What does America do about a sitting president’s gradual loss of cognition, or fitness of mind? Biden is not the first president to present this question, but he is the oldest, perhaps most exposed – with domestic and international tensions high, country divided. The answer, unfortunately, is not much. We may have to hold our breath for two years.
The President just got a medical report notable for the gap: no mental fitness attestation for the 80 year old. This is unnerving and says more than a mental acuity test would. Biden is visibly failing, and everyone sees it.
This health report, and the mental health component missing, seems like a final straw, but may not be. Ironically, aside from no comment on Biden’s mental health – at an age when many fail and doctors commonly test cognitive function – the report is not great.
Biden apparently contends with “atrial fibrillation,” “hyperlipidemia,” “gastroesophageal reflux,” “degenerative … spine,” “loss of feeling in his feet,” had a “lesion” removed, and mobility issues – so heart, blood (too many lipids), upper gastrointestinal, esophagus, spine, nerves, possible cancer, and mobility.
Other than that, he is a veritable hotrod, reflection of cobranding with aviator glasses and a corvette. Yeah, well, that is not giving other doctors much comfort. Obama’s personal physician Dr. David Scheiner notes: “You’re not going to learn anything, They sugarcoat these things. It worries me that he is aging… If I look at him, he’s not a young 80.” Indeed.
Former Obama and Trump doctor Ron Jackson, now a Congressman, says the report is “alarming,” offers “no transparency,” and no mention of cognitive testing despite Biden’s “deteriorating mental health.” He calls it what it seems, a “cover up.”
All this is deeply concerning as we live in an era of uncommon, unforgiving digital intimacy, when everyone from China’s Xi and Russia’s Putin to school children can see the cognitive decay. While many fear Vice President Harris’ lack of seasoning, competence, and seriousness, if not leftists leanings and temperament, the reality is that China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and others see what we do. More to the point, they see an opportunity – to seize greater power globally.
The best two historical comparisons, while inapt, are Woodrow Wilson and FDR in final years. In October 1919, one year before 1920 elections, Wilson suffered a massive stroke. The incapacitating nature of the stroke fundamentally affected his decision-making ability, but was hidden.
As one scholar notes: Wilson’s doctor “had tremendous … loyalty to Wilson,” so “kept the severity of the stroke hidden from Congress, the American people, and even the president himself.” Like Biden’s doctor refusing any questions on capacity, Wilson’s “formally refused to sign a document of disability and was reluctant to address the subject of presidential succession.”
Still, “Wilson was essentially incapacitated and hemiplegic …messages relayed directly through his wife…” Notably, a dangerous precedent was set. “Patient-physician confidentiality superseded national security amid the backdrop of friendship and political power on the eve of a pivotal juncture in the history of American foreign policy.”
Gosh, that sounds frighteningly similar, although the camera is on Biden, and he has yet to have a stroke, unlike Wilson and the recently seated Democrat Senator from Pennsylvania who is suddenly far sicker than reported during the campaign, now the Senate’s deciding vote.
FDRs’ fading health was no less compelling, hidden just as purposefully. He died in office six months after being reelected in 1944. Prior to that, many historians note, and Winston Churchill lamented, FDR’s weak mind likely allowing Stalin to prevail at Yalta with Eastern Europe in the balance.
All this leads us back to now – history before our eyes. The constitutional process only allows removal by impeachment, majority vote in the House, and two-thirds in the Senate. Barring a massive change compelling Democrats to admit Biden’s incapacity, impeachment is out.
Separately, the 25th Amendment requires a process equally unlikely to produce removal. If removal occurs, the vice president becomes president and nominates a vice president. But do not count on this any time soon.
Section 4 reads: “Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.”
Since neither impeachment nor the 25th Amendment are likely to kick in without a major change forcing Democrats’ hands, resignation is the only other option – with as much risk as now felt.
In the moment, the best answer may be to hope Biden continues, pray for the country, imagine China understands our president is not The Nation, then – hold our breath for the next two years.
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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Biden will always be a prime horror example of what a rigged election can produce!
Biden and his governance guides are doing great harm to the USA … harm that will be difficult to unravel and/or remove.
Harris will be president and Hillary vice president by appointment !!! Any legal way to save America has been blocked by the dems then the constitution goes bye bye and no way ever to return to the America we love. Must get Trump back in or learn to fight in the streets!!!! No guns means no freedom. Can you imagine America controlled by these traitors and us without guns. Throw rocks at tanks like in China and Eastern Europe. Vote like your life depends on it because it does!!!
Hillary becoming VP …. are you trying to scare the living daylights out of American citizens???? HIllary thinks that her garage is her broom closet!!!
Out he should go…….
Dilemma – 1) Biden’s Mental Health; 2) Dilemma – Biden’s Physical Health —- take your pick. looks/acts like “walking deadman”, deteriorating noticeably in front of our eyes. he’s NEVER had ANY skills different than those of prison residents.
I do not believe we have two more years. The way things are progressing, Biden and/or Harris is likely to drag us into WWIII within this calendar year. Certainly before the people can inaugurate another far more competent person to lead this nation.
agree. things are too far out-of-hand for any new President to fix short of submission to the enemy. fight and die for what you believe or submit, like our millennial gen.
