Pete Riehm
The charade is over; who is really in charge?
By Pete Riehm
February 14, 2024

Joe Biden’s cognitive and mental decline has been a source of comedy and concern for years, but his increasing inescapable mental lapses have become catastrophic and no laughing matter. Befuddled, feeble, and frail, Biden should not be left unattended, much less left to attend to the affairs of the most powerful nation on the planet. The poor old guy is shot!

Since in office, Biden’s delusions and gaffes have become so common place that the press and public have somewhat resigned themselves to “that’s just Ole Joe;” he’s just not all there anymore. His surrogates defend him by making excuses, and his handlers protect him by making him unavailable. Like the emperor with no clothes, pretending the president is not senile and has mental acuity has become routine, but the recent report from the Special Counsel investigating Biden’s mishandling of classified documents has exploded the pretense and exposed his gross deficiencies again.

Special Counsel Robert Hur had the impossible and unenviable task of investigating Biden and conjuring a way to let Biden off the hook. Nominally a Republican, he did figure out how to admit the crime and still let him off the hook. Hur did find that Biden willfully and knowingly mishandled classified documents, but he would not pursue charges because Biden is a “sympathetic, elderly man with a bad memory.” Like Hillary, a DOJ lawyer finds ample evidence of a crime, but then unilaterally absolves them.

Simply put, Hur was trying to say nicely that Biden is not competent to stand trial. He would not understand what is happening, and therefore, it would be cruel to try to hold him accountable. WHOA! Hur just made an official statement documenting what everybody already knows. So, the obvious question breaking the internet is: if Biden is not competent to stand trial, how can he be competent to lead the country?!

Never known for his intellect, Biden has always been among the dimmer lights in Washington. President Barack Obama chose Biden as running mate partly to placate the old guard in the Democrat Party, but mostly because there was no threat that Biden could ever upstage the young inexperienced Obama. His overall deficiencies were well known and that was borne out when Biden was passed over for the Democrat nominee in 2016 in favor of the highly unlikeable Hillary Clinton. So why did Democrats anoint him in 2020?

Whoever the Democrat power brokers are, they had a plan to win the presidency in 2020, and they needed a completely corrupt stooge to be the front man. Put that way, Biden’s selection starts to make sense. Biden has always been a buffoon and mediocre political hack, so how could he engineer his rise to the Oval Office? Because he didn’t. Some cabal of Democrat power brokers, the deep state, or a combination thereof orchestrated Biden’s election and have been directing his administration.

Biden is not in charge, so who is?! A likely suspect often named is Obama, but it may well be people we have never heard of. Judging from Biden’s disastrous foreign policy, military humiliations, and leaving our borders open and unprotected, it’s not a stretch that some nefarious foreign influence has a grip on Biden, and of course, millions in graft payments to his family from China, Russia, and Ukraine completes that scenario.

Ambitious, arrogant, not very bright, and without integrity, Biden was the perfect patsy. Therefore, he wanted it, he would go along, and is so corrupt that he could easily be blamed should the plan collapse. They almost made the 4 years, but the plan is collapsing. The charade is over. The man or men behind the curtain know they can no longer hide Biden’s precipitous mental decline, and his popularity is sinking and unsalvageable. The panic is spreading that no amount of election fraud can help Biden win, so the time for Biden to go is rapidly approaching.

It may be soon or at the Democratic National Convention, but Biden will most likely not be the Democrat nominee come November. There will be plenty more drama and intrigue to see who gets the Democrat anointment, but Americans should be demanding to know who is actually running the White House right now?! It’s clearly not Biden, so who is it?! This is beyond politics—this is a Constitutional crisis.

America is in perilous times and the president is incapacitated. There are no easy answers because the Vice President is a chuckling catastrophe, but Biden is fading fast. We must have a capable leader, so Republicans must step up and Democrats must come clean. Americans demand and deserve truthful answers.

“That same hour the judgment was fulfilled, and Nebuchadnezzar was driven from human society” (Daniel 4).

Pete Riehm is a conservative activist and columnist in south Alabama. Email him at or read all his columns at

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Born to German immigrants, Pete Riehm grew up in Texas as a first generation American. Working his way through college, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve. After graduating from the University of Houston, Pete was commissioned into the United States Navy through Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. He also earned a Master's Degree in National Security from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas... (more)


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