Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Why I Blog

Somebody asked me why I do this, since those of us who are outraged at the abuse our country is taking keep pointing stuff out and nobody listens. This is why I can't shut up about losing our liberties.
Memorable Quotes from Judgment at Nuremberg (1961): "There was a fever over the land. A fever of disgrace, of indignity, of hunger. We had a democracy, yes, but it was torn by elements within. There was, above all, fear. Fear of today, fear of tomorrow, fear of our neighbors, fear of ourselves. Only when you understand that can you understand what Hitler meant to us. Because he said to us: 'Lift up your heads! Be proud to be German! There are devils among us. Communists, Liberals, Jews, Gypsies! Once the devils will be destroyed, your miseries will be destroyed.' It was the old, old story of the sacrifical lamb. What about us, who knew better? We who knew the words were lies and worse than lies? Why did we sit silent? Why did we participate? Because we loved our country! What difference does it make if a few political extremists lose their rights? What difference does it make if a few racial minorities lose their rights? It is only a passing phase. It is only a stage we are going through. It will be discarded sooner or later. 'The country is in danger.' We will 'march out of the shadows.' 'We will go forward.' And history tells you how well we succeeded! We succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. The very elements of hate and power about Hitler that mesmerized Germany, mesmerized the world! We found ourselves with sudden powerful allies. Things that had been denied us as a democracy were open to us now. The world said go ahead, take it! Take Sudetenland, take the Rhineland - remilitarize it - take all of Austria, take it! We marched forward, the danger passed. And then one day, we looked around and found we were in even more terrible danger. The rites began in this courtroom, swept over our land like a raging, roaring disease! What was going to be a passing phase became a way of life. "
Or this one which is the one I was really looking for and found it on this prescient post. By Pastor Martin Niemoller

First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.
And because of stories like this. I cried when I started reading, because as a veteran I cannot describe the sense of utter betrayal I felt, when it became clear once again, that to the powers that be, these people are unimportant, just numbers and not humans (Americans should be proud to die far from home in a country that had nothing to do with 9/11, had no WMDs and no legally justifiable reason for going there) with feelings and families. For shame, for shame. Which is why blacks have not been enlisting, having been used as grist for the mill before and understanding ahead of time that this would be a halfassed exercise resulting in an undue amount of thanatological experience for unsuspecting families.

Plus, I have other interests and can't resist sharing my thoughts. Like the Grinch who stole Christmas. And then there is the fact that I love to read current health articles. Or trips to cuckoo land.

Actually this is all about sharing my opinion and hoping to find likewise or at the very least, to introduce a new line of thought to a new reader.

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