Joe Biden should not have control of the Gold Codes and the Football


My thesis here is that Biden is mentally unfit to be Commander in Chief.

The 120 million dead from COVID-19 statement that he made is SO bad, SO bad.  IMO that means that he has no critical reasoning ability left at all.  None.  A truly sentient being would have known instinctively in the moment that it could not be true that 120 million Americans have died of the effects of the virus.  What happened?  Was the teleprompter text that wrong?  In any event a person in touch with reality would have known that was not true and would not have said it.  Joe also said on 25 February in South Carolina that 150 million Americans have been killed in gun violence since 2007.  (See link below)  So, pilgrims, in Joeworld 120 million have been killed by COVID-19 and 150 million by guns.  In Joeworld there are only 80 million of us folks left.

The CinC of the US armed forces (POTUS) has immediate control of the country's nuclear forces.  He/she can launch an attack with those forces without seeking congressional agreement.  We built this crazy system during the Cold War and made sure the Soviets understood it.  We did that to make MAD credible.  So far as I know, we have never taken the system down.

A military person follows the president around with a satchel full of attack options (the football) which the president would use to order an attack by the operating forces. In his wallet the president has a card generated daily with which to positively identify himself/herself on the phone.  The code would be transmitted to SECDEF for verification of identity.  SECDEF also has the daily Gold Code.  After verification the order goes to CJCS and then to the forces.  SECDEF does not have the authority with which to countermand the attack order.  The satchel and the the Gold Code card together are the keys to a door beyond which is Armageddon.  

The argument will be made that Trump as well should not be trusted with these abominable toys.  I am open to that argument.  BUT, Trumpy HAS NOT unleashed Armageddon in the last 3 1/2 years.  IMO that is an argument in his favor.

The MAD launch system controls require both sanity and mental competence.  Joe is not mentally competent.

One can only wonder at the evidence now presented by polling that the American people prefer this demented wreck of a man over Trump.  They dislike Trump that much?  Remarkable.  pl

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52 Responses to Joe Biden should not have control of the Gold Codes and the Football

  1. Eric Newhill says:

    From what I can see from reading methodology sections, the polls are suffering from the same flaws they did in 2016, only worse this year. Sampling errors are atrocious and skewed against Trump. Also, a significant proportion of Trump supporters are deliberately giving goofy answers to the pollsters, if they answer the call at all. It’s more having fun sticking it to the elites. It’s a thing that is discussed among Trump supporters across the country.
    If Biden can’t avoid debates with Trump, he’s toast. If he does avoid debate, he’s perceived as what he is; a debilitated old man that can’t think and he’s toast.
    One of the Democrats strategies is to offer a calm four years after the chaos of the Trump years (chaos that the democrats themselves created). However, they are vulnerable to the likelihood of a senile President Biden dying or being removed under the 25A and then a transition of power to his VP. So Biden does not offer a promise of normalcy – and that is obvious to many and will increasingly be so.

  2. Barbara Ann says:

    Even if poor Joe was in a vegetative state, I truly believe that the TDS-afflicted masses would enthusiastically vote for him, if it means the ouster of the Orange Devil in the WH. To borrow a line used by Cpl. Musgrave in Ken Burns’ VN series; their hatred is pure.

  3. ace says:

    It should be obvious now that you’re not electing Joe, you’re electing whomever ends up as his VP. It’s even possible that the DNC will end the farce after the convention and before the election. Otherwise, nature will have to take its’ course.

  4. CK says:

    Speaking only for myself, I get 3 to 5 calls a week from polling firms wanting “a few moments of my valuable time to answer some important questions about something.” I am always polite, I ask how much they are paying me per minute for my valuable time. The answer is always a number identical to zero. Now it becomes a matter of what is nothing worth. The truth is always worth something so I see no reason to tell them whatever my truth might be. But my time is indeed worth something so in answering I am tithing my valuable time to them for nothing in return but upon which they will generate value to themselves.
    It is indeed a quandary: tell them the my truth, sting them some bs for my own amusement, hang up?
    I am merely human and am not consistent in my actions regarding these vermin. I am satisfied that the results of their polls are at least as accurate as the covid simulations.

