“First they came…”

(Variation of the famous poem “First They Came” by Pastor Martin Niemoller)

First they came for Wall Street, and I did not speak out because I don’t own any stock.

Then they came for the businessmen, and I did not speak out because I don’t own a business.

When they came for the corporations, I didn’t say anything because corporations aren’t people.

Then they came for the doctors, and I didn’t speak out because they make too much money anyway.

Then they came for capitalism, and I didn’t speak out because…what is capitalism, anyway?

When they came for our history, I didn’t say anything because I don’t know anything about history.

Then they came for the Tea Partiers, and I did not speak out because I am not interested in politics.

Then they came for the coal mines, and I did not speak out because I don’t work in a coal mine.

Then they came for the cake-bakers, and I did not speak out because I don’t bake cakes.

Then they came for the gays, and I did not speak out because I am not gay.

They came for America, and I didn’t speak out because, well, I wasn’t paying attention.

Then when they came for me, it was too late.  There was no one left to speak for me. 

Charlotte Cushman is a Montessori educator and authored Montessori: Why It Matters for Your Child’s Success and Happiness.  She has been involved in the study of Ayn Rand’s philosophy since 1970.

(Variation of the famous poem “First They Came” by Pastor Martin Niemoller)

First they came for Wall Street, and I did not speak out because I don’t own any stock.

Then they came for the businessmen, and I did not speak out because I don’t own a business.

When they came for the corporations, I didn’t say anything because corporations aren’t people.

Then they came for the doctors, and I didn’t speak out because they make too much money anyway.

Then they came for capitalism, and I didn’t speak out because…what is capitalism, anyway?

When they came for our history, I didn’t say anything because I don’t know anything about history.

Then they came for the Tea Partiers, and I did not speak out because I am not interested in politics.

Then they came for the coal mines, and I did not speak out because I don’t work in a coal mine.

Then they came for the cake-bakers, and I did not speak out because I don’t bake cakes.

Then they came for the gays, and I did not speak out because I am not gay.

They came for America, and I didn’t speak out because, well, I wasn’t paying attention.

Then when they came for me, it was too late.  There was no one left to speak for me. 

Charlotte Cushman is a Montessori educator and authored Montessori: Why It Matters for Your Child’s Success and Happiness.  She has been involved in the study of Ayn Rand’s philosophy since 1970.