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“Dreamers by Day … Are Dangerous”

Posted on Thursday, April 4, 2024
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by AMAC, Robert B. Charles
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Freedom loving T.E. Lawrence
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From history’s beginning, humans have longed for self-rule, freedoms we call individual rights. As often, this longing is resisted by those in power. Today, those defending freedom and those suppressing it are locked in battle – abroad and at home. Without strong leadership, these conflicts will multiply, intensify, and could get out of control.

If this sounds scary, it should. We should be able to handle a two-front war, but already have a proxy with Russia, and another with Iran, both eating resources. China threatens. Our hands are full.

At home, for all the denials, threats also abound. We face – listen to law enforcement– elevated terror, transnational crime, border, gang, drug, surveillance, grid, and ideological threats.

The combination of high-tempo foreign wars – possibly drawing us deeper – combined with ideological conflict at home – means level-headed, focused, capable leadership is needed.

Do we have it? Hardly. Adversaries know it. The President is barely cogent, as most now admit.  If we end up in a prolonged war, he is unlikely to see it through. He is weak mentally and physically at 80, less cogent than late FDR, scarcely better than Wilson after his 1919 stroke.

The Vice President displays stunning immaturity, giggling and disengaging from life’s gravity. Morality and maturity aside, she is unprepared. Her left-leaning ideology is anti-patriotic, and she seems to sleepwalk through assigned events.

The Secretary of Defense, still at post, lied to his boss – the president – as well as the Deputy and chain of command – for almost a week. He left the country ill-equipped mid-crisis. He betrayed tens of thousands of US allies in Afghanistan and is unabashedly “woke” costing readiness.

The Secretary of State has become a laughingstock, his failed Afghan withdrawal a disgrace that has re-empowered the Taliban, al Qaeda, and ISIS-K, which just hit Russia, has eyes on the US. The Secretary excuses China, is silent on North Korea, and appeases Iran, all senseless.

The Secretary of Homeland Security is worse if possible, acting like a Secretary of illegal entry and voting. Impeached for failing to enforce seven statutes and lying, he is shameless. Compared to every one of his predecessors, he is an abomination.

The Attorney General is something else, bitter for losing a Supreme Court seat, anti-First, Second, and Fourth Amendment. He still has an FBI task force harassing parents with a terror statute, a trick he engineered with a false letter (later retracted) from an outside group.

He appears to have allowed undercover agents in Catholic churches, continues to abuse laws tied to the 2024 election – and seems content to imprison or bankrupt the leading Republican.

Inexcusably, he allows abuse of power to protect a sitting president, with no charges for revealing classified documents for financial gain – saying “specific intent” is not provable. Stunning.

He allows the president to cart a criminal son around the world for illegal contracts as vice president and ignores evidence he sold his office for profit. If not guilty of felony bribery, Foreign Corrupt Practices, or RICO crimes, what are these? Silence.

All of this leads back to the premise:  Our nation is living through a moment of unusual risk, vulnerability, and threats due to bad leadership, chiefly a president not up to the job.

What can be done? Not much – until November. Then, whatever the alternative, new leaders must be elected. Is the nation at risk? Undeniably. Can this be fixed? Yes.

In 1922, following a profound global conflict, T.E. Lawrence, the British military officer later known as “Lawrence of Arabia,” wrote a book called “Seven Pillars of Wisdom.”

In that book, he spoke about how we see and manage global – even domestic – threats. A strategic thinker, he saw the first step toward “normal” as understanding the stakes and sources.

T.E. Lawrence, whom Churchill regarded highly, was a thinker. He did not imagine political leadership was ever perfect but instead worked to pick and choose among imperfect options.

He thought those who governed by ego or vanity were a concern, but not the highest concern. More worrisome were those coveting power for its sake, ideological by day, not freedom-loving.

Wrote Lawrence: “All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day … are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.”

When those dreams involve demonizing freedom-loving citizens, redefining constitutional rights, failing The People, and persecuting opponents to retain power, all is not right. May these things change in November. If they do, things will improve. If not … well, they must.

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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Max
Max
3 months ago

RBC, your article covers everything that the nation is going through at this time. The nation is truly vulnerable. The enemies of the state will continue to advance their agenda probably to the point that could render the November elections null and void as to keep the enemy in power. This nation and its values are definitely at stake and the world enemies are certainly taking advantage of this opportunity to advance their agendas. The nation is not even a Paper Tiger or even able to rattle a saber. Our nation truly needs to repent and turn back to our Creator before it’s too late.

Susabella
Susabella
3 months ago

If only my liberal family and friends would read this with their eyes and minds open. That’s not going to happen. I don’t know a single person on the left who is willing to take a look at anything other than their ideology.

Bob Chase
Bob Chase
3 months ago

Not optimistic but these are not times for optimism. Clearly we need a strong leader. The best choice also happens to anger people who cannot see through the bluster. They better try while we have to to correct course.

Tim
Tim
3 months ago

Brilliant summary – this needs to be passed around to everyone, especially those who don’t seem to grasp the stakes of the next election!

johnh
johnh
3 months ago

This article highlights the importance of POTUS picking first class cabinet members. But they should be picked for their integrity & not just because they will say yes to everything that POTUS wants to do.

Myrna
Myrna
3 months ago

USA desperately needs to replace Biden.

Dean Howerton
Dean Howerton
3 months ago

THE USA IS CRUMBLING FROM THE ROT WITHIN ITSELF. WAKE UP PEOPLE OR YOULL BE SORRY. TRUMP 2024

Morbious
Morbious
3 months ago

Every policy and action of the dem party is designed to weaken this country. Why do they think like that? Theyve been assured by their political gurus that this country has caused most if not all of the trouble in the world. Its dominance must be lessened. With that in mind, theyve been quite successful. This is why, philosophically, they will never try another course.

mikem
mikem
3 months ago

trump must win in november or this great country as we know it will be no more.

Vee1
Vee1
3 months ago

Well written, and oh-so-very spot on.

Tim Toroian
Tim Toroian
3 months ago

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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