Born in the 1960’s, the Cold War and Nazi Germany was still a strong focus of history. Unlike today, where many people would rather deny or forget that this type of atrocity took place in the world, my generation was aware in detail of how one sick and deranged man targeted a race and the effects of that action. I remember class discussions in which we debated how the marking of individuals could come to pass. How could anyone sit by and watch their neighbors, friends, employers and fellow countrymen be forced to wear a yellow star and then quietly disappear in the night, never to be heard from again? What kind of human lets that happen? Subsequently, how could a country let the secret police take over and dictate what you could believe or where you could go? Surely, this craziness would never be allowed again. After all, we all heard President Reagan say, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” We watched as the division of Communist Germany and the free West Germany dissolved. We saw the segregated Russian countries embrace the culture of the free Western world.
So, how did we as a free American society get from that place in time, knowing everything that we know and having seen what men can do when given the power to control others, to today when we are ok with providing the government details about ourselves, facial recognition capabilities of ourselves, medical details about ourselves and even, as seen in the Florida headlines this past week, reporting on the political activities of our neighbors and friends? THIS is happening today – here – now! Do you not see how one man’s self-allowed autonomy in America is streamlining the take down of the greatest country on earth? Edmund Burke is quoted with perhaps the most eloquent statement of all time, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Are you doing nothing, like the majority of Americans? Are you sitting idly by and watching the beginning of the end? Don’t be naive enough to think that you will not be affected by the gathering of information. Don’t be gullible enough to think that the only reason the government wants to know everything about you is to identify illegal aliens or terrorists. Obama’s administration, now largely comprised of socialist empathizers, Islamic and Muslim followers (and let’s be honest, the central tenant of that belief system is the radical removal of all non-Muslims – if you don’t KNOW this, you have your head in the proverbial sand), and proven idiots, has made it known through their actions that they will move this country to socialism.
Martin Niemöller (1892-1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.
Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.
History has always repeated itself. Even if you only have a high school education, you know this to be fact. The question is are we going to allow history to repeat itself today or are we going to say “No! Not on my watch. Not in my backyard. Not in my Country!” Stand up fellow Americans. Do not be silent my Christian friends.