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Fearless in 2024

Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2024
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by AMAC, Robert B. Charles
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Have you noticed? We live in a time of competing fearlessness. On one side are those fearlessly abandoning rule of law, upending society, acting out for ideology, ends justifying means. On the other are those fearless in doing the reverse, preserving rule of law, institutions – history, biology, Supreme Court rulings – determined to think for themselves and keep their rights. So, who wins?

This is a battle for all the marbles, but who wins this life-defining, titanic battle? Those resolved to centralize us, force conformity on us, shade truth for ideology’s sake, control others and replace individual liberty with mandates, political punishment, new election distortions – or the rest of us?

The question is open still, but 2024 will decide it. At work are overlapping, interrelated social forces – and we should see them for what they are, think about them, and understand how to beat them.

At work are unusual economic, legal, and social conditions, reinforcing each other. At work, too, are those sowing doubt – within and without  – about our institutions, way of life, history of respect for each other, and the very legitimacy of promises made in our Constitution.

On the left, well-funded political forces are arrayed to push power concentration, suppress rights, assert greater control. In Biden’s White House, US Senate, parts of the House and federal bench, in one-party, and Democrat states – the left sees opportunity, a chance to “divide and conquer.”

Why? Why now? Why is the ideological left – from naïve and gullible to operational and avowed Marxists, all anti-individual, anti-freedom, and anti-American Dream  – suddenly rising?

Part of it is the new media, an unhealthy alliance between how people get information and those on the left who see a chance to suppress information and advance their radical ideological aims.

Part of it is use of technology to suppress First Amendment rights, ironically claiming the First Amendment for protection. The Supreme Court will soon rule on that, likely restoring balance.

Part of it is the extended social disruptions of the past 25 years, endless wars, public unease back to 9-11, elections filled with anger, then COVID, shutdowns, cross recriminations, lies to cover, long-term effects on life, kids, jobs, businesses, the family, the community…collective exhaustion.

Into this uneasy moment, “power concentrators” have poured their vision, control over America under the banner of leftist ideology, reinvigorating class warfare, disparagement of the American Dream. They want to remake our nation, and call half “enemies of the People,” a Bolshevik term.

In practical terms, after demonizing half the nation, they subtly and not-so-subtly threaten, rhetorically aim to dehumanize, and try to “scarlet letter” their opponents. They invent facts, collusion to impeachment, use coercive powers to harass and arrest opponents, from parents and anti-abortion protestors to lawyers defending candidates in the 2020 election process.

We now know from congressional investigators, that the Biden White House and Merrick Garland’s Justice Department hatched a plan. Meeting partisan prosecutors from New York, Georgia, and the anti-Republican federal prosecutor Jack Smith, censured (9-0 by the Supreme Court), they appear to have coordinated a strategy to demean, bankrupt, and jail their top political opponent.

If all this sounds extreme, contrary to America’s longstanding political and legal traditions, a patent misuse of high office, of prosecutorial discretion (in three jurisdictions), judicial authority (state and federal), and an overt interference with a free and fair election, it is. You are not crazy.

For fearless zealots, there are no limits. For those on the left who tore up DC, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, and 200 hundred cities in 2020, politicians who encouraged violence after the Supreme Court returned abortion to the states (almost getting a Justice killed), groups that put bricks on street corners, freed dangerous drug traffickers, excused illegals killing and raping, and who ignore morality to attack those of faith, there are no limits.

Their endgame, preventing a return to normal, spurring a modern French Revolution, destroying churches, synagogues, even mosques, damaging America beyond repair, then taking control, bringing down the communist, fascist, or “democratic socialist” hammer, justifies anything.

When radical disruptors, anti-liberty, anti-constitutional, anti-order, anti-American Dream activists get started – and they are started – where does it end? What is NOT justified? That is the question.

Will they not seek violence against those trying to return America to normal, Supreme Court justices, political candidates, a candidate for president? What happened in the 1960s? We lost a president, presidential candidate, top civil rights leader, and federal buildings were bombed. 

At the polls, infiltrating poll watchers, vote counters, vote reporters, vote certifiers, what makes you think that – in the name of ideology – they will not tear up, destroy, throw out, and miscount ballots? Americans need to watch those who think ends justify means. This time it matters.

What is the answer? Simple. Fearless defense of the nation, our norms, traditions, moral fiber, history, legal precedents, Constitution, civil liberties, due process, parental rights, free speech. We must be as fearless in defending the right as those who despise it. No, more fearless.