  5. BillWade says:

    From The Villages in Florida (this place also has the highest STD rate in the state):
    Bad language alert!!!!

  6. turcopolier says:

    Yes. It is so unlike Canada in that way. that was irony.

  7. jerseycityjoan says:

    This is a tough one. I think anybody in public life today goes around with a head full of figures and it’s incredibly easy to say millions when you should have said thousands. His history of stammering doesn’t help. But when does being “gaffe prone” slip into something else? I do not know. I have my reservations about him and am still shocked about he went from losing to winning all because of South Carolina.
    For what it is worth his doctor gave him a clean bill of health in December. Did that exam include a mental status screening? I wish I knew.
    It is clear to me that Trump has some kind of diagnosable mental condition. Will that stop me from voting for him due to immigration again? No.
    We had several elderly candidates this time and we’ve had Trump with his compulsions. Should we require presidential candidates to undergo health exams that include mental health screenings? Should we have started doing that after Reagan got his dementia diagnosis? It’s certainly something to think about. The fate of the world is in the president’s hands every day. We should not be afraid of making sure the president is up to the job.

  8. jerseycityjoan says:

    This is a tough one. I think anybody in public life today goes around with a head full of figures and it’s incredibly easy to say millions when you should have said thousands. His history of stammering doesn’t help. But when does being “gaffe prone” slip into something else? I do not know. I have my reservations about him and am still shocked about he went from losing to winning all because of South Carolina.
    For what it is worth his doctor gave him a clean bill of health in December. Did that exam include a mental status screening? I wish I knew.
    It is clear to me that Trump has some kind of diagnosable mental condition. Will that stop me from voting for him due to immigration again? No.
    We had several elderly candidates this time and we’ve had Trump with his compulsions. Should we require presidential candidates to undergo health exams that include mental health screenings? Should we have started doing that after Reagan got his dementia diagnosis? It’s certainly something to think about. The fate of the world is in the president’s hands every day. We should not be afraid of making sure the president is up to the job.

  9. turcopolier says:

    Biden has done this kind of thing repeatedly. I just picked out two of the best. Trump? An egomaniac? Is that a mental illness?

  10. David Solomon says:

    Colonel, My only concern about this posting is that I do not think Trump is anymore competent than Biden. What a world.

  11. BillWade says:

    The numbers are getting bigger:

  12. Horace says:

    “They dislike Trump that much?”
    I think it is visceral fear. He is a catalyst for noticing, accelerating a process that was already underway. The foundations of their rule are being delegitimized before their eyes. We have a fake democracy where the same people own both parties which are two corporations in a cartel.
    Huge numbers of Republican voters (weighted towards the politically active) are no longer buying what Republican-flavored globalists are selling. The Democratic Party was transformed from being the protector of the American working class into a coalition of anti-white communists and foreign invaders funded and managed by corrupt and degenerate totalitarian oligarchs. The majority of the Democrat coalition of the fringes are keenly aware of who both funds their party and makes all the civilizational decisions and BITTERLY resents it. Nancy Pelosi barely turned back their latest challenge and had to burn an enormous amount of political capital to do so. They will try again because they know the clock of the old white people is running out and eventually they WILL succeed. Demography is destiny. The coalition members hate each other almost as much as they hate us. Who will replace Pelosi when she is gone?
    These processes were well underway generations before Pres. Trump came onto the scene, but frightened and angry people rarely show good judgement so they demonize him like some totem that if they could just destroy, then everything will go back to the way they want.
    The root of the problem is the cultural mutation of our ruling class thinking that they have a right to planetary cheap labor over ALL else. That is how we got plantations filled with African slaves, who then were replaced with Mexicans. Now replacing all of us with anyone from anywhere other than Europe is considered a virtue endlessly repeated by the marxists who now have almost a monopoly on the production of cultural products. Our ruling elites, who are neither elite nor ours anymore, had the best working class in human history, the most respectful of property rights, the most resistant to communist indoctrination and they have replaced us with those who will destroy them at the same time that they have severed any meaningful bonds with those who used to be their people.
    Yes, they are afraid. They should be. Imperial elites who fail at the faction-balancing game necessary to govern subject nations vanish from the pages of time.

