A Word To The Wise

FOUR days ago, 14 congressmen sent this letter to Joe Biden, 78, expressing “concern” about his “cognitive state” and calling on the human forgery to submit himself to a thorough mental acuity test – results to be published in full – as soon as possible. The letter includes numerous examples of public befuddlement that may flag a serious crisis, either present now or clinically portended. Having always been sceptical of group letters with lofty moral purpose and commensurately high political stakes, I’m not going to assign to this one any more gravitas than I did to the many others. The signatories should be holding Biden to account for what he corruptly allows to happen, not for words he mispronounced or names he forgot.

This is not about Joe Biden, however. It’s about how mistaken it is to mischaracterise his every catastrophic blunder. Yes, there is cause – ample and just – to lament the lowly intellect and the dazed mind but we insult the elderly generally when we mock old age itself to draw attention to what is, at root, cowardice and moral perversity. Biden deliberately chooses to be what he is. Far from representing his venerable contemporaries, he is an embarrassment to most of them. It was Catallaxy’s own seniors that inspired me to re-think how we speak about the man I call the Acting President. They better him in the comparisons that matter; the ones that can’t be measured with a test. Life experience, dignity, wisdom, sincerity, humour. I also remember what a vibrant young soul St John Paul II always was – even as an ailing octogenarian. No, Biden doesn’t have to be ousted because he’s old. He has to be ousted because he – and the malefactors around him – are malicious.

For the same reason, I was pleased that Peter Wegner’s portrait of Guy Warren (above) won this year’s Archibald Prize. Certainly, the selection of a 100 year-old artist-sitter for the 100th Archie was surprisingly corny. For once, though, the aesthete high command’s theme-rigging was true to the times – albeit, perhaps, accidentally. Elegantly composed and softly coloured, it is a work of sentimental realism. World War II veteran Warren looks like a man humbled by his own survival; his face belies no trace of omniscience. My Mum looked like that. The closer to the end she got, the more unknowing her knowing. Not everyone would see in the jumper adorning the old man’s white ensemble the red mozzeta and stole of the popes but it symbolises authority as much as sanguinity in my imagination. Warren could represent a generation of seniors who have had to sit through a frightening time – sometimes with glass between them and the world. To the young, he seems to say only this: ‘Live – what else can you do?’

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40 Responses to A Word To The Wise

  1. FlyingPigs says:

    A nice reflection, currencylad.

    Well said!

  2. Maniac says:

    Russia and China won’t even have to fire a single shot.

  3. jupes says:

    No, Biden doesn’t have to be ousted because he’s old.

    Yes he does. His cognitive decline due to his age renders him totally incompetent. He is clearly not up to the job. He can’t even string a sentence together.

    This would be the case even if actually was a decent politician. Of course he’s not. He’s a corrupt traitor who wasn’t even elected.

    The problem with getting rid of him though is obvious. While Biden might be incompetent due to his age, Harris is worse with no cognitive decline. Just hopeless.

  4. FlyingPigs says:

    Biden is a criminal, propped up by criminal organizations, see Victor Davis Hanson https://amgreatness.com/2021/06/20/the-biden-no-go-zones/

    But if I have understood currencylad’s post as above I see that he is defending older people and decrying the association of “old” to ‘tear down’ Biden.

    No more and no less.

  5. Tintarella di Luna says:

    currencylad you write with such elegancy and sensitivity about that which, in the end, we will all become, old. That is, if we have the courage to be, human.

  6. H B Bear says:

    Will happen more and more as boomers refuse to relinquish the levers of power. Not saying that is the case here, which has all the appearances of something far more sinister. Expect to see more cars in shopfront windows in the near future.

  7. Biota says:

    jupes says:
    June 22, 2021 at 2:33 am
    His cognitive decline due to his age…

    Not due to age, cognitive decline can set in at much younger ages than Biden’s. I am a few months behind Biden in age and still work 50 to 60 hours per week in a job that facilitates multiple millions of investment. My dad developed Alzheimer’s and died at 95 yet his brother has just turned 101 and still has all his wits about him. Most ‘old’ people are smarter than the average bear!

