Joe Biden and Those Cognitive Problems: Should We Worry?: “We hold these truths to be self-evident!” Joe Biden began his campaign speech strong, making a powerful reference to the Declaration of Independence. With his audience spellbound, Biden continued with the words that almost everyone knows. Seriously, everyone—I’m talking even small children know these words. “All men and women created—by the—” Biden stammered.
Then he continued blundering ahead, getting lost in a verbal maze of his own making, “oh, go, you know …” Finally, Biden simply gave up and in an exasperated tone said, “…You know, the thing?!”
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the forty-sixth President of the United States.
Biden is America’s Konstantin Chernenko
Even when Biden seemingly has himself together in public, he finds a way to muck it up.
Or he just gets by rather than deliver the kind of rhetorical knock-out blow that most other politicians would seamlessly make. For example, the recent State of the Union address was workmanlike. For a president who fancies himself a transformative Progressive, in the mold of FDR or LBJ, delivering a workmanlike speech is insufficient to the task at hand.
What other president can go from delivering one of the most disturbing speeches in which he accuses half of America of being racist insurrectionists to shaking hands with someone who isn’t there, such as Biden did the last year?
It isn’t just Biden’s political rivals who are watching with giddy anticipation at being able to use these very public displays of incompetence.
More dangerously, it is America’s dangerous foreign enemies. They look upon President Biden the way that Western leaders looked upon Soviet Premier Konstantin Chernenko: a weak, inattentive old man who could be easily duped.
Now, the shoe is on the other foot.
Joe Biden is behaving like the declining American Empire’s Chernenko—with similarly damaging results. That Biden might yet get another four years in office should concern all Americans, regardless of political affiliation.
Many people simply shrug off Biden’s various public displays of mental incompetence. For them, the alternative—Donald J. Trump—is still worse. Of course, it might not be Trump serving as the Republican alternative to Biden in 2024.
Perhaps Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis, the pinnacle of competence on the Right, could become the nominee and offer an actual difference for voters. Yet, Biden’s public forgetfulness is more than just a case of an old person slowing down. It’s even more than mere cognitive decline. When a president speaks, it can move markets or cause foreign nations to act out in ways they would ordinarily not.
Joe Biden Forgets Not to Empower Enemies
A dangerous example comes from January 20, 2022, as the world was fearful of a Russian military buildup along their border with Ukraine. This was one month before the inevitable Russian invasion of Ukraine, which initiated the current conflict.
Biden burbled that, “I think what you’re going to see is that Russia will be held accountable if it invades. And it depends on what it does.” As if forgetting what his stated goal had been—preventing a Russian takeover of Ukraine—Biden blanched by saying, “It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion and then we end up having a fight about what to do and what not to do.”
Personally, I don’t think Biden was employing some grand strategy of deception to lure the Russians into what he believed would be a strategic defeat at the hands of NATO-backed Ukrainian defenders. I think Biden honestly forgot what he was doing and slipped by adding that last part of the statement which many experts believed Vladimir Putin took as tacit approval from Biden to initiate his invasion. Biden gave no thought or care to his words because, let’s face it, his ability to control those words has diminished over the years.
It’s Not Just a Stutter
Joe Biden would be 82 years-old if he were to be reelected to another four-year term in office. The average age of American men today is 77 years. If Biden were to complete another term in office, he’d be 86 when the next president was inaugurated.
Biden has demonstrated a remarkable decline in terms of mental functions. His gait is strange. He appears lost and confused at most public events. Biden’s rhetoric is slurred, meandering, and confusing.
Interestingly, the White House has bandied about a report on Biden’s health by government doctors showing that he is a perfect model of health. Yet, what few noticed about that report released earlier this year by Biden’s handlers was that they omitted the section about the forty-sixth president’s mental health.
Why do you suppose that is?
Make no mistake. Biden’s mental faculties have declined since he was last in office. If not because of Alzheimer’s or dementia, then simply because of age-related cognitive decline. Thankfully for Mr. Biden, he has access to the world’s greatest doctors. But medicine can only do so much to reverse—let alone stop—the kind of decline we’re talking about that comes with advanced age.
This country cannot survive another four years of Biden’s reign of senility. I’d say almost anyone would be better than Joe Biden. Although, the presence of Kamala Harris as his cackling henchwoman makes me think twice about that sweeping comment.
A 19FortyFive Senior Editor, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (May 16), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.