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Biden obviously has dementia and should withdraw

Ted Rall on

You Democrats ought to be ashamed of yourselves.

You spent the last four years criticizing President Donald Trump in no small part for his mental state, and rightly so. The Founding Fathers included an impeachment provision in the Constitution in large part as a contingency to remove a president exactly like him, whose temperament and personality and mental state are incompatible with the requirements of the highest elected office in the land.

Trump is not merely a jerk. Psychologists have been so alarmed that they have violated a core ethical principle of their profession by attempting to diagnose him at a remove. Narcissistic personality disorder is their universal conclusion, and it fits like a glove. Among the characteristics of NPD is a lack of empathy -- not something one wants or needs in a leader.

Now Democrats are conspiring to gaslight the American people by engineering the election of a man clearly suffering from dementia, former Vice President Joe Biden.

This is no time to be "polite." We are talking about the presidency. As always, we need a frank, intelligent discussion and debate about the issues and the candidates. It is perfectly fair to talk about Bernie Sanders' heart attack as well as Joe Biden's and Donald Trump's mental acuity.

Contrary to current ridiculous Democratic talking points, it is not ageist to point this out. One out of seven Americans over the age of 70 suffers from dementia. (Biden is 77.) If it's ageist to talk about dementia among the elderly, it's ageist to talk about immaturity among the young.

 

It is neither necessary to scientifically determine whether the former vice president has dementia. On the other hand, you don't need an astronomer to know that the sun rises in the east. If you have encountered dementia, you know Joe Biden has it.

There is so much blame to go around for this BS that I can't figure out what order to put it in. I'll go chronologically.

There are the Democratic Party bosses who, terrified at the prospect that Sanders might win the nomination, recruited Biden out of a comfortable retirement.

There is Biden himself. His family should have known better than to allow a campaign by the guy who inspired the headline "Biden Allies Float Scaling Back Events to Limit Gaffes." Not that gaffes are the issue. Or stuttering. Or being old. Many Americans are as old or older than Joe Biden; they stutter, and they're mentally competent. Biden is not.

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