Dedication

This website is devoutly dedicated to all of Larry's friends and associates, both early and late, who have influenced and mentored him. However, it also should be noted that, being who they are, a majority of them have been late most of the time.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Remembering Martin

The well-intentioned firearms phobia by much of the misinformed media and even some of our elected representatives continues to alarm and worry me.

Many of these folks seem to believe that undermining our "American Excellence", by trampling upon our sacred Constitutional rights, somehow will eliminate depraved violence by the morally corrupt and mentally ill.

And so it went that I continued to pray and ponder about this instant assault upon our citizen rights and liberties, especially those provided by the 2nd and 10th amendments in our Constitution's "Bill of Rights".

Then, I remembered my days long ago, as the student editor of "The Night Crier" at Hagerstown Junior College, and how I was inspired by a poster about Martin.

Martin Niemoller knew first hand why it's so important for each and every one of us to stand up and be counted in our collective pursuit of liberty and individual rights.

He was a Protestant pastor, who spent the last seven years of World War II as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps.

He spoke contemporaneously, and different versions abound about what he said, but it went something like this:

"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 the Catholics, and I did not speak out -- Because I was not a Catholic.

Then, they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak for me."

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