Mouseland

Macdonald Stainsby MSTAINSBY at SPAMdojo.tao.ca
Thu Nov 25 23:14:43 MST 1999



Macdonald Stainsby <MSTAINSBY at dojo.tao.ca> said:

Sorry, folks. After re reading my fast type job, I noticed some very
confusing typos. corrections in brackets.


>
> The NDP/CCF was promoted to some degree as the "responsible" party of
> socialism around the time when the Communist Party of Canada was
> actually a tremendous force in Canada. Like most Western C(P)'s,
there
> was never revolution on the horizon. However, the unions, including
the
> vast majority on the West coast, ha(d) open, honest leadership by the
> CPC. This was only accepted during WWII, when the party was trying to
> cool off militance in the name of the United Front against Fascism.
At
> any rate, the history of the CPC's contribution to workers history
has
> been all but obliterated from Canadian history, leaving people to
> debate if the closed shops, health care, etc... were the work of
> Mackenzie King or Tommy Douglas.
>
> A rather sad debate, sort of like debating which American standard
> party is more Bolshevik. Here's to the revitalisation of the true
> history of the Canadian working class, successes, though few, came in
a
> cloak of Red. The Party also self-destructed many of it's own gains,
> which I can detail a bit, if anyone is interested. The final point is
> by way of analogy: Tommy Douglas earned rrespectability the same
> wa(y) Dr
> Martin Luther King did. By being a pacifist version of the left;
> (the)American version (of events) was, among others, the BPP that
pushed MLK into the
> spotlight. In Canada, it was the CPC.
>
> On all these notes, my favorite quote from Tommy Douglas:
>
> "Canada is like a big cow. The West feeds it, Ontario and Quebec
digest
> the goods, and you know what they are doing in the Maritimes."
>
>
>
>
>
> KDean75206 at aol.com said:
>
> > Originally posted to SocialistsUnmoderated....
> >
> > >The unforgettable classical fable of Tommy Douglas about class
> >
> > consciousness
> >
> > >and class obliviousness and electing a workingpeople's
government...
> >
> > >
> >
> > >The Story of Mouseland
> >
> > >as told by Tommy Douglas, 1944
> >
> > >
> >
> > >It's the story of a plce called Mouseland. Mouseland was a place
> where all
> >
> > >the little mice lived and played, were born and died. And they
lived
> much
> >
> > >the same as you and I do.
> >
> > >They even had a parliament. And every four years the had an
> election. Used
> >
> > >to walk to the polls and cast their ballots. Some of them even got
a
> ride
> >
> > to
> >
> > >the polls. And got a ride for the next four years afterwards too.
> Just like
> >
> > >you and me. And every time on election day all the little mice
used
> to go
> >
> > to
> >
> > >the ballot box and they used to elect a government. A government
> made up of
> >
> > >big, fat, black cats.
> >
> > >Now if you think it strange that mice should elect a government
made
> up of
> >
> > >cats, you just look at the history of Canada for the last 90 years
> and
> >
> > maybe
> >
> > >you'll see that they weren't any stupider then we are.
> >
> > >Now I'm not saying anything against the cats. They were nice
> fellows. They
> >
> > >condeucted their government with dignity. They passed good laws --
> that is,
> >
> > >laws that were good for cats. But the laws that were good for cats
> weren't
> >
> > >very good for mice. One of the laws said that mouseholes had to be
> big
> >
> > >enough so a cat could get his paw in. Another law said that mice
> could only
> >
> > >travel at certain speeds -- so that a cat could get his breakfast
> without
> >
> > >too much effort.
> >
> > >All the laws were good laws. For cats. But, oh, they were hard on
> the mice.
> >
> > >And life was getting harder and harder. And when the mice couldn't
> put up
> >
> > >with it any more, they decided that something had to be done about
> it. So
> >
> > >they went en masse to the polls. They voted the black cats out.
They
> put in
> >
> > >the white cats.
> >
> > >Now the white cats had put up a terrific campaign. They said: "All
> that's
> >
> > >Mouseland needs is more vision." They said: "The trouble with
> Mouseland is
> >
> > >those round mouseholes we got. If you put us in we'll establish
> square
> >
> > >mouseholes." And they did. And the square mouseholes were twice as
> big as
> >
> > >the round mouseholes, and now the cat could get both paws in. And
> life was
> >
> > >tougher then ever.
> >
> > >And when they couldn't take that anymore, they voted the white
cats
> out and
> >
> > >put the black one's in again. Then they went back to the white
cats.
> Then
> >
> > to
> >
> > >the black cats. They even tried half black and half white cats.
And
> they
> >
> > >called that coalition. They even got one government made up of
cats
> with
> >
> > >spots on them: they were cats that tried to make a noise like a
> mouse but
> >
> > >ate like a cat.
> >
> > >You see, my friends, the trouble wasn't with the colour of the
cat.
> The
> >
> > >trouble was that they were cats. And because they were cats, they
> naturally
> >
> > >looked after cats instead of mice.
> >
> > >Presently there came along one little mouse who had an idea. My
> friends,
> >
> > >watch out for the little fellow with an idea. And he said to the
> other
> >
> > mice,
> >
> > >"Look fellows, why do we keep electing a government made up of
cats?
> Why
> >
> > >don't we elect a government made up of mice?" "OH," they
said, "he's
> a
> >
> > >Bolshevik. Lock him up!" So they put him in jail.
> >
> > >But I want to remind you: That you can lock up a mouse or a man
but
> you
> >
> > >can't lock up an idea.
> >
> > >--Tommy Douglas, 1944
> >
> > Kevin Dean | Buffalo, NY
> > ICQ # 8616001
> > Western New York Socialist Party:
> > http://sp-usa.org/ny/buffalo
> > Personal Homepage:
> > http://users.aol.com/kdean75206/pub/
> > "A nation cannot be free and at the same time continue to oppress
> other
> > nations"
> > -Frederick Engels
> >
>
>
>
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