Is It Time For Joe To Drop out of the race for the 2024 election?

I like and admire Joe Biden and believe he had been a first-rate President, but he may have lost the election the day the Special Counsel released his report. The report from Special Counsel Robert Hur characterized Biden as a “well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory”

First, Biden is the oldest president in American history. He took office at 78, the same age Reagan was when he left the White House. If Biden serves a second term, he’ll be 86 at the end of a second term if he lives this long. Americans are skeptical of Vice-President Harris succeeding Biden. She didn’t fare well in her campaign for President, and she has not proved popular as Vice President. While she may not be politically strong enough to head the ticket, she could be retained as vice-president, should Biden step aside.

Biden’s popularity has been on a slide since January 2021, when 56 percent of Americans thought Biden, whom they remembered for his close relationship with Barack Obama, was doing a good job.

A clear majority of Americans harbor serious worries about it; in polls conducted by The New York Times and Siena College Research Institute, more than 70 percent of battleground state voters agreed that Biden is “just too old to be an effective president.” Over 60 percent said they didn’t think Biden had “the mental sharpness to be an effective president.” And fair or not, fewer than half of voters express similar doubts about Donald Trump’s age or mental acuity.

Of all the reasons Biden has narrowly trailed Trump in the polls for five straight months, this is arguably the most straightforward explanation. Even most of Biden’s supporters say he’s too old to be an effective president. His political problems might just be that simple

Now, pre-existing doubts and concerns about Biden’t memory and mental acuity are being reinforced daily by the news media and Republicans who are taking advantage of a wide opening to elect Trump.

I can imagine the video commercials the Trump campaigns will unleash, probably in time for the Super Bowl. Joe Biden is a true patriot and perhaps the most patriotic act he can take is to step aside.

Memory, regardless of age, is susceptible to errors and can be reshaped over time. The human brain processes immense amounts of information, leading to limitations in storage capacity. Interestingly, forgetting is a natural and necessary function of memory.

Recent incidents involving memory lapses by President Biden and Donald Trump have sparked a national dialogue on the implications of memory errors for aging and cognitive health. For instance, Matt Griffin, employed in communications, vividly recalls the night his father passed away but struggles to pinpoint the exact date.

Experts acknowledge that occasional forgetfulness is commonplace across all age groups. However, significant memory impairments can hinder daily activities like driving or using a phone. It is crucial to distinguish between mild forgetfulness and more serious cognitive issues such as mild cognitive impairment or dementia. As individuals age, their memory capabilities evolve, and understanding these changes can aid in managing memory lapses effectively.

Donald J. Trump has commended Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, for his leadership in Turkey, and has confused figures like Nikki Haley and Nancy Pelosi. Similarly, President Biden has mistakenly referred to deceased former European leaders while discussing contemporary peers and has even mentioned Egypt as Mexico.

Despite both Trump and Biden being over 75 years old, concerns about their age affecting their ability to serve differ significantly among voters. According to a New York Times/Siena College poll conducted in six battleground states, a substantial majority of voters expressed serious reservations about Mr. Biden’s age, with 70 percent believing he is too old for the presidency. In contrast, fewer than half of the voters expressed similar concerns about Mr. Trump.

There were differences in the handling of classified documents,byg President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump demonstrate both similarities and distinctions. Let’s delve into these aspects:

Similarities:
1. Classified Documents:
– Both Biden and Trump faced investigations for retaining classified documents.
– While the specifics of these documents varied, they encompassed sensitive information about national security and foreign policy.

Differences:
1. Investigation Outcomes:
– Biden: Special counsel Robert Hur, appointed by Trump, concluded that Biden should not be criminally charged despite evidence suggesting he “willfully” retained classified information.
– Trump: Scheduled to stand trial for charges alleging he stored classified documents at his Florida estate and obstructed government attempts to recover them.
2. Document Locations:
– Biden: Classified documents were discovered in a damaged cardboard box in his cluttered Delaware garage. Additionally, notebooks containing classified information were found in his office and basement den.
– Trump: Boxes filled with classified records were found beneath a chandelier in a lavishly decorated Mar-a-Lago bathroom.
3. Response and Criticism:
– Biden: Expressed frustration with Hur’s findings, particularly regarding portrayals of his memory, and maintained that he never disclosed classified information.
– Trump: Criticized the decision not to prosecute Biden, highlighting what he perceives as a “two-tiered system of justice.”

