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19 Aug

Martin Niemoller wrote the statement made famous during the rise of Hitler’s Nazis, or at least it used to be famous. Today, with the almost total ignorance of all things not digital or sexual, probably only those of my generation remember his efforts to arouse an apathetic public ~ They came for the socialists and I said nothing because I wasn’t a socialist . . . and so forth. For those who do not know it, by all means “google” it and read the Pastor’s warning. In tribute to a man who made clear the dangers of apathy in the face of tyranny, I present my own version of his warning:

First they came for Quantrill—and I didn’t object because, after all, he wasn’t a true Confederate soldier.

And anyway, we still have Lee and Jackson and the Army of Northern Virginia.

Then they came for Nathan Bedford Forrest—and I didn’t object because, after all, he was originally a slave trader.

And anyway, we still have Lee and Jackson and the Army of Northern Virginia.

Then they came for Jefferson Davis—and I didn’t object because, after all, he was only a politician.

And anyway, we still have Lee and Jackson and the Army of Northern Virginia.

Then they came for the Battle Flag—and I didn’t object because, after all, it wasn’t a national flag.

And anyway, we still have Lee and Jackson and the Army of Northern Virginia.

Then they came for Confederate monuments—and I didn’t object because, after all, what does it really matter?

And anyway, we still have Lee and Jackson and the Army of Northern Virginia.

And now they’ve come for Lee and soon they will come for Jackson and all the rest—

but at this point, what right have I to object?


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