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posted 06 November 2005 08:08 PM      Profile for theolog     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
The following is taken from the Saskechewan NDP web site.

It speaks today, as clear as it did yesterday. . .

It's the story of a place 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 they 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 last 140 years and maybe you'll see that they weren't any stupider than we are.
Now I'm not saying anything against the cats. They were nice fellows. They conducted 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 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 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 his paws in. And life was tougher than ever.
And when they couldn't take that anymore, they voted the white cats out and put the black ones in again. Then they went back to the white cats. Then to the black cats. They even tried half black cats 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 on 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

. . . This is how we win an election. Chris

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From: Ottawa | Registered: Mar 2005  |  IP: Logged
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posted 06 November 2005 11:24 PM      Profile for leftcoastguy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
This is a great story and we need to keep repeating it.

Thanks for sharing it.

Perhaps we could create an additional story for Jack called Fishland or Minnowland or Canukland!

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M. Spector
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posted 06 November 2005 11:45 PM      Profile for M. Spector   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Now! A minor Motion Picture!
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Kaitlin Stocks
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posted 07 November 2005 01:04 PM      Profile for Kaitlin Stocks   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I remember back a few months before the 99 provincial election here in Saskatchewan, LP Political... person Murray Mandryk wrote a charming article based on Mouseland, but instead relating it to the Saskatchewan Party. There was Elwin Cat and June Cat and Bill Cat and Don cat and Ben Cat... And little Roy mouse... Or some stupid thing like that. I couldn't find the link for it, but it was just glorious. I think its still hangning up at Provincial office in Regina, if anyone cares to go there However, if anyone can find a link that would be great.

Hopefully everyone will realize how big and fat and greedy those Tory cats really are.

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Don Fanucci
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posted 12 November 2005 07:10 PM      Profile for Don Fanucci     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
That Mandryk - he's so funny. But I'm confused - is "job for life" Degenstein a white cat, a black cat or a fat mouse?
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