Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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‘If the Lord Almighty comes down and tells me to leave the race, I might.’

There might be a parallel between Moses and Biden

US President Biden says it will take the L^rd coming down to convince him to quit the race. Do I have news for him! Jews don’t think that can happen in our days. Yet, the Creat^r speaks to us when we study the holy books.

Moses too was not ready to stop when his time had come to appoint a successor. There may be more parallels than meets the eye.

Moses could not enter the Holy Land. G^d said: You failed to hallow Me. Moses says to the People: I can’t enter because of you. But he was not blaming the People! The People just said: For what do we need these old guys (Moses 120, Aaron 123) when we must reconquer the Land? Moses did nothing wrong! But the People couldn’t see him as a leader anymore.

You probably have Parkinson’s. That means you look frail, emotionally flat, stiff, disconnected, and disorientated. You sound terrible. Involuntarily, you fill up gaps in your speech with nonsense. What the People doesn’t know is you’re still the same smart and feeling Joe. This is a known problem with Parkinson’s. People think a patient is ‘gone’ while s/he is still fully there.

Same problem for Moses. There was nothing wrong with him, but the People didn’t feel it like that. And, Mr. President, you must be elected by the People. So, either, physicians convince the Nation that you’re still the same Joe, smart, informed, and wise, or the Democrats will lose.

You cannot convince anyone that you’re OK when specialists don’t address the discrepancy between how well you are and how poorly you act.


You keep talking about what goes well and ignoring what doesn’t. No deal.

In the above interview that had to convince us all, you said:

2:20 “the New York Times had me down at 10 points before the debate nine now or whatever the hell it is” – That means nothing. It’s not English. I haven’t found this in the NYT. The last five words mean you have no idea. Later in the interview, you say that the NYT had you trailing Trump at 10 points, also after the debate. Here, you claim it shrank to 9 % points.

2:27 “he also lied 28 times I couldn’t, I mean the way the debate ran” – You don’t develop your point. It just trails off.

3:13 “after that debate I did 10 major events in a row” – The problem was that everyone said that you had to go out in unscripted events and prove you can still do it, and you didn’t.

3:27 “no no no slipping” – Yet, most recently, you said: ‘I’m proud to be, as I said, the first Vice President – first Black woman – to serve with a Black President.’ – Possibly, you meant: ‘I’m proud to have the first Black woman as Vice President, and [to have] served [as Vice President] with a Black President’ but that’s not what you said! Maybe it sounds the same to you, but it does sound very different to most people. ‘Be’ is not ‘have.’

4:47 I also was the guy who put together a peace plan for the Middle East that may become a fruition …” – But your accomplishments and successes are not disputed. The problem is failures that you don’t acknowledge.

5:12 “you know this from the days in the in in the in the government” – The interviewer was never in the government.

6:02 “George I have I’m optimistic about this country” – This too is besides the point. The country is not optimistic about you. You not getting this is worrisome in itself!

7:10 “can I run the 110 flat, no, but I’m still in good shape” – Did you mean “100 meters in 10 seconds flat”? That’s not what you said. Everyone can see you are not in good shape. Denial is not going to do it.

7:57 “I get a full neurological test every day with me” – No, you don’t.

8:16 “have you had the specific cognitive tests and have you had a neurologist, a specialist, do an examination?” “no, no one said I had to, no one said, they said I’m good.” “would you be willing to undergo an independent medical evaluation that included neurological and cogn cognitive tests and release the results to the American people?” “look I have a cognitive test every single day, every day I have that test, everything I do, you know, not only am I campaigning, but I’m running the world” – You’re in denial and it doesn’t work. You need these tests. No word games.

9:30 “would you be willing to have the independent medical evaluation?” You don’t? – That means you can’t win the elections.

9:40 “lot of time left in this campaign it’s over 125 days” – Well, the interview was taped July 5, which was 123 days, not well over 125. Your numbers seem off a lot. That is a problem.

12:06 “let me ask you a tough for more personal question: are you sure you’re being honest with yourself when you say you have the mental and physical capacity to serve another four years?” “yes, I am because, George, last thing I want …” – It sounds like a flat denial of what everyone can see.

12:36 “but are you being with honest with yourself as well about your ability to defeat Donald Trump right now?” “yes yes yes yes.”– Again you say how well you’ve done and that poll numbers are unreliable. These are not the issue. There is a claim that debates don’t influence voting and that polls are snapshots and not predictors. But it’s not the debate that’s the problem. The issue is a nominee who seems physically and mentally unwell.

13:40 “look, I remember them telling me the same thing in 2020, I can’t win, the poll show I can’t win, remember 2024, 2020 the Red Wave was, coming before the vote, I said that’s not going to happen, we’re going to win, we did better in an off year than almost any incumbent prison ever has done. they said in 2023 all the tough races we’re not going to win. I went into all those areas, all those, all those districts, and we won.” – Besides misplaced words, this is an appropriate response. But, the first one here! And the mid-term success had more to do with Roe v. Wade than Biden.

15:09 “New York Times had me behind before anything had to do with this race, had me behind 10 points, 10 points had me behind, nothing’s changed substantially in the debate, the New York Times poll.” – This you said after confirming your interviewer saying it’s 6 points.

16:41 “he lied 27, 28 times the times or whatever it number over 20 times.” – You can’t do any numbers anymore, it seems. That’s not trivial.

18:40 “look I mean if the Lord Almighty came down and said: Joe get out of the race, I get out of the race the Lord almighty’s not coming down.” – You should have said: ‘Of course, I would step down.’

19:27 “but if if if you are told reli from your allies from your friends and supporters in the Democratic party in the house and the Senate that they’re concerned you’re going to lose the house and the Senate if you stay in what will you do?” “I’m not going to answer that question” – Wrong answer again. A democrat should say: ‘Of course, I would step down.’ Only a king finds this question irrelevant.


In this interview, he showed no command of tone or numbers, repeated points over and over, and refused to look at the glass half empty. Without thorough neurological testing made public and a campaign to explain that PD doesn’t mean stupid, he needs to quit yesterday as the nominee.

The problem is not that he’s frail or old. He’s neurologically sick and denial doesn’t grow our confidence. It might be mild enough and not progressing very much to warrant another four years. But we need the honest facts.

Like never before, at least four major issues are at stake: the presidency, democracy, the House, and the Senate—the ability to flip the High Court.

I was shocked when, in prepared remarks, he spoke in a Black church this morning and only talked about ‘Black’ talking points. At least half of the people there were women. Why didn’t he talk about Roe v. Wade?

But Trump shows signs of beginning dementia: rambling, wrong names, sentences that go nowhere. And his platform is dangerous. A bodily slow and stiff but sharp and knowledgeable president is better than one who doesn’t know anything, is demented, and evil—if the former wins the vote!

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MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. None of his content is generated by the new bore on the block, AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. Or not at all because he doesn't claim G^d talks to him. He gives him good ideas—that's all. MM doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. 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