[September 19, 2020] With the U.S. Presidential election less than two months away, the rhetoric between the candidates and political organizations are reaching a crescendo. Hopefully, by discussing candidate Joe Biden, we can move a little away from the hyperbole.
Leaders are judged not so much by what they have done than by what they can do. This is never more important than describing Joe Biden. He spent 47 years in public office, one of the longest-serving Congressmen on record and recently the Vice President of the United States. Such a long history means that we can judge for ourselves what he has done and, with some confidence, predict what he may do in the future.
I’ll cut to the chase here. There is a real problem with Joe Biden, and it has little to do with his political traits (those things we use to judge whether that person is worthy of our vote). Many Americans believe that Biden has dementia and that it is getting worse. His history in political office means little; if he has this serious mental condition. Denying his declining mental state, however, is to lie to one’s self.
Some will immediately think I’m biased against Joe Biden and that I must be trying to downplay all his good qualities (which there are many). Yet, this much is obvious. Over the past several months, Joe Biden has gone far beyond his previous gaffe-prone speeches. He now occasionally speaks, without making any sense and always uses a teleprompter. Sometimes he is lucid; other times, he seems lost.
Laying out the characteristics of such a well-known politician would typically be a relatively easy task. People could argue whether I put enough emphasis on one trait or another, or perhaps whether I accurately or inaccurately described Biden’s service record. I won’t ignore his past accomplishments; he is what he is.
“Just talk to me as a father – not what the Constitution says. What do you feel?” – Joe Biden
This quote goes to the heart of what Joe Biden is about. He’s a “good ole boy” who has a remarkable ability to connect with people. What I like about him is that he goes out of his way to speak to anyone, not just important folks but also to the guy in the elevator carrying a mop and bucket. He is genuinely good. This does not make him a good candidate; it takes more.
Unless Biden suddenly changes how we perceive him, he will lose this upcoming election. His ability to focus, stay unemotional, and speak clearly and precisely is what we all need in a senior