  8. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    The people behind Biden will fight tooth and nail to keep him in the job. We’ve seen time and again that Bernie Sanders is unacceptable to the electorate, but in Biden the activists have Bernie Sanders with a painted grin on his face.

    They are bringing in all the policies they wanted. Especially religious green stuff, but also all the racial pandering from the Maxine Waters side of the Democrat Party. It’s a tacit agreement from the racist wing and the climatist wing: you let us do what we want and we’ll let you do what you want. Both wings just love having a guy who can barely sign his name and read from a teleprompter in the Oval Office – since their policies are anathema to most Americans.

    But they Believe. It’s a crazy cult, and they’re forcing the Kool Aid down the throats of the American nation.

  9. Mother Lode says:

    I have not been inclined to leap on every thing he says – like him saying that he wakes up in the White House wondering where he is, or telling those troops (strangely devoid of name tags or insignia) when he was in Europe that he forgets he is President as proof of him being confused – they were intended humorously. And there are plenty of other instances where he demonstrates he is adrift and struggling.

    I don’t see it as his age. I think he is ill. Whether it is the ravages of an earlier dissipated lifestyle such as his son leads which has left his brain corroded and eaten away, or some more recent disease borne of virus, or a combination of both – the one preparing the way for the other.

    So, yeah, it is important to maintain objectivity and not dilute the case for Joe’s deteriorating condition with mischaracterised anecdotes.

    Joe is in the job because a lot of people saw the opportunity to use him and, sadly, I think that must include his wife.

  10. a happy little debunker says:

    Biden was always a ‘stop gap’ President.
    The next main ticket holder was supposed to be Kamala, however (at the moment) that seems a stretch.
    A decade of progressive rule is still on the books – like the unpurged voters at their last election…

  11. cuckoo says:

    I also remember what a vibrant young soul St John Paul II always was – even as an ailing octogenarian.

    I read of a young priest who was a member of JP2’s staff during the pontiff’s final illness. The young priest was outspoken and once asked the failing Pope to allow him to say his requiem mass. JP slowly lifted his head and replied “What makes you so sure I’ll go first?”

    I would recommend reading some of the recent interviews with Guy Warren. “Look for the good in everything” is one of his life rules.

  12. Chris M says:

    Not due to age, cognitive decline can set in at much younger ages than Biden’s.

    Thank you for pointing this out Biota, so true. Age is important but it is secondary to mental ability and physical strength. Walking and riding a bike is fine but not enough to overcome sarcopenia. The older folk 90+ I know who are the sharpest & healthiest are the most active, outdoors doing heavy duty gardening work for many hours every week or heavy lifting of weights. If mental acuity is king, physical strength is queen, without either and preferably both it’s grim.

  13. Robber Baron says:

    The people that controlled Obama control Joe. One puppet replaces another.

    The problem is the system.

    The electorate is slowly waking up and understanding that the system is against them. We live in interesting times.

  14. Des Deskperson says:

    ‘Certainly, the selection of a 100 year-old artist-sitter for the 100th Archie was surprisingly corny.’

    I fear that was a factor. Art critics had almost unanimously agreed that it was the best picture hung but it was also assumed that couldn’t win, given, in the words of Oz art critic Christopher Allen, that the collection was assembled by ‘businessmen and socialites egged on by modish artists’ aiming to ‘incite the punters, provoke the chatter of journalists and provoke the bogans.’ Yet, against all odds, a portrait of an old white guy took the prize. It can only be completely explained by the ‘centenarian’ gimmick.

  15. Damon says:

    The Democrats know that arris is unacceptable as POTUS, so they will keep Biden as long as he can be propped up and make noises in front of a camera.

  16. johanna says:

    Chris M says:
    June 22, 2021 at 9:01 am

    Not due to age, cognitive decline can set in at much younger ages than Biden’s.

    Thank you for pointing this out Biota, so true. Age is important but it is secondary to mental ability and physical strength. Walking and riding a bike is fine but not enough to overcome sarcopenia. The older folk 90+ I know who are the sharpest & healthiest are the most active, outdoors doing heavy duty gardening work for many hours every week or heavy lifting of weights. If mental acuity is king, physical strength is queen, without either and preferably both it’s grim.