  13. jerseycityjoan says:

    Yes, I know Biden has a long history of saying the wrong thing. I never wanted to vote for him and unless Trump does something truly beyond the pale I will vote for him again. But I don’t feel sure he has dementia.
    As for Trump I am not sure what his problem is but I think it would rise to the level of an official diagnosis. That would be true of tens of millions of Americans. I myself cannot imagine having to deal with a mind like his every day but thank God I don’t have to. He should not have the nuclear football either.
    To echo other comments, I also have to wonder how we got stuck with these two choices. With opinions so divided on many issues and so much discontent and desire for change and disgust with politicians, I think we will continue to have a mixed bag selection of candidates. We should think more about who will have the football when we pick people.

  14. JamesT says:

    I look forward to Biden becoming president so that I don’t have to listen to my college educated white friends blame everything on Trump.

  15. Tierce says:

    As an Army veteran (19A) of Iraq and Afghanistan, and current Federal LEO, I loathed Hillary and wrote in Bernie in 2016 (and was sympathetic to some of what Trump talked about, like getting tough on immigration, both legal and illegal). But now, although I agree that Biden is basically senile and I hate woke, identity politics, statues of Lincoln and Washington being torn down, and the institutional Democratic Party, I am prepared to vote for him.
    I truly believe Trump has no conception of the national interest, and is solely motivated by personal corruption and narcissism (orders of magnitude more than normal politicians, who I think usually at least start out with some idealism and principles).
    I’ve read and admired your blog for about 10 years, particularly on the Middle East, but I think you’re minimizing the importance of the fact that Trump has routinely been talked out of his ideas (or more often his advisors have simply ignored him until he forgets about it). A second term Trump, surrounded by yes-men more corrupt and venal than Washington has seen in modern history, seems much more likely to actually unleash “fire and fury” than just tweet about it, particularly when he realizes how much America is now scorned and pitied around the world. The Pelosi or AOC wings of the Democratic Party, whichever ends up running things while Biden snoozes and stammers, simply does not have the balls to launch a nuclear strike, whether first or retaliatory.

  16. Flavius says:

    The last Presidential election cycle has offered too many reasons to regard Biden-Trump polling as anything more than propaganda. At the bottom end, the data collecting cubicle dweller is almost certainly a political partisan; the polling company he or she works for (and is paid by) is also very likely partisan; the MSM outlet and commisioner of the poll is almost certainly partisan; finally, there is no downside to being wrong because all the players recognize they are engaged in a propaganda operation – they are paying for chocolate, we give them chocolate.
    Four months out from the election, I sense that the enthusiasm for Biden is anemic. I live in a very liberal town that voted 93-7 for Clinton. There are hundreds of lawn signs all over the town in support of blm and lgbt. To date, I count less than 5 Biden signs. There are more Bernie signs left on people’s lawns.
    The Biden polling propaganda in places where voting is competetive could very well cost Biden if the voter who is voting is voting only to get Trump out. If Trump appears to be out anyway, who would forego the ability to claim that he did not vote for the weekend at bernie’s president when the enormity of who the country has put in the WH becomes clear.

  17. turcopolier says:

    OK I put you down for being willing to risk it.

  18. Yeah, Right says:

    I agree 100%. It is one thing to suffer from a slip of the tongue when reciting your lines. It is quite another not to immediately notice – and therefore immediately correct – a slip-up as preposterous as that.

  19. turcopolier says:

    “I think you’re minimizing the importance of the fact that Trump has routinely been talked out of his ideas (or more often his advisors have simply ignored him until he forgets about it).” No. I think he is a weak man but to quote Captain Jack Aubrey, he is “the lesser of two weevils.”

  20. JJackson says:

    I assume Biden misspoke and meant 120,000. Should Trump have the Football? He has also come out with some crazy statements. To stand up in the middle of pandemic and claim some unproven drug is a cure without any basis is highly irresponsible, at the least. He should team up with the President of Mozambique who has a herbal remedy that cures COVID, they can compare notes. It smacks of a dangerous tendency to unfounded self belief. We have to just hope he does not decide he ‘knows’ China is going to launch a preemptive strike to follow up its Bio-weapon attack.

