Dr.Seuss Meets Donald Trump

How to help your child make sense of it all?…Have no fear! Horton is here!

When our kids watch the marches, the protests at airports, the unrelenting, ever growing, global outcry over Trump’s edicts,  do we know how they are taking all this in, and if so, what it means?

After an evening’s digest of watching massive crowds protesting Trump’s immigration and refugee “executive orders” it was time to put the kids to bed, which is never without a bedtime story. This night our 5-year-old’s request was, “Dad, read Horton Hears A Who!”

Half asleep myself, I opened the bright orange Dr. Seuss book with that unforgettable Horton the elephant on the cover and I began…Perhaps you know the story.

Upon discovering a whole Who village on a clover’s head, Horton bravely protects them from Who deniers, evil birds of prey, and monkeys who beat and caged him, but all the while he holds the delicate clover and the Whos’ lives wrapped by his faithful trunk.

Then, these words clicked…sure as a Dr. Seuss rhyme.

“But he (Horton) managed to call/To the (Who) Mayor: Don’t give up! I believe in you all!/ A person’s a person, no matter how small! And you very small persons will not have to die/If you make yourselves heard! So come on, now, and TRY!”
After all attempts to yell, scream, bang pots and more, still the Who people were not heard. Still they were in danger of extinction by the hard-hearted jungle creatures who harassed Horton.

But, then, the mayor finds one small Who boy who had not joined the ruckus.

“This,” cried the Mayor, “is your town’s darkest hour!/ The time for all Whos who have blood that is red/To come to the aid of their country!” he said./ We’ve GOT to make noises in greater amounts!/So, open your mouth, lad! For every voice counts!”

The young Who’s “Yopp” was the decisive voice!

“That one small, extra Yopp put it over!/ Finally, at last! From that speck on that clover/Their voices were heard!..”

The Whos were saved. The menacing kangaroo, threatening their demise, finally listened and…once he heard, once he acknowledged the Whos’ existence, he had a change of heart.

“From now on, you know what I’m planning to do?/From now on, I’m going to protect them with you!/…From sun in the summer. From rain when it’s fall-ish, I’m going to protect them. No matter how small-ish!”

Someone send “Horton Hears A Who!” to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, D.C. Address it to “Donald Trump and Staff” and inscribe it with these words, “For every bedtime until you hear us, Mr. President.”

And, perhaps, this Horton story just might help you explain to your children or grandchildren just how important their voices are, no matter how small. Perhaps this book may help them better grasp why YOU are out there, in the marches, organizing local resistance groups, getting up, getting out, and NOT giving up!

Good reading and sleep well! I have a feeling you’re going to need your rest.

The Unlikely Student





Pipeline to the President



Next Tuesday, do one of two things…Join the Standing Rock National Day of Action event being organized in Dover, ND, or, send an email, letter, or call President Obama with an urgent message to end progress on the Dakota Access Pipeline.

See act@credoaction.com for location and other helpful information about next Tuesday’s event and how to sign a petition to send to, our still president, Obama.

This matter is a direct federal issue, which Obama (or, if we procrastinate, Trump) can influence, on many levels.

First the sacred, tribal lands in question here are part of a tribal treaty made directly with the federal government, not oil companies or even state governments. The president controls the Interior Department.

Second, the Army Corps of Engineers, which permitted the project without due process, is under the direct command of our Commander in Chief.

Third, if not now…with this president…then most likely never…in a pro-fossil fuel Trump administration which takes control on Inaugural Day in January (a cold, cold day indeed).

Slate Magazine’s Will Oremus, reports, “Trump’s stances on climate and energy received shamefully little attention throughout the campaign, partly because he barely bothered to articulate them. His avoidance was enabled by the national mainstream media, whose representatives allowed three presidential debates to come and go without asking the candidates a single direct question about what might be the most pivotal issue of our time. Nonetheless, his views on climate change are clear to anyone who cares to look for them.”

And, that is the point, really, isn’t it?

The media, our national, so-called, “free press,” did precious little to call either candidate on this question, the single most important issue affecting the country and the world, down to the “Seventh Generation.”

Grieve over the election results all we want, we cannot stay in that limbo of a first grieving stage called “denial.” We would be fools to hook our hopes on the stage called “bargain,” and we cannot resign ourselves to the last grieving stage of “acceptance.”

We cannot simply “accept” a Trump-cated view on climate change, or, any of the issues so long fought for, such as Native American rights especially over sacred lands designations, civil rights, equal pay, equal treatment, gender equality, equal education and a step up on health care coverage.

Our, “one nation, under God” IS divisible when it is not “with justice for all.”

I am told by therapists that when we believe we are threatened, or sense fear, our responses are  “flight, fight or freeze.”

As for “flight”, we cannot, must not, go anywhere. We cannot afford to simply “freeze” as these rights and progressive policies are dismantled around us. Which leaves but one response, “fight.”

Thousands in the street of our country’s major cities, in protest over Trump’s electoral (but not popular) win, are, in a way, giving voice to the “fight” option. We all know, however, this too is likely to evaporate like the “Occupy” movement, because what unifies them is  being”anti-Trump” – with no pro-active steps toward positive change.

Trump calls his win the beginnings of a “movement.” But, there is a spoiler in the game, something Bernie Sanders termed, “a social revolution.”

“Make America Great AGAIN,” infers Trump wants to revert back to some past glory days, and be that “again.”

Revolutions always go forward…toward what has not yet been seen or even imagined. It is organic and grassroots in the face of intimidation.

So, if we are to have a real, social revolution…let it begin at Standing Rock.

This event, Tuesday, will be perhaps the FIRST social action since the election. The first opportunity to stand up to the new regime about to be visited upon us all. God help us!

Yours always,

The Unlikely Student