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Martin Niemoeller
"First they came for...."

Pastor Niemoeller was a victim of the Nazis.  His famous quote reads as follows:

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 their was no one left to speak for me.

Note: A commonly circulated, contemporary version of the Niemeoller quote reads like this:

When they came for the Fourth Amendment, I did not say anything - because I had nothing to hide.  

When they came for the Second Amendment, I did not say anything - because I did not own a gun.

When they came for the Fifth and Sixth amendments, I did not say anything - because I had committed no crimes.

When they came for the first Amendment - I could not say anything.

We have before us the choice to make a difference,
no matter how small,
to put our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor
in the cause of truth and of the Lord of truth.

As Alan Keyes says:  
There are those of us who will fight --
few..., many..., or alone if we must
.

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