Dr. Seuss. Is Now Lou Dobbs’ Public Enemy No.1 (VIDEO)

As I prepared to write this article I really wanted to lay a verbal smack down on the GOP with some waggish repartee. You know, get a few bazingas in on the Republicans while making merry with all of you; pointing and laughing at how ridiculous some people are. But as I sit here contemplating the whole situation it doesn’t really seem all that funny any more. Well, the idea of Lou Dobbs of Fox (ahem) “News” getting his panties in a bunch because cartoons are “indoctrinating” children with such radical notions as: caring about other people even if they are different, being conservative (very deliberate word usage) with the environment we live in (I bet Lorax doesn’t care for flammable water either), sharing with those who are in need, and that greed can be destructive is kind of, well, ludicrous. Well worth some pointing and laughing.

What is she blathering on about, you may wonder, and can she just get to the point already? Last night on the Fox Business show, Media Matters reports, Lou Dobbs had some rather startling revelations to make:

“Now, an “Unmentionable” — a story you won’t hear anywhere in the liberal national media, or nearly all of the national liberal media. Hollywood is once again trying to indoctrinate our children. Two new films out this year, plainly with an agenda, plainly demonizing the so-called “1 percent” and espousing the virtue of green-energy policies, come what may.”


The films? The first one, The Secret World of Arrietty, is an animated film Christianity Today calls:

“… a celebration of the vibrant life surging all around us—a declaration of the countless stories being told all at once. The rich pen-and-ink animation is full of depth and essence. This colorful, layered world promises a story under every leaf and life behind every wall. Cats, crows, and the scampering bugs who gently touch each other’s antennae have their own vignettes, suggesting full lives that the camera could follow if it so chose. This message is clear: At any moment, unnoticed in our human hustle and bustle, life is telling thousands of stories.”

The second one is The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. This story is about a boy who wants to learn who the Lorax was and how he got “lifted and taken away.” He learns that Once-ler chopped down a Truffula Tree and knitted a sweater from it. Once-ler decides that everyone must have one and begins to sell the sweaters. As the business grows he chops down more and more trees, despite the Lorax cautioning him otherwise. Eventually, he chops down the last tree and realizes in his greed he has ruined the environment for all the animals of a once magnificent forest. Once-ler reveals he has one seed left and asks the boy to start a new forest so the Lorax and all his friends could come back.

Once Mr. Dobbs shows clips from the two movies and trashes Obama for good measure, he introduces his radio talk show host, um, fair and balanced expert panel, with this lead in: “You’ve gotta be concerned with this sort of insidious nonsense from Hollywood.” Insidious?

There was a time not so long ago that greed was universally recognized as a bad quality. Common sense, common knowledge, whatever you want to call it, dictated that for love of money people will do evil things. We all see evidence of this everywhere, it’s not like it’s been hiding. There was a time not so long ago that the destruction of your environment was universally recognized as a bad idea. Whether you believe global warming is real or not, I think we can all agree that breathing polluted air and drinking toxic water is is rough on the body (let’s not forget about the mercury in fish either). Pick up any world history book and they will plainly tell you more civilizations have fallen for these two reasons than any other.

I keep thinking about the famous Thomas Paine quote, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Each one of us needs to recognize these times for what they are. Our children are taught on television through commercials to be greedy consumers by consuming useless things and throwing them away. They are being taught that anyone different from them are throw away people not worth their empathy and understanding. They are taught that money is not the root of all evil, it’s the main ingredient for happiness. They are being taught that to care for one another, to care for someone you don’t know is naive and unproductive. In short, they are taught that the human experience all boils down to dollar signs. And if you don’t agree with that you are un-American, unpatriotic, and useless; of no account. This really is a fight for our souls and what kind of human beings we want to be; we better make it count this time.

Here’s the clip of Lou Dobbs frothing at the mouth over children’s movies:

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