Former Vice President Joe Biden recently brought on oncologist and
bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel to serve on his COVID-19 advisory board and
will work closely with Biden if he becomes president.
The move to bring on Emanuel is quite odd considering the doctor once
argued that people should not live past the age of 75. Biden is 77.
The comments from the doctor were made in an article titled, “Why I
Hope to Die at 75.” Emmanuel explains his argument that “society and
families — and you — will be better off if nature takes its course
swiftly and promptly.”
Check out what Emmanuel had to say:
…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…By the time I reach 75, I will have lived a complete
life. I will have loved and been loved. My children will be
grown and in the midst of their own rich lives. I will have
seen my grandchildren born and beginning their lives. I will
have pursued my life’s projects and made whatever
contributions, important or not, I am going to make. And
hopefully, I will not have too many mental and physical
limitations. Dying at 75 will not be a tragedy.
It gets worse. Emanuel continues by detailing what type of healthcare
people should get or not get after the age of 75. Does he believe his
rules should go for Biden as well?
What about simple stuff? Flu shots are out. Certainly if there
were to be a flu pandemic, a younger person who has yet to
live a complete life ought to get the vaccine or any antiviral
drugs. A big challenge is antibiotics for pneumonia or skin
and urinary infections. Antibiotics are cheap and largely
effective in curing infections. It is really hard for us to
say no. Indeed, even people who are sure they don’t want
life-extending treatments find it hard to refuse antibiotics.
But, as Osler reminds us, unlike the decays associated with
chronic conditions, death from these infections is quick and
relatively painless. So, no to antibiotics.
Check out what Matt Walsh per the Daily Wire had to say:
To review: Joe Biden’s coronavirus adviser does not think life
is worth living at 75, does not see the death of someone 75 or
over to be tragic, and does not think that people that age
should be accepting flu shots or even antibiotics.
This is concerning, to say the least, because the virus has
especially decimated the 75+ age demographic. You might argue
that there’s a serious conflict of interest in a man advising
the president on how to deal with a disease that mostly kills
the elderly, while personally believing that the elderly
should just die anyway and it’s no great tragedy when they do.
The conflict is all the more troublesome when you remember
that Joe Biden himself is over the age of 75. It is an awkward
thing to be advised by someone who thinks it’s probably better
if you were dead.
None of this is a surprise coming from a bioethicist.
Professional ethicists of all types these days are often
hamstrung by their own inability to see the inherent value
and dignity of human life.
The whole point of ethics is to develop a moral system or code
to govern our behavior and interactions with each other. But
the most fundamental principle which ought to govern our
behavior toward others is our recognition of their inherent
value and human dignity. If a person has no such recognition,
their ethics will be perverse, and often they will arrive at
ethical conclusions that are exactly the opposite of correct.
Following the advice of a nihilist ethicist seems about as
safe as taking a class with a suicidal sky diving instructor.
This is also what we should expect to get from the Democrat
Party, which has diligently earned the “Party of Death” moniker
by facilitating, supporting, and cheering the mass slaughter
of 60 million human children through abortion. These are not
people who see the destruction of innocent life as universally
wrong or immoral or even undesirable. Now we are threatened
with the possibility that they might take over our national
pandemic response. It’s clear what direction that might go.
"We have put together, I think, the most extensive and and inclusive
voter fraud organization in the history of American politics."
- Joe Biden