When They Live by Lies

 

For years, we’ve endured the lies of Joe Biden and his entourage. I’m not going to take the time to recount all of them, although mentioning a few would be appropriate: the Biden Family business, plagiarizing, and more recently lies about the economy, inflation and the border. It was difficult to keep a tally of all the lies he told during the debate, but one writer documented at least 20 of them.

As a result of enabling Biden’s propensity to lie, we created a monster. With all the people around him holding him up, feeding him information (which were often lies), and denying his incapacity, Biden has come to believe that there’s nothing wrong with him. His mental capacity might have been possible to accept early in his Presidency, but it was clear to many people along the way that he was losing his acuity.

But his handlers and those around him were determined to keep him in office, reinforcing his belief in his high-performance ability: the longer he stayed in office, the more convinced he became that he was just fine. I believe, too, that either he knew that he was being fed lies (given his history of lying), or he didn’t care if he was being told lies or not. The most important outcome for Biden was remaining president as long as he could.

Of course, the media was complicit, too. Some of the mainstream media is trying to avoid or backpedal their assessment of him. Some of them will attack Trump, declaring that he told more lies than Biden. Some avoided the truth by using dark humor about Jimmy Carter’s availability for the position of president (since he’d only served one term). But others have admitted that Biden “is toast” following his performance.

There’s a lot of discussion that Biden must be replaced in one way or another. The problem is that Biden is unlikely to step down voluntarily. They have fully convinced him that he’s the man for the Democrats, and they have repeated this lie over and over. They can choose not to nominate him for President at their convention, but will he agree to that decision quietly? Most of us have seen his displays of temper. And who will replace him? Kamala Harris? Gavin Newsom?

I think they must resort to a procedure that they should have enacted many months ago: the 25th Amendment. Biden will be furious and protest that decision. But at least it will be an honest one.

We have stood by too long, tolerating their lies: the Democrats in Congress; the mainstream media; his handlers (including Jill Biden). Even Republicans didn’t speak out loud and often enough decrying his incapacity.

Instead of accepting this state of affairs, I turn to Solzhenitsyn for wisdom to carry us and our representatives forward:

So in our timidity, let each of us make a choice: Whether to remain a conscious servant of falsehood (of course, it is not out of inclination, but to feed one’s family, that one raises his children in the spirit of lies). Or to shrug off the lies and become an honest man worthy of respect both by one’s children and contemporaries.

You say it will not be easy? But it will be the easiest of all possible resources. It will not be an easy choice for a body, but it is the only one for a soul. It is not an easy path. But there are already people, even dozens of them, who over the years have maintained all these points and live by truth.

Will any Democrats, or members of the media, join us?

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  1. Red Herring Coolidge
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    Even replacing him would be admitting they lied. 

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  2. Susan Quinn Member
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    Red Herring (View Comment):

    Even replacing him would be admitting they lied.

    They can’t get out of their continuous lies of the past. Unfortunately, they probably won’t reform either. Compulsive liars rarely do.

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  3. Barfly Member
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    Susan Quinn: Will any Democrats, or members of the media, join us?

    No. They are the people of the lie.

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  4. kedavis Coolidge
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    Susan Quinn: As a result of enabling Biden’s propensity to lie, we created a monster.

    I never accept this… formulation?

    WE didn’t.

    THEY did.

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  5. MiMac Thatcher
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    The best write up is on Spiked:

    ” …in last night’s CNN presidential debate… it became clear: this man is too old, too frail and too infirm to be at the helm of America.
    And yet, Old Joe’s physical infirmity is not the thing that should horrify us…. No, it is the moral infirmity of the Democratic establishment that is truly chilling. It is those who are so bent on power that they’ll force a frail man on to the world stage to do their bidding who deserve our ire. It is the media movers and shakers who said ‘Joe is fine’, and who damned the concerned as ageist cranks, who have behaved atrociously. Behind Biden’s physical decay is the far graver problem of the moral decay of a ruling class that will lie, gaslight and bully just to stay on top.”

    https://www.spiked-online.com/2024/06/28/why-the-democrats-lied-about-joe-bidens-frailty/

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  6. Susan Quinn Member
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    MiMac (View Comment):
    Behind Biden’s physical decay is the far graver problem of the moral decay of a ruling class that will lie, gaslight and bully just to stay on top.”

    Excellent observations, MiMac. That about covers it. It is definitely a moral failing to act in this deceitful way.

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  7. MiMac Thatcher
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    MiMac (View Comment):
    Behind Biden’s physical decay is the far graver problem of the moral decay of a ruling class that will lie, gaslight and bully just to stay on top.”

    Excellent observations, MiMac. That about covers it. It is definitely a moral failing to act in this deceitful way.

