“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.”
I read this quote when my sisters, Mom and I were in the Holocaust museum a few months ago. It has been on my mind since yesterday, after another mass shooting has stirred my frustration with the new America. I have started to see parallels with Nazi Germany and our own country as brains are washed and people convinced that a loud mouthed “leader” will deliver us from all of our problems. I woke up to quotes on my facebook thread that I can’t ignore as a difference of opinions any longer. I refuse to be silent.
One of the first quotes I read Sunday morning: “Hmm. I bet the liberals will have a field day with this one..(gays and guns)” Really? Maybe you better look down at your WWJD bracelet a little more closely if that is your first thought the morning after fifty people are slaughtered.
“Obama is an elitist, narcissist. He can’t even say Radical Islamists.” That is your focus in the face of a tragedy such as this? What the heck does it matter that he doesn’t use those words? Shouldn’t we then call the lieutenant Governor of Texas a radical Christian extremist for his hateful words, condoning the mass murder, tweeting scripture that God should not be mocked, you reap what you sow. Wow. People who call me “friends” agree with that sentiment. They are ok with God’s children in that nightclub dying because they think it’s God’s wrath for their homosexuality. Sounds like “final solution” rhetoric to me. Unfriend me. Please. We have nothing in common. I don’t want friends like you in my life.
No one but our military and police need this type of gun. And yes, evil exists but evil also comes under the disguise of an organization which should support stricter laws, responsible ownership, background checks and keeping terrorists from legally obtaining guns. And yes. Bad people will always find a way to get a gun, but why are we making it easy for them? And yes. Bad people may be able to take a machete and kill a few people or a bomb made from fertilizer and destroy lives, but being silent and doing nothing about guns is not ok. It’s NOT FRICKING OK.
Little, innocent children’s blood sprays the walls at Sandy Hook. Multiple tiny bodies in Hello Kitty t-shirts in body bags. Nothing is done. Cell phones continually ringing in body bags at Virginia Tech. Parents frantically trying to recall their kids’ college schedule, praying and crying desperately that their son wasn’t in Norris Hall until the next day Nothing is done. A night out at the movies turns into a bloody nightmare. Nothing is done. Over and over and over. It’s not going to stop unless we decide that it’s enough. And honestly, with the direction we are heading politically, no one seems to want it to stop.
So unfriend me. Do it. Now. You won’t see any side of this, you’ll scoff at my ignorance roll your eyes and what you will retaliate with, I refuse to politely see as a difference of opinions. You are wrong to want and expect nothing better from our country and you are ignorant if you feel that we are heading in the right direction with a fascist as the next President. Simply wrong. I’m done with you as much as you are done with “elitist-liberals” like me. I won’t miss your posts on what you had for lunch last week or those nice little inspirational scripture posts because you really don’t mean it. You really don’t think that God loves everyone so stop pretending. You don’t think God loves gay people or dark people or Muslims or people who think the Earth is 4 1/2 billion years old instead of 15,000 years. You miss the good old days of segregation and when women like me knew their place. Again, look down at that WWJD bracelet and think about what is happening. If not, unfriend me. Do it. Now.