Raw Deal

Why are the major media outlets giving more coverage to Biden’s age than Trump’s? Between April 25, 2023, and September 20, 2023 as tabulated by Media Matters:

  • The New York Times disproportionately published 98 stories scrutinizing Biden’s age while only dedicating a mere 48 to Trump’s age. 
  • The Washington Post disproportionately published 82 stories scrutinizing Biden’s age while only dedicating a mere 39 to Trump’s age.
  • The Wall Street Journal disproportionately published 78 stories scrutinizing Biden’s age while only dedicating a mere 36 to Trump’s age.
  • The Los Angeles Times disproportionately published 53 stories scrutinizing Biden’s age while only dedicating a mere 27 to Trump’s age. 
  • USA Today disproportionately published 21 stories scrutinizing Biden’s age while only dedicating a mere 10 to Trump’s age.

Since the Special Counsel’s report, the unbalanced coverage has only worsened and resulted in a poll like this one:  In a recent ABC News/Ipsos poll, 59% of respondents said both Biden and Trump, 77, are too old to serve again. Another 27% said only Biden is too old. 3% said only Trump is too old.

Putin’s Pet

As President, Trump told more than 20,000 lies.   Take, for example, when he first ran in 2016, he said, he would clear the swamp, meaning curtailing the influence of lobbyists and special interests in Washington.

Another claim he makes is that the key to containing wildfires in Colorado and California is forest management. His hypocrisy was evident because he cut the budget of the U.S. Forest Service charged with forest management. What gall to cut the arms and legs off the Forest Service and say they are responsible for forest management.

Trump repeatedly denied the severity of the COVID 387 times, causing people to disregard the ways they could protect themselves. In May, he disbanded the White house pandemic taskforce. This worsened the pandemic’s spread.

Until this day on October 19, he said “People are saying whatever. Just leave us alone. They’re tired of it.”

Now Trump is saying he has been tougher on Russia than any President. While he has imposed 52 sanctions, what he doesn’t say is that in 2017, he signed a sanctions law, but never enforced it. In 2018, he issued several sanctions, but later offered to negotiate and soften them.

His ignoring Russian activities has resulted in American lives being lost.

In March of this year, U.S. intelligence officials at an interagency meeting concluded that Russia has been paying bounties for killing Americans.   Earlier this year, SEAL Team 6 raided a Taliban outpost and recovered $500,000 in cash — an event that confirmed the intelligence community’s suspicions about Russia.

On April 8th, three U.S. Marines were killed and three service members are injured in an attack by the Taliban on an American convoy returning to Bagram airbase in Afghanistan in April 2019. Intelligence officials said this event and other actions are potentially being linked to the Russian bounties being placed on American lives, according to the Associated Press.

The New York Times reported that Trump had been briefed on the matter at this time, which Trump and the White House have denied getting this report.

But on April 18, Trump said, “I have a very good relationship with Putin.”

Trump may owe his election in 2016 to Russian military intelligence operations which supplied his campaign with among other items Hillary’s email.

Trump on May 8 Trump says of Russia, “We had no calls from Russia for years. And all of a sudden, we have this great friendship. And, by the way, getting along with Russia is a great thing, getting along with Putin and Russia is a great thing.”

On the same day, Trump speaks with Putin and offers to send ventilators to help Russia fight the coronavirus outbreak there. The United States will send 200 ventilators as part of a $5.6 million humanitarian package. –at a time when ventilators were in short supply in the U.S.

On May 21, Trump says, “Russia and us have developed a very good relationship. As you know, we worked on the oil problem together. I think we have a very good relationship with Russia.”

Nine days later on May 30, Trump postpones the G-7 summit and renews his calls for Russia to be reinstated into it and then on June 2 again said that Russia should be allowed back into the G7, from which it had been expelled after invading Ukraine and seizing Crimea.

Then on June 5, Trump says of the ventilators, “We’re sending some to Russia. It’s good for a relationship. It’s good for everything.”

