Four boxes of liberty

Abraham Lincoln O-77 matte collodion print


The four boxes of liberty is an idea that proposes: “There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soapballotjury and ammo. Please use in that order.”

Concepts and phrases evolve and are applied in new ways.[1] The “four boxes” phrase always includes the ballot, jury and cartridge (or ammo) boxes. Additional boxes, when specified, have sometimes been the bandbox, soapbox, moving box, or lunch box.[2][3][4] The phrase in various forms has been used in arguments about tariff abolition, the rights of African Americans, women’s suffrage, environmentalism and gun control.[5][6][7][8]

The soap box represents exercising one’s right to freedom of speech to influence politics to defend liberty. The ballot box represents exercising one’s right to vote to elect a government which defends liberty. The jury box represents using jury nullification to refuse to convict someone being prosecuted for breaking an unjust law that decreases liberty. The cartridge box represents exercising one’s right to keep and bear arms to oppose, in armed conflict, a government that decreases liberty. The four boxes (in that order) represent increasingly forceful (and increasingly controversial) methods of political action.


Economic Review from Oak Partners

Illustration of a rightward shift in the demand curve

Illustration of a rightward shift in the demand curve. Artist: SilverStar at English Wikipedia.

This just in via email from Oak Partners, Inc.

Although new data continued to show strength in the U.S. economy, markets stumbled across the globe last week. While U.S. and international stocks followed similar paths last week, data is beginning to show that our economic outlooks may be very different for the moment.

U.S. Strength in a Growing International Divide

The latest labor report helped underscore some of the differences between the U.S. economy and the rest of the world. While the data missed the mark for new jobs added, September marked the 96th-straight month of job growth – and the lowest unemployment level since 1969. The report pushed interest rates higher, which contributed to last week’s equity losses.

However, when describing our economy, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said it is experiencing “a particularly bright moment.”

Global Growth Adjustments

At the same time, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) indicated that it would decrease its global economic growth predictions. The IMF hasn’t downgraded its forecasts since 2016. Currently, more risks are beginning to emerge – from trade tension to political challenges in Europe. In particular, the rise in oil prices, the U.S dollar, and interest rates are hurting emerging economies.

HSBC mirrored this divide, cutting its global economic outlook while upgrading U.S. numbers.

Remember to pray through October this year for godly leaders to be elected

Matthias Stom - Esau and Jacob - WGA21805

Matthias Stom – Esau and Jacob – WGA21805 via WikiMedia

(8) The Lord sent a word into Jacob (ed. the grabber), and it hath lighted upon Israel (ed. he who has power with God).

(9) And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart (ed. stubbornness), (10) The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycamores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars. (11) Therefore the LORD shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and join his enemies together; (12) The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

(13) For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the LORD of hosts. (14) Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day. (15) The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail. (16) For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.

Isaiah Chapter 9 (KJV)

Several government officials repeated these words, “The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycamores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars” in response to the warning we received about allowing unvetted criminals who hate us and everything our nation stands for: liberty, equality, opportunity, and prosperity for all. Due to our irrational “politically correct” insistence on ignoring what these people were likely to do, a group of them was allowed to cause the deaths of nearly 3,000 non-combatant men, women, and children who had never done anything to harm these people. The perpetrators were able to commit their crimes against non-combatant civilians, America, and humanity, because we ignored common sense and our existing law to let them remain inside this country.

The immigration of certain foreign groups was forbidden through the McCarran-Walter Act (P.L. 82-414, aka 8 USC 12) in 1952, which was voted into law over democrat President Truman’s veto by more than a 2/3 majority in both House (71%) and Senate (69%). The purpose of this law was expressed in part by Sen. McCarren who said:

I take no issue with those who would praise the contributions which have been made to our society by people of many races, of varied creeds and colors. … However, we have in the United States today hard-core, indigestible blocs which have not become integrated into the American way of life, but which, on the contrary are its deadly enemies.

Far from being “racist” or discriminatory, the Act permitted relatives of US Citizens to immigrate without being subject to quotas, and expanded the definition of the “United States” for nationality purposes, which already included Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, to add Guam. Persons born in these territories on or after December 24, 1952 acquire U.S. citizenship at birth on the same terms as persons born in other parts of the United States.[5] (Wikipedia)

The Act allowed the government to deport immigrants or naturalized citizens engaged in subversive activities and also allowed the barring of suspected subversives from entering the country.

The act also allowed the government to prevent polygamists from entering the country. It specifically stated under Title II, chapter 2, “GENERAL CLASSES OF ALIENS INELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE VISAS AND EXCLUDED FROM ADMISSION”, Section 212, sub (a), part (11): “Aliens who are polygamists or who practice polygamy or advocate the practice of polygamy”. If one was a polygamist, advocate of polygamy or one’s religious belief or ideology advocates the practice of polygamy, they would not be allowed in the United States under this law. Muslims are polygamists, practice it, and advocate it as a part of their ideology.

The September 11, 2001 attack was a wake up call, a warning: we needed a Jehu to ride in and drain the swamp. I hope we have one now.

Basilischus (Basilisk), etching 42 x 62 mm, made in 1548

Melchior Lorck: “Basilischus” (Basilisk), etching 42 x 62 mm, made in 1548, via WikiMedia

The head of these monsters, I think, was cut off when Obama and his Slytherin cronies were cast out of office in 2016.

The problem is that it takes a huge demonic basilisk like this a long time to die out, and all the time it is dying it is also spewing its venomous hatred about – ‘liberals’ today do not really care who they injure so long as they injure as many as possible.