  21. turcopolier says:

    Ah, your rice bowl is threatened! You did not mention Biden’s statement that 150 million US have died from gun violence since 2007. Want me to provide more examples of his dementia? OK. I will.

  22. VietnamVet says:

    This is reality. I am a year younger than Joe Biden. I agree with anyone who says I am too old to be President. It took a couple of tries before I remembered to turn on the coffee maker today. It is not only age. He was pointman in Ukraine and the restart of the Cold War with Russia. No indication of how he would treat the greater depression and coronavirus pandemic any different than Donald Trump. Any of these three crises, unless addressed, will destroy America. They are the very definition of existential threats (not to mention climate change). No acknowledgement that restoration of constitutional democracy is the only way to avoid the succession of states. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are already quarantining for 14 days travelers from coronavirus hot-spot states.

  23. Barbara Ann says:

    Ah, I did enjoy Captain Aubrey’s sense of humor. Darn fine movie, one of the best.
    Out of interest, how far gone would Biden have to be for you not to vote for him? Personally, I do not wish to see a scenario where a President Biden is presented with attack options calibrated in Strangelovian megadeaths and mistakenly comprehends casualty rates in the mere thousands.
    Also, while I agree with you re narcissism being a motivational factor for Trump, I do not see evidence that corruption is also one. Are you able to cite examples of Trump’s corruption?

  24. turcopolier says:

    “19A in Iraq? Prove it to me.

  25. FakeBot says:

    We’ll have to wait until the debates, when Biden will have to come out of from hiding and do more than read or tweet prepared statements. Every time he’s forced to think on his feet, he comes across like someone who drinks too many diet cokes.
    The problem is Biden can afford to hide because Trump has not done himself many favors with some of his statements.
    Part of me wishes the president would get rid of Pence, name Rand Paul as his running mate, and then declare he won’t seek reelection. That would give Paul the nomination and Trump can go back to his golf course. If only.

  26. Jack says:

    In 2015-2016 Trump understood how to drive news cycles.
    Now the administration passively sits by while media controls the narrative.
    This rings true to me. Trump does not have the media initiative like he had in 2015-2016. Russia Collusion was a fast ball that he missed when he could have hit a home run through declassification. He didn’t need anyone’s ok for that. The pandemic was a curve ball that’s got him flummoxed. The Democrats media enterprise has all the initiative on this one. Even with the anarchist mobs he’s not been able to gain the narrative advantage. Not even a single national address to turn around the chaos narrative. What’s happened to the “master persuader” as Scott Adams labeled him in 2015? He’s not exhibiting any of that right now.

  27. Yeah, Right says:

    “We’ll have to wait until the debates,”
    If there are any debates, which is debatable.

  28. eakens says:

    The same thing happened in 2016. Hillary was supposed to win in a landslide, yet I had a hard time finding any I’m with Her bumper stickers.
    The same thing is happening again in 2020. The polls are all manipulated, along with everything else connected to a power source and speakers these days.

  29. Edward Doucet says:

    I am a retired Internist with a specialty in Infectious Disease, and it is obvious to me and to several of my colleagues that Mr. Biden is suffering from advancing cognitive decline. The confusion with numbers is one of the symptoms, for instance using the number 150million in two completely different topics. He appears increasingly frail, and has lost weight, When he speaks, he loses his train of thought usually at least once, and sometimes twice when answering questions, and repeats himself as if trying to remember the original subject of the question. The added stress of being the designated nominee of the Democrat Party is also taking a toll, which only serves to exacerbate the underlying condition. It is truly sad to watch, and in any other circumstance would constitute a form of elder abuse.

