While filling out some Internet paperwork this morning in an effort to get my Colorado jury duty requirement postponed from the middle of January until I get back to Colorado in the Summer, I got to thinking about how much some form of government has controlled my life in the brief 73 years that I've been on this earth.
Since my dad was an Air Force liffer, which made me an Air Force brat, we lived on Air Force bases so our lives were pretty much controlled completely by the government. The military has a tendency to do that, and if you don't do as you're told they put you in jail.
Since attending school is mandatory and you can be put in a juvenile facility if you don't obey the rules. And since it's run by some form of government I guess you could say a large part of my young life was controlled by some county school board in whatever town we were in.
Turning 18 and graduating from high school the county school board lost control of me. But in about three months I received a draft notice from the Army, which under pain of imprisonment I ignored, and enlisted in the Air Force where the government run U.S. Air Force controlled me 24 / 7 for four years.
Getting out of the service at 22 years old I felt very free from government control for the first time in my life until I found out that unbeknownst to me I was still in the Air Force reserve for several years, and even though I didn't have to go anywhere or do anything, I could still be called up for active duty if the government so desired, or go to jail.
Now living a normal life as a civilian, working a normal job, making normal pay, I became more acutely aware of how much money the government was taking from me every week, after all controlling everyone's life is very expensive, and complaining about it will get you nothing more Then a visit from the IRS and a very brief explanation of the penalties involved.
When I started my first business I remember my accountant telling me, "Now don't forget the government is your business partner and you have to base all your financial decisions on how much you're going to have to pay that partner." He was right of course, he just didn't realize I've had that partner my entire life.
So now here I am 73 years old and the government is still telling me that I WILL sit on a jury and pass judgment on someone I don't know, or they will put me in jail.
When does it end? The bad news is, It will only end for you when you die. but even then the government will come after whatever meager possessions you have left and your family will have to deal with it or they too will be in trouble for challenging the government's absolute control over our lives
Still all alone in the boondocking area, and couldn't be happier.