Along with the many donations we received for the Canadian Charter Challenge Fund, people sent comments, notes and letters. The sender of the letter in this post specifically requested that it be posted on Brock. Since most of us consider Maple Sandbox our sister site, I will also post it there to make sure no one is missed as I am certain this is in keeping with the intention of the sender.
When I read this letter, it brought tears to my eyes because it reminds me exactly why we are doing all this. This blog, other blogs by Brockers, commenting on articles, submitting articles, endless letters and emails to MPs, organizing meetings, the protests, We Are Not a Myth, the Challenge Fund, Facebook pages and groups, Twitterers, etc. So much has grown and developed since Brock was started in December 2011. Its one thing to feel one must fight back; the government(s), the negativity of the Homelanders, the lawyers and accountants who gauge innocent folks. It is quite another to be in touch with those affected by this hideous assault. I personally, have no idea how many people read the blog and who might reflect the same feelings. One of the reasons I try to attend as many of the information meetings as I can, is to meet people directly, some of whom I have communicated with via email and feel I already know. What binds us together is the fact that we are experiencing a human tragedy; we are a community. Whatever type of contact we have gives a powerful motivation to keep moving forward, with direct action to fight this miserable situation. It can be rather depressing at times and feel hopeless, regardless of where each of us stands in this process or effort. I think I can speak for all of those who are upfront, we appreciate such letters more than you can ever know. It helps us to renew our energy to continue. And thank you so much, whoever you are, that sent this letter. You took the time to sit down and put these thoughts out so that we could read them.
Dear Dr. Kish,
Enclosed please find our xxxxx donation for the Canadian Charter Challenge Fund. While we know …..(the rest of this paragraph must be redacted as it contains possibly identifying information).
On behalf of my family and those friends and colleagues that we have referred to The Isaac Brock Society website, I would like to say thank you to all of the “Brockers” who have braved exposure to help those of us without that courage. We have been faithful readers since our OMG moment back in 2009. As is the case with so many others, our first exposure to this nightmare came when we heard a story on CBC Radio. Our first reaction to the story was that there was no way this could be true. Panic set in and as for me, I spent weeks without sleep and lost more weight than I could afford to lose in such a short period of time. We are middle-aged, law-abiding people that were uninformed. We were typical Canadians, living a typical Canadian life not realizing that our birth place made us indentured servants to the US government for all the days of our lives.
Since our OMG moment/month (at least), we have frequented The Isaac Brock Society website, weekly if not daily. Like so many others out there in the shadows, those that contribute to this site have become family to us. We speak to each other about what Em or Blaze posted today or what Petros or Calgary411 had to say. You have all become household names, at least in this household. We know your stories and have followed each of your progress to enlightenment, whatever that end was for each of you. We have watched every linked video and have praised each of you that sat in front of a camera to be interviewed. We have become educated, in great part because of all of you. While I can’t say that with each new development (eg. Canada’s IGA signing, etc.) I don’t feel some new wave of fear and anxiety; I do know that we have become stronger in our conviction to refuse to surrender our futures to a “bad law”. We have also come to understand that both of us have completed an act of relinquishment, though we have not pursued a CLN to support it. To do so is a risk we are not sure we are ready to take. Statistically, I know that we are not only the norm, but the majority – eager to move beyond all of this mess, but not knowing how or being brave enough to do anything to risk exposure – deer in the headlights.
So, on behalf of those of us who sit in the shadows and look to the brave “Brockers” and others to carry the torch for us and to work towards change, I thank you but also, I apologize. If only we were all able to stand together to fight can you only imagine what power and strength we would have if a million plus “US persons” in Canada and 6 million plus worldwide stood together as one voice against citizenship based taxation. Your letters and emails being sent out to educate our MPs and those who may be able to make a difference represent the position of so many of us who sit in fear of repercussion.
Therefore, please accept this donation as our support for your efforts. We will be proud to contribute for any and all future steps as well. As everyone is saying, just post the need for more to get this legal opinion paid for and we will answer the call.
