..........No-one expects to be able to go toe-to-toe with the Praetorians and survive...............
As Prof C.E.M.Joad might have said: 'It depends on what you mean by Praetorians...and whose.'
A nation prepared to defend its liberty is its own Praetorian.
Nations such as East & Westpondia are now so dumbed down that they couldn't even spell Liberty. One may think one is entitled to it but one must, nevertheless, fight for it...repeatedly.
When I use the term, I am talking about the "duly constituted" "Law Enforcement" officers of each nation, at all levels. At least over here in West Pondia, they are supposedly independent actors, enforcing laws of their individual jurisdictions (national, state, county, or city) but subservient to their oath of office which says "...preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic..." or words to that effect. In reality, pathetically few pay any attention whatsoever to that oath, instead groveling before their Masters and doing whatever they are told, constitutional or otherwise. And, of course, covering for crimes by their Brothers in Blue. It has gotten so bad that these "Law Enforcement" officers are BY FAR the largest gang in the country, and are far worse than anything they supposedly protect us against. Not that they bother very much with protecting Mere Citizens. If one of those is attacked or robbed, at best "Law Enforcement" will write a report that MIGHT get the victim qualified for an insurance payment. On the other hand, if anyone DARES to attack a member of the Blue Wall or one of their Masters, then that's a horse of a different color!
That, good sir, is what I mean when I use that term.