Stand Together Now Or You Will End Up Facing the Police State Alone …

Hiding Your Head In the Sand Doesn’t Work …

Preface: German pastor Martin Niemöller initially supported Hitler. But he later opposed him, and was imprisoned in the Dachau concentration camp for years.

Niemöller learned the hard way that keep your head down doesn’t keep one out of trouble … in the long run, it increases the danger to all of us.

Niemöller wrote a brilliant poem – First They Came – about the manner in which Germans allowed Nazi abuses by failing to protest the abuse of “others” … first gypsies, gays, communists, and Jews, then Catholics … and eventually everyone.

This is my modern interpretation of Niemöller’s poem …


First they tortured a U.S. citizen and gang member
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a criminal

Then they tortured a U.S. citizen, whistleblower and navy veteran
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a whistleblower

Then they locked up an attorney for representing accused criminals …
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a defense attorney

Then they arrested a young father walking with his son simply because he told Dick Cheney that he disagreed with his policies
I remained silent;
I’ve never talked to an important politician

Then they said an entertainer should be killed because she questioned the government’s version of an important historical event
I remained silent;

I wasn’t an entertainer

Then they arrested people for demanding that Congress hold the President to the Constitution
I did not speak out;
I’ve never protested in Washington

Then they arrested a man for holding a sign
I held my tongue;
I’ve never held that kind of sign

Then they broke a minister’s leg because he wanted to speak at a public event …
I said nothing;
I wasn’t a religious leader

Then they shot a student with a taser gun and arrested him for asking a question of a politician at a public event …
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a student

Then they started labeling virtually every innocent and normal behavior as marking Americans as “potential terrorists”
I remained silent;
I didn’t want to be called a terrorist

Then they threw political dissenters in psychiatric wards
I remained silent;
I didn’t want to be seen as crazy

Then they declared that they could label U.S. citizens living on U.S. soil as “unlawful enemy combatants” and imprison them indefinitely without access to any attorney …
I remained silent;
I didn’t want to be labeled an enemy

Then they assassinated an American citizen without any court trial
And they killed his son because he should have had a “far more responsible father”
I remained silent;
I live on American soil

Then they declared that they could assassinate U.S. citizens living on U.S. soil without any due process of law (update) …
I remained silent;
I didn’t want to be on the list

Then they forced down the airplane carrying the president of a sovereign nation, because they were looking for a whistleblower
I remained silent;
I’m not a foreign leader

Then they called for the founder of an independent publisher to be killed by drone
I remained silent;
I don’t want to worry about drone strikes against me

Then they started spying on all Americans, even though top experts say that doesn’t protect us from terrorism
I remained silent;
I didn’t want to call even more attention to myself from the spies

Then they charged the partner of an investigative journalist with terrorism for transporting whistleblowing documents to the journalist regarding illegal NSA spying
I remained silent;
My wife isn’t a journalist

When they came for me,
Everyone was silent;
there was no one left to speak out.

Postscript: I originally wrote this poem in 2007. I have updated it with additional verses as current events have unfolded.


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  • Well done.

  • Carl_Herman

    Great work with all today’s posts, GW; thank you 🙂

  • John Aaron

    The sentiments of this article are SO TRUE. We sit idly by as we see the rights of fellow citizens trampled and the forces of oppression get stronger and stronger, amassing more and more power to themselves, but a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Every right assaulted and withdrawn is your right and my right too!

  • This is obviously a dummy or mannequin, look @ 0:28 – pure white arms, pure white head with no hair, where’s the chest gunshot wound & blood? Is that a TSA uniform?

  • I wrote one too, about the same time.

    When our government came for the the 5th Amendment,
    I remained silent;
    I was not a drunk driver.

    When they came for the 4th Amendment,
    I remained silent;
    Because they got me afraid of hobgoblins.

    When they came for the 2nd Amendment,
    I did not speak out;
    Because I didn’t own a gun.

    When they came for the 1st Amendment,
    I remained silent;
    Because I didn’t have anything to say politically.

    When they came for me,
    there was no one left to speak out.

    my apologies to Pastor Niemöller

  • xoxxxo

    Creeping Normality is our biggest enemy.

  • gozounlimited

    Then they sprayed me in the face with pesticides…. then they saturated the air with chemtrails….. then they tried to abduct me…..then they sent out the FBI…..then they shot at me with a crossbow…. then they set up diesel generators in 108 degrees outside my door. I guess living remotely has a few drawbacks? Been alone the whole time.

  • theblues77

    Dog and the Wolf

    A gaunt Wolf was almost dead with hunger when he happened to
    meet a House-dog who was passing by. “Ah, Cousin,” said
    the Dog. “I knew how it would be; your irregular life will
    soon be the ruin of you. Why do you not work steadily as I
    do, and get your food regularly given to you?”

    “I would have no objection,” said the Wolf, “if I
    could only get a place.”

    “I will easily arrange that for you,” said the Dog; “come with
    me to my master and you shall share my work.”

    So the Wolf and the Dog went towards the town together. On
    the way there the Wolf noticed that the hair on a certain part of
    the Dog’s neck was very much worn away, so he asked him how that
    had come about.

    “Oh, it is nothing,” said the Dog.
    “That is only the place where the collar is put on at night
    to keep me chained up; it chafes a bit, but one soon gets used to it.”

    “Is that all?” said the Wolf.
    “Then good-bye to you, Master Dog.”

    Better starve free than be a fat slave

  • markii

    needs updating of every second line to
    “I shouted it out, but no-one seemed to notice