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Dr. Suess on Patriotism April 26, 2007

Posted by Sobek in Politics.

Did you know Dr. Suess was a political cartoonist?  I had no idea.  Of course you recognize his style immediately, but how crazy is it to see his unique characters emblazoned with Nazi symbols?

Turns out the guy was quite the patriot.  He took a very dim view of those who didn’t want to properly fund our troops, for example.  He and I apparently agree on the relative virtues of a proactive approach to tyrants.  He well understood that the fates of countries are inextricably intertwined, regardless of how much others might wish it weren’t so.  He understood that seeking one’s own comfort and safety too often means de facto support for the bloodthirsty

What I found most interesting is that many of these cartoons, which were done over sixty-five years ago, could have been written yesterday, if you just swap out some names.  Take a look at that last one.  The fat guy named Wheeler, anyone have any idea who he was?  I thought about this when I read Lieberman’s speech over at Garfield Ridge.  I reflected that it takes real guts for Lieberman to say what he’s saying, because he has personally witnessed what happens when Democrats toe the party line. 

But between him and Harry Reid, which will history view more favorably?  I wish I could unhesitatingly answer “Lieberman!” based on my knowledge that so far, history has always adjudged the corageous as more worthy of remembrance, while the Wheelers of the world become nothing more than footnotes attesting to the cowardace of nations.  And yet I worry, because I also know from history that cowardice sometimes does win, even when cowardice means flying the last helicopter away from grasping refugees in South Vietnam, condemning hundreds of thousands to grisly death and millions to squalid poverty, ignorance and suffering for decades (so far). 

Reagan was right — freedom is never more than a generation from extinction, and just because I know that in the past we have had our Roosevelts and Churchills, our Reagans and our Thatchers, doesn’t mean we have them now. 

But this I do no.  If America will stand firm in these twin resolves: to never yield to the forces of terror which daily threaten us, and to support our allies under even the most trying circumstances; if we will do this, then history will remember Joe Lieberman, and his courage on the Senate floor in this darkest hour.  And history, if it remembers Harry Reid at all, will remember him as the man who tried and failed to bring America low.


1. daveintexas - April 26, 2007

the links are all the same.

I’m very confused.

2. mesablue - April 26, 2007

There is a picture of WickedPinto at his new blog: http://thewickedpinto.wordpress.com/2007/04/26/im-foil-man-bitch/

No big suprise.

3. A. Bitch - April 26, 2007

Jiffy Pinto – As Much fun to Make as he is to Eat

4. daveintexas - April 26, 2007

Foil Man.

It seems a little tame, but whatever.

5. mesablue - April 26, 2007

You haven’t seen the movie, obviously.


6. Mrs. Peel - April 26, 2007

Seuss! Seuss! Seuss!


7. Sobek - April 26, 2007

Okay, Dave’s right. have patience with me and I’ll fix this post up.

8. Mrs. Peel - April 26, 2007

I’m still twitching over here.

Obviously I need less sugar. And perhaps an actual meal.

9. eddiebear - April 27, 2007

Mrs P:

Do you get hypoglycemic easily?

10. eddiebear - April 27, 2007

As for the WP picture, it gives new meaning to the term “tinfoil brigade”.

And while we’re at it, how the hell did a post about Dr. Seuss and patriotism turn into a thread about a nearly naked guy covered in tinfoil?

11. eddiebear - April 27, 2007

I just wish the history writers don’t jaundice their views of Lieberman because of his support of the war, while they give the reach around to Hagel, Reid, Pelosi, et al.

I am reminded, however, of the Kansas Senator (I forget who he was right now) who was the sole vote keeping Andrew Johnson from being convicted in the Senate Impeachment Trial on what we now know were trumped up charges by Thaddeus Stevens, Stanton and the other firebreathers. The Tenure in Office Act was pure bullshit, and the fact one man had the balls (and eventually lost his seat over it) to keep Johnson in office is more courage than any other. Liebermann, I hope, may go down eventually like that guy. I may not agree with many of his social policies, but that man had the balls to be a Freedom Rider in the 1960s. That, and the war support, should say it all.

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