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The Four Boxes of Liberty

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Classically there are considered to be four boxes of Liberty. The four in ascending order of aggression are soapbox, ballot box, jury box, and bullet box.

Man crouched behind cover shooting an AR-15 rifleOur Founding Fathers were not idiots. They not only lived through that peaceful, yet dramatic change of the core documents for our country; they performed it. Thus they created requirements for 2/3s of the states to even convene a convention and ¾s to enact any changes.

Soap Box

The soapbox is the idea that oratory can persuade the electorate or the public officials to maintain a reasonable course of actions. This assumes a lack of understanding exists and a willingness to listen and be educated. There is a growing inability of those two things, especially as our politics becomes more entrenched with each side shouting over one another.

Ballot Box

The ballot box is the theory that many are unwilling to publicly debate weighty topics for fear of retribution in the public square; but, they will use the power of their secret ballot to vote their true convictions. With the growing rise of not very subtle ballot engineering (aka voter fraud), this is a much less meaningful endeavor.

Jury Box

The jury box is a euphemism for the broader aspect of the courts. On the one side it is referring to taking your chances with a jury of 12 of your peers / jury nullification for poor laws or political prosecutions. On the other side, it is generally referring to the District, Appellate Courts and ultimately the Supreme Court keeping the country on a correct, legal and Constitutional track. With court packing, barring of the concept of jury nullification and many courts taking an activist stance or refusing to grant standing on important cases, this is a far less certain method.

Man in desert holding a rifleThe jury box is a euphemism for the broader aspect of the courts. On the one side it is referring to taking your chances with a jury of 12 of your peers / jury nullification for poor laws or political prosecutions.

Bullet Box

This is the last and ultimate box. In large part, this is why the Framer’s demanded inclusion of the Second Amendment. Our Founding Fathers knew quite well, the overbearing burden of tyranny and the natural right of a free people to revolt against such tyranny. They did it. Their efforts beat the odds and created a society significantly better than the one they overthrew. This positive outcome is not the way to bet.

Many people on both sides of our political divide, view our country as heading directly towards the last of the four boxes. A not so tiny group, is actively working towards achieving that end—many with a smile on their face.

The Framers of our Constitution were not unaware of the possibility of the system they so painfully assembled, being corrupted. They provided two method of redress, for the Constitution and the Country without resorting to the Bullet box. The first method has been successfully used 27 times. The first ten times, gave us our Bill of Rights and over the past couple of centuries we have used the “normal” amendment process an additional 17 times.

There is another method called for in the Constitution. It is most often referred to as an “Article V Convention of States”. This is a more open ended method of redress than the “normal” Amendment process. It allows for amendments on more than one specific topic.

https://conventionofstates.com

The Full Text

“The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two-thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.”

Hodded man holding an AR-15 rifleMany people on both sides of our political divide, view our country as heading directly towards the last of the four boxes. A not so tiny group, is actively working towards achieving that end—many with a smile on their face.

A Convention of States would be called when 34 state legislatures approve applications. Any proposed changes to the Constitution would require 38 states to approve them. This has almost zero likelihood of it becoming a complete reset or a runaway convention. It does provide an opportunity to give redress, to fine tune and to rebuild some of the structures initially built into our Constitution. These redresses are also able to be done in a much broader sense as many topics can be worked on, although each will be individually yay or nay voted.

Probably more importantly, an Article V convention is a box we can place between the Jury Box and the Bullet Box. This is hugely important as, the mainstream media fans the flames of discord and push many towards the ultimate box.

On the rare occasion, the legacy media covers this effort; it is wrapped in blatant falsehoods and hysterical handwavium. They routinely discuss it becoming an effort to create a Banana Republic or to position it like the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Breathlessly pointing out how that convention completely scrapped the Articles of Confederation.

Our Founding Fathers were not idiots. They not only lived through that peaceful, yet dramatic change of the core documents for our country; they performed it. Thus they created requirements for 2/3s of the states to even convene a convention and ¾s to enact any changes.

We currently stand at 14 states having passed an application to convene an Article V convention. Eight other states have passed it in one chamber of their legislature. Twelve others have active legislation in 2019. We will not make the 34 state minimum in 2019, as there is zero chance even all of these states will enact an application this year. However, if you become active in the process, the number of states who do pass such legislation will increase. Each state that passes it is a baby step of hope.

This is the best hope to insure a peaceful method of restoring our Country and our Constitution to rational moorings.

Source: Cheaper Than Dirt

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