First they came for the Communists,
– but I was not a communist so I did not speak out.
Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists,
– but I was neither, so I did not speak out.
Then they came for the Jews,
– but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out.
Then they came for the Catholics,
– but I was not a Catholic, so I did not speak out.
And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.
— Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945
I read this poem years ago but have never seen it since. Today, while reading a blog, I came across it again. I was struck by the truth. These words have often guided my decision-making and voting patterns. Even when I was to gain by certain policies, I tried to put myself into the shoes of people who would be adversely affected by the policy. I hope this poem speaks to you as well.
The blog I was reading? You may want to check that out for yourself: Mountain Farmgirl
Interested in learning more about Rev. Martin Niemoller? Find out more about him here.