For a pandemic that seems particularly fatal for the elderly, Joe Biden has tapped a so-called "expert" to advise him about the Wuhan coronavirus. The only problem with the "expert" is that he believes people should die before they get too old, saying he himself wishes to die at the age of 75. Biden is 77.
The former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate has decided to create a "Public Health Advisory Committee" to inform him about the coronavirus while the candidate campaigns for the White House. Biden is trying to paint a picture of himself as an informed, capable leader who can spearhead this nation's way out of anything. On Friday, the candidate and his team couldn't figure out how to run a virtual town hall.
One of the Democratic advisers picked to join Biden's advisory committee on the Wuhan virus is Obamacare architect and noted bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel. In keeping with the Democrats' culture of death, Emanuel wrote a piece for The Atlantic titled, "Why I Hope to Die at 75."
In Emanuel's piece, the author talks about how everyone thinks he's crazy for wishing to die at 75 but believes "75 is a pretty good age to aim to stop." For those wondering, Emanuel is 62 years old.
Wesley Smith at National Review noticed the conflict of interest.
(Via The Atlantic)
"Doubtless, death is a loss. It deprives us of experiences and milestones, of time spent with our spouse and children. In short, it deprives us of all the things we value.
But here is a simple truth that many of us seem to resist: living too long is also a loss. It renders many of us, if not disabled, then faltering and declining, a state that may not be worse than death but is nonetheless deprived. It robs us of our creativity and ability to contribute to work, society, the world. It transforms how people experience us, relate to us, and, most important, remember us. We are no longer remembered as vibrant and engaged but as feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic."
This is just the kind of thinking Joe Biden wants on his health advisory committee during the coronavirus. The average age of those who have died from the Wuhan virus in the United States is 81 years old, and 25 of the nearly 50 deaths in the United States reported so far have been linked to a single nursing home.
But most relevant for the Biden campaign is what the adviser writes on the subject of declining mental function during old age, which, at this point, surely pertains to the candidate himself.
"Even if we aren’t demented, our mental functioning deteriorates as we grow older," Emanuel writes. "Age-associated declines in mental-processing speed, working and long-term memory, and problem-solving are well established."
Indeed they are. Perhaps this is why Joe Biden thinks he's still running for the Senate and constantly saying crazy things like 150 million Americans have died from gun violence since 2007, which is about half of the population of the United States, something he might want to remember if he plans on being this country's president.