Guy Ciarrocchi: Who’s running our government?

He lost his train of thought. He mumbled. He forgot the question. His voice was weak.

Biden lost the debate, but in the end: Who cares?

Democrats across the nation are split on whether to support Biden, give him a second chance, or abandon him like a leper. Their sycophants in the legacy media voiced the range of frightened emotions. Some voiced all three positions in the span of 48 hours.

The understudies wait in the wings, while their “agents” whisper to the legacy media and party leaders. Teams Harris, Whitmer, Newsom, and even Shapiro have been busy this past week.

None of that matters. None of it. Not the “what comes next?” Or, “who comes next?”

There are two far more important issues that come from the embarrassing, humiliating, tragic debate performance — known to all Americans, and every leader of every nation and terrorist group.

The most important issue is: Who’s running our government!? 

Clearly Joe Biden isn’t. At a minimum, he’s not running it 24/7/365. Who’s setting up his meetings, writing his speeches and approving his tweets? Who’s in charge of our confusing, meandering policy towards Israel and Hamas — is that him? Who is creating our policies on the Mexican border — first open, then half-closed, then open, then — at least — kind of closed, but not really.

We are told that he’s at his “best” between 10am and 4pm and that, going forward, the staff will avoid events and meetings after 8pm.

Assuming for the sake of discussion that he actually gets to make final decisions between the hours of 10 and 4, who’s making them when the commander-in-chief is “off the clock?”

Hillary Clinton once asked America: “Who will answer the phone at 3am” to make life or death decisions? Who will answer the call from a US general, the Prime Minister of Israel or Japan or the President of Mexico or Poland — or the Border Patrol along our southern border?

In addition, have our ambassadors and generals asked the Chinese, Russians, Hamas, Iranians and North Koreans not to “misbehave” after 4pm? Or 8pm? Have we advised our allies to hold all calls and crises until after 10am the next day?

None of this is about politics. It’s about the security of our nation. The security of our men and women in uniform around the world risking their lives for us. It’s about my family — and yours.

When the call comes in at 3am — or, frankly even at 10:30am after a hearty breakfast — who’s briefing the president, choosing what he’s told and not told? And who is actually making the final decision?

We know “Dr. Jill” is omnipresent. We’re now told that Hunter is attending senior staff meetings and holding his own meetings in the West Wing.

Are they talking to Netanyahu? Putin? Xi? When General Cavoli — the Supreme Commander of NATO — calls into the White House about activity in Ukraine or near Poland, Sweden or Italy, who gives him his final orders? 

This isn’t about carrying Pennsylvania or winning the Presidency, it’s about now. Who’s running the show between now and January 20, 2025?

Joe Biden doesn’t have to prove that he’s able to run for President. He has to prove to the American public, Congress, and our allies that he’s able to lead this nation as President of the United States today.

Otherwise, Vice President Harris should be elevated — God help us. It doesn’t matter if that makes it more likely that Trump loses and the Democrats recapture the House, or that the GOP will win in a landslide.

It’s about our national security. Period.

Then President Harris will have to answer the phone at 3am — and be praised or criticized for what she does and says.

That brings us to the second, lesser, but still very important point: She’s been lying to us, too. Big time.

She’s been lying. His cabinet has been lying to us. Karine Jean-Pierre — his official spokesperson — has been lying. Democratic members of the Senate and House have been lying. His campaign staff have been lying. His big donors have been lying.

They’ve all been lying to us for months — probably years. Whether it was “looking us in the eye” lying, giving us “Clintonian” vagaries, or taking an oath of silence: they all lied to us.

Maybe politicians’ lies don’t bother us anymore, but this isn’t about patronage, promising to “fix the roads,” or “help the poor.” This is deadly important.

They’ve been playing “Weekend At Bernies” for months, if not years. They’re all so hungry for power, or so convinced that the ends justify the means. After all, they have to stop him! If you have to destroy the Constitution — if you have to destroy “Democracy” to save “Democracy,” so be it.

If you’re not surprised or troubled that politicians and consultants lied or put themselves and their party before national interest, sadly, I understand.

The real damage to national trust is that the legacy media has been lying to us not only during the last week, but the last several years. Be it incompetence or maliciousness, either they were too lazy, sloppy or left-wing to notice that Biden wasn’t up to the job, or — worse — they knew but chose to ignore it and cover it up. It’s of little matter whether it was the decision of the writers or reporters, or their editors, producers or owners.

