Topic: "Selective Service"(8)
Frodo has been thinking about the greatest athletes of his time. Edwin Moses, Hershall Walker, Secretariat, and Muhammad Ali are four random names that deserve consideration, although another objective observer may omit all of Frodo's suggestions for various reasons. One of the reasons just might deal with the issue of national service.
"I ain't got nothin' against them Cong" were the words formulated by he once known as Cassius Clay after adopting the Islamic Faith and the name, Muhammad Ali. The words were mouthed once it became clear that the United States Government was going to prosecute him for failure to enter military service. Ali's barristers argued that his newly-adopted religious consciousness prevented him from taking arms.
Ali's action resulted in both the administrative loss of his title as "Heavyweight Champion of the World," and his subsequent imprisonment. Once his punishment was served, Ali returned to the ring and won back the championship title. He truly became, as a result of his actions, the most famous man in the world. It was Ali, standing alone, who lit the Olympic Torch in order to open the 1996 Summer Games, in Atlanta.
Frodo waxes on the transition from athletics to conscience because of the price that Ali paid for his beliefs. At the time, even Frodo believed that he deserved to be stripped of his title, and punished for failing to bear arms in service to the nation that gave him, in spite of massive countercurrents, the path to greatness. Now, Frodo feels otherwise.
Ali was targeted for racial and religious reasons. His perceived arrogance was a major frustration for the Luddite elements of his time. This Frodo truly believes. For how else can one explain the fact that Willard Mitt Romney failed to bear arms in service to his country and received no penalty or prosecution for his religious consciousness? Romney, as most know, received "deferrals" in order to serve as a "missionary." Perhaps this was Romney's way of saying that he "didn't have anything against them Cong," either?
There is no doubt that Muhammad Ali was a greater athlete than Willard Mitt, as there is certainly an absence of argument to the fact that he is a better citizen and champion of his beliefs. Just ask the Romney off-spring, who serve no one.
The apple, it seems, does not fall far from the tree.