Pre-Induction Physical Exam
Still considering becoming a non-filer? Before you make that decision and crawl into the its cave you should first make sure you are fit for one-on-one combat with the beast.
First, it is important to know the rules of engagement. In the cave the beast makes the rules, the beast defines "reality", calls what is fair and foul, who is safe and out and it owns the scoreboard. If you do battle in the cave, you cannot win. Thus the only way to win is to wrestle the fight out of the cave and into a courtroom with a jury calling the game, and that means going "all in", risking everything. A decision like that requires and deserves some serious thought.
Before anyone can decide whether to do singular battle with the beast he needs to give himself a pre-induction physical. He has to weigh the damage he can do to the beast from outside the cave by engaging in risk-free activities against the risk of actually serving the beast as a head on its lance to use to frighten the peasants. He has to make an objective appraisal of his strengths and weaknesses, of the risks taken and the return he can expect to gain.
1. Does he have a firm and thorough grasp of the law?
Not articles, not seminars, books, videos or lectures, but the law itself, primary sources only: Statutes, Regulations, Supreme Court Cases--without anyone else's spin or interpretation, and including an understanding of the phony counter-arguments and what makes them phony. If not, then he is not equipped with the knowledge he must have to serve in personal combat.
2. Does he have the communication skills to convince a jury?
Not all of us are able to articulate our beliefs and our knowledge to others clearly. And not many of us are able to do so in a manner that the jury will understand and see them as believable, especially when that jury "knows" and has always "known" the exact opposite was "true". If not, then he is not qualified to engage in one on one combat with the beast.
3. Does he have the nerve to stand the ordeal--the stomach for litigation?
Not many do. They think that they do. They fantasize about being a courtroom wizard, but do they really have what it takes to stand toe to toe with a seasoned prosecutor and stand their ground? Does he have the ability to think not only on his feet, but on the run and under fire? To avoid being rattled and lose his train of thought-control of the situation?
4. Does he have the resources or access to the resources it will take to win?
And this means a lot more than money (and plenty of it). He has to have the energy to spend hundreds of hours honing and polishing his knowledge and his presentation. He has to have qualified and experienced attorneys who know the terrain and can guide him to the target-an acquittal. He has to have the theatrical skills to put himself across. He has to have support to allow him to do all of these things without the distractions of everyday life.
5. Is he willing to accept the consequences of failure?
One should never bet money he does not have or gamble what he is not willing to lose. If he does, he is, in poker terms, playing with "scared money" and scared money is "dead money". If he is not willing to go to prison, to lose everything he has or ever will have, then he is not qualified to engage in singular combat with the beast. The jury will sense his fear, but they will interpret it as guilt.
So, how did your pre-induction physical turn out? Are you up to engaging the fangs and talons of the beast? Or are you better suited to attack its lies and myths where it cannot fight back? Where can you do the greatest good? As one who shines the light of Truth or as a potential head on the beast's lance?
One final note: The paratrooper is an indispensible factor in winning a war, but not the only indispensible factor. What about the fellow who folded his chute?