I have a theory, and believe we, as Americans, have at our disposal three boxes. Some of you know the boxes I speak of, but some of you may not.
First we have the Soapbox: According to Wikipedia, a soapbox is a raised platform on which one stands to make an impromptu speech, often about a political subject. Get a box, flip it over, step-up and orate to any and all who will listen. In this electronic age, anyone can get a virtual soapbox and accomplish the same thing, just less tiring on one’s voice. This little corner of the internet just happens to be my soapbox and I appreciate you stopping by. If you have something to say relevant to the discussion at hand, feel free to leave a comment, just be sure to read the rules before you do so. In case you missed them look over here –>
Next up is the Ballot box: While this shouldn’t need any explanation, let me say this. Irresponsible use of this box leads us, as a nation, astray. I have stated to those that know me that I will never tell anyone how they should vote. I only ask that before you approach this box, that you understand what the issues are and where your candidate stands. If you don’t know where your candidate stands on an issue, may I suggest traipsing over to ontheissues.org? While you’re there, take their quiz and see what it says about you. It is quite revealing. I was surprised about who best matched my core beliefs. (No, I will not tell you).
Lastly, we have the Bullet box: Do I really need to cover this one? If we have to open this box, the freedoms we all hold near and dear are in dire straits. Do you want to know why the current Secretary of Homeland Security is scared of Honorably Discharged Veterans, especially combat Veterans? Google up the Battle of Athens 1946. This did NOT happen in Greece, but in Tennessee. I will not go into the details, but as a result of a failure of the Soapbox and corruption at the ballot box, these battle-hardened veterans had little choice to stem the corruption in McMinn County. Check constitution.org/mil/tn/batathen.htm for more information.
It is important to note, these boxes MUST be used in this order, and we have a responsibility to utilize these boxes wisely. We can’t effect positive, needed changes by going straight to the bullet box. Use the soapbox, to influence the people who use the ballot box so we can avoid the bullet box.
The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees among other things two very important freedoms, Freedom of Speech, and the Right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. These are two of our freedoms that some would like to see go away. These were the issues in Athens, Tennessee in 1946. The people that had a grievance with the government were ignored. When they tried to use the soapbox, they were arrested, beaten, fined and jailed. When they tried to use the ballot box, they were arrested, beaten, jailed and shot at. That was when they had to resort to the bullet box.
My friends and neighbors, let’s utilize the first two and avoid breaking the seal on the third. There is a right way to effect change and a wrong way. And resorting to using the bullet box means that all other avenues to effect change failed. Use your voice and petition your Government to fix what is wrong. Do what is right, not what is expedient. And remember these words as you prepare for your visit to the ballot box: “A Government big enough to give you all you need, is big enough to take all you have.”