“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.” ~Martin NiemÃ¶ller
In the years that I have been writing this blog, I’ve shared this quote dozens of times. I first heard this quote years ago, when I was a student who had developed a keen interest in Pre-World War II Europe and the stunning rise to power by the Nazi Party. That interest has been rekindled as I sit first hand watching the intense conflict between the banking class and the rest of America. The similarities in the economic, social and political circumstances of pre-Nazi Germany present day America are quite compelling.
Today in America, the broke, the unemployed and the borrowers are demonized, marginalized and maligned. And while there is certainly plenty of blame to go around, we must all examine why so many of our fellow citizens are broke, unemployed and marginalized. Again, much blame to go around, but the landed class, the banksters, the Wall Streeters, the Fortune 500 (ers) shipped their jobs offshore, produce the drugs and alcohol that cripple entire sectors of our society. The enablers then provided endless handouts, subsides and programs of every description. And then the two groups stand on either side and hurl rocks directly at the problem they created.
But much closer to home and my own interests, I am terrified by the way in which we have all sat aside and allowed a new and radically powerful group of people take control of our courts, our communities and our law enforcement. I am of course talking about the banksters and the manner in which they have convinced courts, law enforcement and in many ways our entire country that because some bankster somewhere long ago might have provided a mortgage on a property, it is permissible for any one of their class to demand payment for that debt, regardless of the current bankster’s ability to provide any credible proof of that right.
And most terrifying, the agents working for the banksters are cloaking themselves in the uniform of humble civil servants and graciously offering to perform the critical tasks that our Constitution and basic notions of fundamental rights requires that true civil servants perform. Just click the link above and read how innocuous the pitch sounds,
“Let us struggling cities, help rid you of the hassle and worry of the condition of homes in your community.”
But implicit in this pitch is turning over the determination of fundamental Constitutional rights to private corporations who have shown an aggressive willingness to ignore rights and violate our most basic and crucial notions of privacy, fairness and the Rule of Law. In short, they are willing to ignore the rights of all in order to aggressively advance the corporate interests they slavishly pursue.
It is no longer permissible for any one of you to stand beside and listen to the deafening march of totalitarianism as it descends down your streets. You can no longer sit inside your home and live under the false security of laws and a system that you thought provided safety and protection to you and your family while the CRUNCH, CRUNCH, CRUNCH of the Jack Booted Thugs rattles your doors and windows.
Today, I want you to do something real. Today, I want you to take a first but powerful step to help take back this country. This country that was yours but which has been consumed by the banks and the powerful special interests. I want each and every one of the thousands of you that read this blog every single day to print out ten of these forms and hand them to ten of your friends. (Or in the alternative, share this blog post with ten of your friends.) Either way, I am asking that each of you share this message with ten of your friends and ask them to sign and return the petition found below.
In some ways, this is still our country, but we must work together, we must work quickly and work very hard to take it back. Take the first step, Please Return the Petitions as indicated below: