"First They Came"

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Steerpike, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. Steerpike

    Steerpike Registered Member

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

    What, if any, is the relevance of what this has to say to either current or recent policies of the Bush Administration?
     

  2. ComicFitz

    ComicFitz Registered Member

    I see no relevance what so ever
     
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  3. Sim

    Sim Registered Member

    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.
     
  4. micfranklin

    micfranklin Eviscerator

    I'm not sure I get the poem.
     
  5. Steerpike

    Steerpike Registered Member

    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?
     
  6. Corona

    Corona Registered Member

    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:
    Laaa laaaa la laa la la laaaa laaa laaa la la la laaaa
    Heyyyyyyyy
    Laaa
    Laaa laaaa la laa la la laaaa laaa laaa la la la laaaa
    Hey you bastard
    Laaaa
    Laaa laaaa la laa la la laaaa laaa laaa la la la laaaa
     

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