With everything that’s been happening in Ferguson, it brought back memories of that famous poem by Martin Niemoller.

“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 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.”

Powerful, but I think it needs a 21st century American update:

First they came for the Muslims, and I did nothing — because I’m not a Muslim.

Then they came for the illegals, and I did nothing — because I’m not an illegal.

Then they came for the LGBTs, and I did nothing — because I’m not an LGBT.

Then they came for the African-Americans, and I did nothing — because I’m not African-American.

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Then they came for women, and I did nothing — because I’m not a woman.

Then they came for the poor, and I did nothing — because I’m not poor.

Then they came for me, and I did nothing — because it was too late.

The only thing keeping me from overtly fighting back is my daughter. But the second she turns 18, I’m joining the fight. All in, balls to the wall.

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But in the meantime, I’ll be damned if I’m going to be silent.