By Dr. Dmitry Radyshevsky
I grew up on jokes about the senile Leonid Brezhnev. He headed the Soviet Union from 1964 to 1982, but for the last seven years of his reign he suffered from atherosclerosis and made the entire Soviet Union laugh at his dementia gaffes. The parallels with Joe Biden, unfortunately, are not limited to mental health issues. The policy of the Democratic Party more and more resembles the policy of the CPCU (Communist Party of the Soviet Union) in the era of late stagnation.
In his later years, Brezhnev read all the speeches from a piece of paper – like Biden from the teleprompter. Brezhnev did not have his own opinion – exactly like Joe Biden. If the piece of paper contradicted reality, the piece of paper won. As it is today in America: if the “message” of the Democrats contradicts reality, so much the worse for reality.
Here is my favorite Brezhnev joke. Our dear Leonid Ilyich meets a lady at the airport in Moscow. She is the head of a foreign state, who has arrived on an official visit. Brezhnev addresses her: “Dear Indira Gandhi …” The assistant whispers to him: “Leonid Ilyich, this is Margaret Thatcher!” Brezhnev repeats: “Dear Indira Gandhi …” The assistant pushes him with an elbow: “This is Margaret Thatcher!” Brezhnev replies with indignation: “Yes, I can see that this is Margaret Thatcher! But it’s written here: Indira Gandhi!”
In the Soviet Union, the whole country saw that Brezhnev was senile, but in the Kremlin, it was believed that admitting that the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union was senile would undermine communist ideology.
In addition, this suited everyone in the Politburo: Brezhnev was a front, on behalf of which the rest of the Kremlin elders ruled, and the election of a new General Secretary could cause undesirable instability, albeit short-term.
Does this remind you of the Joe Biden situation? America laughs at the blunders and the fiasco of sleepy Joe, but at the same time feels a justified anxiety: a mentally unhealthy person stands at the head of a nuclear superpower. There is no shame at all to be mentally weakened at the age of 79. It is not a matter of jokes and requires only sympathy – in case an old man who is a private citizen. But if he is a national leader, then his mental health is not a private issue.
It is so obvious that I’m ashamed to write this banality. Millions of Americans see and think the same. Still, the Democratic Party is not ready to allow an independent medical examination of the President’s mental health and publish the results.
Why? Because it suits them that old Joe is their front and they can steer on his behalf. Another reason: an independent health test would prove that the Democrats have falsified and stolen the victory from the mentally sharp Trump and put a mentally weak Biden at the head of the United States.
To replace him now with the mentally healthy but intellectually and morally unfit Kamala Harris is to confirm to all of America that the Democrats are doubly unprepared to lead the country.
The US is in its Brezhnev period. In the history of the USSR, the period of Brezhnev’s rule is called “stagnation”. By all indicators – from the economy to the persecution of dissidents – the United States today has its own stagnation.
After Brezhnev left the helm of the USSR, a couple of elders took his place, who themselves were quickly replaced, and then Mikhael Gorbachev came, who began perestroika. America needs her own Gorbachev and her own perestroika.
Dr Dmitry Radyshevsky is a Moscow-born Harvard-educated Israeli-American theologian, political analyst and writer. Author of “Universal Zionism” and “The New Maccabees”. He’s the founder of Jerusalem Summit – a think-tank dedicated to uniting the free world around Jerusalem and developing a joint strategy against the twin dangers: “Man without God” of Post-Liberalism and “God without man” of totalitarian states’ Statism and Islamism.