The most charitable explanation for his seemingly suspicious behavior is found in what his niece, Mary Trump, wrote about him in her book Too Much and Never Enough that Trump has “unique personality flaws make him extremely vulnerable to manipulation by smarter, more powerful men. His pathologies have rendered him so simple-minded that it takes nothing more than repeating to him the things he says to and about himself dozens of times a day – he’s the smartest, he’s the greatest, the best – to get him to do whatever they want.

Putin has been able to play him! But there may be more to his catering to Russia. He may be vulnerable to financial blackmail Searching Google, there are numerous reports of Trump wanting to meet face-to-face with Putin before the election.

To be sure, Trump has profited from letting himself be played. During his time in office he has profited to the tune of $1.9 billion in revenue from commercial leases.

Trump has a record of contacts with Russia Putin going back over 30 years.

In 1986, Soviet ambassador Yuri Dubinin met Trump in New York, flattered him with praise for his building exploits, and invited him to discuss a building in Moscow. Trump visited Moscow in July 1987.

From 2003 to 2017, people from the former USSR made 86 all-cash purchases — a red flag of potential money laundering — of Trump properties, totaling $109 million.

In 2010, the private-wealth division of Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas loaned him 2.5 billion dollars including at a time when Trump was practically bankrupt. He received loans from Deutsche Bank that were underwritten by the Russian state-owned bank (VTB Bank) that enabled him to purchase Trump Doral Resort in Florida, the Old Post Office Building in Washington, D.C, and for his Chicago property among other things. The VTB Bank was also the proposed lender on the never-completed Trump Tower Moscow project.

“Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” said Donald Jr. in 2008. “We don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia,” boasted Eric Trump in 2014.

In 2015, Western European intelligence agencies began picking up evidence of communications between the Russian government and people in Donald Trump’s circle.

In April 2016, one of the Baltic states shared with then–CIA director John Brennan an audio recording of Russians discussing funneling money to the Trump campaign. In an interview this year, Brennan said: “I think [Trump] is afraid of the president of Russia. The Russians may have something on him personally that they could always roll out and make his life more difficult.”

On June 14  2016, the Washington Post reported that Russian hackers had broken into the Democratic National Committee’s files and gained access to its research on Donald Trump. By that point, Russia was already broadcasting its strong preference for Trump through the media.

Trump has continually cast doubt on Russia’s election meddling and repeated Putin’s denials of his government’s involvement.

investigative journalist Craig Unger, goes deep in his new book, American Kompromat, to lay out a comprehensive theory to connect all the dots.

He asserts that former US intelligence officials John Brennan, James Clapper, and Dan Coats were convinced that Trump was a Russian asset (although their own credibility has been questioned by other experts).

Based on his interviews with former KGB officials, Unger argues that the Trump-Russia link began as far back as the 1980s. Among the early clues: the purchase of TV sets from a small Russian merchant for Trump’s first hotel project in New York and the KGB connections of Trump’s first wife, Ivana, and her family in her native Czechoslovakia.

One of his KGB sources reveals damning details about Trump’s first trip to the then-Soviet Union in 1987, why Trump was a perfect target for recruitment in spite of his incompetence, and his tendency to say the quiet parts out loud.

To place this accusation in context, Unger links it to what he calls a Russian “kompromat factory,” whose workings involve, among others, Jeffrey Epstein, Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine Maxwell, Israeli intelligence, and many of Rudy Giuliani’s “friends” inside the FBI.  

Although proof of all of these secret connections remains buried in the Kremlin, Unger claims to have FBI files to back up some of his assertions.

He argues that based on the available evidence Trump’s indebtedness to Moscow can no longer be doubted. With implications for large-scale global money laundering and national security, Unger concludes that even out of office Trump is a security risk. 

Trump has tried to pin Ukrainian ties on Joe Biden. But it’s Trump who has the ties. Michael Cohen, his former attorney engaged in negotiations for a Trump Tower in 2016 while Trump was saying “ I have no financial relationships with Russia.”   Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, managed the campaign of the candidate for President of the Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, who called for closer ties with Russia while disguising his Russian connections. Trump surrounded himself with staffers, in addition to Manafort, with close ties to Russia. His national-security adviser, Michael Flynn went to Moscow in 2015 to fête Putin at a banquet; Charges against Flynn were subsequently dropped by Attorney General Bar.  Roger Stone, a former longtime business partner of Manafort’s, was also convicted and pardoned.  Manafort was convicted of tax and bank fraud. -money laundering.

