"First They Came"

Steerpike

Registered Member
#1
Some may be familiar with this piece, others may not. The original was written by Martin Niemöller .

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn't a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.
What, if any, is the relevance of what this has to say to either current or recent policies of the Bush Administration?
 

Sim

Registered Member
#3
I don't think the Bush administration is remotely as dangerous as the Nazis were.

But there are a few things they have in common with Nazism: Extralegal rendition and denial of fair trials for political enemies, the systematic policy of using torture, lying to the public in order to start an unprovoked invasion on a defenseless country, the violation of various civil and human rights, dividing the people by agitating the rabid right against political opponents, who are branded as "traitors", "terrorist appeasers", "elitists", "anti-Americans" and so on, massive abuse of chauvinistic jingoism to divide the people and instill hatred.

But at least America still has free elections, so if America wakes up, it can put an end to constant partisan hatred, division and reckless imperialism in November.

For more details, see my postings in the thread "Who do you vote for?" in the "Politics & Political News" forum.
 

Steerpike

Registered Member
#5
I don't think the Bush administration is remotely as dangerous as the Nazis were.

But there are a few things they have in common with Nazism: Extralegal rendition and denial of fair trials for political enemies, the systematic policy of using torture, lying to the public in order to start an unprovoked invasion on a defenseless country, the violation of various civil and human rights, dividing the people by agitating the rabid right against political opponents, who are branded as "traitors", "terrorist appeasers", "elitists", "anti-Americans" and so on, massive abuse of chauvinistic jingoism to divide the people and instill hatred.

But at least America still has free elections, so if America wakes up, it can put an end to constant partisan hatred, division and reckless imperialism in November.

For more details, see my postings in the thread "Who do you vote for?" in the "Politics & Political News" forum.
Excellent post. :)

In view of some of the things you listed which could be called atrocities, what has been the response from various groups compared to the response of the poet and contemporaries of that time?
 

Corona

Registered Member
#6
People in the back ground talking:
Care for another Martini?
I could wet my whistle...
Brandy Sir?
Song:
Bartender I really did it this time
Broke my parole to have a good time
When I got home it was 6 AM
The door was locked so I kicked it in
She was trippin’ on the bills
I think she was high on some pills
She threw my shit out into the yard
Then she called me a bum and slapped me real hard
And in my drunken stupor
I did what I should have never done
and now I’m sittin’ here, talking to you
Drunk and on the run
I’m sittin’ at a bar on the inside
Waitin’ for my ride on the outside
She broke my heart, in the trailer park
So I jacked the keys to her fuckin’ car
Crashed that piece of shit an' then stepped away
And I know I’ll probably get ten years
So just give me beers till they get here
Yea I know the sun is comin’ up
And y'all are probably gettin' ready for closin’up
But im trying to drown my soul
Im tired of this life on the dirt road
Everything that I love is gone
And I’m tired of hangin on
Im sittin’ at a bar on the inside
Waitin’ for my ride on the outside
She stole my heart, in the trailer park
So I jacked the keys to her fuckin’ car
And crashed that piece of shit an' then stepped away
Rap:
Yes it was meant to be
Romance is misery
So much for memories
And now I am headed to the penitentiary
See me on TV
The next cop series
I am a danger
I guess I should have did something about my anger
But I never learn
Real things I don’t concern
I pour kerosene on everything I love
And watch it burn
I know it’s my fault
But I wasn’t happy it was over
She threw a fit
So I crashed that piece of shit over
song:
And now I'm goin' back again
Back to the pen to see my friends
When we all file off that county van
They'll ask me where I've been
I've been at a bar on the inside
Waitin’ for my ride on the outside
She broke my heart, in the trailer park
So I jacked the keys to her fuckin’ car
I Crashed that piece of shit an' then stepped away
Fades out:
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Heyyyyyyyy
Laaa
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Hey you bastard
Laaaa
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