Surviving a Stroke could be an asset
Neurorehabilitation professor and speech language pathologist at Boston University Swathi Kiran;
When people have a stroke, “that does not mean they can’t think through and rationalize and objectively analyze every question,”
Vox’s Keren Landman has a good article on the topic if you wish to read it. At the least, it is objective. The point of view is not flailing around with excuses of why Fetterman should not run challenging his ability to be a Senator. Fetterman’s speech was often halting, his thoughts were occasionally incomplete, and the words and phrases he used didn’t always fit their context.
The questions asked and the biased assumptions stated about disabilities are misunderstanding how a stroke impacts cognitive capacity.
Approximately two weeks previous, candidate John Fetterman gave an interview with NBC correspondent Dasha Burns. John was using live captioning technology for assistance in answering questions asked of him. It Dasha Burns was making a made an observation about his need to read her questions in order to understand them. Her verbal observation touched off an avalanche of questions and bad takes.
Back and forth Tweetering between 1 and 2:
1. “So anyone who’s speech has been effected can’t run for office? I mean we have a governor who can’t walk so I think folks with disabilities can and do almost anything. But sure shows ur true colors.”
2. No, but mental disabilities are way different than physical disabilities. If you can’t put a sentence together and have trouble understanding a question you are not fit for congress. Not a diss.. just fact.
1. That isn’t what happened even by t/reporters account. She said that he needed t/aid of a transcription program. His mind seems fine but his processing & speech affected. My family member has processing difficulties but is also an A student; taking a min doesn’t reflect intelligence
Fetterman caught himself in the back and forth with Dasha Burns.
Fetterman: “I always thought I was pretty empathetic. Emphatic. I think I was very—excuse me, empathetic. You know, that’s an example of the stroke. Empathetic. I always thought I was very empathetic before having a stroke…”
This is not a mental issue, it is a physical issue which can be remedied, An issue which may go away after a few months. With constant verbal use, he more than likely will improve in his verbal capabilities.
On John Fetterman’s stroke causing cognitive changes rendering him unfit to serve in the Senate?
These are not unreasonable — although in both the NBC interview and in a podcast interview recorded October 10 with New York magazine’s Kara Swisher, herself a stroke survivor, “Fetterman’s thinking and expression appeared to be intact.”
Questions become ugly and political when asking if someone requiring accommodations similar to the ones Fetterman used can also do the job of governing. These questions conflate the use of language-assistive devices with intellectual delays. More broadly and precisely they can be weaponized politically. Weaponized as they were by the campaign of John’s political rival Mehmet Oz. The doctor’s campaign questions conflate disability with weakness of character and mind.
Many elected officials already use assistive technology, from glasses to wheelchairs to hearing aids and beyond. If you are worrying about verbalization or intellect, go listen to Senators Scott, Tuberville, and candidate Herschel Walker.
“Senate candidate John Fetterman survived a stroke. It could be an asset if he’s elected,” Vox, Keren Landman
Not unlike overcoming stuttering in our youth …
The same, nothing wrong with how the brain functions. Issues with the embarrassment of having a person represent us who is still the same person. We will go for the crook and the fraud instead.
Possibly all true, but would have been much more convincing had it all been laid out continuously since July or August: here is what got damaged; here’s the therapy; this is the progress. But as for winning, don’t think this is as big a deal as many fear or hope. Every church in the country passes on Pastor Fetterman and tells him to finish his therapy and good luck and God bless, but people understand that this Senate seat is for 6 years, but it is buy as-is next week.
Guess who made these remarks:
· One of the great ironies of America is that, if you’re not born here, you have to take a test to become a citizen — which is fine — but if you’re born on American soil, you can become a United State Senator even if you couldn’t pass a seventh-grade civics exam.
· “You know, our government wasn’t set up for one group to have all three branches of government,” xxxxxxxxx said. “It wasn’t set up that way, our three branches, the House, the Senate and the executive.”
· Not only does the Constitution not prohibit one party from controlling all three branches of government (so, no, it’s not set up that way) but those aren’t the three branches of government.
· If you said “judiciary” you can put your hand down now. You know more than I. Congratulations.
Fetterman can discern the difference between the words; emphatic (expressing something forcibly and clearly) and empathetic (showing an ability to understand and share the feelings of another) in the conversation above.
The initial person is already a senator. Now if we can put this person in the senate who was born in the US and obviously flunked Civics or any type of US history, we can give a man who has shown he understands the difference between two unrelated words sounding similar the same chance. He has proven his intelligence.
To your other point, it took me months to recover from major surgery. I did. Enough so that when I saw two Hispanics in Kearney, NE trying to move a car, I pushed it for them with the help of one and the other behind the wheel turning it on a slight upgrade. One white-haired old man.
I lost memory too and it slowly came back to me. Fetterman does not have to prove anything and was correct in taking his time.
Why do you support an entertainer, huckster, and a fraud? This is nothing political, it is a shell game to which OZ has shown his ability to fool others.
The Republicans you support can not beat Fetterman so they mock him. The head of the Repubs:
“Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on Thursday mocked the speaking abilities of Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate who is recovering from a stroke, and President Biden, who grew up with a stutter.
McDaniel was interviewed by syndicated radio host Hugh Hewitt about news that Biden and Vice President Harris plan to appear at a political event in Philadelphia on Friday intended to boost Fetterman and other Pennsylvania Democrats on the ballot.” WaPo
“Much More Convincing” when it happens to you, come back to AB and we will judge your abilities in the same manner. Churches have no dogs in this fight. This is not Europe Eric, you are in America now where supposedly we have separation of church and state. Except for Catholics.