Watching Joe Biden, it’s no longer “Joe being Joe.” His mind is visibly breaking down and it couldn’t happen to a more deserving excuse for a human being.
Aging is cruel. Smooth skin becomes wrinkled, clear eyes become dull, bright hair grays and coarsens, lithe bodies thicken and stiffen, joints swell and creak. Very often, pain becomes a constant companion. But I think most of us feel that the cruelest blow aging strikes is when it steals people’s minds. Watching a loved one lose cognitive functions — becoming forgetful, confused, and unfiltered — is the closest thing we have to seeing someone die before our eyes. Because at the end of the day, we are our personalities and when that personality vanishes, what’s left is no longer “us.” It’s another person entirely.
I’ve seen this happen with several people near and dear to me, and I usually respond with tremendous compassion. I feel their fear when they’re confused, I’m embarrassed for them when they behave in ways that they would have found embarrassing when they were in their right mind, and I miss them when their personality is finally deleted.
With all this, you’d think I’d feel sympathy for Joe Biden, who is showing obvious signs of dementia on the campaign trail. Well, I must be a horrible person, because I don’t. Some people deserve what the Fates throw at them. The fates knew what they were doing when they visited incipient dementia on Joe Biden, a man whose distinguished himself for the last 40 years by being incredibly mean, wrong, racist, and destructive.
Let me make my case. First, yes, I do believe that Biden is losing it. Despite his handler’s best efforts, he’s often confused in a way that he wasn’t when he was younger. That is, some people are always confused, but with Joe Biden, while he was always weird and rather stupid, the chronic confusion is new. I’ve assembled just a few of the many examples examples showing his mixed-up mind on the campaign trail.
Joe Biden is confused about dates. The most recent example took place in Iowa when he said the following:
“There’s the Dreamers program, there’s also a program that said we’re not going to separate families, we’re going to allow families to stay together while they go through the process, and the court said you can’t,” Biden said, before adding, “We did that in 1976.”
“And, I mean, I’m sorry, excuse me,” the former vice president said immediately afterwards, seeming to catch himself. “Backing up here, 2014.”
Back in August, Biden said that kids from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a student went on a shooting rampage, visited him at the White House. The problem is that he left the White House more than a year before the shooting.
Biden is also confused about places. While he’s been on the campaign trail, he seems perpetually confused about where he is. He accused Trump of giving a white supremacist speech in Burlington, Vermont. He was wrong on two counts. Trump is no white supremacist . . . and the speech Biden criticized was in Burlington, Iowa.
That’s not the only time Biden has confused Vermont with another state. While in New Hampshire, he cheerfully asked the audience, “What’s not to like about Vermont?”
Just last month, he wasn’t sure if he was in Ohio or Iowa (although that was probably a verbal slip, given all the “O” sounds in both place names). On another occasion in Iowa, Biden got confused about where the audience was and started talking to the screen.
And then there are the times when Biden is confused about everything:
The same day that President Donald Trump accused former Vice President Joe Biden of getting “slower and slower,” the former VP-turned very confused 2020 contender unintentionally proved the president’s words true to a T.
How? By accidentally getting the time, date and, well, reality itself completely mixed up while rambling about the sort of “green” initiatives he’d pursue as president.
“There has to be some hard rules laid down in this decade so that by 2030 we’re well along the way in terms of transportation, in terms of energy, in terms of wind, in terms of solar, in terms of a whole range of alternatives that allow us just, for example, the standards we set for buildings and that we should be providing,” he said to reporters Friday.
“And it’d also help people with housing, if you were able to continue to have what we propose, and I propose, what the president and I … have tax credits for insulating homes, tax credits for making all businesses, all buildings, you know – energy contained, etc. so there’s a lot of things that we can do,” he added.
Then there are all the weird verbal utterances:
In 2010, at a reception for the Irish Prime Minister, Biden said, “His mom lived in Long Island for 10 years or so, god rest her soul, and, er, although she’s, wait—your mom’s still alive. It was your dad [who] passed. God bless her soul. I gotta get this straight.”
