Speaking of Speaking Up (& not...)

** As printed in the March 2010 issue of the CCPA Monitor, monthly newsletter of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – a most excellent publication!! **

The Price of Silence

When they came for the poverty-stricken, I was silent because I was well-off.

When they came for the unemployed, I was silent because I had a job.

When they came for the homeless, I was silent because I had a home.

When they came for the pensioners, I was silent because I had a good RRSP.

When they came for the Aboriginal peoples, I was silent because I was Anglo-Saxon.

When they came for the immigrants, I was silent because I was born here.

When they came for the sick and disabled, I was silent because I was healthy.

When they came for the students, I was silent because I had my degree.

When they came for the youth, I was silent because I was middle-aged.

When at last they came for me, No one was left to hear my cries.

~ With thanks and apologies to the late Bishop Martin Niemöller,

(1892-1964), a Nazi victim who was imprisoned at Sachsenhausen & Dachau

& who wrote:

“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. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.”

‘Quote of the Day’ with this post: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” – Edmund Burke