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Then They Came For Me...
By Ernest Stewart
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 out for me.
~~~ Martin Niemoller ~~~
As the kids in Berkeley found out the other night a peaceful protest, which is, in case you have forgotten, one of our inalienable rights, isn't. This was a peaceful protest against unlawful police violence, was met with, you guessed it, unlawful police violence. Is it just me? WTF?
This is quickly becoming the norm, not the exception. For those of you who aren't hip to history the next step involves sewing symbols on clothing so that the goons can easily pick out their next victim, I'll grant you as long as it's just against people of color it won't be needed but you can bet it won't stop there as the kids in Berkeley had it pointed out to them at the end of a night stick, rubber bullets at point blank range, and clouds of tear gas!
Yes, some cops aren't racists; they'll be happy to gun down an unarmed white person just as quickly as if they were black. Doesn't matter if they're holding a baby in their arms and are displaying no violence whatsoever! Darren Wilson claimed he felt like a little boy and was afraid for his life. Did I mention that Darren is a 6 ft 4 in, 250lb gorilla, with a gun on his hip; little boy who was afraid, my ass! Nor, he claimed, could he have shot his victim in the leg to stop him. Bullsh*t; if I shoot you in the kneecap, I guarantee your aggressiveness will immediately cease; and if not, I could certainly outrun someone hoping on one foot; couldn't you?
By the same token, this isn't prevalent everywhere. Just last week, cops in Detroit found ways of disarming crazy people with arms without firing a shot! One lady who's quite crazy tried to slice up a couple of cops with a straight razor and cut a rookie cop a couple of times, when he stood between her and his supervisor. No gun shots fired; the perp was taken into custody without so much as a beating. In another case, a guy who was shooting at people was taken into custody and disarmed without a shot from the officers. I'm not saying that Detroit cops are angels. A cop sent to get a report from a rape victim decided to rape her himself; however, he was soon arrested, tried by a jury of his peers, and sent off to the big house -- where I hope he learns a lesson about rape that he'll never forget! How we're treated by the cops depends upon how their management tells them to behave. Criminal police chiefs and prosecutors breed criminal cops. If we want policemen, and not pigs, we must impart that message, in no uncertain terms, to those who control them. You can't have in office, like they had down in Florida, a police chief and some cops who are members of the Ku Klux Klan holding power, and expect them to look at blacks as they would whites wearing bed sheets over their heads.
Like most things in this country, it's up to you, America, whether we the people are in power, or the corpo-rats run the show. Since most of you don't care to take the time and effort to see that the laws are obeyed by all, then expect more unjustified killings. More than half of you couldn't be bothered to vote in the last election, so don't bitch about the Nazis that were elected by those who did! Lawlessness knows no boundaries, which is what the white kids in Berkeley found out about their police the other night! Remember the words of Martin Niemoller, America! Or perhaps, the words of Crosby, Still, Nash & Young as I'm beginning to have a deja vu all over again!
09-29-1955 ~ 12-07-2014
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02-17-1937 ~ 12-09-2014
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(c) 2014 Ernest Stewart a.k.a. Uncle Ernie is an unabashed radical, author, stand-up comic, DJ, actor, political pundit and for 13 years was the managing editor and publisher of Issues & Alibis magazine. Visit me on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter.