I did it! It cost me $11.20, but I did it and I am having a chuckle or two … a bigly chuckle, actually! I can see you shaking your heads and rolling your eyes, wondering just what the heck I am up to now … well be patient, for I am about to tell you. What I did was sent a small gift to none other than Mr. Donald Trump! No, no cyanide was involved or white powdery substances, just a book. A very simple book, actually …
I actually owe this bit of fun to Roger (Woebegone but hopeful) who made the suggestion a week or so ago. He mentioned, and I considered, Green Eggs and Ham, but then Miss Goose said that Yertle the Turtle would be better, and when I went back and re-read it, I had to agree. From the description on Amazon:
“Dr. Seuss presents three modern fables in the rhyming favorite Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories. The collection features tales about greed (“Yertle the Turtle”), vanity (“Gertrude McFuzz”), and pride (“The Big Brag”). In no other book does a small burp have such political importance! Yet again, Dr. Seuss proves that he and classic picture books go hand in hand.”
Greed, vanity and pride … all traits that Mr. Trump exhibits in spades, and he could stand to learn a few of the simple lessons found in these three stories. I ordered it from Amazon, so I got free shipping as a member in good standing of their Prime program, and he will receive it next Tuesday, 11 July! I also had them enclose a gift card that will read …
“This is a book. You can read it to learn new words and enjoy the pictures too! Enjoy – Jill Dennison”
In hindsight, I should have signed it ‘Filosofa’ and perhaps it would have led him to my blog where he could gain further enlightenment!
Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, has stated that the titular character Yertle represented Adolf Hitler, with Yertle’s despotic rule of the pond. In 2003, reporter John J. Miller also compared Yertle to the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, saying that “[i]ts final lines apply as much to Saddam Hussein as they once did to the European fascists”. More recently, the striking visual similarities between Yertle the Turtle and US Senator Mitch McConnell has been publicly promoted by comedian Jon Stewart.
The last lines of Yertle the Turtle read: “And turtles, of course … all the turtles are free / As turtles, and maybe, all creatures should be.”
Now, I am a frugal being, as my family will tell you, and not one to waste money, as I have little enough of it. But … with all the current frustrations Trump has caused us all, I was in the mood for open rebellion … just one small act of defiance. Spitting in the wind? Yes, I’m sure … but it was worth every penny of the $11.20! I will cut back on something next week to make up for the $11.20. I am operating here under the assumption that we still live in a fairly free society, but in the event you do not see any posts or comments from me after Tuesday, perhaps you should all get together and start baking a very large cake with a file in it!
If anybody is interested, you can access a .pdf file with the full text off Yertle the Turtle.