When they came….

Flag of the North American Free Trade Agreement

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First they came for the car unions,
and I didn’t speak out because I didn’t work in Detroit.

Then they came for the air traffic controllers,
and I didn’t speak out because I thought, yeah they are too entitled.

Then they came for the welfare mothers,
and I didn’t speak out because I thought, yeah they are lazy, aren’t they?

Then they came for the all the industrial workers,
and I didn’t speak out because I thought, well, NAFTA could be good for me.

Then they came for the free press,
and I didn’t speak out because I believed it was fair and balanced.

Then they came for everyone’s savings and retirement money,
and I didn’t speak out because I thought bubbles happen and deregulation will make me money.

Then they came for people with houses and predatory loans,
and I didn’t speak out because they said greedy low-income people brought down the system.

Then they came for the right to an education,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a student or a teacher.

Then they came for those who organized to fight the rich,
and I didn’t speak out because I believe them when they said it was about the budget.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

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