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D’Artagnan for President

Posted on Monday, July 8, 2024
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by AMAC, Robert B. Charles
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D’Artagnan is the perfect candidate for president. He is my dog. He understands America, as only a naturalized dog could. He was a rescue, picked up by Americans off the streets of Socie, Russia in 2014, as Russians went about shooting dogs to “clean up” for the Olympics. He loves his freedom.

How much does he love freedom?  To borrow from the Victorian poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “Let me count the ways.”

D’Artagnan is a selfless fellow, but grateful. He knows having freedom involves doing his part. He protects our border, where the door meets the world, which involves lots of bark, and preparedness to bite. With no opposable thumb, firearms are out, but he’s got opposable teeth and lungs and knows how to use them.

He taxes me little, just for the occasional treat, fresh water, a bowl of food. He deducts nothing from my paycheck, does not steal from the table, and trusts my judgment with charity, which he gets on occasion, making giving and getting nicer.

He welcomes other dogs but with limits. They do not come inside our border, do not get free stuff, and are not allowed to do “odd jobs” around the deck or yard.

He is a clear thinker, and like many clear thinkers loves to play as much as work. We both do. He has a talent for keeping his eye on the ball, but – in truth – had to learn to play. Perhaps fear and a rough youth robbed him of the freedom to play, but he learned, and in learning taught me something. Free societies play.

His love of freedom – appreciation for it – is genuine. He runs outside but always comes back, wags, thanks, and does not complain. On one occasion, he did bump into a black-and-white sort in the woods, a bitter fellow. He is more cautious now.

He values free speech and uses it to good ends. Generous of heart, he first taught our other dog to bark, which she never had – a mixed blessing. Then, he taught the parakeet to bark – no blessing. But he is a born teacher, an affectionate streak, and tries to bring along those of a different feather, something he seems good at.

Like his namesake, he is a determined sort, even without a sword. Although he is, like most of us, a mut, he is also alert, curls his front leg and points if he hears something in the woods, stands for long minutes smelling the air, natural defender.

While he can tolerate office life, he prefers the outdoors, is not big on being held captive, resists unfair treatment, and expects due process. He is more creative unleashed, and has no interest in anything “cruel and unusual,” would not have it.

When it comes to rights, he knows his depends on allowing others theirs, and has no issue with that. He does not invade the homes of others, does no odd jobs, and gives room.

Loyalty to good ideas and people, which helped define our nation, comes naturally. He will sit nearby, flop ear, upturned eyes, quick to do as asked, ever attentive.

For better or worse, he hears me speaking or watches me reading and seems interested, perhaps wondering if a dog could run for president. He likes running.

Much of our communication is non-verbal of course, which suggests intelligence, since he only speaks when needed, or when eyebrows need added clarification.

So, the other day, we had a look at the presidential debates, away from which he wandered in disgust several times, once for the food bowl, once for water, once to express his opinions of the whole mess outside, from which he returned relieved.

After our review was over, he seemed to perk up, want to play or talk, stretch his legs, and run, so we did a bit of that. I think it was on his mind that a dog could do better than the Democrat candidate, and he seemed to want to explore that idea.

We discussed it, each in our own way, inspired for a moment. Running appealed to him, to me seemed a viable option: D’Artagnan for President. But no go.

He realized his love of freedom was too strong; he would never make a good Democrat. Besides, we discovered that naturalized dogs cannot run for president. So, he just wagged, looked at the door, and another ran into the store. He loves freedom, and loving it so teaches me, to love it more.

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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Debbie Boggs
Debbie Boggs
5 days ago

Enjoyable read, Robert…love your animal stories 🙂

John Bass
John Bass
5 days ago

If my choices were between D’Artagnan or ANY Democrat, I’d pick D’Artagan every time.

Dan W.
Dan W.
5 days ago

Given that less than 50% of the people are satisfied with our current choices, your dog sounds eminently qualified.

Rebecca
Rebecca
5 days ago

Just beautiful! Loved this read!

Rob citizenship
Rob citizenship
5 days ago

D’Artagnan sounds like a dog who really knows what is going on. And understanding animals , developing that sense ,that ability to sense what they are thinking, what they are feeling is something very special. How you described the idea of loyalty – to good ideas and people , and how that is in tune with the spirit of the founding of our Nation — that sure enough says something about the intelligence some animals have about them . When animals help us , help people, to understand and appreciate things like freedom — that far and away is a great reason for respecting their place in this world. Having a dog in my family from 1953 to 1970 provides appreciation for what you wrote in this article Robert, that knowledge of certain things that are revealed through communication with an animal friend is a great experience. !

Max
Max
5 days ago

RBC, enjoyable story as usual. As for candidate for President, he would have to similar dog candidates running for Congress seats nationwide to get that majority needed to make changes. Then again, he is “for or against” cats?

Howard Byers
Howard Byers
5 days ago

Very enjoyable human interest story. Dogs can teach us a lot, where humans fail. In almost 30 years, we have had 7 dogs, all rescued. Although their lives with us were somewhat shortened due to their being older dogs and, in some cases, mistreated, each had a valuable lesson to share. For example, our Border Collie-Beagle taught us to have a positive spirit and look for the good. Our blind Pomeranian taught us patience and perseverance in spite of our shortcomings. Our Chow taught us to stand up for ourselves and not back down. And it goes on and on.

Scott Lucado
Scott Lucado
5 days ago

He’s certainly smarter than the mutt who’s currently soiling the carpet in the Oval Office.
Better-looking, too.

DonS
DonS
5 days ago

RBC,

I do believe that “Commander,” Joe Biden’s German Sheppard is biting the WRONG people! Robert, Commander sure could use some sensible coaching from your dog!

P,S. Commander, you should bite the hand that feeds you! The Secret Service will thank you!

Spitfire?
Spitfire?
1 day ago

I’ve figured out why Bidens dogs have always had a mean streak and like to bite the secret service guys. If you were around Biden etc all day you too would become mean and nasty.You have to take your frustration out on someone!A happy dog likes people and doesn’t bite!

CW
CW
4 days ago

Love this article! He definitely gets my vote!

spitfire?
spitfire?
4 days ago

RBC,your dog appears to be a Border collie an a canine that in my opinion is the smartest of all dogs.I had one years ago(in my twenties while serving in the RAF whose name was “Rip”.Rip could shepherd baby chick’s at my grandmother’s house herd my cousins when they were toddlers and he possessed a great sense of humor. He was always obedient and in his later years when his hearing went south he responded to hand signals.He could also retrieve game and I loved him dearly.Thanks for sharing.

Barbara
Barbara
4 days ago

LOVE IT! He had my vote, no problem. What scares me….I’m pretty sure he could actually do a better job than the one currently occupying the White House.

SAW
SAW
4 days ago

EXCELLENT!

Di2too
Di2too
4 days ago

Love this! Your best yet, RBC!

Howard
Howard
5 days ago

I am done with posting anything else on this site. Too many restrictions, verification requirements, no privacy.

Cass Cowgirl
Cass Cowgirl
4 days ago

How much do I love this story? Let me count the ways!

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