Look, it won't change how I vote for Biden but Pelosi's actions have raised suspicions (and rightly so) by trying to pass an amendment to the 25th Amendment, which with some vagueness, how power is transferred from the President to VP should the President become ill or incompetent to fulfill their duties. This is the most recent amendment to the U.S. Constitution since it was passed in the 1960's after the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963.
Pelosi, just two weeks before the 2020 Presidential, now wants to amend it to clarify and cement just how the process will occur in detail that actually is still lacking. Clearly, it is a political move, but a rather stupid move just weeks before the next election. Why now and not after the election?
When Pelosi was pressed in the media, who thought the whole issue was directed at President Trump because of some erratic and odd behavior (which is ordinary of this man) and the actual medical condition of Trump since Covid-19 hit him and 34 other staffers in the White House, she said it was not about Trump!
Okay. So, if it's not about Trump then it must really be about Biden. If it is not about the present with just two weeks before it could all change, then, it must be about the future.
Is It About Biden?
Many on both sides of the aisle tend to agree that Biden probably will not be able to complete his first term, after all, he is now 78. I am sure that when he was 60, he never thought he would be running for president at 78. Trump is 74, so, we have two old men. Many also think that even now, Biden is not all there all the time. Some of that is real and some just is misinterpretation of how he acts or responds.
Regardless, was Pelosi saying because of this, the Democrats must be prepared for when Kamala Harris becomes president because expectations are not high that Biden will complete the first term in good health. They are fearful that due to the vagueness of the 25th Amendment in some procedures, or lack of, the Republicans might be able to thwart Harris from becoming president. Makes sense. It also makes sense that should Trump win, the Democrats will try to remove Trump on some incompetency charge.
Even before all this, Biden must feel the same way. He must know something that has not yet been disclosed about his health. Some think its the advent of Alzheimer's or his lack of energy. That does explain why he has selected someone 25 yrs. younger as a running mate. Kamala could be his daughter because of the age difference. None of this is bad, but I think some key health facts have not been disclosed to Biden supporters, intentionally. Imagine if it was disclosed, what a bombshell in this election it would have.
The scary thing is assuming Biden is elected, the public finds out about Biden's health. Even if this happens six months to a year after the election, the impact would be huge and many of his supporters would be angry at the deception. Many Republicans would be saying, " I told you so that Biden would never complete his first term". It then would appear that the Dems had this all planned from the start and Biden was fully aware of the plan to put Harris as the first woman president.
Of course, all this is just conjecture at this point. But when you hear Republicans say that Biden will never complete the first term, it jives with what Pelosi is trying to do with the 25th amendment before the election. It seems to fit the overall plan.
Sharlee on October 11, 2020:
Perrya, I agree. It actually might be something that does need to be addressed. But at this time maybe after the election. It would take a bill such as what she purposes would take a lot of thought, and debate.
perrya (author) on October 11, 2020:
Since it is likely that nothing will be passed before the election, this Pelosi action is just theater and does nothing to improve her image and casts some doubt on her motives
Sharlee on October 10, 2020:
Perrya, I enjoyed your article -- When Nancy announced the new bill she was careful with her words.
" This is not about President Trump. He will face the judgment of the voters, but he shows the need for us to create a process for future presidents," Pelosi said, later adding, "This legislation applies to future presidents, but we are reminded of the necessity of action by the health of the current president."
She may be thinking of the possibility Biden could become incapacitated due to his age, could be that simple... Or she may want a trump card if Trump wins.
In my opinion, it matters little, the Senate will not even take up the bill, if they should out of courtesy --- it will be voted down. I feel this is just another "political fan dance" that Nancy does so well. She knows her bill would be voted down. I feel she looks a bit foolish with all that is going on with the stimulus bill going nowhere. Just my view.
Leslie McCowen from Cape Cod, USA on October 10, 2020:
No, I mean the trump kids future aspirations. Like 2024 and beyond. Or anyone, for that matter. I’m flabbergasted that presidents aren’t vetted more.
And you can say I’m just biased, but I honestly don't think Biden would run if he couldn’t handle it. He has already stated he would be a transitional President....
Trump lies every time he opens his mouth. No comparison, imo.
But, as you say, we’ll see.
And it’s clear where the American people stand......the question to me is what kind of shenanigans will be pulled by this rightwing cabal.
perrya (author) on October 10, 2020:
I hear you and agree, no real indications except the Pelosi thing now right before the election is just suspicious for these reasons. If not about Trump (and it really is a total stupid thing for the Dems to do now), I find it equally silly to think its about his kids aspirations as neither would ever get elected. That leaves Biden and his age and state of health. Lets just say there are the beginnings of Alzheimers for argument. Do you honestly think this would be revealed? Same for trump about his real covid-19 status or his surprise visit to hospital awhile ago. Just saying, both sides withhold info if it will hurt their cause. Let's just hope Biden does not others reason to be concerned. Right now, it is Biden's election to lose.
Leslie McCowen from Cape Cod, USA on October 10, 2020:
What Biden’s health? What do you know that I don’t?
My opinion? It’s because we know Don Jr and Ivanka both have Presidential ambitions, and they’re just as rank as their father.
I’ve even seen people on twitter start with Trump/24....meaning this current one.
I’ve been watching Biden, and I don’t see any kind of mental issues or health issues. He stutters......it’s not easy to speak in public.