The ‘heads’ are presently exposed, discredited, disenfranchised, and potentially about to be prosecuted for the massive corruption and other crimes they committed while in office, we might say “dying” by the roadside, pathetically, futilly, crying for some token that they can be relevant again, but they are spewing their venomous hatred, with “liberals” opposing any and everything based only upon their own hatred and not any rational thought process or reality.

A common political meme is to say that President Trump should ask all Americans to breath air so that liberals would refuse to breath, their irrational hatred is so intractably virulent.

Picture of US Constitution

US Constitution

This chance to return to a more sane government which makes decisions and forms policies based upon facts that will “form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity (yes, our posterity is those of us who are as yet pre-born)”, not political feel-good-ish-ness to gain the consent and approval of foreigners who envy or outright hate us, happened only through the mercy of God invoked through a month of prayer and fasting across the nation prior to the election – no other intervention is capable of defeating the voter fraud of the corrupt Democrat electioneering machine.

The tail remains and is about to be cut off. Maybe.

Activate the indictments. Prosecute. Carry out the judgments.

Instead of declaring that we will ignore clear warnings and do whatever other people tell us we should like, or cower in fear that some fool will disapprove, we need to stand together and clearly say “Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? I uttered that I understood not. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” We need to write in our daily actions “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Scouts will include girls, units are single-gender, programs the same

WEBELOWS (whipped rope) to Philmont to leather crafting in my adult life, scouting has impacted me

For those still interested. Scouts will include girls, same programs as boys, all units will be single gender and as much as possible the same grade in school. Two adults are required for any scout gathering, for girls units at least one must be female over age 21.

The goal is to offer the same life changing life experiences to all children, regardless of gender, with no intention of creating any environment where abuse could occur.

My personal experience is with Troop 433 in South Bend, which had at least 12 men who shared the adult responsibilities.

We went camping EVERY month, rain, snow, tornado, it didn’t matter. We (the boys) were organized by patrols and had our own elected patrol leader. Our patrols also went camping and hiking and met weekly.

We did Scout-O-Rama every year (I earned my first scout knife by selling tickets, then promptly cut myself and lost a corner of my tote-n-chip card right in front of my scout master).

We did Klondike Derby every year, and our troop was so well trained and disciplined that we were told we did earn all the awards in all the contests but they had to give some to the others. We learned to be kind. We learned to each bring a can of soup for the big pot so everyone ate around that big cooking fire on a cold winter day.

And did I mention we had FUN?

This program change will begin by including girls in all-girl Cub Scouts units.

I remember Jack Hill leading my Cub Scout group, and today I still use the rope handling, knots, and whipping skills he taught us. We had fun learning, and so did the adults! Mr. Hill was one of the leaders camping with us at a little place west of South Bend with a big lodge and a creek. He was chasing one of us and stepped on a log spanning the creek to get across, but Mr. Hill was more than the log could handle, so he got dumped into the creek.

I remember (Mr.) Bob Fuller hiking with us through the pine forest even though he had gout and it hurt.

I remember that once I got to go to Philmont Scout Ranch where we lived in the wilderness hiking and camping for a week.

I remember my first camping with the troop when we went for a weekend at a lodge on the Tippecanoe river. I pitched my tent on a bit of too-low land, and it rained with a vengeance that night. One of the adult leaders caught me floating on my air mattress heading down to the river and took me into the lodge where they had a nice fire going and dried us all out.

My brother’s eagle project was conservation to prevent erosion (planting kudzu) and mine was creating a week long summer camp for oral deaf kids who my speech therapist aunt taught in the Gary school system.

Scouting was more than fun: I learned that adults can work together as a committee to make an amazing troop, and that it is infinitely better than one man doing everything as sole dictator. I learned that when you have a bunch of adults with many different careers they all still have fun and the diversity makes for a very strong troop because each adult can teach us something from their world.

I learned that I can make things, fletch arrows, hit targets, swim, fish, canoe, stalk, save lives with first aid, patch a knothole with a tin can lid, sharpen a knife or axe, start a real fire with no gasoline and only one match, cook my own food AND clean up my dishes afterwards using that fire, including an easy way to get ALL the soot off the pans, dump the fish guts OUTSIDE AWAY from camp, dump water AWAY FROM the tent door so I don’t have to walk in it later, that a brown eagle sitting on a limb five feet off the ground in your campsite is one BIG bird (even if you tell your nieces and nephews it’s a ‘birdus woodsus’): I learned that I could (and should) plan and discipline my actions for success, and that my success was my own responsibility.

Above all I learned to leave my campsite (and my world) in better shape than I found it. Girls need that responsible attitude in their innermost being just as much as boys do, because girls grow up to become women and boys grow up to become men, and those are the people who will be changing our world in just one decade. We need it changed in a good way, by responsible people.

My experiences growing up with scouting changed my leadership and personal responsibility perspective, and I still live today to try to make the world a better place as a result: On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country, to obey the scout law, to help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. I admit I am slacking on the physically strong part but I’m working on that.

Girls need this too. Not every girl cares to go camping or hunt or fish. Not every boy does either. Those who do should have a good place to learn and grow to be amazing. Girls can camp and lead and actually work with their hands instead of just being helpless consumers always waiting for someone else to save them. Our world needs women who will step up to the plate to form committees, who take responsibility working together, to make troops for girls to grow up in, or corporations for people to work in, or governments to guard our peace and prosperity, just as we need men to do these things.