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Dr. Seuss, Donald Trump, And Immigration

June 28, 2019

This item below appeared in my Facebook feed this morning and struck a note with me.  It was a brilliant look backwards while making a solid point about the times in which we live.  The drawing in the lower portion of the image speaks to the absurd behavior Donald Trump is allowing to happen to immigrant children.

Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Geisel, had some points he wished to address in his work of drawings.  Between the two world wars he traveled and studied in Europe.  He was horrified with Nazism.  In Geisel’s political cartoons, Hitler showed up as a villain in many forms: a mad scientist amputating limbs, a bureaucrat giving orders to the devil, a trophy hunter trying to add a Russian bear to his taxidermy collection.

Another of Geisel’s lifelong favorites showed a matronly woman reading a book called Adolf the Wolf. “‘And the Wolf chewed up the children and spit out their bones,'” the woman reads to the two horrified-looking children, before adding, “but those were Foreign Children and it didn’t really matter.”

The image struck me as perfectly toned for what is now happening at the southern border.  The cold, callous, and horrifying treatment of children is unconscionable.  The international community now knows the standards we preach to the world are not the ones we live at home.  What is being allowed to happen to these children is simply untenable.


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