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Aftershocks From the Debate

By Neland Nobel

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes

Whenever there is an earthquake, there usually are a series of aftershocks. Sometimes they do more damage than the initial tremor. The question now is what will the aftershocks be after Biden’s catastrophic debate performance?

Here are a few that come to mind:

This will surely divide the Democrat party between those who are invested in Biden and those who now see him as a weak candidate. It will divide his media accomplices along the same lines.


The “secret” that Democrats and the media have been hiding is now out. Heretofore, they accused Republicans and others of “lying” and doctoring videos.  The public is not stupid and many people who are not policy wonks viewed the debate and saw with their own eyes the striking cognitive decline of the President. This was not helped by the post-debate publicity orchestrated by either staff or the First Lady. Having Biden addressed as a kindergartener by the First Lady and having the President assisted when negotiating just three stairs compounded the problem.

With Biden’s candidacy now only in the hands of loyal staff, how is the campaign to raise money?  Millionaires give money to politicians to have future access and influence.  Who wants to give money to a sure loser?

If the credibility of the press could get any lower, it just did. They have been complicit in covering up Biden’s decline for years. They are a big part of the scandal. If they can lie about such a momentous issue, can they be trusted on any issue? This cements their demise as purveyors of “Fake News.”

Given the President’s obvious decline, the question naturally comes up:  who has been running things?


It has to be Obama, The First Lady, or staff.  It is likely a combination, with “Dr. Jill”, controlling access to the President.

The usual suspect is Obama who has been running things from the wings. If true, this is deeply undemocratic.  We did not elect the man for a third term.  A Constitutional Amendment prohibits a third term. If true, Obama has been a big part of deceiving the public and breaking the law.

We did not elect Jill to be President.  We did not elect the staff to act as President. There should be a full investigation of how the White House has been run once Trump takes office.

What good is electing a President if he is not the man in charge? The President should run the staff, and not the other way around. Ex-Presidents can be consulted, but should not be in charge.  And what is Jill qualified for?

She likely knows more of his condition during private times than anyone else and thus is a primary culprit in hiding the truth of the President’s condition.

Are we going through the motions of ‘elections’  just to be ruled by unknown parties that are never held accountable?  That is hardly better than being ruled by an ex-President. This makes a mockery of the idea of government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

It becomes the government “of the insiders, by the insiders, and for the insiders.”  This is all done with constant calls for reverence for “our Democracy”.

How do our allies feel about Biden? We are currently involved in conflicts with Russia, and China in the South China Sea, on the Korean peninsula, the Houthis in the Middle East, and the Israeli conflict with Gaza and Lebanon. Iran has been emboldened by Biden to step up terror and pursue nuclear weapons.  Any one of these flashpoints has the potential to escalate into regional or even international conflict. We don’t even know who is really the Commander-in-Chief, nor do they. This has made them nervous and raises the stakes for diplomatic and military miscalculation.

Knowing your Commander-in-Chief suffers from dementia is debilitating to the morale of our military.

Financial markets are historically expensive and the economy is highly leveraged with debt at all levels of society. Markets don’t like uncertainty and there seems no clear path around these complex events until the election is held and a new President takes office next year. That leaves the markets and the economy vulnerable to Black Swan events.

We are living in a period where the government and the “Establishment” have been lying about global warming, lying about the President’s health, Ukraine, COVID-19, the budget crisis, Social Security and Medicare, the border, what a woman is, and multiple other issues. Their credibility is shot. What if we were to have an international crisis that requires leadership and the ability to unify the nation for a “real” emergency? With no credibility, that leaves the entire nation extremely vulnerable.

This leads us to our final point. What kind of leaders do we have that would constantly lie about substantive issues and put their own political interests in front of the welfare of the country? The answer is the worst kind of leaders.

Our institutions are rotting with the termites of DEI, ESG, and CRT. We have political leaders who see public service as a way to gain wealth and not advance the interests of the country.

Yes, Biden is in big trouble. The bigger problem is so are all of us.


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