"The smallest minority on earth is the
Those who deny individual rights cannot
claim to be defenders of minorities."
- Ayn Rand
"First They Came for the Jews"
By Pastor Niemoller
First they came for the Jews and I did
not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not
Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was
not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.
IT IS HAPPENING AGAIN.
IN FACT, IT NEVER STOPPED.
First they came for the hackers.
But I never did anything illegal with my computer,
so I didn't speak up.
Then they came for the pornographers.
But I thought there was too much smut on the Internet anyway,
so I didn't speak up
Then they came for the anonymous remailers.
But a lot of nasty stuff gets sent from anon.penet.fi,
so I didn't speak up.
Then they came for the encryption users.
But I could never figure out how to work PGP anyway,
so I didn't speak up.
Then they came for me.
And by that time there was no one left to speak up.
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Then They Came for Me (A New Twist)
By Stephen Rohde, a
constitutional lawyer and President of the ACLU of Southern California.
Adapted from the original by Rev. Martin Niemoller (1937).
First they came for the Muslims, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a
Then they came to detain immigrants indefinitely solely upon the
certification of the Attorney General, and I didn't speak up because I
wasn't an immigrant.
Then they came to eavesdrop on suspects consulting with their attorneys,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a suspect.
Then they came to prosecute non-citizens before secret military
commissions, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a non-citizen.
Then they came to enter homes and offices for unannounced "sneak and peek"
searches, and I didn't speak up because I had nothing to hide.
Then they came to reinstate Cointelpro and resume the infiltration and
surveillance of domestic religious and political groups, and I didn't
speak up because I had stopped participating in any groups.
Then they came for anyone who objected to government policy because it
aided the terrorists and gave ammunition to America's enemies, and I
didn't speak up because...... I didn't speak up.
Then they came for me....... and by that time no one was left to speak up.
"Upon further reflection, I have decided that I am irked
by this. First, some background on the original
context. It is worth remembering that this was said by a fellow who
barely escaped execution after Hitler had executed about ten million
people in his death camps, including about six million Jews. When this
pastor talks about "coming for the Jews", he does not mean a few thousand
here or a few hundred there - he means nearly a complete sweep of the Jewish
population of Europe. To pretend that what we are seeing with the Bush
Administration is somehow comparable to Hitler strikes me as deeply
disrespectful to the memory of those who suffered real persecution.
Here is another example of how this poem
can be trivialized. [original link
refered to this web site from talkleft.com]"
Talkleft.com web site
Now "They" Are Coming For Us
Repeal the Patriot Act Now!
eye! Don't fall victim to the pseudo arguments of the ACLU. Such sentiment
provided the very foundation from which the SS proceeded to perpetrate their
horrendous crimes against their own people with impunity. The incremental
escalation of denial of rights, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
progressed from small carefully chosen, seemingly trivial ones, through
apparently logical rational ones, all the way to genocide - one small step
at a time. If you truly respect Freedom and the souls of the millions who
sacrificed their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to purchase
and maintain the reality we enjoy today, you must oppose every attempt to
dilute or make obsolete any portion of the rights reserved unto the American
people. The primary obligation of our Republic's Federal Government of Laws
is to provide for the common defense. We must withdraw support of all types
from those who would exchange liberty for security. Such people deserve
Interpretation of law is not a word game.
Meaning derives from context. Meaning persists - words evolve.
Interpretation of old phraseology in today's context is fallacious. It
thrives on revisionist history and disrespect for elders. Each time an
extended family dissolves, true experiential history fades a little more.
How do we know about the ancient Sumerians? They recorded their stories on
fired clay tablets. How are our stories recorded - no longer even on paper -
it is all digital 1's and 0's. Tried to listen to an 8-track tape lately?
