Donkey and Elephant
"Me, a donkey the symbol
for a major political party?" "I am not even native to this
land," "It is like a foreign born becoming the President of this
country," pondered Jack, a donkey on the main land.
"Well, donkey, in the
land of immigrants, the donkeys and the elephants, represent the
true American spirit of inclusiveness," Eddy the elephant raised
his trunk above its head in curved angles. My ancestors were
brought either from Africa or Asia to this land, now I am the
mascot for a force to reckon with in American politics."
"Please don't address me
as donkey, call me Jack."
"Now you are being mean,"
"Shall I call you Mr. Wrinkle or worse Pachy?"
"Good, then let's be
civil here, OK."
"I was reading on the
website Gaddha.org that Christopher Columbus brought few donkeys
to Americas from Spain in early 1400's, then the conquistadors
used us to travel around to explore the land."
"That was long before we
were brought here just to look at us at close." "It was sad that
the very first elephant brought to this country was shot for no
reason by an angry man in New England in early 1800's."
"Shot to death?" "I will
be darn," Jack licked his nose with long tongue.
"Yeah, a fellow got mad
with somebody and he shot a nearby elephant, just like
"I heard of mad elephants
that trample and kill people but not the other way
"We the third and fourth
generation elephants in American are safe now," "You know if you
look different, you attract attention, sometimes too much." Eddy
with his large body and wrinkled skin knows that feeling very
"You know how the
derogatory word dumbass was unfairly associated with us donkeys,"
"we are known to be less intelligent than people but not so, we
just act dumb to fool the people."
"Of all the animals many
native to this land, we the immigrants were chosen symbols for
the main political parties in this country," why asked Eddy
loudly, the only way he can communicate.
"Is it not ironic that
you and I projected as comical and idiotic were chosen as mascots
for political parties by the greatest cartoonist Thomas Nast, a
German American," Jack gave a big smile with his teeth
"Yes, he won elections
for some presidential candidates too in 1800's with his wit and
wisdom using his cartoons,"
"Is it not something," "a
cartoonist selected two animals both alien to this land to
ridicule political parties that became party symbols," Eddy tried
to scratch his head with is trunk to figure it out.
"I understand that the
first President George Washington allowed several donkeys to
immigrate from Spain and France to upgrade the quality of mules
in this country."
Washington thought that the mules in this country were not big
enough to be pack-animals to work in the mines, so he allowed
immigration of large donkeys from Spain and France to mate with
local horses to produce large mules."
"This country is always
looking for talent."
"What you think about
illegal immigration all over the news these days?"
"Certainly, nobody can
enter this country illegally travelling on a mule, like old days,
I can guarantee you that," assured Jack.
"No, not anymore."
"Say, what you think
about upcoming elections?"
"Well, if we were to
believe in polls I could be trampled by an elephant come
"I don't want my ass
kicked by a jackass either."
"Now, you behave and be
civil, you hear me."
"OK, my donkey friend,