Mouseland

Macdonald Stainsby MSTAINSBY at SPAMdojo.tao.ca
Thu Nov 25 20:53:02 MST 1999




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 CO's, there
was never revolution on the horizon. However, the unions, including the
vast majority on the West coast, has 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 was Dr
Martin Luther King did. By being a pacifist version of the left;
American version 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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