They are Coming for You

What we’ve seen so far is just the beginning.

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.

Martin Niemöller

These words were spoken by a a German Lutheran Minister who was imprisoned by the Nazis in the 1930s.

As the Fascist-leaning Christian White Nationalist Republicans continue in their quest to control American society as a minority party, these words are relevant today like never before.

  • If you are African-American or believe that Black lives matter as much as any other lives – They are coming for you.
  • If you are Hispanic – They are coming for you.
  • If you are an immigrant from a non-Aryan (i.e. “shithole”) country – They are coming for you.
  • If you are Jewish or Muslim – They are coming for you.
  • If you practice any religion other than a Christian fundamentalist version – They are coming for you.
  • If you practice no religion at all – They are coming for you.
  • If you believe that all citizens should be able to vote without interference – They are coming for you.
  • If you are registered as a Democrat or are known to have Democratic sympathies – They are coming for you.
  • If you consider yourself LGBTQ+ – They are coming for you.
  • If you support the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals to live their lives without discrimination – They are coming for you.
  • If you believe that climate change is an existential threat – They are coming for you.
  • If you believe that all humans have unalienable rights – They are coming for you.
  • If you believe Corporations and billionaires should pay their fair share of taxes – They are coming for you.
  • If you believe in the 1st Amendment to the Constitution (Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.) – They are coming for you.
  • If you believe that women have the same rights as men – They are coming for you.
  • If you believe in following the lead of Science in masking and vaccinating to reduce the deadly Covid pandemic – They are coming for you.
  • If you believe in the right of women to control their own bodies – They are coming for you.
  • If you have ever had an abortion – They are coming for you.

In short, their vision is that this country will be controlled by a White Christian Nationalist minority that will have near-total control over the government and will rewrite our laws in such a way that others will have virtually no rights. It will be as if a Christian Taliban were to take control of the United States. Do all Republicans think like this? Of course not. But do those who think like this control the soul of the Republican Party? Unfortunately, yes they do.

The Republican Party has succeeded in installing the last three members of the Supreme Court (and five of the last seven), turning it into an an anti-voting rights, anti-citizen body that has already overseen the removal of many of our rights and is in the process of removing more of them. This gives then control of the powerful Judicial branch of our government.

Over the past few years, Republican led states have taken away rights from Americans. They’ve stripped voting rights, restricted the rights of local governments to enact laws related to gender equity, climate change, public safety, gun control, and education. What we’ve seen so far is just the beginning.

Now that are furiously trying to take away voting rights from as many people as possible, counting on “their people” to be the only ones who show up. They know they can’t win the majority of votes from all voters, so they control who can vote and therefore control the result. In case that isn’t enough, they are now putting biased mini-Trumps in control of elections so that they can directly manipulate the results after the fact.

And if the result of all this gives Republicans control of the Legislative branch, they will increase their assault on our freedoms and put themselves in positions of permanent power. If you believe in freedom in all its forms, you MUST register and you MUST vote for Democrats and against Republicans. We must preserve our freedoms in every way legally possible. The alternative is that we lose it all.

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