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Biden – The Grand Illusion

Posted on Wednesday, November 8, 2023
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Performing magic at birthday parties, like imagining you could become the Beatles in your own garage – was common 50 years ago. No chance at music, my attention went to card tricks and pulling coins from kids’ ears. The biggest trick was “The Grand Illusion,” something that wowed even adults, a beautiful illusion, like disappearing in a puff of smoke. Give Biden’s handlers credit – they have it down.

What do I mean? Just this. Lyndon Johnson’s “grand illusion,” from March 1965 to January 1969, was making America believe we were “winning” the Vietnam War. We were not, never were, an illusion, delusion.

Richard Nixon’s “grand illusion,” from 1968 until it was unsustainable, was gravitas, riding Dwight Eisenhower’s epic status as Ike’s vice president – and his ill-fated Sun-Tsu reverse, going from diehard anti-communist to revolutionary China opener, more float and hope than gravity and foresight.

Then we got Gerald Ford, a decent fellow, no spontaneity or imagination, his “grand illusion” fictional dynamism, a depth beyond decency. An honest guy without a personal rapport, he could not be inventive, he had to be cued to laugh, and despite being a real athlete, stumbled everywhere.

Now we come to Jimmy Carter, his “grand illusion” not a war, no failure of honesty or decency, just imagined competency, thinking as a one-term Georgia governor he could manage the US economy, vast energy sector, foreign relations, national security, US-Soviet conflict, like his peanut farm.

Truth is, Jimmy Carter – like many presidents – was a person of faith, a patriot, a believer in his own ability to do what he was not prepared for. He pushed that “grand illusion,” not realizing it was an illusion.

Ronald Reagan stands out as jujitsu, the leader who knew his own heart, knew his ability to influence history, and knew history. He appreciated evil and lived by goodness yet projected underestimation, causing our adversaries to misunderstand, miscalculate, and buy into an illusion of their own creation.

George Herbert Walker Bush’s “grand illusion” was not about people but himself, a victim of his measured, establishment past. A good man, qualified beyond measure, cautious, and self-effacing, he mixed up governing with campaigning, loved the first, hated the second, and people saw through that.

As for Bill Clinton, his illusions were everywhere, self-oriented, self-indulgent, self-impressed, yet able to broker bipartisan agreements between people of principle, since he had none. If he had a “grand illusion,” it was that he represented something other than power, a reality his wife saw, then mimicked.

George W. Bush’s “grand illusion” – again a variety that tricks the performer – was imaging he was in charge, that he was the final voice in the room, which he seldom was. Outmaneuvered by a Vice President, Secretary of Defense, and restless neocon ideologues, he never saw what hit him until over.

As for Barack Obama, he was an anti-traditional, anti-conservative, arguably anti-American transformationalist, an ideologically saturated activist who came to power on one message, hope, and change, without defining either, betraying the understanding most Americans had of both.

Trump was what he was, his “grand illusion,” another jujitsu move, but slightly different. He was exactly what he projected, angry about the lack of accountability in the federal government, blunt, personal, at times offensive, even self-absorbed, but not without higher purpose, and not without being effective.

In Trump’s case, the illusions defining his tenure were not of his making, except that his style offends those vested in the political order who fear him, so created a cottage industry in conspiracies and derision, collusion, confusion, causing people to be terrified, lest they understand him as a rare disruptor of political power, a force for holding accountable the unaccountable, privileged, untouchable.

Now, we come to Mr. Biden and his intrepid entourage, ultimate performers of “the grand illusion,” masters of an art, hard to get right, let alone master, and here is why.

Joe Biden has long since passed the ability to conceive, articulate, and actuate an original idea, often cannot find his way to or from a mic, slurs his words so embarrassingly that those nearby look down, away, and roll their eyes in dismay.

Joe Biden has not only failed as the messenger, but the message carried – coming from his support group – is one of misery, shutting down the energy sector, overspending and overtaxing for nothing, opening the border to millions of illegals and thousands on the terror watch list, creating a massive spike in economic uncertainty, inflation, and interest, condemning – and now prosecuting – his political opponents.

All this is happening in front of us, before the curtain, hard to hide, harder as the impact is felt nationwide. But “the grand illusion,” reason Biden’s handlers deserve credit – given grudgingly – is that they have made someone appear, appear to be in charge, engaged, and fair – who is not there.

What is becoming painfully clear – to all Americans – is that this president is vacuous, capacities so eroded our adversaries are leaning in, his inability to respond only dwarfed by his inability to foresee. 

