The American Militia

Four Boxes For Freedom

You are in for a treat today, a short and sweet essay.

You may have heard this expression "if you want peace prepare for war". It comes from "Epitoma Rei Militaris," by Vegetius. The Latin is: "Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum." You may have heard this Also Known As: Si vis pacem, para bellum.

The basic message is simple; Train hard and you will Fight Easy, but if you Train Easy you will Fight Hard. This goes with the American Militia command to learn, practice, condition and equip for the unknown but the possible. Train Hard.

Our friend Fred; you know him from Fred’s M-14 Stocks at writes about this often. He writes about the Rifleman. Just browse around the site and look at his past columns and rifleman material. Take a look at his catalog for some books and the articles links for information on the Apple Seed project. But I digress, here is what we are after today.

Some words of wisdom From Fred’s – SOFT CRISIS, HARD CRISIS

Whether the pen is mightier than the sword depends on whether you are in a ‘soft’ crisis or a ‘hard’ crisis.

Before you get to the ‘hard crisis’ - that point where they are in sight and coming to get you, and your rifle is the only answer -there is the ‘soft crisis’, where words, votes, organizing, and talking and letter writing make the difference. Our choices are always clear: Fight now, fight later, or don’t fight at all, and give up the freedom and tradition that our ancestors won for us.

One can hardly argue: Prevention is better than cure. Vaccination is better than healing. A ‘stitch in time’ is better than ‘nine’. When you fight, fight smart. And the ‘soft’ crisis we are in now offers the ‘stitch in time’ opportunity we need.

For sure, get the word out, get to the range and learn to shoot, and get your friends learning. Do the ‘soft crisis’ stuff because ‘prevention’ is far better than the ‘cure’. (If it gets to a‘hard crisis’, and it gets tough, at some point you’re gonna say “Guys, I think the cure is worse than the disease!”)

Fred has a good way with words, read much more on his web site, but be for-warned. He is tough on calling out those who choose not to fight or refuse to stand up in defense of freedom. He has little room for couch procrastinators. Do not be surprised when reading his web page if you get the distinct impression he is calling you a Coward. Actually there is a good basis for using that term. Don’t worry, we will get to that discussion soon enough.

To summarize this point, The American Militia knows that it must train and prepare and then be ACTIVE in all battles on all fronts, and that includes the soft crisis where you only have to stand up and speak, to vote and to work through political channels to avoid the hard crisis. The American Militia is not spoiling for that Hard Crisis fight, it is ready but not spoiling for a fight. IT IS, however, comfortable using all the tools earned by our founders to maintain liberty into our future.

Another friend (a more enjoyable friend?) from earlier days said something similar.

From Tina Turner -

“Y know, every now and then I think you might like to hear something Nice and easy. But there’s just one thing, You see, we never ever do nothing Nice and easy.

We always do it nice and rough.”

So you see the American Militia prepares for things being “nice and rough”, prepares for war but seeks peace, trains hard to fight easy. Do this and you will be pleasantly surprised when things go easy. If things do turn rough, though, you are ready.

Oh yes, the four boxes.

It is said that freedom is defended from four boxes. They are the soap box, the ballot box, the jury box and the ammo box. I am sure you understand the symbolism. The easy fight, the soft crisis, is when the soap box and the ballot box are most effective. The jury box will come into play when ever enemy action is identified. The ammo box? I am not sure when it will be opened, but we have it ready too and we will know when we need it. The secret is to be prepared to react as soon as needed at all stages, soft or hard crisis.

How about one last message from past strong leaders.

Winston Churchill once said, "If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."

The American Militia. Standing by...

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