What To Do With President Biden?

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Gen. Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord, a noted German military officer and opponent of Adolf Hitler, is said to have categorized leaders on their intelligence and industriousness, noting:

“I divide my officers into four classes as follows: the clever, the industrious, the lazy, and the stupid. Each officer always possesses two of these qualities. Those who are clever and industrious I appoint to the General Staff. Use can, under certain circumstances, be made of those who are stupid and lazy. The man who is clever and lazy qualifies for the highest leadership posts. He has the requisite and the mental clarity for difficult decisions. But whoever is stupid and industrious must be got rid of, for he is too dangerous.”

Applying von Hammerstein-Equord’s classification to contemporary politics, some critics argue that Biden, in his current state, fits in the “stupid and lazy” category. This combination, while not ideal, allows for the possibility of stage management by staff, competent or otherwise. Though our system of government expects a vigorous executive — as Alexander Hamilton noted in Federalist 70, “energy in the executive is the leading character in the definition of good government.” Today, we have no energy in the White House. 

But while the president’s vacuous passivity can be navigated with a degree of difficulty, Vice President Kamala Harris’s vigorous foolishness is a bigger threat. This perspective, along with Harris’s historically low approval ratings, is likely why the Biden cabinet hesitates to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Biden from office — they’re stuck with no good options.

But even were Newsom to replace Biden on the Democratic ticket, America remains under grave threat from the dangers of a mentally declining president.

Chuck DeVore
June 11, 2024
Biden’s mental decline jeopardizes national security. Democrats have one card left to play (msn.com)

Interesting observations. I have observed all those types in co-worker over the years. The stupid and industrious were the most annoying. I called them “enthusiastically stupid”.


7 thoughts on “What To Do With President Biden?

  1. For those who might not understand the concept of “stupid and energetic” I submit one word: Gilligan.

  2. There’s an old Dilbert cartoon about a very stupid employee that works late all the time and all the other engineers are mad at him because they have to stay late and fix all of the things he’s messed up.

  3. In business, management-to-employee is termed “managing down” and taught in biz schools; intelligent and perceptive employees quickly learn to how to exert influence on their bosses by “managing up;” less known is the very complex and quite difficult – because it involves Zen-level mastery of “managing up” – skill of “managing horizontally,” that of ensuring the Perpetually Burdensome are continually occupied and out of the mainstream workflow. Mastering that, however, becomes its own reward.

  4. Stupid and industrious….Busybodies. Nothing good comes from busybodies.

  5. What to do with Biden?
    It seems Putin is about to fix that for us.
    The real problem is how did “energetically stupid” end up as an officer?
    Or in management? That’s ditch digger material.
    Sounds more like an accountability problem. Or not being held to certain professional standards.
    One only ends up with the handle of “energetically stupid” because someone else allows you to continue your stupidity to the point of reputation.

    • Let me rephrase that. We don’t need to do anything to Joe Biden.
      But we definitely need to hang the treasonous bitches running the skin-suit they call Joe Biden.

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