Fetterman’s follies

Posted: November 1, 2022 by chrisharper in Uncategorized

By Christopher Harper

In a neck-snapping argument, U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman and his fellow travelers in the media maintain that his recent stroke has made him more cognizant of the issues confronting families and the ill.

In a recent editorial, The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote: “Fetterman deserves our respect, not ridicule, after the U.S. Senate debate. The Democratic nominee could become a role model in helping the nation better understand that a person’s struggles can also be a source of strength.”

I think that Fetterman is unfit to serve in Congress because of his irrational views on issues facing the country. I think he is incredibly unfit to serve in Congress because of the continuing effects of last May’s stroke.

Fetterman suffers from aphasia, which is seen in many brain diseases and is an impairment in the construction and communication of ideas.

“It doesn’t merely prevent someone from translating his thoughts into a natural language. An aphasic patient … won’t be able to communicate his meaning any better by switching to American Sign Language. Nor does it simply distort one’s articulated speech. An aphasic patient can’t get around his inability to speak by writing instead. By impairing language itself, an aphasia mars the mechanisms that make formulating and understanding one’s thoughts possible,” neurologist Michael Stanley wrote recently in The Wall Street Journal.

At the only debate in the race, Fetterman tried to downplay his illness or what he called the “elephant in the room.”

“I had a stroke. He’s never let me forget that,” Fetterman said of Oz, who has persistently questioned his ability to serve in the Senate. “And I might miss some words during this debate, mush two words together, but it knocked me down, and I’m going to keep coming back up.”

He refused to commit when pressed to release his medical records later in the debate.

During the debate, Fetterman read closed captions of the questions and answers. He fumbled through various answers, including an apparent flip-flop on fracking, which he said he now supported.

Unfortunately, Fetterman suffered a stroke. But let’s face it—he’s physically unfit to serve in a demanding and stressful job.

It would be better if he admitted it long ago. Now, he should sit the game out and get better.

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