    How anyone can listen to Joe Scarborough is beyond explanation -just weeks ago-in response to WSJ reporting that Joe was showing evidence of decline-he said “I’ve spent time with both of those guys privately. Spent time with Biden and Trump privately. I’ve spent time with every House Speaker over the past 30 years. And Joe Biden, I’m not just — it’s just not close, If you want to talk about international affairs, if you want to talk about how to get bipartisan legislation, Joe Biden is light-years ahead of all of them.”

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  8. Susan Quinn Member
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    MiMac (View Comment):
     Joe Biden is light-years ahead of all of them.”

    Good grief. Sigh.

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  9. Ray Gunner Coolidge
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    MiMac (View Comment):
    “And yet, Old Joe’s physical infirmity is not the thing that should horrify us…. No, it is the moral infirmity of the Democratic establishment that is truly chilling. It is those who are so bent on power that they’ll force a frail man on to the world stage to do their bidding who deserve our ire. It is the media movers and shakers who said ‘Joe is fine’, and who damned the concerned as ageist cranks, who have behaved atrociously. Behind Biden’s physical decay is the far graver problem of the moral decay of a ruling class that will lie, gaslight and bully just to stay on top.”

    Amen.  And to every Democratic Party operative gaslighter who last night became suddenly seized with panic and dread, I say this:   You bloody well deserve it.

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  10. Susan Quinn Member
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    Ray Gunner (View Comment):
    Amen.  And to every Democratic Party operative gaslighter who last night became suddenly seized with panic and dread:   You bloody well deserve it. 

    Hear! Hear! And they’re still making excuses…

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  11. MiMac Thatcher
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    Ray Gunner (View Comment):

    MiMac (View Comment):
    “And yet, Old Joe’s physical infirmity is not the thing that should horrify us…. No, it is the moral infirmity of the Democratic establishment that is truly chilling. It is those who are so bent on power that they’ll force a frail man on to the world stage to do their bidding who deserve our ire. It is the media movers and shakers who said ‘Joe is fine’, and who damned the concerned as ageist cranks, who have behaved atrociously. Behind Biden’s physical decay is the far graver problem of the moral decay of a ruling class that will lie, gaslight and bully just to stay on top.”

    Amen. And to every Democratic Party operative gaslighter who last night became suddenly seized with panic and dread: You bloody well deserve it.

    I am definitely going to bookmark that column-it is a well written indictment of our situation.

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  12. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    There is no way the 25th Amendment works while he can talk and hold a pen. 

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  13. Susan Quinn Member
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    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    There is no way the 25th Amendment works while he can talk and hold a pen.

    Why do you say that? If the Dems are prepared to take him out… do we have any history of using the 25th?

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  14. MiMac Thatcher
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    There is no way the 25th Amendment works while he can talk and hold a pen.

    Why do you say that? If the Dems are prepared to take him out… do we have any history of using the 25th?

    It would have to be the very people who depend on him for their jobs/power-ie it will not happen. As the Spiked article makes clear, the love of power is all they have- it is their polestar & God.

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  15. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    There is no way the 25th Amendment works while he can talk and hold a pen.

    Why do you say that? If the Dems are prepared to take him out… do we have any history of using the 25th?

    It is poorly written. Let’s look at the text:

    Section 4
    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.

    Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days 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. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

    1. Biden just sends a letter to the Speaker and President pro tempore and the VP goes Back to being VP, even if the whole Cabinet or whatever board Congress sets up said he was not good. All Biden has to do is send a letter. 

    2. If the VP et al persist, in writing, the VP gets to keep power for a while, but then Congress has upto 21 days if in in session, or 21 after the 48 hours it must assemble if not in session, to vote. The it has to have a 2/3 vote of both houses. 2/3. Why would that many Republicans let the Democrats replace Biden? I am not sure enough Democrats would support it.

    So at best, Kaaaammmala gets 24 days as an ursurper, Biden gets back into power, and the full fury of Jill Biden is directed at every Democrat who supported this. The Cabinet officials would all be fired. Kaaaammmmala would be off the ticket.

    I’d love the Democrats to be so stupid as to try. 2/3 vote in both houses is not going to happen. 

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  16. kedavis Coolidge
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    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):
    So at best, Kaaaammmala gets 24 days as an ursurper, Biden gets back into power, and the full fury of Jill Biden is directed at every Democrat who supported this. The Cabinet officials would all be fired. Kaaaammmmala would be off the ticket.

    Why would Kamala be off the ticket?  FJB doesn’t decide that unilaterally.  Neither does Jill.

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  17. Lunchbox Gerald Coolidge
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    “This version of Biden is the best version ever!”

