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No place for apathy in today’s America

February 23, 2013 · Updated 12:18 PM
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As a female, native Washingtonian and longtime resident of Kitsap County, I would like to encourage my neighbors to examine the various ways in which our American Constitution is currently under attack.

As a well-educated populous, many of us are well aware that this attack has been ongoing for decades, throughout many administrations. It just happens to have been accelerating at a truly alarming rate within the past few years; and the speed at which our rights are being infringed upon is mind boggling at this point!

The infringements on our (your) freedom of speech and right to bear arms is what I am most concerned about. This quote from Martin Niemoller seems pretty applicable — you fill in the blanks:

“First they came for the_______, and I did not speak out - because I was not a ______. Then they came for the ________, and I did not speak out because I was not a ______. Then they came for the ______, and I did not speak out because I was not a _______. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.”

One of my favorite reminders to myself is that the mercy that I extend to others is the mercy that will ultimately be extended to me.

Heidi Newcomb
Poulsbo

 


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