  30. Tierce says:

    COL, your Jack Aubrey quote reminds me that I am due to rewatch the movie, and that I should also find the books that I have stashed away somewhere; I believe I last read them on deployment.
    Barbara Ann,
    I’m struggling to assume good faith in your request for examples of Trump’s corruption; even if you think he’s worth it for the judges, the economy, etc. he makes almost no attempt to hide it. At the risk of seeming spammy, here’s a few references:
    Most recently and egregiously, I would point to the firing of the IGs, especially at State (I know agents who considered reporting Pompeo’s actions to the IG, but are now glad they didn’t, since his crony took over OIG and would have access to their files).
    I think Bolton is a dangerous warmonger, but do you actually believe he’s lying about Trump tying every foreign policy issue directly to his re-election?
    To be clear, much of my hatred for Hillary came from her arrogance in using a personal device that risked penetration by our adversaries, in violation of rules that junior personnel are routinely punished for severely. And all this when the USG spends millions of dollars per year to provide the Secretary of State with secure communications 24×7, anywhere in the world. Similarly, one of my biggest problems with Biden is that he refuses to understand that, whether or not Hunter’s arrangement with Burisma was legal, it was simply wrong, and the definition of corrupt (unless you think the company was paying him for something besides his personal connections). Petraeus and Menendez should also be in prison, or at least convicted felons.
    Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has increasingly “defined deviancy down” as Moynihan would say; if you don’t take a briefcase of cash and count it, on camera, before handing over a signed note agreeing to use your official position to do something you know to be illegal…you probably have nothing to worry about. Yet if I pad my travel voucher by $100 or stop at the dry cleaner with my government car on the way home, I could be disciplined and possibly fired (which is fine and right, but greater power should come with greater responsibility).

  31. turcopolier says:

    Edward Doucet
    Thank you, doctor. I was quite sincere in saying that I think the Dems are being cruel to Joe.

  32. turcopolier says:

    Edward Doucet
    Are you a Fordham man? Would you care to give us an opinion with regard to Pelosi’s condition?

  33. Bill H says:

    @Barbara Ann
    “Darn fine movie” indeed, but did you read the books? They are far better than the movie even when one reads them, as I have, six or seven times.

  34. BillWade says:

    Biden’s wife needs to step up and stop this madness.

  35. Barbara Ann says:

    Bill H
    I have not, but given that I have such a high opinion of the movie I fear this may be one of those rare cases where I would be disappointed. Normally of course one is disappointed with the screen versions of one’s favorite books. I can certainly see why you would read the book 6 or 7 times. As you recommend it, perhaps I will take the risk.
    Master and Commander achieved that very rare thing of right from the outset transporting the viewer so convincingly to the world in which it was set; the microcosm of Britain at war that is Surprise. It was a masterpiece of direction, as well as of casting (I am a big fan of Paul Bettany).

  36. Barbara Ann says:

    Thanks for your response, I can but offer you assurance of my good faith.
    I suppose my yardstick for measuring the corruption of elected officials is affected by the inequity of standards you describe. By comparison with the institutional corruption endemic to the swamp, Trump’s practices simply seem banal. You are right of course wrt the great responsibility honorable men & women of great power ought to practice. Perhaps I am too jaded to believe that such people are still able to be elected to high office under the current electoral system.
    The other factor in my assessment is Trump’s personality. The normalcy of sharp practice & opportunistic pocket lining is probably what our host would describe as a professional character deformation, for a NY real estate tycoon. I guess I hold him to a slightly different standard as a result.
    As for tying FP to re-election, I think it naïve to suppose that all policy decisions are not, to some extent, shaped by the imperative of remaining in office. Trump is just more open about this and other aspects of the profoundly dishonorable profession that is politics. The fact that he makes no efforts to hide behind highfalutin illusions of selfless service is just another reason why the swamp creatures hate him – and why his supporters love him.
    Trump is also unafraid to exercise executive power where others have refrained from doing so. Some of his personnel changes reflect this. Is it corrupt? Maybe, but the bottom line is he, like every other politician, is still constrained by what is politically feasible. Shutting down the Mueller investigation falls into the politically infeasible category, for instance. If it hadn’t I doubt doubt that he would have done so, with a good deal of justification.
    It would still surprise me if Trump ran for office with a primary aim being to enrich himself & his family. If he did he has taken the most almighty gamble, with let’s face it, the secure existence of a billionaire(?) businessman. If he is eventually impeached or otherwise ejected from office (resigns) the Trump brand could easily be destroyed – and with it a vast portion of his wealth. His whole family could easy end up pariah. And this is before we consider the possibility of criminal action against him. That’s a heck of a risk to take for 4 years in a 24/7 job which was always bound to have him under constant attack from all sides from day 1.
    At the end of the day I concur with Col. Lang’s estimation of Trump as the lesser of two weevils. Whether I like him or not is irrelevant. My dislike of the Democrats – particularly their neo-Marxist wing leaves only one choice.