The legacy media misled us at best, if not outright lied to us.

From failing to report on Biden’s mistakes, literal missteps and confusion, to actively attacking anyone pointing it out in writings or videos, the legacy media failed us, again. In just the last 30 days, from CBS to the New York Times, they told us that actual video tapes of Biden being confused at Normandy, in Italy, and at a campaign fundraiser were “deep fake” videos.

They kept asking Americans: “Who are you going to believe, us, or your lying eyes?”

From Covid and the lockdowns and mandates, to stories on inflation, to misreporting Trump’s words about Charlottesville or veterans: too many reporters have become progressive advocates — and advocates who get angry when you call them advocates. 

And the reporters, editors, producers, and owners believe it’s not only their duty to tell their view of the world; it’s their duty to mock, attack or hide the stories and opinions of anyone challenging them.

To paraphrase the famed fictional attorney — Jerry Callo: “I got no more use for these guys!”

Will Biden run or be replaced? That’s not issue number one.

What Americans deserve to know is far more important: Who’s running our national government? We deserve real answers. And, sadly, we have every reason to doubt that White House staff, Democrats in Congress, or the legacy media will give us the truth.

Guy Ciarrocchi writes for Broad + Liberty and RealClear Pennsylvania. He is a Senior Fellow with the Commonwealth Foundation. Follow Guy at @PaSuburbsGuy.

11 thoughts on “Guy Ciarrocchi: Who’s running our government?”

  1. Guy,
    A direct answer to your question: the same people that comprise the so-called “Deep State” during the Trump Administration. Some of them may be included in the long list at the end of this comment. More likely it is the people who blackmailed the “Epstein client list.” They are running our country, and Epstein’s clients are some of their tools.
    Straight Arrow News is a good website if you want to see underreported stories from BOTH the Left and the Right. Additionally, they have read: “The 25% Revolution—How Big Does a Minority Have to Be to Reshape Society?” by David Noonan in Scientific American date June 18, 2018. Here’s that very small, partial list:
    Former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, former CIA Director Michael Hayden, former Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper, former National Intelligence Council Chair Thomas Fingar, former National Security Agency Deputy Director Rick Legett, former CIA acting Director John McLaughlin, former CIA acting Director Michael Morell, former Defense Undersecretary for Intelligence Mike Vickers, former Defense Intelligence Agency Deputy Director Doug Wise, former National Counterterrorism Center Director Nick Rasmussen, former National Counterterrorism Center acting Director Russ Travers, former National Counterterrorism Center Deputy Director Andy Liepman, former CIA chief of staff John Moseman, former CIA chief of staff Larry Pfeiffer, former CIA chief of staff Jeremy Bash, former National Security Agency general counsel Glenn Gerstell, former CIA chief of staff Rodney Snyder, former CIA analyst and manager David Priess, former CIA Deputy Director of Analysis Pam Purcilly, former CIA senior operations officer Marc Polymeropoulos, former CIA senior intelligence officer Chris Savos, former CIA senior intelligence officer John Tullius, former CIA senior intelligence officer David A. Vanell, former CIA senior operations officer Kristin Wood, former CIA inspector general David Buckley, former CIA analyst and targeting officer Nada Bakos, former CIA senior intelligence officer Patty Brandmaier, former CIA senior intelligence officer James B. Bruce, former CIA intelligence analyst David Cariens, former CIA operational support officer Janice Cariens, former CIA senior operations officer Paul Kolbe, former CIA analyst Peter Corsell, former CIA senior intelligence officer Brett Davis, former national intelligence officer Roger Zane George, former CIA senior intelligence officer Steven L. Hall, former national intelligence officer Kent Harrington, former national security executive Don Hepburn, former dean of CIA’s Kent School of Intelligence Analysis Timothy D. Kilbourn, former CIA officer Ron Marks, former CIA technical operations officer Jonna Hiestand Mendez, former director of CIA’s Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program Emile Nakhleh, former CIA senior operations officer Gerald A. O’Shea, former CIA deputy chief of staff Nick Shapiro, former CIA senior operations officer John Sipher, former National Security Council senior director for intelligence programs Stephen Slick, former CIA deputy assistant director for global issues Cynthia Strand, former CIA Deputy Executive Director Greg Tarbell, former National Intelligence Collection Board Chairman David Terry, former National Intelligence Council Chair Greg Treverton, and former CIA director of analysis Winston Wiley.

