I had posted this back when I first started blogging. I will repost since it is pertinant to todays discussions on government and overreach. The 4 boxes of the American political system work like this:
1. The Soapbox : I can stand on a soapbox and criticize the power structure and the politicians and not get thrown in jail and sent to a gulag or get asked "Where do you want your remains sent to?"
2. The Ballot Box: I can vote for whomever I want without fear of being thrown into prison for supporting the "Wrong candidate" or being wrapped in a tire and set on fire.
3. The jury box: I can feel confident that the rule of law will apply equally to everybody without regard to station in life. and due process isn't being asked "which ear do you want the bullet?
4. Cartridge box: You open the 4th one when the others are threatened and get the first 3 back.