    Chris, the proponents of exercise as a cure for everything have been telling us this forever, but it is not that simple.

    Plenty of former athletes die quite young, and plenty of exercise haters (e.g. Winnie Churchill and my dear old Dad) make it well into their nineties with their faculties fairly intact.

    I’m not saying that a bit of exercise is a bad thing, at all. But it is not a ticket to a long or cognisant life. Rather, I suggest that the exercisers, and also Winnie and Dad, stay engaged with the world one way or another. Some do it physically, others mentally.

    Oh, and genes. Genes matter, a lot. 🙂

  17. Rosie says:

    I have two relatives in their late nineties both sharp as a tack.

    Neither have been able to do much physical activity for many years.

  18. Buccaneer says:

    We are still hearing the resistance condemn Trump for everything, every little slip or stumble was and still is an example of his unfitness for office and yet senile joe gets a free pass. This has nothing to do with aged people but everything to do with how he has aged and it’s relevance to his fitness to do the job. If he can’t be held to the same level of accountability as Trump, he’s not fit to do the job, period.

    My grandmother said getting old is not for sissies, I’d suggest neither is democracy.

  19. Terry says:

    ‘…getting old is not for sissies…’
    This might be true but it does beat the alternative (IMHO).

  20. RobK says:

    This has nothing to do with aged people but everything to do with how he has aged and it’s relevance to his fitness to do the job.
    I suspect he’s been pretty useless the whole of his lengthy time in office.

  21. Lee says:

    Even before elected president, there were calls from the left for Trump’s mental abilities to be tested, to see whether he was “fit” for the job.
    Some psychiatrists offered their negative opinion of his mental state without even meeting him.

    What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

  22. Buccaneer says:

    Terry, both my grandmothers would have agreed with that, they both fought to the bitter end. Not sure my parents will though

  23. cuckoo says:

    “Old age. It’s the only disease you don’t look forward to being cured of.”
    -Mr. Bernstein, Citizen Kane

  24. Professor Fred Lenin says:

    Where else but politics could a 78 year old person apply for and be accepted for te top post in the organisation ? Try getting a job when you are 57 and laid off because of the Fauci Wuhan Virus ,see how you go ,

  25. johanna says:

    Professor Fred, the US does seem to be in the grip of a gerontocracy.

    Nancy Pelosi is the obvious example. She’s 81, and has herded Democrats with great skill for decades. She’s slipping a bit now, but anyone would be happy to be as good as she is at her age.

    Professor Falsity is 78. Joe Biden is 78. Etc, etc.

    As I said above, being engaged definitely helps in prolonging life.

  26. Delta A says:

    A thoughtful and moving post.

    Thank you, C.L.

  27. Rob MW says:

    Biden is a feature not a bug, as they say. How else was Obama going to finish fundamentally transforming America other than by putting a senile old corrupt dead-beat in the White House and ably accompanied by an egotistical nincompoop wife.

    I wish I was black, that way I could racist the shit out of those pair of white grifters.

  28. Luke73 says:

    Biden has clearly lost a step which isn’t surprising because he’s 78, the way he doesn’t fully enunciate some of his words in a forceful clear manner annoys me also….the long pauses sometimes in between sentences or answering questions, I don’t know how much of this is age, him dealing with his lifelong stutter, wanting to give a considered thoughtful answer or maybe a combination of all three……but over the last 18 months or so I have watched/listened to many hours combined of him being interviewed or speaking publicly on the news, YouTube, podcasts etc. and the narrative of him being some kind of drooling, dementia riddled alzheimers patient with one foot in the grave is just flat out bullshit.

    The Democrats know that Harris is unacceptable as POTUS,

    If Dems go into 2024 with Harris the nominee, I am certain they will lose. I generally support the Democratic Party (not that it matters much here in Oz) but her laugh and general demeanour grates on me as fake as f**k, in addition she is not a great campaigner and sometimes she doesn’t deal well with even easy questions (like the one from Lester Holt “Why haven’t you been to border?” …an easily anticipated question and she flubbed it).