  37. Diana Croissant says:

    I have three elementary school aged grandchildren and one still in daycare. This horrid and frightening political situation has be terribly frightened about the country they will inherit.
    I thought when the hippie dippies and the Weathermen fizzled out we could go back to a country I was taught in my Social Studies and Government classes existed in the U.S.
    And then somehow I was shunned as a racist because I worried about Obama’s seeming dislike for our country and for his close friendship with the likes of Bill Ayers. I worried about the fact that he and Hillary seemed to be Saul Alinsky’s favorite radicals. I feared that much of both Obama’s and Hilary’s funding came from Soros.
    Now I do fear that we have lost our country if Trump is not re-elected. Despite his personal flaws, of the two candidates he is not the globalist candidate. I do not want a new world order. I want our country as it was designed to be by the men who wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

  38. Fred says:

    AOC, Pelosi and the democrats have already launched a first strike against the US. China’s virus gives that excellent cover.


    Diana Croissant
    You worried about the wrong persons.
    You ought to have been concerned about men such as Eddie Lampert – a fan of Ayan Rand and her fantasies – who destroyed livelihoods of tens of thousands of people.
    All quite legally, I might add.

  40. Jack says:

    American families may be worried about their jobs and mortgages, and the small businesses along Main St in every town might be closing, but we can take comfort that the Fed is using CARES funds to buy bonds of Apple, Microsoft, Toyota, Volkswagen, Daimler, and BMW from investors.
    This is one aspect albeit a very important one due to its scale – trillions of dollars – that is a common thread among the Trump, Obama and George Bush administrations. A common thread in both the Republican and Democratic Party as well as in the “outsider” Trump party.
    Gargantuan amounts of money are conjured by the Federal Reserve and handed out to favored big money financial and corporate interests. This is precisely how wealth inequality is sustained. Yet Nancy Pelosi would rather take a knee with a kente scarf to show solidarity with her virtue signaling supporters and Trump would rather tweet some inanity claiming to be emotionally linked to the Deplorables. Symbolism over substance.
    This is the real looting of the middle class and the working class and has been going on for decades under both parties and Trump has now taken it to a new unprecedented scale even dwarfing what happened under Obama.
    Does it really matter in the contest between Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum?

  41. JamesT says:

    Tyler had a lot of interesting things to say in 2016. I for one would be interested to hear what he is thinking this time around.

  42. English Outsider says:

    Well, Mr Wade. After that video I just had to look up “The Villages”. It’s an area that has the distinction of having defeated the IRS. Didn’t know that was possible.
    It also has the distinction of having had someone monkeying about with its Wiki entry –
    “The Villages is a census-designated racist place (CDP) in Sumter County, Florida, United States. It shares its name with a broader master-planned age-restricted community that spreads into portions of Lake and Marion counties. The overall racist development lies in central Florida, approximately 20 miles (32 km) south of Ocala and approximately 45 miles (72 km) northwest of Orlando.
    The Villages consistently ranks as a very high racist growth area…”, Florida
    Just wonder if that lady bawling at the golfers might have done some preparatory work on Wiki.
    But the reason I looked it up was not that. Golf carts can’t travel far. It seemed inherently unlikely that so many could be in one place without some serious logistical support. Was there a Trumpian Soros in the background coordinating a trucking operation to get that many golf carts together for the parade?
    Nothing as interesting. The place is swamped in golf courses, that’s all.
    But I shan’t forget the video. That lady’s ready for promotion to to Black Bloc, no problems. Go long armoured golf carts, if so.

  43. ked says:

    “lesser of two evils”
    So that’s it – a choice of which alternative is less bad – a choice between elderly; by adversaries one believed insane, the other believed senile.
    I’ll go with the senile guy (not to worry – I have no sway on Election Day). Staff & momentum will keep the ship afloat until the next generation is all we have left to choose from – finally! & just maybe the long-suppressed implosion of our current political party system occurs in step. It’s a lot to hope for, but I prefer it to explosions.
    I am biased. Never been much for armed personality-cults convinced they are acting out God’s Will in the end-times. Lesser-of-two-evils seems weak justification for insurrection, but faith can overcome almost anything.

