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On Treachery And The Praetorian Guard

25 October 2019 @ 17:32

Many, if not most, of The Founding Fathers feared the implications of having a Standing Military.

This is why they insisted that, in all things to do with our Armed Forces, whether at the National, State, County, of Local Levels, ultimate control over Military organizations should rest in Civilian hands.¹

Samuel Adams expressed his Anxiety, which was shared by many of The Founders [re-paragraphing mine]:

…A standing Army, however necessary it may be at some times, is always dangerous to the Liberties of the People.

Soldiers are apt to consider themselves as a Body distinct from the rest of the Citizens. They have their Arms always in their hands. Their Rules and their Discipline is severe. They soon become attach’d to their officers and dispos’d to yield implicit Obedience to their Commands. Such a Power should be watch’d with a jealous Eye.

I have a good Opinion of the principal officers of our Army. I esteem them as Patriots as well as Soldiers. But if this War continues, as it may for years yet to come, we know not who may succeed them. Men who have been long subject to military Laws and inured to military Customs and Habits, may lose the Spirit and Feeling of Citizens.

And even Citizens, having been used to admire the Heroism which the Commanders of their own Army have display’d, and to look up to them as their Saviors may be prevail’d upon to surrender to them those Rights for the protection of which against Invaders they had employ’d and paid them. We have seen too much of this Disposition among some of our Countrymen….

—Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, 07 January 1776

One of the concerns The Founders had was that a military group could fashion itself into a newer version of the Praetorian Guard.

This term is being tossed-about these days after current Attorney General William Barr said recently:

“Republics have fallen because of a Praetorian Guard mentality where government officials get very arrogant, they identify the national interest with their own political preferences and they feel that anyone who has a different opinion, you know, is somehow an enemy of the state,” Barr told CBS News reporter Jan Crawford in May.

That quote comes from an article by Julie Kelly over at American Greatness. She goes on to give us a bit of History on the Roman Empires Praetorians [tip of the fedora to Bud Hammons]:

The Praetorian Guard originated in the Roman Empire to protect the emperor and his commanders. The elite cohort quickly grew from a few bodyguards into a massive army, complete with armor, weaponry, and a cavalry. The Guard enjoyed special privileges including a guaranteed tenure and vaunted social status.

But the Guard became emboldened by its own power. “Over the years, the guard would become a dangerous threat to imperial power and emperors were forced to gain its favour in order to ensure their reign,” according to historian Mark Cartwright. “The body specifically created to protect the emperor’s person had become his greatest liability.”

Sound Familiar?

The race is on to see who will survive—the duly-elected president of the United States or a modern-day Praetorian Guard comprised of former law enforcement and intelligence officials tasked with taking down that president.

I would have added former and current members of our Armed Forces.

In another article over at American Greatness, this time by the always-Insightful Angelo Codevilla, we hear of a Perfumed Prince Of The Pentagon’s² actions:

Retired Admiral William McRaven devoted the bulk of a New York Times op-ed to appropriating for himself the moral and hence political authority of generations of soldiers and sailors (pointedly, especially the female ones) who have sacrificed for America, for “the good and the right.” Then he gratuitously stated—citing no specifics, as if everyone already knows—that “President Trump seems to believe that all these qualities are unimportant or show weakness.”

McRaven concludes, “it is time for a new person in the Oval Office—Republican, Democrat or independent—the sooner, the better.” At the very least, McRaven called for impeachment ahead of an election, or perhaps for a coup, and pretended to do so on the military’s behalf. In fact, his was just one more voice from an establishment that has squandered the public’s trust, senses that it can no longer win elections honestly, and is pulling out all the stops.

It pretends to be trying to take down Donald Trump. In fact, it is trying to do something much bigger: Invalidate the votes of the “deplorables” who oppose them.

I suggest that the just response from self-respecting Americans to McRaven and others like him is: “Who the hell do you think you are?”

…If officers cannot abide superiors, they are supposed to resign their commissions.

But McRaven and a host of senior officers do not resign. They subvert.

The Constitution prescribes all manner of procedures by which any and all who dissent from the president can counter him, including legislation, overriding vetoes, and impeachment. But McRaven’s essay merely, and dishonestly, adds to the united ruling class’s effort to attack Donald Trump outside of these constitutional procedures by feeding the media’s production of innuendos.

That Magnificent Spirit that animated General George Washington to resign his Commission is Absent in these Perfumed Princes.

