if the inscription on the Statue of Liberty is any indication. Yeah, a terrorist or two might try to come over and, who knows, they might get through the extremely strict screening process to get into this country. Weíll cross that bridge when we get to it and deal with it. But this argument rests on the presumption that if a terrorist sneaks through people might die and it ignores the fact that people are already dying and many more are certain to die unless countries help! Other countries are, but your big, tough, macho Republican leaders are cowering like children.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/wwjtd/2015/11/in-1941-dr-seuss-sent-a-message-that-sadly-hasnt-lost-its-meaning



I am an anti-theist but as the daughter of a refugee I am sickened by people who would turn away those who are desperately fleeing religious persecution.

Posted by beam me up scottie | Mon Nov 23, 2015, 07:04 AM (46 replies)
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