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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PaulE
PaulE
18 days ago

RBC,

The short and quick answer to your question of which side will win is the side that fights the hardest for the type of country they want to live in. If you look at the direction the country has been at first nudged (do read the Cass Sunstein book, if you haven’t already as it lays out the strategy of the left in this country over the last several decades) and now more recently forcibly pushed as the left has gained both size and momentum in the face of relatively lite resistance, you can see who is fighting to win at all costs. For us to defeat a now firmly entrenched enemy committed to the total transformation of this country into a socialist Utopia, our side has to both step up its game in terms of comprehensive strategy and tactical ground game. To date, we have been playing at best a partial and inconsistent counter defense to try and partially hold the line AFTER the other side has been allowed to make great gains. In other words, they attack and we treat and try to half-heartedly hold that position. Then they attack again, and we retreat once again and try to hold that position. Repeating the same play over and over again and wondering why we’re not winning. That is of course NOT how you win at anything in the end. You are correct that our side needs to be truly fearless in defending our rights and freedoms, if we expect to be able to retain them.

Max
Max
18 days ago

RBC, you are correct that this year of 2024 is the time frame that will BREAK or SAVE this nation. One can look back on our history and trace the beginning of corruption that the Adversary and how slowly and surely that the fabric of our society has been infiltrated to change the values of the nation. Whether or not that the people realize it, the nation has been at war within itself since the Bible and prayer were taken out of public school. The Left took over the teaching of young adults at higher institutions of learning and now they are found at the highest levels of government and in control of most of the economy. The Biden administration has recklessly issued many edicts that has destroyed the economy and also defied the edicts of the Supreme Court to squelch those unlawful edicts.
So, the possible last major battle could be this upcoming election and the fate of the nation changed for the worse or the best. The nation needs the reprieve and healing to begin. IT WILL BE UP TO THE PEOPLE WHICH DIRECTION THEY CHOOSE.

Jeannine
Jeannine
18 days ago

Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it (Santana)
Look at USSR, NAZI Germany, Cuba, Venezuela, all promised to be socialist utopias. Socialists change the vocabulary to make ideology sound beneficial, all the while taking more control over the people. The Covid restrictions gave us an idea of what a socialist government could force people to obey. Churches were closed. Families were separated. Small businesses were closed. In Pa. only liquor stores and Planned Parenthood were open. Even chemo patients were denied access. People who escaped or immigrated from socialist countries have been warning us since the Obama administration promised a “ fundamental transformation of America.” Most people recognize Biden as Obama’s third term. The radicals of the 60s are now deans and professors of schools they once attacked and behind the Hamas anti semitic riots. It seems socialists have completed their march through the institutions. I think they are afraid Trump will lead the charge to return us to our religious and Constitutional roots.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
18 days ago

We went from “the greatest generation” to THIS… in less than 80 years. Radicals in Gastones LA blocking access to a synagogue under threat of violence and very few arrested. Want to bet anyone who was will have charges dropped?

Joe
Joe
18 days ago

A Joebama/demon-rat victory in November will surely destroy our republic. Look what he and his puppeteers have done in 3.5 years. Another four years of this crap show and we’ll be flying Old Glory upside down in distress.

Nancy Perrine
Nancy Perrine
18 days ago

If you doubt it read the Gulag Archipelago. What the extreme Marxist/Socialists did to their own people in Russia is possible here, if people of the same Socialist ideals have their way. Thank you Robert B Charles for another great article.

johnh
johnh
18 days ago

Charles says that 2024 will decide it. But why will that happen, when you look back at the division in this country that started with Obama in 2008 and has gotten worse ever since.

Melinda
Melinda
18 days ago

Robert, I so enjoy your perspective on issues, and admire your ability to integrate current issues with a long term view of history. It centers my thinking and helps me to be rational about what’s happening. I’ve never been fearless, but do get things done in spite of my fears.

M B
M B
17 days ago

Thank you . I enjoyed this article . The last two sentences speaks volumes. Well said.

The Gallagher s
The Gallagher s
17 days ago

The Good book talks of this ” in the last days about Lawlessness hopefully more than one Family (Noah’s) will participate and do what’s Right.

uncleferd
uncleferd
18 days ago

Part of the “Dem Delerium” is by inhalation of noxious fumes from lack of hygiene caused by infrequent bathing… associated with a desire to be more objectionable than the “Jones’s next door”. “Chili night” at the local Crack establishment adds a certain “zest” to the luxurious “effluvia”….. Yum!

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