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  18. MiMac Thatcher
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):
    So at best, Kaaaammmala gets 24 days as an ursurper, Biden gets back into power, and the full fury of Jill Biden is directed at every Democrat who supported this. The Cabinet officials would all be fired. Kaaaammmmala would be off the ticket.

    Why would Kamala be off the ticket? FJB doesn’t decide that unilaterally. Neither does Jill.

    Yes he does-traditionally he gets to pick his VP- just ask Henry Wallace & Harry S Truman. The convention is largely a rubber stamp.

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  19. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):
    So at best, Kaaaammmala gets 24 days as an ursurper, Biden gets back into power, and the full fury of Jill Biden is directed at every Democrat who supported this. The Cabinet officials would all be fired. Kaaaammmmala would be off the ticket.

    Why would Kamala be off the ticket? FJB doesn’t decide that unilaterally. Neither does Jill.

    Because she staged a coup.

    She would be lucky not to be prosecuted. 

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  20. Globalitarian Misanthropist Coolidge
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    I don’t exactly disagree with anything written here, but I think I’ve got a different take.

    Joe Biden didn’t run in 2016, I think, because he knew he had Parkinson’s (or whatever) and was told that he couldn’t serve, and was told not to run.  So he sat 2016 out.

    Then for 2020 he was told to run, and that the race would be a predetermined shoo-in.  He was told to be a team player; and he said at the time something kind of odd, that he was a “placeholder” (IIRC) for other younger politicians to come.  If he (or anyone) was anticipating his serving two terms, I don’t think the term placeholder would have been appropriate or would have even come up.

    During his term, he’s often said that he has to do what his staff says.

    Joe is privy to all the drugs, naps, “lids”, insistent aides, heavy scripting, minimized press conferences, and butt-wiping nurses that are going on.  And he knows at least that he is confused at times.

    Given these rather strange circumstances surrounding his ascent and his time in service, I think that if Joe were told not to run, he would know why, and he wouldn’t run.

    I don’t see how Jill has any sway over those who can steal elections around the world, and suicide cops, wage wars, and Arkancide associates, so her wishes mean nothing.

    If I am right about this, this means that all the hoopla about Joe being unfit is just for public consumption; probably to set the stage and get the public primed for whomever is to follow.

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  21. GlennAmurgis Coolidge
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    Globalitarian Misanthropist (View Comment):

    I don’t exactly disagree with anything written here, but I think I’ve got a different take.

    Joe Biden didn’t run in 2016, I think, because he knew he had Parkinson’s (or whatever) and was told that he couldn’t serve, and was told not to run. So he sat 2016 out.

    Then for 2020 he was told to run, and that the race would be a predetermined shoo-in. He was told to be a team player; and he said at the time something kind of odd, that he was a “placeholder” (IIRC) for other younger politicians to come. If he (or anyone) was anticipating his serving two terms, I don’t think the term placeholder would have been appropriate or would have even come up.

    During his term, he’s often said that he has to do what his staff says.

    Joe is privy to all the drugs, naps, “lids”, insistent aides, heavy scripting, minimized press conferences, and butt-wiping nurses that are going on. And he knows at least that he is confused at times.

    Given these rather strange circumstances surrounding his ascent and his time in service, I think that if Joe were told not to run, he would know why, and he wouldn’t run.

    I don’t see how Jill has any sway over those who can steal elections around the world, and suicide cops, wage wars, and Arkancide associates, so her wishes mean nothing.

    If I am right about this, this means that all the hoopla about Joe being unfit is just for public consumption; probably to set the stage and get the public primed for whomever is to follow.

    I think FJB didn’t run in 2016 is that the Clinton Machine would have shown Biden Inc/Burima and the rest of the influence pedaling scheme

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  22. Al Sparks Coolidge
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    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):
    Why would that many Republicans let the Democrats replace Biden? I am not sure enough Democrats would support it.

    Because it’s Kamala that would replace him, the Republicans should be ok with it.  It would also look bad for them to not vote to oust him while still campaigning that he’s mentally incompetent to be president.

    I have had this theory that if they had nominated and elected a half way competent vice president, that Biden would have been kicked out after two years.

    Kamala has been Joe Biden’s insurance.

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  23. Red Herring Coolidge
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    Al Sparks (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):
    Why would that many Republicans let the Democrats replace Biden? I am not sure enough Democrats would support it.

    Because it’s Kamala that would replace him, the Republicans should be ok with it. It would also look bad for them to not vote to oust him while still campaigning that he’s mentally incompetent to be president.

    I have had this theory that if they had nominated and elected a half way competent vice president, that Biden would have been kicked out after two years.

    Kamala has been Joe Biden’s insurance.

