Erasing history

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Books are timeless. And each and every one of them has meaning. There is nothing — absolutely nothing — like losing oneself in a book. Stories have the power to change lives and alter history. They are rose petals of knowledge that educate, teach and make one laugh, cry, and feel.

Books are now in extreme jeopardy — because of Republicans. My friends, this article is more than a warning — it is a red-hot alert — of the highest order. In the state of Tennessee, a school district — the McMinn County School Board has voted to ban a book called “Maus.” by Author Art Spiegelman.

Maus is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel whose subject is — the Holocaust. The school board reportedly didn’t like the “inappropriate language inside the book.” The author called the decision “Orwellian.” It IS Orwellian. And we can expect more of this from the insurrection party.

We cannot let this happen. I ask you to alert VERY reader you know about what is going on. It isn’t just Tennessee. This is happening in other states as well — like Texas. The U.S. Holocaust Museum was stunned, tweeting

“Maus has played a vital role in educating about the Holocaust through sharing detailed and personal experiences of victims and survivors.”

The Republicans are trying to erase history. The GOP has turned authoritarian to the point where they cannot see the forest from the trees. It is up to us to vote them ALL out. We need our books. These beautiful works of art cannot be allowed to languish in GOP-ordered exile. They just can’t.

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