The Sneetches

It’s weird.

After the election, my main goal was just to start blogging about important things such as how much I love just about everything pickled, that texture of tofu tastes weird in my mouth so I avoid it and how I truly believe that animals get embarrassed by wearing clothing.

But it hasn’t been that way. It’s been more about politics.

I knew after the election that an underlying current of discomfort on race, sex and all around political maneuvering was going to take place. I felt it, talked about it with my friends and then locked it away in my brain. No one, not even if they are on the left side of the dial, agrees about politics all the time.

There was some things I naively didn’t anticipate. Things like the pointless joke made by a Murfreesboro columnist spotlighted not only by many members of the Tennessee blogosphere but by Poynter.

But the sad thing is that on Nov. 5th, I received the theme song from the Jeffersons (the real one) about 10 times to my cell phone. I heard the White House was going to have to be renamed. I heard things I never want to hear again.

And in my brain, I can’t help but ask why? Why are we doing this? Why is this happening? What good can come from it. It’s not clever. It’s not smart and it’s definitely not productive.

Aren’t we all Americans? Do we have to hate each other to feel like we have a distinguished place in this world?

Have we become The Sneetches?

Remember, they ended up penniless after all the infighting of who was better than the other.

Doug wrote this snippet this morning:

I like Tennessee. But apparently there are about 43 states better suited for my family.

Don’t get me wrong. Unless someone offers me a boatload of money to leave the state, I’m not going anywhere. And, let me state that not everyone who said those things I post above are all from Hoots. And also where are the things that can bring us together. Not as a political party, race or sexuality but as a people.

An example is that gay people being treated like second class citizens. If you aren’t treated by the grounds of the Declaration of Independence should you be required to adhere to the law?

Do you, personally, consider yourself with a star on your belly or one without?

What are you going to lose? Not a thing if you are secure within yourself and your own beliefs?

It’s a good dialog.

Even having joyful thoughts about the direction of this country, it’s been mired down by some of the attitude “I’m going to lose something.”

I see that everyone is just going to fight over all of it. Race, marriage, politics and I’m sure that columnist from the Murfreesboro Post thought he was being funny. It wasn’t funny. It perpetuates the ideals of what Dr. Suess wrote of many years ago with The Sneetches.

The Sneetches moral was that it came down to us and them.

They learned within time it was just us.

6 comments for “The Sneetches

  1. November 10, 2008 at 11:24 am

    it hasn’t been a very uplifting weekend. I have heard all the jokes and more. I can’t get mad and fight back because i’m outnumbered. and it sucks.

  2. November 10, 2008 at 11:31 am

    You know, I have that same problem with tofu. I find that if I get the really firm kind, drain it for hours (compressed with a skillet in between towels) then fry it, I have much less of a problem with the texture.

    “The Sneetches” has always been my favorite Dr. Suess story. It is not about who has a star and who doesn’t. Destruction comes when we give power to such things. Be happy with who you are – star upon or not.

    I am proud to be in Tennessee, though. Not too right, not too left, but happy right where I am.

  3. saraclark
    November 10, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Perhaps a throwback history lesson to the regime of Andrew Jackson is in order for a lot of people. The national level of shock and horror at those “backwoods” mountain people taking over the White House and holding a huge redneck party for days seems very similar to the current “us” and “them” going on in politics.

    There is always an “us” and “them” the roles and players just keep getting re-defined. At least it represents a small step forward each time.

    Dr. Suess was always so very wise.

  4. November 10, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    I loved the Sneetches when I was a kid. I actually knew, somehow, that it was a lesson about Bigotry and Classism at a very early age.

    “Stars upon thars” had they. We see this all the time today.

    Remember the “Pair of Green Pants With Nobody Inside Them”?

    There were strong, positive messages in kid’s stories back in the day. Don’t know about now.

  5. November 10, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    I was just reminded of the Sneetches today in class when some of my chi’ren were pondering what it would be like if we were all white or all black. They concluded there would be no racism. I had to bite my tongue to keep from telling them we’d find some other way to arbitrarily divide ourselves. Or at least some would.

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