    I would rather Joe finish his term then be defeated than have that dingbat be the first female president of the U.S. We’ve survived 3 1/2 years of this insane asylum. A few more months wouldn’t hurt. Heck. Democrats have yet to suffer enough for this stunt.

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  24. kedavis Coolidge
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    Al Sparks (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):
    Why would that many Republicans let the Democrats replace Biden? I am not sure enough Democrats would support it.

    Because it’s Kamala that would replace him, the Republicans should be ok with it. It would also look bad for them to not vote to oust him while still campaigning that he’s mentally incompetent to be president.

    I have had this theory that if they had nominated and elected a half way competent vice president, that Biden would have been kicked out after two years.

    Kamala has been Joe Biden’s insurance.

    I’m not convinced that a majority of Democrats in Congress would vote to remove Joe.

    Maybe enough if ALL the Republicans voted for it, but then it would be painted as OUR fault.

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  25. Susan Quinn Member
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    Globalitarian Misanthropist (View Comment):
    I am right about this, this means that all the hoopla about Joe being unfit is just for public consumption; probably to set the stage and get the public primed for whomever is to follow

    An interesting take, GM.

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  26. Globalitarian Misanthropist Coolidge
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    GlennAmurgis (View Comment):

    Globalitarian Misanthropist (View Comment):

    I don’t exactly disagree with anything written here, but I think I’ve got a different take.

    Joe Biden didn’t run in 2016, I think, because he knew he had Parkinson’s (or whatever) and was told that he couldn’t serve, and was told not to run. So he sat 2016 out.

    Then for 2020 he was told to run, and that the race would be a predetermined shoo-in. He was told to be a team player; and he said at the time something kind of odd, that he was a “placeholder” (IIRC) for other younger politicians to come. If he (or anyone) was anticipating his serving two terms, I don’t think the term placeholder would have been appropriate or would have even come up.

    During his term, he’s often said that he has to do what his staff says.

    Joe is privy to all the drugs, naps, “lids”, insistent aides, heavy scripting, minimized press conferences, and butt-wiping nurses that are going on. And he knows at least that he is confused at times.

    Given these rather strange circumstances surrounding his ascent and his time in service, I think that if Joe were told not to run, he would know why, and he wouldn’t run.

    I don’t see how Jill has any sway over those who can steal elections around the world, and suicide cops, wage wars, and Arkancide associates, so her wishes mean nothing.

    If I am right about this, this means that all the hoopla about Joe being unfit is just for public consumption; probably to set the stage and get the public primed for whomever is to follow.

    I think FJB didn’t run in 2016 is that the Clinton Machine would have shown Biden Inc/Burima and the rest of the influence pedaling scheme

    Possibly, but Burisma didn’t hurt him in 2020.  And he’s proud of his son and Burisma.  And his son who died in a firepit in Irkutsk.

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  27. Columbo Member
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    No different than what their socialist friends did in Russia … link. Their only problem was that they ended up believing their own lies.

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  28. kedavis Coolidge
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    Columbo (View Comment):

     

    No different than what their socialist friends did in Russia … link. Their only problem was that they ended up believing their own lies.

    Like Joe.

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  29. Columbo Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Columbo (View Comment):

     

    No different than what their socialist friends did in Russia … link. Their only problem was that they ended up believing their own lies.

    Like Joe.

    Yep. And his little ‘lady’ too … https://www.foxnews.com/media/jill-biden-privately-assured-donors-joes-ready-go-ahead-disastrous-debate-report

     

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  30. MiMac Thatcher
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    GlennAmurgis (View Comment):

    Globalitarian Misanthropist (View Comment):

    I don’t exactly disagree with anything written here, but I think I’ve got a different take.

    Joe Biden didn’t run in 2016, I think, because he knew he had Parkinson’s (or whatever) and was told that he couldn’t serve, and was told not to run. So he sat 2016 out.

     

    I think FJB didn’t run in 2016 is that the Clinton Machine would have shown Biden Inc/Burima and the rest of the influence pedaling scheme

    Joe didn’t run b/c both Obama & HRC opposed it-there was no way he could overcome the opposition of both (heck his earlier presidential campaigns were as well run as the Afghanistan withdrawal). His mistake was he was sure HRC would win & therefore his political career was over-so he decided it was time for Biden Inc to cash out. Hence all the shenanigans by Hunter & Jim, they figured Joe was not in any political danger from their foreign cash and with Hillary’s DOJ in charge, no legal jeopardy. But, like almost everybody else he was blindsided by Trump’s victory.

    PS- Joe doesn’t have Parkinsonism- he lacks the telltale signs. He has senile dementia of the Alzheimer’s type (that is the provisional diagnosis lacking a brain biopsy or autopsy).

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