posted on Jun, 27 2010 @ 09:37 AM
Years ago, before my recovery began, I was drug addicted and in the streets. In California, if you are suspected of being "under the influence" of
drugs in public, a blood test is warranted. Under the influence is a heath & saftey code violation in the state...HSC, Health & Safety Code. I was
accused of this, and coincidentally at the time, was NOT under the influence of anything. In fact, I had been stopped and questioned by the police for
merely walking down the street at 2 a.m. carrying a bag of Mexican food from a 24hr takeout place. I denied being under the influence, and was told I
would have to submit to a blood test. I flatly refused the test and was then told I didn't have a choice; if I wouldn't submit willingly, they would
forcefully remove blood from my body. Frankly, at the time, I didn't believe they could do any such thing in the United States of America. I was
placed under arrest, taken to the police station, and there, after 30 minutes of debate and cajoling by police to admit my guilt, I was restrained by
four officers and blood was removed from my arm and taken as evidence. I would hardly try to compare my feeling of being "violated" to the feelings
of someone being sexually violated, but I'll tell you, it was one of the most terrible experiences I can remember.
Granted, many of you will say this is what I had coming, or that if you break the law it's understandable and warranted. I may even agree with those
sentiments. If the Flu shot became required by Heath & Safety standards, if a citizen's denial to take the flu shot became something deemed dangerous
to his fellow citizens, then many of us might find ourselves being held down by law enforcement and forcibly being administered the vaccine "for the
good of all people." So, I'm not really impressed with those that state they would refuse a flu shot to the point of being thrown in jail. Plus,
how many saying this have actually been to jail? Probably not many. Most people will do just about anything to avoid being incarcerated for good
reason; it sucks...a LOT.
I have not had a flu shot since leaving the military. It made me sick, and I swore I'd never take another one, and haven't since 1984. I rarely get
sick, and I don't know if I have ever had the flu.
By the way, I never got my blood back and was never told whether it came back positive or not...I was released the next day after going to court. I
pleaded guilty and was released having to attend a drug rehab program. Why didn't I take it to trial? It takes about 3-6 months to get to trial, and
they don't let you out unless you pay the bail.