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  •  First they came for... (7+ / 0-)
    "You tricked me. Hangman!," I shouted then,
    "That your scaffold was built for other men...
    And I no henchman of yours," I cried,
    "You lied to me, Hangman. Foully lied!"

    Then a twinkle grew in the buckshot eye,
    "Lied to you? Tricked you?" he said. "Not I.
    For I answered straight and I told you true --
    The scaffold was raised for none but you.

    For who has served me more faithfully
    Then you with your coward's hope?" said he,
    "And where are the others who might have stood
    Side by your side in the common good?"

    "Dead," I whispered. And amiably
    "Murdered," the Hangman corrected me:
    "First the foreigner, then the Jew...
    I did no more than you let me do."

    Beneath the beam that blocked the sky
    None had stood so alone as I.
    The Hangman noosed me, and no voice there
    Cried "Stop!" for me in the empty square.

    This is about 1/4 of the poem, which is excellent.

    "...just ordinary people, you know, people who are not famous, if they get together, if they persist, if they defy the authorities, they can defeat the largest corporation in the world. - Howard Zinn

    by Sean X on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 08:56:46 AM PDT

    •  "I did no more than you let me do." (4+ / 0-)

      We are living in times that chill the soul, and we sit silently suffering, watching freedom and democracy slip away.

      Pentagon Papers Daniel Ellsberg, “It was always a bad year to get out of Vietnam.”

      by allenjo on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 09:29:05 AM PDT

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    •  And so we ceased, and asked no more, (4+ / 0-)
      And so we ceased, and asked no more,
      As the Hangman tallied his bloody score.
      And sun by sun, and night by night,
      The gallows grew to monstrous height.

      The wings of the scaffold opened wide
      Till they covered the square from side to side;
      And the monster cross-beam, looking down,
      Cast its shadow across the town.

      Then through the town the Hangman came,
      Through the empty streets, and called my name --
      And I looked at the gallows soaring tall,
      And thought, "There is no one left at all

      Pentagon Papers Daniel Ellsberg, “It was always a bad year to get out of Vietnam.”

      by allenjo on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 09:32:35 AM PDT

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      •  Courage (2+ / 0-)
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        When I watch this, I am conscious of how alone Pete Seeger seems offering this 21st of 24 songs he sang for the audience of students and teachers that day in 1963.

        I regret I don't know how to embed the video here in the comment.

        http://www.youtube.com/...

        "...just ordinary people, you know, people who are not famous, if they get together, if they persist, if they defy the authorities, they can defeat the largest corporation in the world. - Howard Zinn

        by Sean X on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 09:50:38 AM PDT

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        •  Here it is, Sean X (3+ / 0-)
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          Our leaders are the finest men and we elect them again and again.....

          War is not so bad, had some great ones...

          Pentagon Papers Daniel Ellsberg, “It was always a bad year to get out of Vietnam.”

          by allenjo on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 09:55:04 AM PDT

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          •  Teamwork. I love it! (1+ / 0-)
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            Thanks much!

            "...just ordinary people, you know, people who are not famous, if they get together, if they persist, if they defy the authorities, they can defeat the largest corporation in the world. - Howard Zinn

            by Sean X on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 10:02:25 AM PDT

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