Finally, please pass the sentiments conveyed in this letter to all “Brockers” as you see fit. Though it would require effort to re-type, we would be thrilled to have this letter posted to The Isaac Brock Society website to express the depth of the feelings of those of us that remain in the shadows and in your debt.
“When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fear the people there is liberty.” Thomas Jefferson
Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.
That’s ok, Charl. You might have thought I was responding to the post just before mine, and I can be rather obscure sometimes.
Yeah – we need all hands on deck right now.
I hope that you don’t mind me calling you a sponge but it’s the best I can think of. You mop up what is written at Brock and the Sandbox and from all those amazing other sources you dig up (how DO you do that?) and then you wring it all out for us in absolutely mind-blowing comments. From someone who has a mind like a sieve you have both my envy and my deepest respect. And gratitude! The way Brock came together with so many people who have such valuable talents (philosophical, technological, organizational, investigative, legal, therapeutical and extraordinary writing ability) is really quite miraculous. When I was watching the C3f materialize I noticed that whatever talent we needed, there was someone there to provide it.
@ Charl & bubblebustin
I used to worry that THEY were watching where my curiosity was taking me in the internets (before I ever posted anything) and then I thought but it’s the only way I’m going to learn what I want to learn — got to do it, despite them. When I started opinionating on the internets I worried about that dossier I knew THEY would be keeping on me but then I thought if nobody opinionates THEY will get the impression that we are all okey-dokey with what is going on and again I concluded — got to do it, despite them. It does help that I believe I’m old enough now that before THEY decide to do anything about me I’ll likely be dead. If some kind of magic could make me young again in this world I would absolutely reject it.
Absolutely right. “I thought if nobody opinionates THEY will get the impression that we are all okey-dokey with what is going on”
…or think it doesn’t affect as many people as it does.
Thanks for posting that.
@Em, thanks as always for your comments and company here.
As Northernstar says; we’re all on the Brock bus together. You taught me about the predicament of greencards – expired, surrendered, and not.
It is satisfying to find things to put into our group pot to share. Reading and listening to others here helped me see and appreciate the connections in order to search (for example Just Me early on, explaining the significance of FATCA and connecting it to CBT, and then forecasting DATCA and GATCA). That and all the varied comments and discussions here from all angles, help me to understand what I might look for, where I might look, and how to recognize potential usefulness when I found it. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts – we all rely on each other and the collective talents, experiences and knowledge pooled here to critique, to clarify, to expand, to explain, and we all benefit.
I am very thankful that some of the Brockers were able and willing to put this site, Maple Sandbox, the Charter fund, and other initiatives in place.
Thanks for that info!
Thanks for your kind comments. IMHO, you are in a league of your own when it comes to devoting the time and energy to writing the best, most informative comments of anyone on the blog. I am sure many have been helped by your efforts. Thank you for this!
You’re welcome, it was a pleasure to do it.
I just would like to add something to the great comments that have been posted here. It is wonderful to know that there are many people out there who, although they stay quiet in the background, are supporting us with their donations to the Charter Challenge, and their kind words, BUT we really do need you to add your voice to the anti-FATCA choir. Its not that scary to speak up. I know, I am a scaredy cat too, bu believe it or not, it is actually quite empowering and LESS frightening to fight back against the bully, than to hide in the shadows hoping someone else will fight the fight that needs to be fought. I am not suggesting anyone go into their bank with a ‘Born in the USA’ T-shirt or anything like that (by all means keep your red, white and blue tatoo hidden from your banking institution), but your MP, the media, and others in a position to do something to help repel FATCA, should know you are angry.
Our strength is in our numbers. The Charter Challenge is key, but so is our unified voice.
You just gave us a new FATCA slogan:
REPEL FATCA in CANADA
REPEAL FATCA in the USA
And thanks for the reminder in the Squamish Chief of Blaze’s: FATCA =FOREIGN ATTACK TO CONTROL ALL.
Yes, I like ‘REPEL FATCA IN CANADA, REPEAL FATCA IN USA’!