“First they came for the Communists but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists but I was not one of them, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews but I was not Jewish so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me” – Martin Niemoller
Yes, I know – there are those of you who despise my use of Hitler and the Nazi regime as metaphors for current events. In my defense, I truly believe in “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”, courtesy George Santayana. And that motto guides much of my daily activities and decisions on what course of action to pursue.
So I point your attention in the direction of the woes experienced by Grazin’ Acres dairy farm in Wisconsin. Who cares that your impassioned letter or email may not be read by those interfering with food production/consumption and private contract issues? The sheer volume of written protest is our attempt to let those who engage in these behaviors know they do not have our Silent Consent.