Consider what the telephone did to the practice of letter writing. What
legacy are we leaving? What is our context? Oral traditions vanished long
ago, the printing press finished them. Our future is dependant upon
vigilance and strict interpretation of the constitution - in its original
context. As Elvis Costello wrote "There's no such thing as an original sin"
- it's all been done before. The same old plots with new characters and
The revisionists never rest. What actually facilitated the more radical
steps in the rise to power of the SA and SS in Germany is certainly glossed
over in subsequent renditions and even in the original
poem attributed to Rev. Martin Niemoller. Remember one of the first
concessions the Nazis asked of the German people - in the name of domestic
security? "Relinquish all privately held arms - so that women and children
might sleep securely at night." After that it was easy - just one popular
cause after another, gradually evolving into the slightly objectionable and
eventually to ghastly inhumanity.
Trivialized? Hardly. That is precisely the point. One small step at a time,
steps so small and logical that no person who still retains their freedom
will object and will probably even support them - until no one remains to
assist you and your means of resistance are long gone. Soon even your will
to resist is broken and yes, even you will participate when asked.
When persons such as Y. Goodman Brown publish their baseless
characterization of people like Gail Davis as "very likely an anti-Semite"
the accuser has become Nazi supporter - albeit unwittingly, through the
timeless technique of "divide and conquer".
No rationally literate person can honestly deny that the Radical Islamic
teachings of the Qur'ân allow for only three methods of dealing with
infidels - infidels being clearly defined as Judeo-Christians:
1-Exact tribute from them,
2-Convert them to Islam, or
I know of no similar prescription held by
the Muslims against any other world religions - major or minor.
This appears to be a clear-cut declaration of war hiding behind a "peaceful"
religion. Just as Saddam attempted to hide behind the skirts of his most
oppressed "supporters". The Plains Indians in America hunted Bison by
wearing wolf skins. This tactic allowed the hunters to mingle with the herd
- wolves were no threat to the powerful bison. Most know to "beware the wolf
in sheep's clothing". We must also beware the hunters in wolf's clothing.
All is not always as it seems. Perception is not reality, style will never
prevail over substance.
The truth is out there. America must awaken to the reality confronting us
and quit bending over backwards for the likes of the Stephen Rohde and the
ACLU. Don't be distracted by their campaigns such as "enforcing" the
separation of Church and State. That is just another divide and conquer
ploy, probably not even of their own making. To the ACLU it is no more than
a profitable academic exercise. But to the millions of Americans who
sacrificed their all so that we may realize their dreams of freedom, it is
an extremely dangerous dalliance. To those who would destroy America it is a
golden opportunity easily exploited in the name of fairness and security.
The founders of our nation wisely and effectively prohibited the
establishment of a state religion but even the Deists among them celebrated
the importance of the Judea-Christian roots of Freedom and Justice. These
ancient laws are the foundations of civilization.
Equality is objective - fairness is subjective. Objective reality is
guaranteed. Perceived reality is subjective - it changes constantly.
Many have forgotten the history of the ancient family feud which we must
guard against even today lest we fall victim to its nearly genetic hatred.
What would Abraham have done could he have foreseen the death and
destruction inflicted upon their families by the descendants of these two
Freedom exacts a high price and so carries an even higher responsibility. No
one who enjoys it is exempt from that obligation. We never know when or whom
will be called upon to make the next installment. More than 3000 persons
paid the price for all of us one sunny morning two years ago. It would be
the ultimate treason of conscience if we allow their sacrifices to be
squandered in pursuit of "security".
With each piece of our constitutional freedoms traded for the mere promise
of security, the 9-11 hijackers creep ever closer to ultimate victory. Our
panicked pursuit of security will accomplish their goal - the destruction of
the "Great Satan" - not from without but from within. Consider the hunter in
wolf skins within our circle.
Obviously the author of TalkLeft.com should double up on his own layers of
tin foil if he thinks he can successfully trivialize American patriots who
call attention to the pernicious onslaught mounted against our freedoms - or
mention Black Helicopters - by simply referring to us as simple minded
We don't need an "Act" to recognize a disembodied wolf. We only need to be
aware they are on the prowl.
- Richard Saunders, ©2003
http://www.talkleft.com/archives/001475.html for reference