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Re: [WAR & PEACE ] Anti-War Poem: Dr. Seuss USA 20

Great reading!! I was amused on two fronts and my secondary amusement was to think this was Dr. Seuss for the babies of Freeman Hospital.(Iam a Washingtonian.) It gave me many smiles. Thanks.

: Someone -I don't yet know whom- wrote this poem and I added some
: changes. My cousin sent me a somewhat different version. I'd
: like to know who wrote the original version to give the author
: credit.

: Also with respect and apologies to Dr. Seuss - Theodor Seuss
: Geisel. The original author(s) of this poem fashioned it after
: Seuss's famous "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas".

: So maybe we should call this "the Grinch who stole the White
: House". Ha ha.

: Marian Douglas

: Dr. Seuss USA 2003 (MED Style)

: The Whos down in Whoville liked their country a lot, but
: the Grinch in the White House most certainly did not.

: He had not arrived through the will of the Whos
: but stole an election he really did lose.

: He vowed to "rule from the middle" then installed his
: regime.
: Did this really happen? Was it just a bad dream?

: He didn't listen to voters, just his friends was he pleasin',
: now please don't ask why, no one quite knows the reason.

: Could be his heart wasn't working quite right.
: Could be perhaps he wasn't too bright.

: But I think the most likely reason of all
: is both his brain and his heart were two sizes too small.

: In a time of great turmoil, it was very bad news,
: A government leader who ignored his Whos.

: But the Whos shrugged their shoulders and went on with their work,
: Their duties as CITIZENS they did casually shirk.

: They shopped at the Mall, they watched their TV,
: and drove a big fat shiny gas-guzzler SUV
: Indifferent to the future being decided in Washington DC,
: Ignoring the threats to democracy.

: Instead, they read different newspapers that ran the same leads,
: mostly reporting "news" that served corporate needs.

: For policies affecting lives in all nations
: were created by giant international corporations.

: Big business grew fatter, fed by its own greed
: But also by people shopping for what they don't need.

: Then amidst all the apathy came signs of unrest --
: And the Whos came to see they were fouling their nest.

: The people who cared for ideals of the nation
: Began to discuss and exchange information.
: Events they could not find in corporation-owned news,
: Like top secret meetings and CIA coups,
: Drilling for oil and restriction of rights.
: The Whos published books and made some websites,
: started writing letters and using e-mail --
: though Homeland Security might send them to jail!

: What began as a whisper soon grew to a roar,
: These things going on they´d no longer ignore!

: They began to rise up and to fight City Hall,
: Let their voices be heard, they rose to the call
: To vote, to petition, to gather and dissent,
: To question the policies of the "president."

: As greed gained in power and power knew no shame
: The Whos came together singing "Not in our name."

: As one-by-one from their sleep they awoke,
: The old, the young, and all kinds of folk: Red, Black, Brown and
: White, bi, trans, gay and straight,
: All united to sing "feed our hope, not your hate!"

: Stop stockpiling weapons and aiming for war!
: Stop feeding the rich and start feeding the poor.

: Stop storming deserts to fuel SUVs
: While telling us lies on our mainstream TVs.

: Stop treating our children as a market to sack.
: Stop feeding them BARBIE, BARNEY and BIG MAC.

: Stop trying to addict them to lifelong consuming
: In a time when environmental disaster is looming.

: Stop the sanctions and killing of kids in Iraq
: And deal with those of our own who are strung out on crack.

: Then a mighty sound started to rise and to grow--
: "The old way of thinking simply must go!"

: Enough of God versus Allah, Muslim against Jew.
: The state things are in this simply won't do!

: No American Dream caring only for wealth
: while ignoring all our communities´ needs for health.

: Rivers and forests are demanding their pay.
: If we're to survive we must walk a new way.

: No more excess of mindless consumption.
: Let's sharpen our minds and strengthen our gumption.
: For the ideas are simple but the practice is hard
: and our future´s not saved by a poem on a card.

: It needs ideas and actions of every & each Who
: So let's get together and plan what to do!

: And so folks gathered from all 'round the Earth
: And what came from this was a miracle of birth.

: The hearts and minds of Whos they did grow
: To fit what they felt and reflect what they know.

: While the Grinches´ shrank from their hatred and greed,
: Under the weight of their every foul deed.

: From that day on, the new standard of wealth
: was whatever fed the Whos´ spiritual health.

: They gathered together to revel and feast,
: And to thank all who worked to conquer the beast.

: For although our story pits Grinches against Whos,
: The true battle lies in what we daily choose.

: For inside each Grinch is a tiny small Who,
: And inside each Who is a tiny Grinch too.
: One thrives on Love; the Other on Greed.

: Who will win out? It depends whom you feed.

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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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