The Modern Version of “First They Came”

Posted on July 9, 2011

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Updated on Monday, July 11, 2011

I received four minutes of fame today when Joyce Riley of “The Power Hour” radio show on the GCN Network read the below poem on the air.  It was quite an honor.  Click here to listen to the reading, which starts about a minute into the clip of the 2nd hour.  (End of update.)

The Modern Version of “First They Came”
By Vicki Robison

First they came for the tax resistors,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a tax resistor
and I believed the government when they said that forcing people to
forfeit a percentage of their labor was not a violation of their rights. 

Then they came for the cult members,
and i didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a cult member
and I believed the government when they said non-approved religions were cults,
and all cult members were dangerous.

Then they came for the domestic terrorists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a domestic terrorist
and I believed the government’s official story of the Oklahoma City bombing,
and that domestic terrorists were everywhere, endangering society.

Then they came for the Muslim terrorists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Muslim terrorist
and I believed the government’s official story of 9/11,
and that Muslim terrorists were everywhere, endangering the world.

Then they came for the “radicals”,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a radical
and I believed the government when they said
radicals were everywhere, and were no different than terrorists.

Then they came for the patriots,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a patriot
and I believed the government when they said
that patriots are as dangerous as radicals and terrorists.

Then they came for the veterans,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a veteran
and I believed the government when they said
that veterans are potential terrorists, radicals and patriots.

Then they came for the natural healers,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a natural healer
and I believed the government when they said natural healers were
dangerous, radical quacks because they don’t support the pharmaceutical industry.

Then they came for the farmers,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a farmer
and I believed the government when they said
that it was their job to control the food supply.

Then they came for independent media reporters,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a member of the alternative media
and I believed the government when they said
that the only accurate news is reported by government-approved corporations.

Then they came for the gun owners,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a gun owner
and I believed that it was the government’s job
to outlaw the ownership of dangerous weapons.

Then they came for the Obamacare resistors,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t an Obamacare resistor
and I believed the government when they said
that forcing people to pay for health insurance was “freedom”. 

Then they came for the Christians,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Christian
and I believed the government when they said
that Christianity was a silly superstition and should be outlawed in a scientific society.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me in this Orwellian society.