If you're an Ivy League bathrobe-wearing genius obstructionist rightwing whackadoodle who's never altered your extremist views in your life, how do you sooth your young daughters to sleep back in Texas from the floor of the Senate?

You quote liberally from children's stories written by a lifelong FDR progressive Democrat.

More after the Grinch's Great Big Heart.

How revered is Theodor Geisel?  His birthday - March 2nd - was adopted as Read Across America Day in his honor.  Massachusetts-born Geisel drew over 400 political cartoons for the New York magazine PM early in his career.  So that there is no remaining doubt about what his political leanings were as a cartoonist . . .

In 1948, after living and working in Hollywood for years, Geisel moved to La Jolla, California. It is said that when he went to register to vote in La Jolla, some Republican friends called him over to where they were registering voters, but Geisel said, "You, my friends, are over there, but I am going over here [to the Democratic registration]. . . .

His early political cartoons show a passionate opposition to fascism, and he urged action against it both before and after the United States entered World War II. His cartoons portrayed the fear of communism as overstated, finding greater threats in the House Un-American Activities Committee and those who threatened to cut the US "life line" to Stalin and the USSR, whom he once depicted as a porter carrying "our war load".

Geisel's political activism was expressed in a new medium later in life - children's books.

Many of Geisel's books express his views on a remarkable variety of social and political issues: The Lorax (1971), about environmentalism and anti-consumerism; "The Sneetches" (1961), about racial equality; The Butter Battle Book (1984), about the arms race; Yertle the Turtle (1958), about Hitler and anti-authoritarianism; How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1957), criticizing the materialism and consumerism of the Christmas season; and Horton Hears a Who! (1950), about anti-isolationism and internationalism.

May Ted Cruz step up to the mic often - very often - and may all his speechifying be in anapestic tetrameter.

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