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Freedom – The Train is Rolling

Posted on Monday, June 17, 2024
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Detroit, MI – “Never seen anything like it in my life!,” sung by Richard Attenborough in “Dr. Doolittle” (1967), when he sees a “Push Me-Pull You” – does not say it!   A 1980s WHO concert does not say it, nor does a Taylor Swift concert. To watch Donald Trump turn a crowd of high school kids, ringed by grateful seniors, to pandemonium … is a sight to behold. I just saw it, what freedom feels like. The train is rolling!

If the energy expended at Detroit’s “Turning Point” and AMAC-sponsored “People’s Convention,” held last week, could have been captured, it would light 100 cities for a year! 

Hard to convey is the combined effect of younger people exhilarated to talk freedom, faith, and family, with older Americans, veterans and warriors of the working world, truckers and teachers, dreams and doers and never-say-die believers all together in one place, pulling in one direction.

If you hear that the willingness to fight, restore freedom, respect faith, and reaffirm rights is lagging, or that the nation’s young are all disoriented, ready to be dependent, know not what to believe, are lost, and care nothing for the past or future, want entitlement not dreams, think again.

Listening to young speakers and old, Charlie Kirk, Candice Owens, Vivek Ramaswamy, Ben Carson, AMAC’s Rebecca Weber, followed shortly by Donald J. Trump, a man of endless mirth, hope, optimism, and energy, delivered to thousands, your heart would have leaped, then quieted.

I write now in the “quieted” phase of this day, that time when the chairs are being folded, the Secret Service has done its job, thousands are streamed out, and reflectivity settles in.

What does this day, and such massive crowds on their feet for 12 hours, endless and heartfelt ovations, so much clapping that hands ache, voices are hoarse, and smile muscles hurt … mean?

What was happening here, where the talk was all real, filled with can-do, will-do, must-do, a kind of revolutionary urgency, all focused in one direction?

This was like watching the rebirth of a nation, spiritual light gathering for a great mission, more than a revival – filled with faith, yes, but also Constitutional learning, phrases, principles, history, and application of those principles to life. In places like this, on days like this, America thrives.

Here, too, you hear a kind of anticipated follow-through, not like a movie or rock concert, not like here and gone, but more like the last quarter huddles of a Superbowl, from talented, focused, determined players emerge to run game-winning plays, stunning the opposition.

Even now, I am absorbing it – trying to place it in a historical perspective, as I strive to do with so much of modern politics these days, and so often fail.

This event, emblematic of countless others occurring across the nation and led by Trump, or by conservative candidates, Turning Point and AMAC, harkens to Patrick Henry’s shocking moment in that Virginia church, where so many Founders sat in 1775, “Give me liberty or give me death.”

It harkens to Henry V, man and Shakespeare, Battle of Agincourt, when an outnumbered king – persecuted by the French Army, told he was doomed, spoke to his men with the confidence of God’s purpose, victory, courage, and fighting for the right. He won, down five to one. Before the battle, he promised, those not with us “shall think themselves accursed they were not here.” And they did. 

This is the spirit of today. It brings us to tipping points in our history when all is to be restored or all lost.  We faced that in pre-Revolutionary America, big choices needed to be made. Speak the truth and pay the consequences, or let fear rule you, roll over and regret your cowardice, and die under tyranny.

Then as now, people had to pick sides – freedom or its end. Oddly, in this country, that has happened over and over, choices –1812, 1863, 1898, 1917, 1941, and the Cold War, hot wars before, during, and after. Put life on the line, understand and commit, or punt and leave it to others.

Reagan gave a gripping speech on this point, “A Time for Choosing,” in 1964. It resonates. Speeches of similar messages have defined us – all of us. We are a people, a special people, who value life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – and will sometimes rise and die for it.

From the Bill of Rights to Civil Rights, citizen engagement to signing up to fight against fascism, communism, and lawlessness, we are a people who elevate freedom, never weaken, and are a beacon.

