I was reminded today in some of my readings of an old saying that had been around since the early 1800's.
It's called The Four Boxes of Liberty.
What are the Four Boxes of LIberty?
They are as follows:
The Jury Box
The Ballot Box
The Ammo Box
We will return to the Four Boxes shortly. First let's take a look at why the Four Boxes are needed and where we stand in using them.
The Founders stated many times that for us to keep the government they had given us we would have to be involved in our government. We would need to pay attention to what it was doing and how it was doing things. We were told to know what our rights and liberties where so that if the government we to attempt to hinder and of those rights or liberties we would immediately recognize it and put a stop to it before it went any farther.
Needless to say we have not done that to any great degree which is why we find ourselves today in as bad or worse shape than the colonies under the King of England.
Let's examine the Founders reasons for declaring our independence from England and see how closely they relate to us today. I'll quote from the Declaration of Independence directly and apply it to the present. Buckle in, this is going to be a rough, but eye opening ride.
"He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good."
At present we are inundated with law. It is said that the average person breaks three laws per day without even realizing it. So we have just the opposite but just as burdensome if not even more so.
"He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and, when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them."
Basically this sounds like the King was just doing whatever he wanted, whenever it suited him. Does that sound like anyone today? I won't call any names but the initials are Obama.
"He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them, and formidable to tyrants only."
Trying to force and coerce people into situations that don't benefit them. Sounds all to familiar doesn't it.
"He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures."
Government making things as difficult as possible for us to get things done through the system. Yep.
"He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing, with manly firmness, his invasions on the rights of the people."
Destroying parts of government that actually work for us. Yep. Being vindictive if we oppose government. Yep.
"He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining, in the mean time, exposed to all the dangers of invasions from without and convulsions within."
Government dragging it's feet when action is needed to do something positive for us. Yep. Putting us in danger at times by not acting and acting properly. Yep.
"He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands."
Messing with immigration and land management in ways that hurt rather than help us as a Country. A BIG affirmative.
"He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers."
Refusing to follow the law of the land. Yep.
"He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries."
Used judges to manipulate the law and justice. Yep. Bought and paid for judges to do the will of government. Yep.
"He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance."
Established a MULTITUDE of new bureaucracies to rule us with SWARMS of officials to harass us. OH YES DEFINITELY. The czars come immediately to mind.
"He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies, without the consent of our legislatures."
Militarized police force. Ever expanding government agencies armed to the teeth. Definitely.
"He has affected to render the military independent of, and superior to, the civil power."
Our military is being manipulated go against the civil power of We The People and to serve only the government itself. Yep
"He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution and unacknowledged by our laws, giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:"
Subjecting us to UN rules and other treaties against our will. OH YES!
"For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us;" Yep
"For protecting them, by a mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states;" Oh yes, on a regular basis.
"For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world;"
Our trade with the rest of the world is so messed up it ridiculous.
"For imposing taxes on us without our consent;"
Over and over and over again.
"For depriving us, in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury;"
NDAA comes to mind immediately.
"For transporting us beyond seas, to be tried for pretended offenses;"
We very easily could be shipped off to some black hole somewhere without our consent. Yep.
"For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries, so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these colonies;"
Manipulating laws in a way that suits their needs at any time they see fit. Yep.
"For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments;"
This is a biggie. Ignoring our Constitution. YES!
"For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever"
Taking powers never given to them. Enumerated powers anyone? Yep.
"He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us."
Definitely waging wage on us. Particularly Christians.
"He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people."
This government has done all those things both physically and financially.
"He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation, and tyranny already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation."
Open borders allowing terrorist to knowingly come in. Releasing captured terrorist to go back and fight against us. Encouraging a race war. Yep.
"He has constrained our fellow-citizens, taken captive on the high seas, to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands."
Coercing and forcing citizens to turn on fellow citizens. Yes.
"He has excited domestic insurrection among us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes, and conditions."
Most definitely inciting a race war along with encouraging terrorist to freely come here.
So that concludes the list of grievances in the Declaration of Independence. Pretty shocking comparison isn't it. Told you it would be a rough ride.
When I began making that comparison, I thought maybe I would find a few of the grievances that would be applicable to today but to find that they ALL are VERY applicable shocked even me.
So now that you have seen that comparison, let's return to the Four Boxes of Liberty.
As I said before, the Founders told us that we would have to be involved.
The Soapbox, the Jury Box, The Ballot Box, and the Ammo Box merely describe ways that we can be involved in controlling our government. Let's look at each option.
The soapbox fits great with the internet. I makes speaking our minds much easier and to a much broader audience. It seems to be having some affect on waking people up but so far is hasn't had any affect on the government itself. I would say it is minimally effective at this point. Since the internet can be shutdown at any time by the government now, it's effectiveness could be severely limited or almost completely stopped.
The jury box has not proven very effective in limiting government in any way. Since the government controls the judicial system for the most part, we are extremely limited in what we are able to accomplish through the jury box. We could make some difference if we used the technique of jury nullification to resist some of the unconstitutional laws we get charge with but that would have minimal affect too I think.
The ballot box in all honesty, at this point, is a joke. Our votes mean little to nothing in federal elections. No matter what party gets elected, it's basically the same ruinous policies. The republicans are fully demonstrating that right now. The only real option we have in this box is local and State elections. We need to try hard to get people in office locally and at the State levels that will stand between us and the federal government when that time comes. Sheriff's are especially important to focus on in most States.
Now we come to the dreaded ammo box. This is a subject that most everyone avoids. I certainly understand that. Keep in mind though that the ammo box refers to non-violent civil disobedience too. That is where this option must start. We should only move past civil disobedience if forced to defend ourselves.
Thinking now back to our list of grievances how could we not be using ALL the methods available to us right now? If our Founders felt justified in declaring their independence from the most powerful Country at that time, how much more should we resist and declare we will not comply, we will not obey, we will not submit.
The Founders stated in the Declaration how they felt about us controlling our government. They said we have a DUTY to make whatever changes we see fit, just as they did. They set the example for us to follow.
To further cement that thought, I'll quote John Jay in who he thinks has the power in our Country. He said:
“Your lives, your liberties, your property, will be at the disposal only of your Creator and yourselves. You will know no power but such as you will create; no authority unless derived from your grant; no laws but such as acquire all their obligation from your consent. … Security is also given to the rights of conscience and private judgment. They are by nature subject to no control but that of the Deity. … Every man is permitted to consider, to adore, and to worship his Creator in the manner most agreeable to his conscience. …”
“The people are the sovereign of this country.”
So here we have the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court telling us that WE are the supreme law of the land. WE are the creators of the federal government and therefore the most powerful entity in this Country. We are "the sovereign of this country.”
Why oh WHY are we then acting like peasant serfs or slaves in chains already?
We most certainly have choices to make. If we don't make the right ones and take action soon we WILL be slaves in chains, some of us literally and others figuratively.