by JOE ALLEN
It is inhumane — and profoundly irresponsible — to pretend Fetterman’s reliance on cognitive assistance software does not affect his candidacy for the Senate.
After suffering a severe stroke in May, Pennsylvania senatorial candidate John Fetterman now relies on speech-to-text software to understand the spoken word. The digital interface has become a part of him. In a recent NBC interview, Fetterman can be seen gazing at his desktop screen, struggling to comprehend the questions asked. The Democratic nominee will even be allowed to use this software in the Oct. 25 debate with his Republican opponent, Dr. Mehmet Oz.
In a healthy society, Fetterman’s own party would urge him to resign for the common good. This situation is beyond the polarized arguments over immigration, crime, or nuclear war. Cognitive fitness is crucial for political leaders. Their job is to engage the public, project competency abroad, and go toe-to-toe with rivals. But we do not live in a healthy society.
Rather than acknowledge the danger of electing a U.S. senator who, tragically, has been forced to merge with a machine, Fetterman’s supporters are framing this as an “equity” issue. The normal desire to have leaders of sound mind and body is being denounced as “ableism” — i.e., the expectation that people are able to do their jobs. In a culture that rewards virtue-signaling, even compromised cognition is exalted as a virtue.
Our new normal is not inclusive of MAGA or the unvaccinated, but it undoubtedly includes cyborgs. And now, riding a wave of “diversity and inclusion,” Fetterman is America’s first official cyborg candidate.
“For transhumanists,” Tucker Carlson noted last week, “this is Neil Armstrong on the moon. Here you have one of the most famous politicians in the country merging with a computer.” Anyone familiar with the serious conversations around human augmentation knows Carlson is correct. It’s becoming the central issue of our time, and we must grapple with the benefits and dangers in a serious manner.
Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, calls this global transformation the Fourth Industrial Revolution — “the fusion of our physical, our digital, and our biological identities.” His 2016 book by that title identifies cochlear implants as a forerunner to an implanted brain-computer interface, casually described as a “‘built-in’ smartphone.” What begins with healing is expected to become enhancement.
A Public Illustration of Digitization
Fetterman is a public illustration of this digitization process — both its advantages and its limitations. Supporters argue that a senator using a computer to communicate should be accepted as normal. His use of digital assistance is being defended as ordinary “closed captioning.” This is disingenuous. Unlike people with hearing loss, Fetterman suffers from something far more serious.
Aphasia — the neurological inability to process speech — is not a mere sensory disorder. It’s a debilitating processing issue. In Fetterman’s case, this problem is compounded by difficulty speaking and maintaining a steady train of thought. One wonders how he would endure the pressure of the Senate.
Politicians are natural targets for cruel commentary. Their looks, their gaffes, their scandals — these are all fair game in the public square. If you step into the combat arena, expect onlookers to jeer at the first sign of weakness. In societies where free speech is protected, that’s just the nature of politics. This is as it should be. It keeps our leaders humble.
Even so, a public figure being mocked for a serious brain disorder is intolerably cruel. Many who despise President Joe Biden can’t help but feel sadness as he wanders around onstage, attempting to shake hands with the Invisible Man. Even if one has zero sympathy for Biden himself, the scene is a terrifying symbol of a nation in decline.
Normalizing Merging Humans with Machines
Transhumanists are convinced that technology will save us — not only from failing health and social decay but from physical death and cosmic entropy itself. As advances in biology and artificial intelligence rapidly catch up with these futuristic dreams, proponents use two rhetorical tactics to normalize merging humans with machines.
The first is an appeal to raw power. In the near future, machines will confer physical and cognitive advantages that make their adoption necessary to compete. That includes everything from athletic enhancement to advanced brain-computer interfaces. Given that everyone needs a smartphone to navigate basic situations, this is already a stark reality.
The other argument, resonant with woke culture, rests on human frailty. As the story goes, mindless evolution left us vulnerable to various ailments, from gradual dementia to sudden strokes. Augmentation technology, it is believed, will allow us to overcome all of these problems. Once extreme tech is proved effective in healing, it will be adopted for enhancement. To achieve this transition, the stigma attached to cyborgs must be demolished.
Neil Harbisson is a prime example of this approach. Born colorblind, he has an experimental antenna implanted in his skull that allows him to “hear” colors through fine-tuned vibrations. When he went to get his British passport renewed in 2004, officials instructed him to remove the device for his photo. He replied that his antenna is a part of his body. After weeks of advocacy, Harbisson became “the world’s first legally recognized cyborg.”
Senate attire requires a suit and tie for men. Sweatpants and hoodies are not proper attire, nor is his non-functioning auditory component of his brain post stroke.
The “lump” has no place in the Nation’s most deliberative body, period.
Sucks to be michael the groomer who has a thing for fetterman.
John Fetterman Is Spitting in the Face of Our Founding Fathers and Making a Mockery of the US Senate – Revolver News
Yesterday Fetterman appeared with joe biden.
He actually wore a suit and tie!
They didn’t fit well and the tie was quite loose.
But, he has the “uniform.”
It seems the only thing that hangs well on him is a hoodie and then the sweat pants. A real louse.
WOW. PA Debate: John Fetterman Opens only Debate with “Hi, Goodnight Everybody”
CLEAR AS MUD: John Fetterman: “I support fracking and I don’t I support fracking and I stand and I do support fracking”
Trainwreck. John Fetterman Speaks Gibberish on Minimum Wage at PA Senate Debate – COMPLETE GOBBLEDYGOOK
“Here’s What I Think We Have to Fight About Inflation Here Right Now” – Fetterman When Asked if the Biden Admin Has Overspent
Watching the replay Fetterman is a trainwreck off a bridge into a deep gorge. Lying attacks on OZ, seems he is attempting to foment jealousy of Dr. OZ’s success and wealth. We can be sympathetic to his current condition, but feeling sorry for uncle Fester is not a reason to vote for him.
In his condition on display last night, the last thing he should be doing is serving as a US Senator. He demonstrated he would be unable to process complex interactions.
He would better serve himself if he were to continue rehabilitation.
Liberal Reporter: “This Is a Disaster for Fetterman”; “I expected him to be very bad tonight. But he was much much worse than I expected”
Compare and contrast biden in 2020 with fetterman in 2022. It was elderly abuse to push biden into the basement and hide while running for office. Now it is disability abuse to push fetterman on stage to embarrass himself so democrats could have a Senate seat. This should tell everyone what the true democrat party is.
The Pennsylvania Senate Debate Between John Fetterman and Mehmet Oz
The media owe an apology to the NBC journalist they attacked for saying John Fetterman struggles to understand issues, questions and communication during conversation. The awkward and often cringeworthy responses by Fetterman during the Pennsylvania Senate debate with Mehmet Oz, proved there are some serious mental issues with the former stroke victim, John Fetterman.
In this representative exchange over the topic of fracking, you get a feel for just how incapable Fetterman is to articulate a position. The entire debate was filled with moments like this. To his credit Oz handled the debate with seriousness and did not highlight his opponents’ issues. He didn’t need to. The impairment was visible to everyone. WATCH:
I’m sorry, but just no. I’m not even comfortable criticizing the substance of the debate. What kind of family would let someone they care about put themselves through this and not intervene. John Fetterman should be in therapeutic rehab, not under the stress of a senate campaign. It’s beyond awkward; it’s sad and horrible to watch.