Running two marathons, 52 miles a day for 100 days, a total of more than 4000 miles. Across the Sahara Desert. What an inspiration. What a story. But this heroic journey turned into a nightmare for one of its warriors, when he was sent to prison for mortgage fraud.
As 2013 begins, we all understand now that government and corporate leaders that crashed the world economy will suffer no consequence. Meanwhile everyday Americans have suffered, and will continue to suffer in this increasingly unjust nation. Leaders like Aaron Swartz especially will feel the stiff boot across their necks.
But as my favorite verse reminds us, none of us can afford to forget the suffering of those around us:
First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.