Just recently, he stated, “Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”
There was also this gem: “We choose unity over division. We choose science over fiction. We choose truth over facts.”
And this one: “I think my favorite historical figure — there is a couple of philosophers who I find understood human nature better than most people. But in terms of political figures, maybe my favorite political figure, it is a tough call, I would have to say it is those people who gave America hope. Made them believe in who we are. You said not a president. I would have to start off with Jefferson, even though he didn’t live up to it. He is the guy that wrote that incredible document.”
Forgetting one of America’s most consequential presidencies was Biden’s only historic amnesia moment: “When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.’” For those overwhelmed by the nonsense emanating from Biden’s mouth, Roosevelt was not president in 1929 and he died before functional televisions were invented. He was known, beginning in 1933, for his radio addresses.
I’m not going to lie. I often suffer from word soup but (a) not as often as Joe and (b) I’m not 77 and running for President of the most power nation on earth. His utterances point to a confused brain, not merely a tangled, dyslexic tongue. This kind of confusion, while typical for dimwitted people such as Joe, is also very sadly typical of all people who are becoming demented.
People in the still-functioning phrases of dementia also have problems with self-control. The brakes no longer exist. I certainly saw that in my own family. Both my incredibly upright father and uncle, when near death, began saying inappropriately sexual things when they were around women. My well-mannered mother would say terrible things about people to their faces. Their social brakes were gone. A couple of studies back up the fact that old people lose their filters.
William von Hippel, an associate professor of psychology at the University of New South Wales in Australia, did psychological tests on elderly people. His conclusion?
The normal aging process leads to changes in the brain that have social consequences. These brain changes often do not affect intelligence, but they can affect other aspects of mental functioning, like inhibition. Thus, even older adults who are as sharp as a tack may say things that embarrass or upset us, without intending to do so.”
Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging supports von Hippel’s conclusion:
The second study, led by Dr. Adam Gazzaley from the University of California, San Francisco, used fMRI to compare the recall abilities of older people and younger people. Gazzaley and his team found that rather than lose the ability to recall with age, people lose the ability to filter out irrelevant information.
“Although older people were able to focus on what was important, they were also still focusing on the irrelevant, and that was causing them to remember less well,” said Gazzaley, an assistant professor of neurology and physiology.
With this information in mind, I want you to cast your own high functioning mind back a couple of days to that creepy image of Joe Biden nibbling his wife’s fingers at a campaign stop.
Biden’s behavior might have been fine, even charming, at a romantic dinner, but it was an unfiltered embarrassment when acted out before the political world. Even his wife recoils in horror. (My dog, though, thought it was great, because he now refers to Biden as “Biting,” with a soft “g” at the end. I know. It’s a bad pun, but what do you expect from a dog?)
Most recently, Joe attacked a potential voter who raised the issue of Biden’s son. It’s true, as Scott Adams says, that Trump too might have verbally hit back at someone who attacked one of his children. However, I suspect that Trump, even if he was nasty about it, would have said something on point, perhaps pointing out that the voter was ignorant of the facts and then setting him straight.
That’s not what Joe did. First, he summarily denied the charges on the ground that “no one has ever said that.” This was a blatant lie lie because lots of people have said that Hunter’s only job qualification, aside from using illegal drugs, cheating on his wife, consorting with strippers, and fathering illegitimate children, was access to his Dad. After lying, Joe turned to a host of other, entirely irrelevant, and very insulting things when said to an American citizen, none of which touched on the issue at hand:
“You’re a damn liar.”
“And by the way, I’m not sedentary. I get up. *** You want to check my shape; let’s do push-ups together, let’s run, let’s do whatever you want to do number one. *** Let’s take an IQ test. Okay?”
“You think I thought you’d stand up and vote for me? You’re too old to vote for me.” (What does that even mean? It’s remarkably close to a five-year-old’s preferred insult: “You’re a poopy face.”)
Considering that I think Biden is suffering from dementia, I’d like to say that I feel pity for the man. As I wrote at the beginning of this post, dementia is a cruel, horrible thing. But you know what? I don’t feel any pity for him at all.
