Let the Right Have the Culture War.
While conservatives pretended to be upset about Dr. Seuss and Mr. Potato head, the left can focus on the issues.
In recent weeks, it’s been difficult to miss the story about Dr. Seuss’ estate coming to the decision to pull six of the books due to concerns about race, and the offensive way certain groups of people were portrayed in them. But perhaps the most difficult aspect to miss of the story was the right wing’s response. House Minority Leader even felt the need to film himself reading Green Eggs & Ham and share it with his Twitter audience in defense of the late author and his books. As absurd as it might be for one of the most prominent figures in the Republican Party to latch on to such a fundamentally unimportant issue, it’s simply par for the course with a party that has nothing else to offer.
Let the Right have the culture war.
Latching on to Dr. Seuss and Mr. Potato head is merely a culmination of decades worth of the right wing having absolutely nothing to offer the American people outside of the culture war, and pretending to be the crusaders for the old, traditional ways. For decades, the right wing has had no interest in appealing to the economic interests of the American people, and has looked out for no one other than those who happen to fund their campaigns. With the economic anxiety increasing for tens of millions of people as a direct result of the policies they have fought for and implemented, it should come as no surprise when the right wing has nothing left except to turn to the silliest, most reactionary aspects of the culture war. A war that they fight with continued desperation because they know they are losing.
That’s not to say that liberals and the Democratic party haven’t had their faults, and responded to the nonsensical culture war as opposed to offering the American people substantive policies and fighting for their best interests. Instead of running on a platform that consists of little outside of choosing “unity over division, science over fiction”, Biden certainly could have made fighting to ensure that everyone is able to get healthcare free at the point of service, or the cancellation of student debt a highlight of his campaign. Instead, we have allowed platitudes and culture war talking points to dominate the conversation, as opposed to the key, substantive issues that continue to affect Americans across the country.
When people are struggling to put food on the table for themselves and their families, it’s becoming harder and harder for the right wing to distract them from that reality with feigned outrage over children’s books. While the right is worrying about “cancel culture” and Dr. Seuss, why isn’t the Democratic party taking advantage of their focus on a losing battle, and showing the people across this country that they take the bread and butter issues seriously?
All that said, it is sort of incredible to watch the right wing spring into action when it comes to stuff like this. It’s almost funny how quickly the right wing can go from trying to convince their constituents that cancel culture is coming for them, to immediately pivoting to feigned outrage over words in a song they don’t like. If Dr. Seuss and Mr. Potato Head are all the right wing is willing to offer the American people while the country experiences the greatest public health and economic crisis in the nation’s history, then let them have it. We have better, more important things to focus on.