Despite traditionally non-partisan officers are going on record to warn about the threat Donald Trump poses to our security, the pandemic.

Couple all this with Trump’s refusal to disclose his tax returns, there are enough breadcrumbs to wonder whether an American President has compromised American interests.

Found in archives that shows Russian accounts had helped spread QAnon in volume beginning in December 2017, reut.rs/2TFWoWc. 

Russian government-backed social media accounts nurtured the QAnon conspiracy theory in its infancy, accounting for approximately 17,000 Tweets.

Parler, the right-wing social media haven, was booted off Amazon and Apple. Where it does it land? Parler is back up, and being hosted by “DDOS GUARD” out of Russia. Connections like this leave little to the imagination.

Putin could not be more pleased with having had Trump in the White House. Trump was as much a Russian weapon as any bomb.  More people have died from this pandemic than were killed in World War II.  The nation is more divided and Americans are disheartened.  A survey taken after January 6 found 79 percent agreeing with the statement “America is falling apart.” 

Now Trump has filed a lawsuit against  Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee (DNC), White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan and more than a dozen others alleging a vast conspiracy to undermine his 2016 presidential campaign and making accusations of Russian collusions. Trump has used lawsuits as a weapon throughout his career. A lawsuit, if those being sued have the resources to defend themselves opens Trump up to having his relationship with the Russians and their bankers laid out in open court.

 

 

Is Fascism the future of America?

Like Adolph Hitler and other despots, Trump calls for law and order and promises Americans they will be safe in their suburbs, promising to end the lawlessness that he promised to end four years ago.

Hitler railed against the roving bands of criminals who were destroying law and order

“The streets of our country are in turmoil! The universities are filled with students rebelling and rioting! Communists are seeking to destroy our country! …! Our republic is in danger, yes, danger from within and without! WE NEED LAW AND ORDER!” – Original quote from Adolf Hitler Hamburg, Germany, 1932.

From Donald Trump, we hear:

President Donald Trump declaring himself “your president of law and order” as peaceful protesters just outside the White House picketed.

“I don’t know much about the movement (QAnon) other than I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate. But I don’t know much about the movement. I have heard that it is gaining in popularity…

“I love the under-educated.”

”There can be no prosperity without law and order.”

We need law and order in America.

“We’re saving the world from a radical left that will destroy this country. And when this country is gone, the rest of the world would follow.” The U.S. is not alone in turning to the right. Social media spreads malignant ideas around the globe in minutes. In Germany, the approval of QAnon is increasing rapidly.

Like Hitler, Trump creates villains to blame.

Trump declares Biden is somehow tied to unnamed people in cities in “dark shadows” who are “under investigation.” Trump said “some very stupid rich people” are funding protest groups, according to hearsay he said he picked up during the Republican National Convention.

When Trump was asked by reporters about systemic racism, his reply is “We should talk about the kind of violence we’ve seen in Portland and here and in other places,” police killings and calls for racial justice.

Trump ordered the Office of Management and Budget to give guidance to federal agencies on restricting funding to “anarchist jurisdictions” – which is beyond his legal authority.

Trump has suggested voters to attempt to cast ballots twice, which is illegal.

Trump compares police who use force to golfers who “choke.” But choking golfers don’t kill people, and choking is not a crime. The worst that happens is the golfers have a bruised ego.  What Trump does and says, on the other hand, does cost lives.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tweeted:

 “Unidentified stormtroopers. Unmarked cars. Kidnapping protesters and causing severe injuries in response to graffiti. These are not the actions of a democratic republic. DHS gov’s actions in Portland undermine its mission. Trump & his stormtroopers must be stopped.”

 “First Amendment speech should never be met with one-sided violence from federal agents acting as Trump’s secret police, especially when unidentified. This is disgraceful behavior we would expect from a banana republic — not the government of the United States.”

Is Fascism the future of America? If clothing is a social indicator of what to expect in the future, Melania Trump is overtly showing us what to expect with the outfit she wore for her speech to the Republican convention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To learn more about America’s devolution into fascism, read this article by Umair Haque who lived through nations turning to authoritarian regimes.

We Don’t Know How to Warn You Any Harder. America is Dying.