By David Glenn Cox
The only way a book can defend itself is by you reading it. The book won’t come at you or follow you home. Without reading the book, the book is defenseless. It makes them a perfect target, a villain who can’t fight back, and stands as quiet as Amish in a prize fight. “They’re teaching Bad Things to your children!” There are things going on that you don’t know.
A recurring theme for Fascists, as they require iniquity as fuel. “Somebodies doing something! Somebodies getting something!” Secret meetings in the basement or dirty books on the shelves. Creating a non-existent straw man and then attacking it. Fort Worth Fascist Rep. Matt Krause has embarked on a crusade to check the shelves of all Texas School libraries for dirty books and Gubener Bubba, has called for a criminal investigation to see if there is “Pornography” on our shelves.
Same song next verse, their Nazi grandfathers also had a problem with dirty books. They banned “All Quiet on the Western Front.” A novel telling of the horrors of war in a militarized state, just wouldn’t do. The works of Jewish authors were banned because they were Jewish. It wasn’t the books themselves that were dirty, but where they came from as well.
Reich’s Fuhrer Matt has a list of 850 books. Who knew there were that many books in all of Texas? Who made up your list of dirty books Matt? “Never mind, they are dirty!” Did you compile this list all by yourself? Or did someone just hand it to you and say these are dirty books? Have you read any of these books yourself? Do you have any experience as an educator, that somehow qualifies you to decide what books should be in the Middle School Library?
No, it’s the old, concerned citizen routine. What they are most upset about is many of the books in question have a Gay theme, and they don’t like that. Just as their grandfathers didn’t like books about understanding and peace, a generation before. When I was in school, I couldn’t get enough history. I wasn’t Gay, so I didn’t seek out those books. They are upset at the idea of inclusion, hoping if they can ban the books, it will end the idea and they can turn back the clock.
At fifteen, I was forced to read “The Communist Manifesto” The Liberals and Communists thought it best, that I be indoctrinated at the earliest opportunity. I resisted as best I could and also didn’t do my Algebra homework in protest. Finally, I was captured in study hall and forced to read. After reading a third, I felt certain that Stalin’s torture chambers were nothing more than lectures on this book. I saw through their curriculum, by forcing a child of fifteen to read this book, it would assure that I would run away from it and never return.
After reading half, I began to think of study hall as a sort of torture chamber. The knowledge of the known is so much more certain than the knowledge of the advised. I read, “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” not because I was a Nazi, but that I was appalled that a civilized world could allow such a thing happen.
850 books huh, not 849 or 851. Was some book included or excluded from the list, just for the sake of a nice round number? Mighty coincidental that it comes out to a round number like that. Do you know why Heinz 57 steak sauce is called Heinz 57 Steak sauce? Mr. Heinz liked the number 57 and thought it a Cracker Jack good name for a steak sauce and history has proven him to be correct. I would be much more likely to accept a list of 457 dirty books or 839 dirty books. The number 850 seems arbitrary and concocted by someone pulling it out of their butt.
It isn’t surprising really, that the Texas Education Association wants to dictate the teaching around climate change. It “Can” be caused by human activity. Not that it is, mind you, but that it could be. They don’t want to teach about climate change or race relations. They don’t want anything taught that disagrees with their personal philosophy. They don’t want tolerance and inclusion taught in schools.
There are two kinds of education, what is taught and what is denied. The official truth codified and vouched safe where none may deviate. And the real truth where we all live. But the official truth will brook no adversaries and claim that no other truth exists. That if you adhere to some other truth maybe there is something wrong with you. After all, only right-thinking members of society adhere to the official truth. If you don’t believe, you can’t belong to the country club.
Fascism through subtle conversion, that way you don’t feel the water getting warmer. Normalizing the Boebert’s, and the Greene’s and the Gym Jordans. It’s okay to post animated videos of killing each other, it’s all in good fun. Their message as clear as Chilton County Creek Cider, destruction for the hell of it. Once we ban those 850 books. I bet we can find a few more. “That one in the spotlight, he don’t look quite right to me.”
By tearing down the public educational system, they hope to strangle critical thinking in its bed. To deconstruct society through the filtering of allowed and disallowed thought. Trying to protect you and defend you, lest you be offended by the ugly incriminating truths. Hush and be still, we know what’s best for you. We know what books you should read and what’s more, we know the books you shouldn’t read. Trust us, would we lie to you? Never mind what the Morlocks are having for lunch.
“I myself was to experience how easily one is taken in by a lying and censored press and radio in a totalitarian state. Though unlike most Germans I had daily access to foreign newspapers, especially those of London, Paris and Zurich, which arrived the day after publication, and though I listened regularly to the BBC and other foreign broadcasts, my job necessitated the spending of many hours a day in combing the German press, checking the German radio, conferring with Nazi officials and going to party meetings. It was surprising and sometimes consternating to find that notwithstanding the opportunities I had to learn the facts and despite one’s inherent distrust of what one learned from Nazi sources, a steady diet over the years of falsifications and distortions made a certain impression on one’s mind and often misled it. No one who has not lived for years in a totalitarian land can possibly conceive how difficult it is to escape the dread consequences of a regime’s calculated and incessant propaganda.” – William L. Shire