    But they Believe. It’s a crazy cult, and they’re forcing the Kool Aid down the throats of the American nation.

    This gave me a laugh cos this sentence could be lifted verbatim from any number of pro-Democrat forums but in reverse, all a matter of perspective I guess.

  29. PB says:

    Didn’t the Dems play the dementia card against Trump as a reason for him being unfit for Office at one stage there?

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/04/09/does-donald-trump-have-dementia-we-need-know-psychologist-column/3404007002/

    (The author of this appears to have been a very willing “go to” person for the Mainstream media and their anti-Trump campaign. He pops up quite a bit)

  30. Chris M says:

    it is not a ticket to a long or cognisant life.

    Indeed. But if being stooped and shuffling around or being stuck in a chair for a decade can be avoided it probably should be. Strength is absolutely crucial and is second after mental cognizance. Biden is looking feeble on both fronts now, but he’s a total crook so most of us don’t feel so bad for him.

  31. Xenophon says:

    Biden is old. He certainly messes up. But you Trumpistas never seemed to notice that Trump often completely mangled common words and simply failed to finish sentences. He want so much old as impaired.

  32. Buccaneer says:

    Hey, you guys set the Trumpian standard for presidential accountability, now you want backtrack when your guy is dumber, more senile and more corrupt, says more about you than trump or any trump supporter.

  33. Mother Lode says:

    Xenophon’s post reminds me – I have to get some more ‘Desperate Moron’ brand washing detergent.

  34. Lee says:

    He want so much old as impaired.

    Your man, Biden is “impaired” in every possible way, Xenophobe.
    Mentally, physically, morally and ethically.

  35. Xenophon says:

    Lee etc: Why defend Trump to the extent you buy every one of his lies and failures? Really, it is puerile. Biden is old and a stumbler. He isn’t a pussy grabber, an associate of serious criminals, a man who trades in his own military to be nice to Putin, a promoter of fake info that made the US the greatest loser of covid (600,000 so far), a man who could my keep a single military appointee and even lost his choice of attorney and finally a loser who sent ignorant camp followers to assault the Capitol.

  36. Lee says:

    Really, it is puerile.

    Says an expert on the subject, and a supporter of a man (Biden) who fondles, gropes and sniffs little girls, like the creep he is, and who never did anything for anyone but himself in life.
    I would take Trump over a revolting piece of human garbage like Biden any day.

  37. Buccaneer says:

    The establishment politics of Biden are the reason a flawed guy like Trump even got a shot, republican voters have stopped listening to the mainstream media precisely because of the skewed bs you have clearly lapped up. ‘Biden’s not a pussy grabber’, hard to bury the kiddy sniffing and creepy behaviour of Biden and his family, but they’ve tried all the while exaggerating Trumps shortcomings. Biden’s promoted plenty of outright falsehoods, the fine people hoax, pretty much every race bait, no one ever accused trump of plagiarism, Biden’s done it twice, and on. Trump should have been the reset for the media to reinvest in truth and fairness, instead they’ve gone the other way. Trump may be an asshole, but folks respect assholes that deliver, the current administration look like their going to make him appear competent.

  38. Lee says:

    I was just reading today of numerous examples on the public record of Biden’s racist comments, particularly about blacks.
    And that was just in the last few years.

  39. Mango Man says:

    Lee: the reaction is purely in response to these Trumpist campaigns. I don’t give a fig about Biden. I am, after all, Australian. Trump is a menace to all of us and made no effort to disguise his intent or his astonishing selfishness.

  40. Lee says:

    Trump is a menace to all of us and made no effort to disguise his intent or his astonishing selfishness.

    Biden is a huge menace to the world, not just the U.S.; Trump is no longer in power.
    The only person Biden has ever helped is himself and his family.
    It has long been acknowledged that his career in politics has been a failure.
    When Ford was president the one senator who voted against an aid bill at the end of the Vietnam War was Biden.
    The “man” is truly despicable.

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