So RushBabe49 will not be discussing a “Biden administration” here without scare-quotes. Actually, a “Biden administration” is pretty scary, to us who are, as Rush likes to call us, Seasoned Citizens.
Just as a little sample, the not-yet-president-elect has already assembled a Wuhan Coronavirus task force. Included on that task force is a medical doctor named Ezekiel Emanuel, who is in favor of “geronticide” of folks over 75 years of age. He published his own essay, stating that he himself does not want to live past 75. Here is a part of that essay. Emphasis mine.
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.
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.
Once I have lived to 75, my approach to my health care will completely change. I won’t actively end my life. But I won’t try to prolong it, either. Today, when the doctor recommends a test or treatment, especially one that will extend our lives, it becomes incumbent upon us to give a good reason why we don’t want it. The momentum of medicine and family means we will almost invariably get it…
But 75 defines a clear point in time: for me, 2032. It removes the fuzziness of trying to live as long as possible. Its specificity forces us to think about the end of our lives and engage with the deepest existential questions and ponder what we want to leave our children and grandchildren, our community, our fellow Americans, the world. The deadline also forces each of us to ask whether our consumption is worth our contribution.
All you old folks who follow this blog should prepare to hold the morbid doctor to his vow. Also, did anyone notice that Jxx Bxxxx is way over 75 years of age, which means he has already outlived whatever usefulness he ever had. Time for the gas chamber, or lethal injection.
As far as a vaccine is concerned, the evil doctor subscribes to the viewpoint that the elderly who are most at risk should not be able to get the vaccine before the young and minorities. And poor countries should be prioritized over wealthier ones. Just remember who is paying for those vaccines, and whose administration is behind Operation Warp Speed.
That’s all for today.