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Mental Slips – Is Biden Fit?

bidenIs Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden showing signs of “early dementia” – or is that unfair talk?  Recently, we have been told to follow science – by the CDC, National Institutes of Health, and endless Democrat leaders.  So how about we follow science … on dementia?

As most know, warning signs include memory, counting, reasoning and language.  Repeat memory loss, confusion over times and places, difficulty problem solving, forgetting names, disorientation, poor judgment, withdrawal from socializing, mood spikes are signs – at Biden’s age. https://www.medicinenet.com/early_warning_signs_and_stages_of_dementia/article.htm.

Biden is 77, which can mean nothing – or something.  How does this play into voter evaluations of fitness for high office, where he would control American lives, liberty, and nuclear weapons?

If Biden were elected, he would be the oldest president ever sworn in – eight years older than when Trump was sworn in, nine older than Reagan.  Still, age is not disqualifying.

In brief, dementia is “loss of thinking ability,” which grows over time. Between five and eight percent of adults above 65 have dementia. That number doubles every five years – so, 10-16 percent over 70, 20-32 percent over 75, perhaps 25-35 percent over 77.  Thus, Biden’s chances of dementia – on hard science – lie between 1 in 4, and 1 in 3.  They are non-trivial. See, https://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/types-dementia#1.

Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, brilliant people age 105, but more will fall within rules than outside them.  Put differently, while 60 to 80 percent of those with dementia have Alzheimer’s, mental capacity tends to decline over time. Additionally, 80 percent of those with Alzheimer’s are over 75.  See, https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/facts-figures.

In Biden’s defense, he has often demonstrated the fine art of linguistic lapse, gaff, ludicrous and laughable misstatements, with outsized exaggeration, fictionalization, pure fib, senatorial foppery and – famously in 1988 – shameless misappropriation of another person’s work and words, actually an entire speech, known outside the political world as “plagiarism.”

Also, in Biden’s defense, experts make clear occasional lapses of memory are nothing to worry about.  They are not the same as dementia. “Dementia cannot be diagnosed from afar” as “a person needs a detailed doctor’s exam for a diagnosis …sometimes brain imaging.” Moreover, “forgetting an occasional word – or where you put your keys – does not mean a person has dementia.”  See, https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-09-word-dementia.html.

So, that settled, where exactly is Biden?  On one hand, resisting cognitive tests, only he and his doctor know if he has clinical signs of dementia or impaired capacities.  Still, voters need to think on this issue.  On the science, Biden has a non-trivial chance of dementia.  If proven, he would serve impaired or be forced to transfer power to Kamala Harris, equally frightening.

So, does he or does he not?  Can we know or never know? We have eyes, ears, and Biden to judge on.  Before reviewing a litany of slips, note Biden has been testy in interviewers. See, https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/510643-biden-gets-in-testy-exchange-with-reporter-who-asked-if-hes-taken-a.

Even CNN friends in 2019 wondered if Biden was just preparing to hand off power. https://www.dailywire.com/news/curl-cnn-editor-suggests-joe-biden-could-step-aside-for-kamala-harris; https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/29/politics/joe-biden-age-2020-debate/index.html. If so, one might ask – as a matter of judgment:  Is that right, using moderate Democrat credentials to get enter history, then handing power to an opportunist, and likely socialist?

About the errors, are they serious symptoms or bad luck? What should voters think?  The list is too long to print, even with Biden ducking social interactions for months, until June 30. See, https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/biden-holds-press-conference-for-first-time-in-months/ar-BB16atib.

Still, consider jaw-dropping lapses:  On September 3, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, scene of a police shooting, Biden told a church audience he needed to stop talking “or they’ll shoot me” – to a shocked response. See, https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-awkward-theyll-shoot-me-quip-kenosha

On September 2, Biden confused facts again – blaming “a Trump-supporter” for “inciting response” and getting killed by a “bullet from the crowd,” when the Trump supporter was intentionally killed by an avowed Antifa member, for whom an arrest warrant for second-degree murder was issued – and who was later killed by police.  See, https://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/police-seek-witness-to-fatal-downtown-portland-shooting/283-6f5e462a-8a36-403d-8bec-7d937615f4d4?ocid=uxbndlbing.

On August 31, Biden said “COVID, this year, has taken more than 100 years …” He likely meant 100,000 lives.  See,  https://hannity.com/media-room/biden-covid-has-taken-this-year-more-than-100-years-look-the-lives-when-you-think-about-it/. .

On August 27, Biden could not complete a CNN interview without script, needing another one to tell Harris she was selected.  In a July MSNBC interview, Biden did not understand “woke,” and thought it meant “work,” then said he was “constantly tested” cognitively – then declined a test.

