When my children were young, I often read them the classic Dr. Seuss book, Oh, the THINKS you can Think! They loved the poetic beauty found in many of the good doctor’s books. They loved thinking about and opining on what it would be like to have a pet guff or what beautiful schlopp really tasted like.
They would even imagine what it would be like to have a swimming pool floating above our house and looked for bloogs blowing by on windy days.
A favorite passage from the book reads:
And Left! Think of Left!
And think about Beft.
Why is it that Beft always go to the left?
And why is it so many things go to the right?
You can think about THAT until Saturday night.
Think left and think right and think low and think high.
Oh, the THINKS you can think up if only you try.
True to what Dr. Seuss sought from his readers, I’ve often pondered, sometimes even through Saturday night, why those Beft always head left.
Was it just prose, or could I learn something about life by studying Dr. Seuss’s Beft?
I noticed the Beft who always walk to the left have nothing. They appear to carry no belongings at all, wearing just the clothes on their back. Frankly, they look like zombies marching forward to who knows where. Perhaps they gave away their belongings; perhaps they were taken.
Regardless which, it is apparent those who go left have relinquished or lost their rights to life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness.
Those non-Beft creatures who are going to the right look happy, healthy and even excited. Everyone is moving – some are walking; others are running; many are driving; a few are even expressing themselves through music.
While it may not have been the intent of Dr. Seuss, I have concluded that the Befts’ leftward march, and perhaps any leftward march, is the result of loss and/or brings about loss. Loss of rights, loss of property, loss of hope, loss of everything they hold precious. Nothing remains but to follow some unknown leaders as they subversively take everything you hold precious.
Is that not what is happening today if you look left? The left seeks daily to take – to take from us our ability and right to speak openly, to live our religion, to own and use firearms, to live securely without unwarranted intrusion, to earn, save and spend our own income, and even to have enough money left to donate to charities of our own choosing.
Whatever it may be, the left takes, takes, takes.
Our rights are not granted by our government, but rather, are guaranteed protection in the Bill of Rights. It seems they are not so protected these days. From prosecution, and persecution, of bakers, photographers and other religious believers in Colorado, Arizona and throughout the United States, to the threat of forceful taking of legal firearms in Virginia, to unlawful surveillance of U.S. citizens, our rights are being trampled, infringed and violated – left and right.
One major contributor to our loss of rights is often we believe everything needs to be taken care of from the top down.
“If I am elected President, I will do this and this and this for you and your family.”
“If you elect me to Congress, I will take care of you, your income, your families and even your dog!”
Such thinking is not only misguided, but is completely erroneous. Either through negligence, complacency, or even wanton disregard for freedom, we have allowed it and now expect it. And it has led to infringement of our rights, allowing the top down approach to control all aspects of our lives.
Our lives should be governed by the smallest, most basic, but most important, unit of government that exists –
Once we have done all we can do in our families, we should move upward to our neighborhood associations and our cities, our counties, our states, and ultimately the federal government. Each organization has its own unique role and the highest, most distant, should exercise the most limited role.
But such is not the case. We have given the highest, most distant government the most power and control over our lives. And we are suffering a loss of freedoms and liberties for it.
Let’s reverse this way of thinking.
Start at your dinner tables. Set your phones down, turn off the television and just talk. Open a discussion on any topic and then encourage everyone to share what the think. Then, teach truth. Teach what is real. Talk about your beliefs. Talk about your rights. Talk about what you can do to secure and protect your rights.
Then turn around and march away from the left and toward your rights!
Our rights! Our rights!
Where have they gone?
Why is it the Left always takes away rights?
And why is it so many walk to the left?
They follow like sheep, just like the Beft.
The left wants your rights, but it’s time now to stand.
Oh, the RIGHTS you’ll take back soon, and you’ll feel just grand.
Stay tuned, more to come . . .