Boxes which (help) preserve our freedoms


Webpages which feature quotations about freedom and liberty often include
one of the following and almost always attribute it to "Anonymous": but, for the last two, that "Anonymous" should be "Myron A. Calhoun"!

Web searchs show that, as early as July, 1991, I closed emails with:

      "We preserve our freedoms using three boxes:  ballot, jury, and cartridge."

Although I don't remember from whence it came, I am sure that the three-box version was NOT original with me!   However, after I began using it, some unremembered correspondent told me I had left out the soap box, so by April, 1993, my email "signature" included:

      "We preserve our freedoms using four boxes:  soap, ballot, jury, and cartridge."

Later, another correspondent suggested a fifth box, and I had to re-word my quotation a little to keep it under 80 characters (so it wouldn't "wrap" on the CRT screens of that era); by May, 1994, and to this day, my email "signature" always includes:

      "Five boxes preserve our freedoms:  soap, ballot, witness, jury, and cartridge."

I attended a meeting recently, and, much to my surprise and delight, the speaker's powerpoint presentation opened with my five-box version -- but it wasn't attributed to anyone.   However, when I claimed it, someone else at the meeting who knew me agreed that it was MY quotation!

Just thought you'd like to know "the rest of the story"
(with credit to Paul Harvey for that famous phrase).
Five boxes preserve our freedoms:  soap, ballot, witness, jury, and cartridge.
PhD EE - Barbershop Tenor - Amateur Radio Operator (WØPBV)
NRA "Lifer" & Rifle, Pistol, and Home-Firearm-Safety Instructor

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