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Thu Nov 25 18:25:24 MST 1999
Originally posted to SocialistsUnmoderated....
>The unforgettable classical fable of Tommy Douglas about class
>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
>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
>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
>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
>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
>"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
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