Speaking as a young magic performer with the “grand illusion” fresh, only one thing is harder – or scarier – than watching someone disappear. That is watching someone insist we ought – to see what is not.

Robert Charles is a former Assistant Secretary of State under Colin Powell, former Reagan and Bush 41 White House staffer, attorney, and naval intelligence officer (USNR). He wrote “Narcotics and Terrorism” (2003), “Eagles and Evergreens” (2018), and is National Spokesman for AMAC.

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Rik
Rik
7 months ago

Jackass Joe Biden NEVER WON the Presidentcy, you’ll NEVER CONVINCE me that HE didn’t Steal It! He’s as PHONY as a $3 bill! A stumbling, bumbling National Embarrassment!

Patriot Will
Patriot Will
7 months ago

Joe Biden is part of a highly coordinated magic act in which he is the willing chief participant. His handlers — the Press, Obama and his cohorts, the Justice Department, the FBI, and many others — are constantly running interference for Jawing Joe. Never have we had such a demented fool for president in the entire history of our still young country. I don’t think that even our forefathers ever imagined that our Constitutional Republic could have an empty shirt as weak and dysfunctional as Joseph Robinette Biden.

paul
paul
7 months ago

heres what you need to know about joe biden in 1984 he was the deciding vote to tax social security ……….he is a deep state punk…..

Tplorable
Tplorable
7 months ago

I don’t think there is an illusion here. Biden is ruining the country and it’s right out in the open for everyone to see, yet people would still vote for him if up against Trump. It is astounding to me that people want this. Everything is worse. What is wrong with them?

Ladybug
Ladybug
7 months ago

If Biden ever “had it together” enough to have a grand illusion it would haven been his grandiosity of dictatorship but the fact is we have had nothing but disillusionment from January 20th on. He SOOO needs to be removed from the office and put in a nursing home.

dds
dds
7 months ago

Thank You, Thank You Thank You for ever being the one with your wide open mind of truths.

dave s
dave s
7 months ago

Fantastic article

John Bass
John Bass
7 months ago

The hardest or scariest thing to watch is my country falling into the abyss, while complete idiots that are in charge of the country get rich by destroying and selling the country down the drain to our adversaries.
The American people need to wake up and decide whether or not this country is worth saving. The problem is one third of the American public is brain dead and are more concerned about their cell phones or binge watching the latest reality TV show. Another third is either too lazy, too apathetic or both and are unwilling to take a stand and demand a deviation in the direction we’re taking. The final one third have been completely brainwashed and it would take a miracle for any of them to see the light so to speak. As for our politicians, they must all be smoking the latest, greatest legalized Marijuana that’s ever been grown…do they honestly believe they will be spared by Communist China when they take over?
The conservative’s are in for a crude awaking if they think this upcoming election in 2024 is going to produce a red wave. Just look at the last election when we were all swearing the red tide was rolling it, until it didn’t.
The liberal’s, well their a lost cause…you can’t fix stupid.

God help us if we’re to survive.

Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
7 months ago

the whole leftism idea is vacuous, capacities so eroded our adversaries are leaning in, the inability to respond only dwarfed by the inability to foresee. 

anna hubert
anna hubert
7 months ago

It is the voter with the great expectations that enables the grand illusionist

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
7 months ago

The article aurthor lkeft out one,being LBJ’S war on poverty, and bend poverty in the U S. It’s still here and worse. Kyle L.

Jeri
Jeri
7 months ago

He is a figment of his own imagination and the imaginations of those worshipping at his feet. The only solution is to allow this to run its course and allow these people to succumb to their own stupidity. Spend your time on people and situations in which energy, time, and money will make a difference.

Ray Mayer
Ray Mayer
7 months ago

It is sad that most of the former presidents of the USA, Inc were elitists and only worked to keeping We the People as debt slaves.

Notcho Bidnez
Notcho Bidnez
7 months ago

Can AMAC explain why after paying into Medicare all your life you still have to buy “insurance” when you retire?
If you can answer that I’ll consider joining your organization.

Phil Nestor USN/RET
Phil Nestor USN/RET
7 months ago

You are dead wrong about the Vietnam war. We were winning it until Walter Kronkite said we weren’t. I will grant you it would have ended like Korea or at worst Afghanistan. All veterans should read “When Hell Was in Session” by Jeremiah Denton and get a better insight into that war.

GOP Establ
GOP Establ
7 months ago

The only grand illusion I see is Robert Charles pretending to be a nice decent person when he’s actually a mean cruel person.

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