The thing is that, for his entire political career, and even before, Biden has been a cruel, weird, horrible human being.
Biden is a known plagiarist. Plagiarism is intellectual theft. It’s obviously not a criminal act, but it’s actually a subset of the same type of crime: Someone feels free to steal another’s property, in this case the other’s thoughts and words.
Biden is a mean, self-aggrandizing liar. The worst example, I think, is his endlessly repeated claim that a drunk driver killed his wife and daughter. While his family’s death was a terrible tragedy, Biden’s lying when he states that Curtis Dunn, the other driver in the accident, killed them. It was Neilia Biden who ran into the tractor-trailer, while Dunn desperately tried to prevent the accident and tried to save Neilia’s and her daughter’s lives. Those facts haven’t stopped Biden. For the last 47 years, he consistently blamed Dunn for drunk driving. That’s evil.
It was Biden who, along with the drunken, manslaughtering, womanizing Ted Kennedy, changed, and degraded, Supreme Court nominations forever by being behind the character assassination of Robert Bork. American politics have never recovered from this crude, savage blow to the dignity and intellectual honesty of Supreme Court nominations.
Biden, though, thought he was on to a good thing for, just a few years later, he was also a major player in the character assassination of Clarence Thomas.
Biden openly shows perverted behavior before TV cameras as he paws little girls and sniffs their hair. I can tell you that, as a mother, I wouldn’t let him near my child . . . ever.
Biden was recently discovered confessing that he liked having children play with his leg hairs and enjoys bouncing them on his lap. Even if this isn’t part of his weird, fondling obsessions with little girls, it’s an utterly inappropriate thing to say in public, especially for a former vice president with presidential aspirations.
Biden has deeply offended (and probably really grossed out) female Secret Service agents by insisting on swimming naked in their presence.
Biden is obsessed by race and has said awful things touching upon race:
“You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”
“If my opponent wins, they’re going to put y’all [African Americans] back in chains.”
Of Obama: “I mean, you got the first sort of mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”
Biden is corrupt, presenting himself as “the common man.” However, he’s been a major playing decades pushing taxpayers to fund failing Amtrak because he likes taking the train back to his home in Delaware. Worse, he’s enriched his family through his political connections. Do I need to say Hunter Biden? And while everyone is focusing on the sleazy, morally defective Hunter, there’s also a problem with Joe’s brother James.
Biden has been wrong on way too many matters of major importance since he entered national politics. These are just some examples:
Biden accepted the whole Benghazi farce, namely that it was a riot because of a video, not a planned terrorist hit on an American embassy.
Biden backed a total pull-out in Iraq, creating a vacuum that ISIS filled.
Biden thought Turkey would be a moderate, democratic player in the Middle East.
Biden agreed with Obama that giving money to Iran would make it play nice with the world.
He was a major player behind the 1994 Crime Bill, which decimated African American communities by putting enormous numbers of fathers (fathers who are the barrier between thuggish sons and promiscuous daughters) in jail.
Were Joe a lying, corrupt, mean-spirited, frequently stupid, racist confused private citizen, his personal failings would be limited in scope, affecting only those within his ambit. I might even be sorry for him in that case, although I seldom feel too much pity for thoroughly rotten humans.
But it’s different with Biden. Joe’s political reach means that his lies, corruption, meanness, stupidity, and racism have severely damaged America, whether it’s pushing us in bad directions politically, enriching his family with taxpayer money, verbally abusing people, damaging forever the Supreme Court nomination process, defaming innocent men . . . and on and on and on. In other words, Joe’s personal failings have had incredibly far-reaching impact over the decades.
So no, I don’t feel sorry that Biden is playing his pathetic dementia out in public — a visible place he insists on occupying. I strongly feel that this kind of public humiliation couldn’t happen to a more deserving carbuncle on the American political body.
UPDATE: It just occurred to me that Joe Biden, plugs and dentures notwithstanding, is his own Picture of Dorian Gray — not hidden in the attic, but out on the campaign trail for all to see.