My soul is saddened because we Americans have never been so divided during my lifetime as we are now. So I’m sharing this as a reminder that we should always speak up for those that may not be able to speak for themselves.
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.
The poem is titled First they came for the Socialists and it was written by Martin Niemoeller a Lutheran Pastor German living in Nazi Germany.
Think about it, if you let your neighbors be punished for believing differently from you. When you find you are in opposition with those in power, who will speak for you?