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>If Dr. Seuss Could See AMERICA, 2003
>
>The Whos down in Whoville liked people a lot,
>But the Grinch in the White House most certainly did not.
>He didn't arrive there by the will of the Whos,
>But stole the election that he really did lose.
>Vowed to "rule from the middle," then installed his regime.
>(Did this really happen, or is it just a bad dream?)
>
>He didn't listen to voters, just his friends he was pleasin'
>Now, please don't ask why, who knows what's the reason.
>It could be his heart wasn't working just right.
>It could be, perhaps, that he wasn't too bright.
>But I think that the most likely reason of all,
>Is that both brain and heart were two sizes too small.
>In times of great turmoil, this was bad news,
>To have a government that ignores its Whos.
>
>But the Whos shrugged their shoulders, went on with their work,
>Their duties as citizens so casually did shirk.
>They shopped at the mall and watched their T.V.
>They drove a gas guzzling big S.U.V.,
>Oblivious to what was going on in D.C.,
>Ignoring the threats to democracy.
>
>They read the same papers that ran the same leads,
>Reporting what only served corporate needs.
>(For the policies affecting the lives of all nations
>Were made by the giant U.S. Corporations.)
>Big business grew fatter, fed by its own greed,
>And by people who shopped for things they don't need.
>
>But amidst all the apathy came signs of unrest,
>The Whos came to see we were fouling our nest.
>And the people who cared for the ideals of this nation
>Began to discuss and exchange information:
>The things they couldn't read, in the corporate-owned news,
>Of oil drilling, restricting rights, and CIA coups.
>
>They began to write letters and use their 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 could no longer ignore.
>They started to rise up and reach out to all
>Let their voices be heard, they rose to the call,
>To vote, to petition, to gather, dissent,
>To question the policies of the "President."
>
>As greed gained in power and power knew no shame
>The Whos came together, sang "Not in our name!"
>One by one from their sleep and their slumber they woke
>The old and the young, all kinds of folk,
>The black, brown and white, the gay, bi- and straight,
>All united to sing, "Feed our hope, not our hate!
>
>Stop stockpiling weapons and aiming for war!
>Stop feeding the rich, start feeding the poor!
>Stop storming the deserts to fuel SUV's!
>Stop telling us lies on the mainstream T.V.'s!
>Stop treating our children as a market to sack!
>Stop feeding them Barney, Barbie, Big Mac!
>Stop trying to addict them to lifelong consuming,
>In a time when severe global warming is looming!
>Stop sanctions that are killing the kids in Iraq!
>Start dealing with ours that are strung out on crack!"
>
>A mighty sound started to rise and to grow,
>"The old way of thinking simply must go!
>Enough of God versus Allah, Muslim vs. Jew
>With what lies ahead, it simply won't do.
>The American dream is not only for wealth
>By ignoring the need for community health
>The rivers and forests are demanding their pay,
>If we're to survive, we must walk a new way.
>
>We need no more excessive and mindless consumption
>Let's sharpen our minds and garner our gumption.
>For the ideas are simple, but the practice is hard,
>And not to be won by a poem on a card.
>It needs the ideas and the acts of each Who,
>So let's get together and plan what to do!"
>
>And so they all gathered from all 'round the Earth
>And from it all came a miraculous birth.
>The hearts and the minds of the Whos they did grow,
>Three sizes to fit what they felt and they know.
>While the Grinches they shrank from their hate and their greed,
>Bearing the weight of their every foul deed.
>
> From that day onward the standard of wealth,
>Was whatever fed the Whos' spiritual health.
>They gathered together to revel and feast,
>And thanked all who worked to conquer their beast.
>For although our story pits Grinches 'gainst 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 and one thrives on greed.
>Who will win out? It depends who you feed!
>
>Author: Unknown


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