And that timeless spirit, commitment to restoring freedom to this land, and preserving America, is what I witnessed today. That passion lives, perhaps, in all of us.  We must tap it. It was there in that arena, eyes of the young, and in speeches by Kirk, Weber, Carson, and Trump. If we pause – take a quiet moment to think about what we believe, whether it matters, we know. This is what freedom feels like. And my friends, mark my words … The train is rolling.

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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Cliff
Cliff
1 month ago

We have no choice. It really is “give me liberty or give me death”.

Patriot Will
Patriot Will
1 month ago

Mr. Charles is 100% spot on. Even if one notices President Trump’s quirks and character flaws, his messages and policies are uplifting, fair-minded, and patriotic. He wants all Americans to prosper. He does not pick predetermined winners and losers, based on race and sexual deviations. President Trump truly is for the people.

Harriet A Jackson
Harriet A Jackson
1 month ago

What a beautiful tribute to the ideals and godly principles our great country was founded upon. Thank you, Detroit, MI , for standing up for the right === from teenagers to senior citizens. God bless you and God bless America!

Veteran
Veteran
1 month ago

This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life , so that you and your children may live.
Deuteronomy 30:19

Vilas Gamble
Vilas Gamble
1 month ago

Of all the long list of issues that we are told matter the most in the election the year , presidential and congressional, trying to choose the most important is of no avail if unless Republicans base their campaigns one word. That word is FREEDOM. If they treat this election as just another election they are trying to win. they will lose and so will we! We are told that Biden is a failed president. No he is not. He is accomplishing what he and fellow democrats set out to do, and that is to destroy the country. In that regard he is succeeding! In November vote as if your freedoms are at stake, because they are! And you may never get another chance to protect them!!

Sandy
Sandy
1 month ago

Oh wow, Michael S. Your comments are amazing. President Trump(he’s my president) is a hard-working man, loving this country and loving Americans. The corruption is coming down, the hammer of justice is falling where it should. We place our trust in God.

uncleferd
uncleferd
1 month ago

When I heard my first speech from President Trump, I quickly got the impression that he felt American Conservatives had been relentlessly bullied, stripped of their rights, and taken advantage of by the presumptuous, dishonest, and intelligence-insulting Obama.
After President Trump handily won the 2016 election, I was very gratified to see him so thoroughly disprove Obama’s assertion that the economy had previously slowed due to “Globalization”… one of Obama’s more memorable of his repeated lies. The economy had slowed, obviously, due to unsound Obama economic policies. I’m quite ready for another economic pick-up from a second President Trump term.

Ronald
Ronald
1 month ago

I love everything I have read from you but this is by far the most powerful yet.

Thinking
Thinking
1 month ago

It was the feeling of America we all loved. People came here from Europe because of the freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution. They came here to serve in the US military. For many had experienced WW II. The America of today has become a hateful country. Citizens against citizens. Lie after lie is told every day. Obiden is declining every day we see it with our own eyes. His speeches need to be interpreted for nobody knows what he says. Everything is weaponized. You don’t agree with the regime you are a domestic terrorist. They have been screaming the border is secure while 15 million people have come in the past 3.5 years and nobody knows who they are or where they are. They pillage and loot, kill and rape and are let go when caught. After all we have to love all these invaders. If you don’t you are racist. Meritocracy is not measured just the color of your skin or your gender, especially if you say in midstream I am woman when you are a man. You get to go to all the places where women are. Prisons, bathrooms, spas, gym dressingrooms, sauna’s, steam rooms. And don’t call them by the wrong gender. You go to prison. And this man is president of America, according to P and Dr Jill the smartest president in America. We had Jimmy Carter who was een genius next to what Obiden has done. Trump listens to people. He understands their plight. All Obiden does with the help from the swamp. Is dividing this country and try to assassinate the one person that can save this nation. DONALD J TRUMP.

Melinda
Melinda
1 month ago

This event must have been inspiring, as it is to read about it. I cannot tolerate noise and crowds, but I’m sure those who can were motivated. I hope they follow through and start to turn this ship around. Donald Trump is surely a heartening figure at a time in history when we need one.

