Much has been written about President Biden’s surreal State of the Union address, but the commentariat has studiously ignored the real problem with the speech. The trouble with this unnerving oration isn’t that much of it was fiction or that it revealed a vision of the nation that isn’t shared by most Americans. Its scariest feature is that it was filled with semi-coherent gibberish delivered by a man who is cognitively impaired and obviously unfit to carry out the duties of his office. If Biden were your father, you would relieve him of his car keys, yet he possesses the authority to launch a thermonuclear strike and hit virtually any target on the planet.
If you doubt that Biden is mentally unfit for his office, you are out of step with a majority of Americans. According to a new ABC News/Washington Post survey, a mere 40 percent of adults believe the president possesses the “mental sharpness it takes to serve effectively as president.” A recent POLITICO/Morning Consult poll revealed that less than half of registered voters believe he is “mentally fit.” Only 37 percent of Independents said he was up to the job. Moreover, Biden refuses to take a cognitive test. Last month, 38 GOP lawmakers sent him a letter requesting that he take the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MOCA):
The American people should have absolute confidence in their President. They deserve to know that he or she can perform the duties of Head of State and Commander-in-Chief. They deserve full transparency on the mental capabilities of their highest elected leader. To achieve this, we urge you to submit to a cognitive test immediately. We implore you to then publish the test results, so the American people know the full mental and intellectual health of their President, and to follow the example set before you.
Not least among the signatories to last month’s letter was Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas). Before his successful run for Congress, Dr. Jackson served in the White House as Physician to the President during the Obama and Trump administrations. Indeed, it was Jackson who administered the MOCA test to then-President Trump at the demand of numerous Democrats and members of the “news” media. Surprising no one but his political opponents, Trump passed the test without difficulty. This is the second such request that the GOP has sent to Biden. Nor are they mere partisan stunts. Some Democrats are also worried.
Last year, Reps. Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) and Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) wrote to Biden expressing considerable discomfort with the fact that he has the sole power to order a nuclear strike. They went on to point out that the president would be wise to discuss a nuclear attack with advisers but that he isn’t required by law to do so. They offer a number of suggestions which they believe would “reduce risks inherent in the present system.” They would, for example, require additional civilian officials to concur with any nuclear launch order. As the following excerpt from their letter suggests, President Biden obviously makes them nervous:
You alone possess the authority to order the use of nuclear weapons, which assures that nuclear weapons remain under civilian control. However, vesting one person with this authority entails real risks.… While any president would presumably consult with advisors before ordering a nuclear attack, there is no requirement to do so. The military is obligated to carry out the order if they assess it is legal under the laws of war. Under the current posture of U.S. nuclear forces, that attack would happen in minutes.
So, in addition to a growing percentage of voters who believe Biden’s cognitive acuity is not equal to the requirements of his office, there is bipartisan concern in Congress that this is probably dangerous. If you go back and objectively analyze Biden’s performance during last Tuesday’s SOTU, it will be difficult to avoid the same conclusion. Don’t bother to read the bowdlerized version posted on the White House website. His staff has clearly revised the text in a way that renders his weird digressions and ad lib maundering far more coherent than they were during the live speech. It must be seen and heard on video to be believed.
Biden ends with "Go get him" ??? pic.twitter.com/gFFDynJCF4
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) March 2, 2022
Perhaps the scariest thing Biden said involved his closing exhortation. The revised White House version renders it thus: “Go get ’em.” That is still incoherent in the context, and it’s inaccurate. Listen carefully to his closing. He clearly said, “Go get him.” Why is this scary? It’s probably an example of echolalia, the involuntary repetition of a phrase heard by someone suffering from dementia. This will be familiar to many Americans caring for aging parents in the midst of cognitive decline. Biden probably overheard a Secret Service supervisor alerting his detail that the speech was ending — and he reflexively repeated the words. (READ MORE: When Biden Said Putin Will Never Win Over the Iranian People, I Ran)
Whether or not that theory is true, it’s impossible for an objective auditor to come away from Biden’s first SOTU still believing he is mentally sound. He is a clear and present danger to the country and indeed the world. It’s probable, for example, that Putin decided to execute a full-scale invasion of Ukraine after closely observing Biden’s obvious limitations. It’s terrifying to contemplate the consequences of leaving him in office for three more years. The damage can be reduced if the GOP takes control of Congress after the midterms, but Biden and his executive branch bureaucrats can still do a lot of harm. I guess there’s always prayer.
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