  44. turcopolier says:

    What is that you think demonstrates Trumpy’s insanity?


    English Outsider
    What you have referred to in Florida is not uncommon in many cities in the United States.

  46. ked says:

    Col, thanks for asking.
    I’m neither psychologist or psychiatrist. So, I reference from-a-distance observations by those practitioners. Making distant analysis is a controversial topic in that community. However, those who have done so & published their analysis / opinion assert he suffers from a complex of severe personality disorders. There is a great deal of material available (doesn’t make it certain, but there it is) if one searches “Trump’s Insanity” & similar topics. Here’s a decent summation;
    When so inclined, I create in my own mind a predictive model based on such input… “if info X is true, then subject Y will confirm that truth by behaving Z.” Then I collect data … observation & reading, both direct & indirect. I also build counter-model argument(s) (I’m a contrarian & make effort to be objective). If counter-models explain Z, &/or my prime model does not predict Z reliably, then I cannot have high confidence and must make adjustments or abandon it altogether.
    I have to be very careful, because his cruelty, vengeance & near-total lack of empathy disturbs me tremendously… but that alone does not make him insane. Not being expert in the formal diagnosis of insanity (nor senility, for that matter) my opinion is only that. Just as it is for all, perhaps even experts, if their diagnosis does not comport with the consensus of experts in mental health.
    In Trump’s case I am advantaged (or, arguably, biased) by observing him sporadically since the ‘80s, plus the reports of two direct witnesses who are longtime friends of mine as to his behavior years ago (one, a golfer living in Westchester Co, the other a RE business analyst for institutional investors in NYC).
    The upshot is that his behavior is predictable & persistent over the decades. Experts in analysis of mental illness have allowed me to conclude (for myself) a high likelihood of psychopathy in the POTUS.
    Ultimately & to a perhaps a greater extent than usual (or desirable), what matters these days is less fact, but belief. I can live with that, but a lot of folk seem to have difficulty accepting that these days our political life is heavily weighted by emotional urges, while they argue facts. Reminds me of biblical literalists, always seeking factual proof for the ineffable.

  47. Fred says:

    ” census-designated racist place”
    The word “racist” doesn’t exist in the wiki entry but is listed twice in your quote.
    Are you the same person who has been communicating here under that moniker since you sure don’t write like that one did.

  48. Barbara Ann says:

    No cause for alarm I think. EO was describing the edit history of the wiki page. Here it is after the edits (the two words “racist” appear to have been added separately) before if was corrected.
    Welcome to the wonderful world of Wikipedia.,_Florida&oldid=965159620

  49. English Outsider says:

    Fred – the Wiki entry – “The Villages is a census-designated racist place (CDP) etc” is now only to be found in the history –,_Florida&oldid=965159620
    The editing history shows it being edited out quite fast –
    curprev 19:35, 29 June 2020‎ GeneralNotability talk contribs‎ 77,173 bytes +27‎ Adding {{pp-vandalism}} (TW)
    curprev 19:34, 29 June 2020‎ GeneralNotability talk contribs‎ m 77,146 bytes 0‎ Protected “The Villages, Florida”: Persistent vandalism ([Edit=Require autoconfirmed or confirmed access] (expires 19:34, 2 July 2020 (UTC)))
    curprev 19:25, 29 June 2020‎ LuK3 talk contribs‎ m 77,146 bytes -61‎ Reverted edits by 2603:900B:10F:DA08:197E:5C51:FCD1:124 (talk) to last version by Niteshift36 Tag: Rollback
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  50. turcopolier says:

    Too much elderly p—y unless it is exceptional. One of my college roommates lives there. I can’t imagine anyone screwing him.

  51. Fred says:

    Then there must be two entries as those words were not present in the one I viewed earlier.

  52. Kilo 4/11 says:

    “I am biased. Never been much for armed personality-cults convinced they are acting out God’s Will in the end-times.”
    And you think antifa/BLM are walking around with flowers in their hair?
    You prefer atheist thugs who only want to work THEIR will on their enemies?

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