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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

First they came...

What's with the conservative disdain for parts of the Constitution they tell us they so fervently believe in?

The New York Times today focuses on an apparent new view of the 1st Amendment's guarantee of freedom of religion. A few sections back, Matt Bai reflects on the GOP's apparent retreat from portions of the 14th Amendment.

Perhaps it's just the expansion of sources peddling the sort of hard-right wackiness that's been out there for decades. But when one of those sources is a cable news channel that specializes in talking points over events, it's a frightening turn of events.

And perhaps it's an appropriate time to recall the words of Pastor Martin Niemöller about the inactivity of German intellectual following the Nazi rise to power and the purging of their chosen targets, group after group.
"THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.

THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.

THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

THEN THEY CAME for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up."
And on a personal aside, it's ironic to note this is my 2,001st post, perhaps an appropriate time to reflect on what has happened to American ideals since that sunny day in New York almost nine years ago.

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