This is going to be a shorter post than the mini-novels that I usually write. Let me explain.
Around a month ago, I sanded down my BBQ deck to re-stain it. It was a bigger job than what I had expected – 3 days for a 10’ by 10’ deck plus steps & railing. The deck wasn’t in the greatest of shape to begin with, so being the engineer, I wanted it to be “perfect.” Big mistake…
After a couple of days of the hands being numb and tingly (bordering on pain), I went to the doctor. The problem – Carpal Tunnel.
The past month has been spent with splints, hot and cold packs, and a little therapy. I’ve purchased ergonomic computer equipment (vertical mouse and keyboard) so I can continue working, and this all seems to help somewhat. The pads of the fingers are still numb & tingly, but not as bad. The next step will be cortisone injections into the wrists (ouch!) to try and reduce the condition, but will most likely end up with surgery.
But at least I will still have my health, even though my activities will be curtailed somewhat.
You are probably asking yourself, “So what does this have to do with the title of the post?” So glad you asked! (if you didn’t, that’s OK – I’m taking a literary license to move the post along.)
Over the recent weeks, the presumptive Presidential nominee for the Democratic Party, Joe Biden, has been displaying very disturbing behavior during interviews & speaking events. In my opinion, Mr. Biden has some form of Dementia and probably Alzheimer’s Syndrome. Losing his train of thought in the middle of sentences or topics, and trying to cover it up by becoming belligerent & combative are signs of these conditions.
Now I’m not a doctor, but I have some experience with this – my Father.
Last October, I had to place my Father in assisted living as he was no longer able to take care of himself. His meds were all mixed up, which led to him having a temporary break with reality. My Father is a kind-hearted person, and it was a shock for me to see such a change in behavior. Fortunately, I was able to place him in an assisted living apartment quickly, his meds were adjusted properly, and several months later, he is fairly stable. But he loses his train of thought within minutes, and his memory is not the greatest – he is losing all of his memories of me growing up, and doesn’t remember who the members of my family are. It is hard to see a man who never smoked or drank in his life in such a condition.
Now Joe Biden is not a nice person – looking at the recorded history on YouTube of his confrontations over the years only shows that he is a combative person, ready to verbally beat down anyone who contradicts him. It doesn’t matter if what is says is true or not, just as long as he humiliates his opponent.
This is not a person that I would want leading this country, memory issues or not. His stated positions and the policies of his party are completely at odds with what this country should be standing for. The dementia and Alzheimer’s only adds to the problems that he would bring to the highest political position in the country.
This means that the Democratic Vice Presidential candidate will be very important as it will be that person that would most likely complete a Biden Presidency. And from what I can see, none of the candidates mentioned thus far on the “short list” are electable.
This is, of course, that the Democrat Party doesn’t grow a brain & common sense and replace Biden with another candidate. But who?
Bernie would immediately raise his hand and state loudly that he came in second in the primaries, so he should be the nominee. The Democratic Party leadership would most likely tell Bernie “no” because there is no way in hell that they would have Bernie – he would be unelectable – and the Bernie supporters would rebel.
Anyone else that was on the debate stage with Biden and Bernie drew abysmal numbers among Democratic voters. So I think that the Democrats are stuck with Biden and whoever his VP pick is.
As stated before, I do not believe that the VP nominees, all reportedly female and mostly Black (there are a couple of non-Black women being considered) are electable. All of the candidates have baggage, and the Trump campaign will use that information to the maximum effect.
Quite frankly, Biden put the Democrat’s in this box when he stated that his VP candidate would be a woman, and was presumed to be Black. I think his statement was not scripted by the Democratic leadership, and limited the VP candidate selection. I don’t know what Biden was thinking – or maybe he was thinking that he needed to have someone female around to smell their hair…
Be safe, and be well.