After being targeted by the IRS, we had a family conference. We agreed that we can acquiesce or keep resisting. We chose the latter. Now I wonder how long before our door is kicked down? For the crime of speaking out against our President we may be embattled for the rest of our lives. Now, every time a car door slams I wonder if they are coming for us....
Is this a bad dream? Maybe I’ve just seen too many spy movies. I desperately hope so.
Use this scandal to reach out to others who have been harassed. This has the makings of a very large class action lawsuit. You can do this.
Bless you, friend and fellow patriot. We need a lot more like you to stand up and say 'NO!'
What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family?
Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?...
The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!
If...if...We didn't love freedom enough. And even more we had no awareness of the real situation.... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward."
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn - The Gulag Archipelago