The difference between Biden and any other president with mental deterioration is that he and his party are inherently evil. If you think all that we have seen in the short time Biden has been in office is coincidental and upright for the good of America you need to wake up! The evil forces of Marxism and communism are on full display and part of the democrat agenda.
Every Democrat President promises transparency and at the end of every Democrat President’s term, we find that there has been NONE of that!! Transparency is a promise they never intend to deliver on!! They like keeping secrets from us, the voting public, especially when they are trying to pass legislation that will basically screw all of us, especially the seniors!! Biden has had a mental issue since he was VP and he had no business even running for this term but Democrats and his wife and family have proven, to me, that they lack any common sense, reliability, responsibility or trustworthiness!!!
After the last election in November, there was much talk among the Republicans about our not selecting “quality candidates” as the reason we did not prevail to the extent expected. I disagree. As ANYONE can see, neither Biden nor Fetterman were “quality candidates!” The objective here was to get a place-holder who was incapable of reasoning and then use them to forward their (the Democrats’) agenda by proxy. Perhaps we need a competency test for ANYONE who runs for office. Now we have no idea who is ACTUALLY running the country, but certainly not the person who was voted into office. This needs to change!
Truly great evaluation of the situation regarding candidates abilities Linda. About the thought of a competency test for candidates , I do believe that should be at least given a try . I started thinking as a Conservative at age 24 ( in 1974 ) main reason had to do with limited government . The idea of a competency test should be acceptable to Conservatives , it does not go against the limited government principle. Thinking of all the things that require tests — in the practice of law, medicine, the various branches of engineering, airplane pilots, any field that has responsibility actually, so it should be the standard for candidates for political office too
I disagree with your statement, “…was voted into office.”
Biden isn’t stupid. He has a mental health problem. Anyone that votes for a man with mental health problems is stupid.
THE SAD thing is 25th amendment puts us Americans into more trouble and you dont think Russia and china dont see whats going on its very scary what the democrats have done is divide as did Obama did as well with there B.s policies and failed this country will have no opportunity to make this country great again and all of us no matter what race we are. We have to stand up and unite and come together Trump tried so hard to bring all of us to terms as Americans and had to fight the left and all there lies most will not vote and the other half dont care.
I just wonder how they got his wife to go along with this. It really would be embarrassing. Think maybe they have been blackmailed? Shameful really.
HER PRIDE! Wife of a President and being First Lady of the USA has to be very compelling.
What bothers me is how she allows her husband to continue to be paraded instead of protecting him from the sharks!
Thinking about the Constitution, the Constitutional process is healthy, it is good for the mind , the spirit and soul. It promotes ideas for maintaining the foundation of civilization. The Peace Through Strength spirit that was part of what President Ronald Reagan believed in is something else that can help to deal with present difficulties. Respect for the importance of believing in Faith, Family, Freedom will strengthen a sense of purpose and a code of conduct . Respect for the will of God. Maintaining a clean sense of humor will help too. There is plenty of hope for better times ahead.
To quote a song lyric, “we live in a world of illusion where everything’s peaches and cream,” – that’s exactly where old senile Joe Biden is at. He thinks he’s doing great while the nation suffers through his failed policies.
The DemocRots would select a candidate who was a unhoused-trained gorilla if the consensus of their ruling faction agreed …. Biden is clear proof of that and Camel Hairs-is pretty close to that state of competence! (I apologize to gorilla’s for this remark!!!)
This article presents a very important set of circumstances, and is very much of a challenge to finding a solution for it that will be satisfactory. But , I do believe that those gathered in Philadelphia ,at Independence Hall in July 1776 probably were feeling very similar feelings that those of us now are feeling about not only the ability of the President to continue in office because of health conditions, but the leftist, ultra liberal corruption that is causing so much damage to the country. So when confronted with difficult circumstances it is very possible that solutions will develop unexpectedly during the process of trying to find the right solution. Complex mathematical equations become less complex when approached in the right way. One part of the equation simplified, then other parts simplified, and eventually the solution is reached.
It is good that the opinion of Congressman Dr. Ron Jackson was presented , very good article Mr.Charles, well done !
Yes what is in the report is actual the person to talk to is his wife. For her to allow her husband to continue would be criminal. I call on her to step forward even though we all know Harris does not have the capacity to fill the position.
No brain is perfect So much easier to manipulate and direct A little bit of brain might pose a problem He could be askng pesky questions
As soon as Loopy Joe is no longer useful to anyone (which is now), he will end up in a padded room somewhere counting ceiling tiles.
I appreciate and respect this site however, I have NO money to give. I don’t have enough to get anything more than a pack of meat (hotdogs) for a MONTH and veggies are unheard of! My widowed son in law pays my phone & internet…
Unfortunately, I DID prepare for retirement however my greedy ex husband took care of the savings & still owes me over $80,000 for child support of our two adopted children – both “special needs”…
We will all be in the same boat you are in if things don’t change in the country and soon
Only a mass epiphany on the part of dem robots could change things so yes, we will do nothing for two years and hope, fingers crossed, that the presidents dementia progresses slowly. Who is more dangerous, biden or that cackling pantsuit . Im guessing the latter.
They’re both equally controlled by the exact same people telling Joe what to say and do. Neither Joe nor Kamala has any real say in what they do. Both are just puppets.
It’s a toss up in my opinion. We don’t have much longer with either one of them at the helm of things