John Bass
John Bass
1 month ago

Another uplifting message by Mr. Charles. The best part, for me anyway was when he wrote that for “America, big choices needed to be made. Speak the truth and pay the consequences, or let fear rule you, roll over and regret your cowardice, and die under tyranny”.
I wish that all of America, especially the half that leans to the left could read and understand what he is saying. We are truly at the tipping point and at the verge of loosing it all…and quite frankly, it scares me.
It’s hard to see the light when there is so much gloom and doom, but I keep reminding myself it’ all by design. The far left want’s you to feel despair and to give up, it’s part of their playbook. Remember, as RBC so eloquently keeps trying to tell us, there’s still hope and if you look in the right places you’ll see the freedom train is still rolling.

May God continue to bless the USA.

Chris Mullican
Chris Mullican
1 month ago

I have hope again! ????

Paul Filipowicz
Paul Filipowicz
1 month ago

And may God bless America! MAGA !

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
1 month ago

I’ll save my enthusiasm and joy for November 6th AFTER Joe Brandon is voted out and Trump is in office… assuming of course Joe doesn’t refuse to accept the election results and barricade himself in the Oval Office claiming to be “saving Democracy”… actually I don’t see Joe doing this but Jill!

kit
kit
1 month ago

the trump train!woo woo!

Debbie Boggs
Debbie Boggs
1 month ago

That’s good news indeed! It’s uplifting to know that the younger generation is aware of what’s at stake and ready to stand for our freedoms and American values. It will take all of us, for sure! I’m a Boomer and it’s good to know the Freedom Torch will be passed on to the next generation.

BACKWOODS
BACKWOODS
1 month ago

This election is about freedom and prosperity or more tyranny.

Myrna
Myrna
1 month ago

I hope the shocking display of unreason by university students donning black and white scarves and rebelling to show support for Palestine (or socialism) is waking up the real spirit of patriots. We have a Republic if we can keep it.

ROBIN
ROBIN
1 month ago

I hope we can and start to turn this ship around. Donald Trump is surely a heartening figure and it’s so refreshing to see there are still young people with the american spirit….

anna hubert
anna hubert
1 month ago

The plain truth and nothing but can fix the fix we are in Truth spoken expected and accepted About ourselves and those representing us Stand in front of the mirror naked and no more playing ostrich Ideals and principles are only good if we are willing to follow and practice them

Rik
Rik
1 month ago

The article is correct but I expect the same outcome as the last election, I don’t see where Republicans in those cheating states have corrected it. So don’t be surprised when the same outcome happens!

phoenix
phoenix
1 month ago

I get it. we need a change. But know this:
None of the states that had voting issues have done a thing about it. So all the wiggle room needed to get a Biden win is there. I expect he’ll get 100 million votes this time!
Mail in ballots are alive and already filled out for Biden.
Trump will not be able to overcome the people in the federal bureaucracy because they cannot be fired. They will simply ignore him
Trump will have a hard time filling is appointments because working with him literally can be a death sentence
Congress will work against him (both parties ) every step of the way. No one will introduce his bills, No one will sponsor those that do get introduced, and they will all die in committee if they ever get taken up at all. I expect none will ever come to a vote.
All executive orders will be countermanded by a judge somewhere, or ignored by the executive branch. Because since they cannot be fired they have no need to listen to him.
He will be an instant lame duck he won’t even get two years to do anything.
He is old as hell its not likely he’ll live through this term really. He is already old enough that he can die any day from anything.
So all in all, I expect very limited (if any ) impact from this trump presidency. No one has any need to work with him. He is not a part of their club ( both sides) and no one likes him or will work with him because of that alone. All provided he stays out of jail which is unlikely because that is a clown show, and of course he is going to jail. because honk honk! We clown world now!
Anyway, Don’t get your hopes up. Democrats have the vote fraud thing pretty wired to get whatever result they want. If trump wins expect the economy or something drastic to happen to derail his right out of the gate.

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