In summer, race became part of the election lexicon, and Biden reverted to form.  Having said “poor kids” are “just as bright as white kids,” he told a black CBS reporter he no more needed a cognitive test than that reporter needed a “drug test,” then said Latinos were “incredibly diverse” by contrast to blacks.  In May, Biden told a black host he “ain’t black” if he does not vote for Biden, fist talking him down and then implying independent thought was not allowed.. See, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/09/us/politics/joe-biden-poor-kids.html; https://apnews.com/6cbd8c13529fee67c42e417175c425e5; https://freebeacon.com/2020-election/biden-if-you-dont-vote-for-me-you-aint-black/.

In New Hampshire, Biden thought he was in Vermont; in Iowa, Biden thought he was in Ohio; in South Carolina he forgot where he was.  In April, he identified the last president as Bush.  In California, he took his wife Jill’s hand, and very sweetly called her Valerie, his sister’s name.

In March, Biden started the first line of the Declaration of Independence, and promptly forgot.  He declared excitement over Super Thursday but meant Super Tuesday.  In February, he declared at a dinner, that he was running for Senate, forgetting he was running for President.

During the campaign, Biden has forgotten familiar words, places, and names, missed basic geography, got utterly disoriented, forgotten where he was, misplaced himself in time, become confused, fallen asleep on camera, pulled from socializing, evinced mood swings, and had trouble speaking. See, e.g., https://thefederalist.com/2019/09/02/biden-gaffe-machine-running-list-joe-bidens-best-slip-ups/; https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2019/09/13/joe-biden-9-gaffes-lies-awkward-moments-in-third-primary-debate/; https://www.newsweek.com/joe-biden-gaffes-quotes-2020-election-1323905.

Essential question:  Is Biden fit?  Some will say, sure – this is all good fun.  Some will say, forgive and look to Harris.  Others will say, on the science Biden has a “non-trivial chance” of dementia.  In the end, these unnerving missteps are – at least – very poor judgment.  That should be reason enough not to vote for Biden, shall we say, on the political science.

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2 years ago

The corrupt left biased media…ha! CNN and MSNBC make the scriveners who pounded out the Stalinist Pravda blush with their slavish dedication to the basic tenets of communist thought carried on the boob tube. Whenever Rachel Maddow sneers as she inhales in her wind up prior to pumping out an utterly fictive anti-Trump vituperation without a single basis in fact, I am reminded of George C. Scott playing General Buck Turgidson in Stanley Kubrick’s masterful Cold War epic, ‘Dr. Strangelove’. “Mr. President,” Turgidson bawls,”I smell a great big commie rat.” Indeed, those of us who studied in college do so, whenever Maddow, or Tawana Brawley’s outrageous huckster and front man, the most Rev. Al Sharpton, begin their empty worthless diatribes.

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2 years ago

The DNC is obviously trying to pull a fast one by nominating Biden. (Can you spell “puppet”?) The man belongs in assisted living–not in the running for POTUS. The corrupt, Left-biased media has been propping him up for months now, but it’s obvious to anyone paying attention that he’s getting worse with every passing day. The election is tomorrow. I suspect a lot of middle-of-the-road Democrats will quietly vote for Trump, at least I hope so. As an Independent, I think Trump is an obnoxious blowhard, but he’s what the economy desperately needs right now, and he is the one I’ll be voting for. Biden/Harris would be an absolute disaster..

Deborah McDermott
2 years ago

Anyone with eyes and ears can see that Joe Biden has cognitive issues. The Democrats put him forward as the candidate because as Biden says,”

you know me.” Do you really trust that he would be running this country? That is laughable to say the least. The Democrats are desperate to take

President Trump down before the Durham report hits the news and all conspirators will be exposed for their treason against the president of the

United States and with any justice; they will finally be Prosecuted and put in Prison where they belong. In my own humble opinion, as long as the

Democrats have the house, there will be NO PEACE in America. Do we really want another 4 years of our president’s persecution and false

accusations costing taxpayers millions of dollars? Please excuse my ramblings. God Bless America

2 years ago

When it comes to mental fitness Biden is a buffet short of a picnic!

2 years ago

The dems know they have lost this election. BUT….BUT….BUT we ALL.L.L.L need to be at the polls on Nov 3.
The dems are hiring hundreds of lawyers to bring suits on Nov 4 in multiple large counties claiming voter
suppression, the need for weeks to count absentee ballots, and various claims of voter interference.

2 years ago

Is Biden ” fit” ? Define “fit”. Obviously he has cognitive difficulties but his key fitness defficiencies are that he is a pawn, a leftist, has
accomplished nothing, shut down the US manufacturing economy and extorted taxpayer money to save his son from criminal exposure.
These are the real “fitness” problems.

