"Never budge in the least"
Wed May 24, 2017 12:07pm

First published in 1953, I think this is a parody of conservative extremists and liberal extremists. Why can't we all work together to make America Great Again?

The Zax – Dr. Seuss

One day, making tracks
In the prairie of Prax,
Came a North-Going Zax
And a South-Going Zax.
And it happened that both of them came to a place
Where they bumped. There they stood.
Foot to foot. Face to face.

“Look here, now!” the North-Going Zax said, “I say!
You are blocking my path. You are right in my way.
I’m a North-Going Zax and I always go north.
Get out of my way, now, and let me go forth!”
“Who’s in whose way?” snapped the South-Going Zax.
“I always go south, making south-going tracks.
So you’re in MY way! And I ask you to move
And let me go south in my south-going groove.”
Then the North-Going Zax puffed his chest up with pride.
“I never,” he said, “take a step to one side.
And I’ll prove to you that I won’t change my ways
If I have to keep standing here fifty-nine days!”
“And I’ll prove to YOU,” yelled the South-Going Zax,
“That I can stand here in the prairie of Prax
For fifty-nine years! For I live by a rule
That I learned as a boy back in South-Going School.
Never budge! That’s my rule. Never budge in the least!
Not an inch to the west! Not an inch to the east!
I’ll stay here, not budging! I can and I will
If it makes you and me and the whole world stand still!”

Of course the world didn’t stand still. The world grew.
In a couple of years, the new highway came through
And they built it right over those two stubborn Zax
And left them there, standing un-budged in their tracks.

    • What do conservatives conserve?Pikes, Fri Oct 20 11:18am
      It isn't just our leadership and representation.
      • Same things the Liberals conserveNeoprog, Thu Nov 2 8:43pm
        Wall street power, MIC power, inverted totalitarianism, corporate power and the illusion of democracy.
      • good question...donk, Thu Oct 26 8:23pm
        I think they long for a time they imagined existed. The "status quo?"
        • They are most often not good stewards of any resources including their own finances. The religious commonly believe God created the earth for them to use. Their use is abuse and wasteful, based on... more
          • thanksdonk, Wed Nov 1 10:10am
            As you might surmise, our nuevo politics is baffling (to me), but not surprising. Of course, we agree although you're far more eloquent than I. How can we teach "critical thinking skills" within the... more
      • Good questionPH👻👻EY, Fri Oct 20 11:35am
        One I often ponder. I would also ask what is the progress of progressives. Both are the devil's spawn.
        • Progress?donk, Thu Oct 26 8:26pm
          The evolution of civilization? Movement from point A to point B? How should we measure "progress?"
          • As things? Is that the progress?PH☎️📺EY, Wed Nov 8 7:54pm
            For sure little else has changed. Certainly the politics sre the same now as is well evidenced in the Ur cuneiform clay tablets dug up by the tens of thousands. Missives primarily about economics and ... more
    • So perfectly appropriate! (nm)Poppet, Wed May 24 4:33pm
    • common situation... The extended drama involved in Dr. Seuss's little ditty takes matters to its extreme, but it's not as outrageous as it might seem given how refusals to actually budge at all on... more