Mr. Codevilla on McRaven’s further Treacheries:

Even as McRaven brays for removing the president, he pretends solicitude for “the republic.” But remember: the American republic is founded on the will of the people, expressed by elections. The foremost thing to keep in mind about what is happening in Washington is that it is, above all, an attempt to subordinate the will of the people, expressed in elections, to the will of the ruling class, expressed through its control of social and political institutions.

The American people’s proper and just reaction should be to remind the ruling class that as Alexander Hamilton said, “here, the people rule”….

McRaven is a Disgrace to the Uniform.

Further: these Princes are Losers:

Who Am I?

McRaven really does speak for a substantial percentage of senior military officers. Their views are on display nightly on Fox News. It is time for the American people to realize that these, like their counterparts in the intelligence agencies, are no heroes.

If we ask what they have done for us that we should have confidence in them, we realize that these people have lost every war they have waged since 1945. Accommodating themselves to our corrupt ruling class, they have been happy enough to wage endless no-win wars which have killed as many Americans as did World War I. The current military dictionary has no entry for “victory.”

Despite this:

…senior officers have prospered. Intertwined with the ruling class, they end their careers on defense contractors’ corporate boards and in villas on the golf course. Now, as part of the ruling class, they join in claiming a right to rule us deplorables regardless of elections. We can thank McRaven for making that clear.

Of course, the Perfumed Princes have their close Allies in Elected Officials at all levels, Bureaucrats at all levels, and, most disturbingly, in our Foreign and Domestic Intelligence Agencies.

These are the People who have helped make America a hotbed of Corruption and Lawlessness.

There is a Plot underway to politically ‘Kill The Emperor’, as it were.

As Miss Kelly writes:

The outcome of the multiple lines of inquiry [by AG Barr and US Attorney Durham] into the conduct of the modern-day Praetorian Guard likely will be very bad news for dozens of Democratic officials, including Joe Biden, who was involved in Brennan’s Situation Room briefings in 2016 about alleged “collusion” right up until Election Day. House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has been an integral part of the collusion hoax since its inception, which is why he is working overtime on his “impeachment inquiry” before he himself is implicated.

House Republicans stormed one outpost of the Praetorian Guard on Wednesday when they breached Schiff’s secret impeachment lair and refused to leave. That move, condemned by the news media and faux “conservative” websites such as the Washington Examiner, which compared the rebellious Republicans to Antifa terrorists, represented a true republican offensive against the Guard.

Only one side ultimately will prevail. And we should know the victors soon.

If our side does not Prevail, we have to be prepared to take action ourselves.

This Treachery must not stand.

¹ Many of The Founders wanted to maintain a Militia Call-Up system, where the Military only assembled in time of War or Insurrection.  But Reality soon showed that a Standing Military was Necessary and Proper because we faced a World that Despised us took advantage of our Weakness to Infringe on our Sovereignty or Terrorize us.

² This was a term coined by the late Colonel David Hackworth.  As John Douglas explains:

Col.David “Hack” Hackworth said decades ago that the Perfumed Princes of the Pentagon got control of the Army and other U.S. forces during the long Vietnam catastrophe, destroyed morale, lost the war, and kept moving up to the top to be the staff generals and admirals in the Pentagon. The scuttlebutt was always that they managed their way up by being ass-kissers.

I wonder what Hack would say about all the news these days about the Perfumed Princes at the top of the US military?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. GomeznSA permalink
    25 October 2019 @ 18:53 18:53

    A modern day version of the Praetorians (besides those in the article of course) are the zetas. They were originally hired by the drug cartels – now they ARE the cartels. ’nuff said.

  2. ROBERT SYKES permalink
    26 October 2019 @ 08:16 08:16

    The Joint Chiefs of Staff are in mutiny against the authority of the President as Commander in Chief. Despite his repeated orders to withdraw from Syria, they have made only token reductions, and continue to plan for long term occupation of parts of that country.

    This insubordination is not new. When Obama negotiated a deconfliction agreement with the Russians, the Joint Chiefs vetoed it, and imposed their version. When Clinton ordered the Pentagon to provide logistical support and CAS to the Europeans in the Kosovo war, the Joint Chiefs slow-walked the orders, delaying our support to the Europeans for months.

    The Praetorians are here, now. Someday they will install their own President. Trump might be the first victim.

    It might be noted that the US is becoming a multicultural, multiethnic empire, not a nation, and such empires are always ruled by some sort of dictatorship.

  3. Oh Wait permalink
    27 October 2019 @ 13:07 13:07

    Our external enemies don’t have the Peter Principle, 69th rump ranger brigades, diversity and transgender troops, made in China circuit and motherboards, they don’t have any chance in WWIII.

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