A Natural Inspiration

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Just
for a moment, can we all jump ahead, say one or two years from now,
into what could be a very real scenario. The draft has been reinstated.
Our sons and daughters are faced with the choice of going to war
or jail. Parents are in shock. They can't believe this has happened
to their very own. Shock turns to anger and confusion. Their former
lack of concern and awareness of their government's imperialistic
agenda is starting to become the biggest mistake of their lives.
They had been reassured that no draft was needed nor wanted and
without a deep distrust of all that is the state, there was no reason
not to believe the argument. The frustration and anger causes rebellion,
even among those who would never have considered such a thing. The
rebellion is intense and widespread. Martial law is declared. You
either do what you are told or fight.

This
whole scenario may seem unlikely but to the parent who has the burden
of securing their child's future, it is a possibility that can't
be ignored. Just what exactly do you think the powers that be will
do when we all just say no to the draft? I hope, like you, that
sanity will be the reaction and they will change their course and
bring the troops home but I'm not optimistic about a change without
a real battle first.

This
administration already knows a draft will be rejected but they forge
ahead anyway. It is a little unsettling, to say the least, to know
they have seen the polls only to continue down the same dead end
road of more war. It's not too late to change course. It would be
the wise thing to do. However, wisdom in the oval office is in short
supply these days.

So
given this uncertainty about the future claim these folks might
stake on our children, we would do well to gear up to let them know
our children belong to us, not them.

What
follows are a few steps to help you use one of the main tools we
have, the opt-out forms. The military is in our schools trying to
influence our juniors and seniors as best they can and they begin
with the ASVAB test. We can stop this whole process before it starts
by opting out.

  1. Arm yourself
    with these powerful and informative websites to educate yourself
    on all you need to know concerning the draft (in any form) and
    how to fight it.

    Here


    and here
  1. Help educate
    your local school officials that the opt-out option is indeed
    written into the No Child Left Behind Act. Provide chapter and
    verse. Letting these folks know that you don't think they are
    the enemy can be instrumental in their long-term cooperation.
    The reality is most of them don't care one way or the other, and
    when they see the law they will be glad to help.
  2. Request
    that the forms need to be made available in a school newsletter
    or some other mass mailing. Our school put them in the introductory
    package that was sent at the beginning of the school year.
  3. Request
    to be made aware of the day the recruiters are going to be in
    your school giving the ASVAB test so you or someone can monitor
    the whole process.
  4. Even after
    you take these steps the recruiters will not inform the students
    of their option to opt-out, so you have to rely on yourself or
    one of the school officials to inform.
  5. Take a
    stand publicly, Letters to the Editor, radio, etc., and let your
    community know that opposing this war and being patriotic are
    one and the same. Show that this is not a left-wing, cowardly
    action, but a courageous stand against those that are demanding
    the sacrifice of your child There are people in the wings that
    oppose this insane war that need just a little encouragement or
    at least the knowledge that other normal, well meaning, productive
    citizens like themselves feel the same way. Courage can be contagious.

To
some this may all seem fruitless. Some may say that everyone opting
out will force us into a draft situation sooner. But keep in mind
that a loud voice such as a huge opt-out action would be heard by
many as an idea whose time has come. An idea that says we are sick
of all these war games and we're not going to play anymore. It would
be an action from mainstream America, not just some fringe group.
They will know that if they insist on fighting these stupid wars
worldwide, they are going to have the biggest battle right here
at home.

Inspiration
that comes to a parent is most always provided by the desire for
the well-being of their children. This natural inspiration armed
with the facts, the 13th
amendment
and a lot of encouragement could be a powerful force
indeed.

October
22, 2005

Ben
Knobel [send him mail],
the father of six, is concerned about an upcoming draft, and about
young people being lied into the military.

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