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A couple of days ago, presidential candidate Joe Biden said at a rally that if he were elected president “we’re going to cure cancer.” CNN reporter Kate Bolduan was very generous when speaking with Biden co-campaign chairman Cedric Richmond, and asked: “how can he promise that, though?” Representative Richmond has a puzzling response for the public when he is asked that question.
We generally see presidential candidates making promises that they cannot deliver on, simply because the office of the president, rightfully, lacks the power to truly accomplish those promises. Usually, we hear candidates say that they are going to cut funding for this program or increase funding for that program, that they will give the people what they want. In reality, it is Congress that has the power to do these things, not the president. We give the candidates a pass because we want to believe that they have some power.
Joe Biden has taken the tradition of promising things that can’t be delivered to an entirely new level, though. The way he said “we are going to cure cancer” sounded like it is a mere matter of political will. It was as if he were talking about building a road or promising renewable energy. Even more bizarre than that was Representative Richmond’s response to being asked how Biden could promise that. Richmond said, “We’re America. When we made the commitment to go to the moon, people didn’t think we could do it, and that’s what’s inspiring about Vice President Biden, is that; he knows, as America, we can accomplish some very big things.”
Again, it is as if we are only talking about needing the will to accomplish the task. Bolduan asked Richmond if he was sure that the campaign wanted to hang their hat on that promise. Richmond replied, “Well look, if-if you can, imagine America how you want it, and look, we have to remember that he (Biden) is a subject matter expert in that area. He knows the progress we’ve made. So, if he believes that we can do it, I believe him…Remember, as Americans, we do some really, really great things. And I think curing cancer is one of those things that we have to strive to do.”
There are two ideas here. Either we take representative Richmond at his word that Biden knows we are near to a cure for cancer—in which case, Biden’s election doesn’t matter—or, we accept the idea that we have willfully allowed people to needlessly suffer, and electing god-emperor Joe Biden will, among other things, literally cure cancer. On the flip side, what happens if we don’t elect him? Will he withhold the cure? Would we be making the biggest mistake of our lives if he isn’t elected and we lose the cure for cancer?
If people truly believe that a president can literally cure cancer simply by electing him, we are at a point where political discussion has no purpose. If people believe a statement like the one Biden delivered, we have entered the realm of the ancients; where leaders were living gods, capable of bringing forth thunder and rain, handing out punishments and rewards with divine righteousness. In that scenario, we need not vote for the president, instead, we put candidates to a test to determine if they are indeed a living god. If they are found to be one, they will rule for the rest of their lives. Who can challenge a god, after all?
The mere fact that Biden uttered the words “If I’m elected, we’re going to cure cancer” is indicative how little politicians think of us. This man was the Vice President of the United States. He has dozens of people surrounding him, advising him on what to say, what to do, and who to speak to. If he believed, or if his team believed, that people would accept that statement as truth, they think we are complete and utter morons. May God help us if his campaign continues to gain steam.