  2. To all the power seekers who are willing to do anything to get it or keep it, think about whose finger is on the trigger. Who has control of the codes and what would happen to the world if the codes were activated by someone who has convinced themselves that they will stay in power even if the world becomes a radioactive wasteland. With nuclear, you don’t need a senile, old fool to bring the Apocalypse. In the debates surrounding the misuse of government power and “lawfare,” people seem to have forgotten Nacy Pelosi end run to the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a more egregious breach of the chain of command and usurpation of presidential powers and responsibilities can hardly be found in American history. That is the true action when democracy just about died.

    1. Do we need a President asking why we don’t use nuclear weapons if we have them.
      Or someone who steals classified documents and lies about having them for 18 months. When anyone else would have been arrested in a matter of days.
      Nancy Pelosi asked the joint Chiefs of Staff what the procedures were if a President ordered a nuclear strike without cause. Not to implement them.

      1. Judah,
        Ten years ago, almost any reader would presume you were likely to be a fake commentator. The far Left is so silly these days that you might indeed be an authentic commentator.
        You are probably mad at the human, Trump, who was in politics for less than 4 years total, for saying “black jobs” meanwhile simultaneously you celebrate other nonsensical terms like “black owned businesses.” You love to pander to career politicians. It is really odd.
        Bank records show that between 2017 and 2018, Hudson West sent over $4 million to Hunter Biden’s connected companies and $75,000 to James Biden’s entities. In addition, Hunter Biden’s ‘personal entity’ of Owasco P.C. received $100,000 directly from CEFC Infrastructure in 2017.
        Guess what? Want to know why the RINOs aren’t going after the Biden Crime family? Almost all of the Republicans and Democrats do the same thing. Go replace your Ukranian flag because it is probably getting faded by now.

    1. I don’t know. I like Morgan Freeman’s quotes: “Black History Month is an insult. You’re going to relegate my history to a month?” And on how to get rid of racism: “Stop talking about it.”
      But you probably trust and follow NPR, correct? So, here is an article answering your strawman question: https://www.npr.org/2023/04/16/1170293913/the-black-unemployment-rate-has-hit-a-record-low-but-it-might-be-too-early-to-ce
      Because the far-Left and thRINOs love to constantly have us focus on our immutable (any physical attribute perceived as unchangeable, entrenched and innate) characteristics. Divide and conquer is their plan. Don’t forget to update your LGBTQIA+ flag, too, when you’re replacing your Ukranian flag.

      1. “I don’t know.” Congratulations on gaslighting the rest of your response. Still waiting for you to explain what gender the men in South Philly are after your statement that they are no longer men.

        1. Gaslighting… by sending you a NPR article which goes into great detail about your question?
          Re: gender
          There exists no better way of extending “the sexual revolution” by communists than by shaking confidence in the very idea of man and woman. Many facets of family life have been roiled by the communist effort to separate sex from gender and subsequent efforts to create a world without preconceived roles. All these incongruous (not in harmony) groups, LGBTQIA+, are in fact very opposite from each other yet bunched together. The illogical grouping is intentional. It is all part and parcel to push another “revolution” that eliminates the proprietary family and celebrates non-monogamous sexual experiences.
          Back to the articles main question “Who’s running our government?” if we ask a few more obvious questions, it leads us closer to an answer.
          Why isn’t it bigger news that a presidential candidate is touring the country telling anyone who will listen that his father and uncle were both killed by the US government?

          1. I want to know what you believe Black and Hispanic Jobs are and what gender you believe the men of South Philly are since you no longer consider them men.

            What do you believe is the answer to this; “Back to the articles main question “Who’s running our government?” if we ask a few more obvious questions, it leads us closer to an answer.”

            Do you check for Communists under your bed and people who work for the Deep State in your closet before you go to bed at night?

  3. Judah,

    I remember John Street famously coming into a meeting of government and quasi govt leaders in Phila and yelling, while banging the table, “they are black jobs now. We are taking them all”.

    If you have ever had a seat at the table and actually listened to those convos, maybe it would be less contentious a statement. Ironically and hypocrtically, Jordan Harris is running a social media troll campaign about “black jobs”, when he is one going into meetings demanding more jobs for blacks. Many of his decisions are made around creating opportunities for black people specifically.

    That’s not odd, controversial, or contentious when he says it.

    Maybe you should ask him?

    It seems abundantly clear to me that “black jobs” are any jobs a black person would have wanted, but now can’t get because of an open border crisis.

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