Mousland (Tommy Douglas best political speech 1944 )

This is the story of a place called Mouseland.  Mouseland was a place where all the little __________lived and played, were born and died.  And they lived much the same as you and I do.

They even had a ________________.  And every four years they had an election.  Used to walk to the _____________ 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 ________________________all the little mice used to go to the ballot box and they used to elect a _____________.

A government made up of big, fat, black cats.

Now if you think it strange that _________should elect a government of cats, look at the history of Canada for the last 90 years and maybe you’ll see they weren’t any stupider then us.

Now I’m not saying anything against the cats.  They conducted their government with _______.  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 __________.  One of the laws said that mouse holes had to be big enough so a cat could get his _________in.  Another law said that mice could only run at certain _____________ – so a cat could get his breakfast without too much effort.

All the laws were good laws.  For cats.  But, oh, they were hard on _______.  And life was getting _________and ____________.  And when the mice couldn’t put up with it any more, they decided that something had to be done.  So they went en masse to the ____________.  They voted the black cats out.  They put in white cats.

Now the white cats had put up a terrific _____________.  They said, “All Mouseland needs is more vision.”  They said, “The trouble with Mouseland is the round ___________________.  If you put us in we’ll make square _____________.”  And they did.  And the square mouse holes were twice as big as the round ones, and now a cat could get both _________ in.
And life was tougher then ever.

And when they couldn’t take that anymore, they voted the white cats out and black ones in again.  Then they went back to white cats.  Then to black cats.  They even tried half black and half white cats.  And they called that a _________________.  They even got one government made up of cats with __________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 _______.

Presently there came along one little mouse who had an idea.  My friends, watch out for the little ___________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 _________?”  “Oh,” they said, “he’s a Bolshevik. _______ him _____!”
So they put him ____________.

But I want to remind you: That you can __________ a mouse or a man but you can’t _________an idea.

– Tommy Douglas, 1944



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