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Life in a Cage

(originally launched into cyberspace on 04/01/2008)

Dear Subscriber,

I'm sure most of you have heard the following saying: "God, grant
me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage
to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
I have often found myself with a shortage of that first thing.
Injustice boils my blood, whether I can do anything about it or
not. I'm getting a bit better at "being at one" with an imperfect
world, but I have quite a ways to go. For some reason, if the
misfortune and suffering were the result of something
uncontrollable--earthquakes or plagues or something--I could handle
it better. But when ongoing massive injustice and pain come instead
from people being STUPID (unthinkingly doing the bidding of
"authority"), I have a lot of trouble serenely accepting it.

Right now a very brave, very principled, honest man is in a cage.
Of course, that is nothing new, but in this case it's someone I
know personally. In fact, half a dozen people I know personally, to
varying degrees, are currently living in cages for telling the
truth. But the one I'm speaking about at the moment is Dr. Tom
Clayton (whom you may know as "Dr. Tom"). Every morning, I wake up
at home, with my family. And every morning, he wakes up in federal
prison. Having done that for a year, I can tell you that it's easy
to feel forgotten. It's also easy to BE forgotten, because it's
usually depressing for those of us on the outside to have to think
about an injustice that we cannot fix.

I don't intend to remind you of the suffering of others too often,
but right now I'm going to ask you to DO something about it, and
it's something pretty darn simple. Those of you familiar with Dr.
Tom's courageous efforts towards exposing and ending the federal
income tax deception, take ten minutes out of your day, sit down
and write him a note--it doesn't have to be long--letting him know
that he is NOT forgotten, and that his efforts are still
appreciated. Here is his mailing address:

Tom Clayton, #06269-078
P.O. Box 1010
FCI Bastrop
Bastrop, TX 78602

(Other than letters and books, you can't send him anything else, so
don't bother trying.)

Then, if you're feeling generous, you can make a donation to help
out his family while he's doing his stay as a political prisoner,
by clicking on the "Donate Now, Click & Pledge" link in the bottom
right corner of the following web page:

(Though we haven't yet made the web site say so, all donations made
there go to Dr. Tom's family.)

Tom will survive. I have no doubt about that. But I can tell you,
it's more than a little discouraging to spend day after day away
from your friends and family, as time slowly crawls by, all because
you told the truth. But that's how it is in this "land of the free"
these days. I wouldn't WANT you all to dwell on it every minute of
every day (which I have to try hard NOT to do), because it would
only depress you and make you feel helpless and frustrated. But
just for today, remember those who have fallen in the "battle" for
truth, and let them know they're not forgotten.


Larken Rose