Bill Brown
2 years ago

Big Tech and The Media believe they rule America!  The believe they can tell us what to say and do!  Show Big Tech and the Media they are wrong and we are a FREE PEOPLE!!  Join the Trump Movement – The American Revolution Version 2!!!  Become a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Stand-up for America!!!!  Remove Every Democrat!!!!!

2 years ago

Who ever is running for political office, especially the President or selected for a governmental position should be medically and mentally cleared by doctors. WE got physical every year in the military. If you are unfit to do the job, you shouldn’t be selected to do it. It is unfair to both sides. Can you believe JB is that close to pushing the nuclear button! The man has done nothing for 50 years in office except making himself and his family members quite wealthy.-he has had his chances to actually do something-He just didn’t do anything great for America. JB is just a yes man, with KH and Pelosi waiting in the wings. All seem to be George S yes people. Our country will go down the tubes if they get in office. Hopefully JB, et al. Democrats will get the boot!

Linda Sweet
2 years ago

Sorry, but Mr. Joe has been in politics way too long and made too much money of American taxpayers already. He definitely has all of the classic signs of dementia and besides, he has three wonderful mansions to retire to, doesn’t he?

Bill Brown
2 years ago

Keep the Trump Movement growing!  It is the rebirth of the American Revolution!!  Become a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Stand-up for America!!!!  Remove Every Democrat!!!!!

Bill Brown
2 years ago

Patriots – those who love AMERICA, “Take-up Arms and FIGHT!!!”  Become a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Stand-up for America!!!!  Remove Every Democrat!!!!!

Bill Brown
2 years ago

We are in the middle of a Communist revolution lead by the Media and the Democrats!!  To quote Gandalf: “Take-up Arms and FIGHT!!!”  Become a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Stand-up for America!!!!  Remove Every Democrat!!!!!

Bill Brown
2 years ago

Joe Biden is the perfect Communist Candidate!  He is incapable of thinking for himself!!  Become a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Stand-up for America!!!!  Remove Every Democrat!!!!!

judy campo
2 years ago

As a retired Health Care worker, working with dementia and alzheimer patients, I believe he is showing signs of mental deterioration. The difference between when Biden reads a script or speaks off script are very noticeable. I believe this is why the Democratic party is fighting so hard to NOT have Presidential Candidate Debates. President Trump will most likely decimate Biden in a debate. A vote for Biden is truly a vote for Harris. I think the Dem party allowed Biden to win so that Biden could keep his death-bed promise to his son, which is very sad.

2 years ago

These misstatements and gaffes are but a few of the moments caught on camera or mic. Imagine what he’s saying in private, or what he might say to world leaders. Now, that’s frightening!

Why would any rational voter choose Joe Biden to be president? Is it because of his running-mate, the first “this or that”? Who cares about “the first”? Kamala Harris will be a conduit through which socialists, and, yes, Marxists, will put a stranglehold on the Constitutional freedoms we have enjoyed for two centuries.

We want quick-thinking, smart, resourceful people to head our government, to represent us, to keep America safe. We expect them to be the best candidates running in the race. And Biden clearly falls short of that expectation. Foreign governments are already preparing for what they can take from us, how they can relegate the United States to the lower rungs of esteem. Good grief, America, think!

2 years ago

For some reason the dems keep dusting off old-timers such as Robert Meuller and Biden to carry their water. Does this
party have no talent under 70 ? It seems they don’t. Can’t wait to see who jockeys for position after their slaughter in

2 years ago

I have until recently thought of Biden as a good man. A man with no plan and no distinct agenda other than being a good democrat.
No imagination. Now, I see that he has a questionable past marked by his use of taxpayer money to protect his son from being
exposed as being on the take in Ukraine, his total support of the Chicoms, and what is now, unfortunately, his limited mental acumen.
Not presidential material at all. I grimace when I think of how he will perform against Trump in a fair debate.

2 years ago

There is only one way Biden can win the election.FRAUD, stealing the votes just as Hussein did twice. If elected he would be nothing more than a talking head for CCP-USA, Hussein, Soros and the rest of the globalist elite. He woud never be allowed to speak without a written speech on a teleprompter and that is exactly what the commie-rats have planned. IF they fail to steal the election they will begin a military coupe, they already have the scum planted in every nook and cranny available to them throughout the previous menstruation, otherwise Arkancide would be in order.

Joann M Evjen
2 years ago

Doesn’t the person who runs for President have to be of sound mind? I suppose this hasn’t happened before in our history. I defiantly think he has dementia. My Dad had ALZ and I see very similar traits in Mr. Biden. I too ask, what is the matter with his wife. How terrible that she is letting humiliate himself. It’s very sad.

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