Horton Hears a Who!, a children’s book written and illustrated by Theodor Seuss Geisel, better know by his pen name Dr. Seuss was one of my favorite books to read to our three children when they were pre-schoolers.
For those of you not familiar with it, the book tells the story of Horton the Elephant, who hears a small speck of dust talking to him. Horton surmises that a small person lives on the speck and places it on a clover, vowing to protect it. He later discovers that the speck is actually a tiny planet, home to a community called Whoville. The Mayor of Whoville asks Horton to protect them from harm, which Horton happily agrees to, proclaiming throughout the book that “a person’s a person, no matter how small.”
This story contains a strong moral message — that in the end we are all people, no matter our ethnicity, nationality, skin color, religion, sexuality, or, dare I say it, politics.
Too many in today’s society seem to have never learned this. Maybe their parents never read this story to them, or maybe they just let hatred cloud their judgment.
On June 29 members of Antifa reportedly attacked conservative writer Andy Ngo with eggs, milkshakes and other objects in Portland Oregon. Video footage shows black bloc demonstrators punching and kicking Ngo while others throw milkshakes at him.
Earlier in June, a waitress at an upscale bar in Chicago spat in the face of Eric Trump, the son of President Donald Trump.
How much uproar would there be if someone treated Bill and Hillary Clinton’s adult daughter, Chelsea, with the same disrespect?
In March Chelsea was berated by a group of college students (not Republican supporters) who blamed her for causing a mosque shooting in New Zealand. Republicans came to her defense.
Last August Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens, outspoken leaders of the pro-Trump super PAC Turning Point USA, were harassed and forced to leave a restaurant in Philadelphia ironically called the Green Eggs Cafe.
These are just a few examples taken from the news. There are many more.
It all started just over a year ago when U.S. Representative for California’s 43rd congressional district Maxine Waters called for public harassment of Trump administration officials. In other words she called for them to not be treated like a person.
The golden rule tells us to treat others as we want to be treated. Apparently Waters doesn’t believe that.
She is not the only one to encourage this kind of behavior. Members of the media have also joined in.
Washington Post columnist and MSNBC contributor Jennifer Rubin said former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders deserves a “life sentence” of public harassment. She added that Sanders “has no right to live a life of no fuss, no muss.”
The owner of a Virginia restaurant last year booted Sanders and her family from the establishment over her connection to President Donald Trump.
Members of the homosexual community over the past few years have been suing bakeries who would not bake them a wedding cake due to their religious beliefs. They sue them, even though they could get a cake from another bakery.
Who is the one who is intolerant, the baker or the activist? The baker is not trying to stop them from becoming married. They just don’t want to be part of the union.
It’s funny, but one thing I’ve found with all of these harassment stories is that those Republicans being harassed refuse to press charges let alone sue the offending establishment.
For years conservatives have been branded as intolerant. But it’s liberals who are intolerant, using political correctness as a weapon of oppression to the point that conservative’s are being discriminated against and harassed.
Apparently there are those on the Democrat side of the isle, many of them leaders of their party, who do not believe that conservative Republicans should be treated like a person.
Here is some interesting background about Horton that I read on Wikipedia: The book’s main theme, “a person’s a person no matter how small”, was Geisel’s reaction to his visit to Japan, where the importance of the individual was an exciting new concept. Geisel, who had harbored strong anti-Japan sentiments before and during World War II, changed his views dramatically after the war and used this book as an allegory for the American post-war occupation of the country, dedicating the book to a Japanese friend.
Some believe that the Mayor of Whoville’s lines, “When the black-bottomed birdie let go and we dropped, We landed so hard that our clocks have all stopped” is a reference to the atomic bombings.