I found something over at a Geocities web site. I wanted to share it on my blog, because who knows how long it would have lasted over there and this quote was far to good to read once and not remember. I hope you enjoy.
Why speak up about things that don't seem to affect you? Perhaps Pastor Martin Neimoller's view in one version of his quote will answer that question. He supported the Nazis until he realized, too late, what they were really about and was sent to Dachau concentration camp. He was one of the fortunate to be freed and live until 1984.
First they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Social Democrats, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Social Democrat.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me.
This version thanks to information researched at Liverpool Community College (which page has since been taken down) and by University of California Santa Barbara Professor Harold Marcuse who continues to update his pages with further research results. This version is similar to the one I remember seeing when I was in middle school and it never left me. I hope it never will.
Thank the good people in this world for we have Freedom.
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Bush just defended your right to free speech over the air ways. President Bush assured members of the National Religous Broadcasters (NRB) that he would NOT let congress take away freedoms over the airways. Democrats have threatened the rights of Free Speech by wishing to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine.
The Fairness Doctrine - Limits the breadth of Free Speech and public debate by forcing airwaves to present both sides of an argument.
By doing this, they are taking away your rights as a citizen, as a FREE person and as a human being. The Founders of this country where so ingenious to allow the right for every person to be free. I ask that you look over this.
You have been informed.