Pastor Martin Niemoller is credited with having written the following in Germany during WWII.
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
I am reminded of this poem every time I read another “edict” handed down from Washington. Some of us say something, we post on sites such as this and grumble to our friends but by and large, do nothing. The Republican primaries prove my point when a minority of registered republicans bothered to vote and we ended up with Trump as our “leader”. One by one, qualified candidates for the presidency fell by the wayside as the MSM filled the airwaves with every idiotic statement from the mouth of Trump. The majority of Republicans that could not be bothered to vote in the primaries are now complaining because they are left with the choice for President of Hillary or Trump—sad—-very sad.
A Japanese admiral, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, reportable said: “I fear we have awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with great resolve.” The giant that is the American people in 2016 is asleep and has been asleep for the last 30 years as American changes beneath our slumbering bodies. Perhaps, speaking for the MAJORITY of Republicans that do not bother with such things as voting in the primaries, Pastor Niemoller’s poem could be rewritten:
They are aborting over one million per year, and I do not speak out—Because I have no need of such a procedure.
They are registering women for the draft, and I do not speak out—Because no one in my family will be affected.
They have abandoned the Middle East to brutal war, and I do not speak out—Because that is far away and ISIS will never affect me.
They opened the Southern border, and I do not speak out—Because I see few, if any, illegals in my neighborhood.
They are closing down the “projects” and spreading the people into suburbia, and I do not speak out—Because my town has no “projects”.
The IRS kept political action groups from forming, and I said nothing—Because I do not belong to such a group.
Our founding fathers gave us an excellent weapon to make sure our politicians were the best from among us, it is called voting. They never imagined the American people would lay aside such a precious gift simply because they couldn’t be bothered. The founders knew full well that despots and crooks strive for high office but trusted the people’s collective wisdom to keep them out of office—-they were wrong?
It is too late for this presidential race but the Republican Party is far from finished. The GOP can be a guiding force in America’s future but only if the voters can be motivated to choose Senators, Congressmen and a President that are true conservatives. Term limits is a must for America’s future, we must quit electing these people for life. It would be an embarrassment to the founding fathers that some of our elected officials have never had a private sector job in their entire life. They get elected by a minority of voters and then, 40 years later, die in office and are heralded as “great leaders.” In truth, career politicians are as far removed for you and I as Donald Trump is from the gardener that tends his golf course. And so, the question you must ask yourself, especially if you did not vote in the primary is:
Have you reached you tipping point yet?
Will it be when boys and girls are showering together in our public schools?
When, for the good of all, they confiscate guns?
When taxes are such that it takes you until September to pay off your Federal tax burden?
Or, like Pastor Niemoller, will you wait until they come to your door and then wonder why no one is speaking on your behalf.
As for me, I will continue to work with the GOP but for the next two weeks, I will be away from RedState as I travel to meet my new Granddaughter.