Perhaps you’ve read the quote by German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemoller, “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.”
In the disturbing and growing effort by those — many labeling themselves conservatives — who hope to keep children from learning as much as possible by attacking books and history lessons, you may have found yourself hoping to stay above it all by thinking “well, they’re not going after me …”
Maybe. But they’re getting there. In fact, one of them was foolish enough to target Dolly Parton and her Imagination Library program. The literacy effort provides free books to children from birth to age 5, including many in Ohio.
Close enough to home, yet?
Kentucky state Sen. Stephen Meredith, R-Leitchfield, had the audacity to suggest in committee that lawmakers alter language in a partnership bill to ensure the books Dolly Parton gives away to children under the age of 5 are “subject-appropriate.” It is difficult to fathom what Meredith might have been hoping to accomplish.
Parton had not responded by the end of last week. She didn’t need to. Trash like that is beneath her. But her sister Stella just couldn’t contain herself.
“Appalachian people have been maligned as uneducated and to have a senator from an Appalachian state even think much less say anything derogatory about this incredible program is appalling,” Stella Parton tweeted.
So there you have it. These elected officials have experienced so few consequences in their unhinged attempt to keep children from learning and having a true and whole picture of the world around them that one of them felt free to kick things up a notch and go after none other than Dolly Parton.
If they are willing to attack HER in their crusade, no one is safe.