Joe Biden Promises Feat of Biblical Proportions if Elected President
People who run for public office like to make promises about things they will do if they get elected. Former Vice President Joe Biden has made one of the most remarkable vows by a politician in a long time, according to Fox News:
“Former Vice President Joe Biden made a bold promise on Tuesday to ‘cure cancer’ if he is elected president in 2020.
“At a campaign event in Ottumwa, Iowa, Biden expressed the difficulty one faces with a ‘loss’ of a family member and others attempt to comfort them saying, ‘I know how you feel’ when in reality they have ‘no idea how I feel,’ which is likely in reference to the loss of his son Beau Biden, who died in 2015 from brain cancer.
’That’s why I’ve worked so hard in my career to make sure that… I promise you if I’m elected president, you’re going to see the single most important thing that changes America, we’re gonna cure cancer,’ Biden declared.”
The initial reaction is to roll one’s eyes at the awesome scale of this pander. The universe of Americans who have had cancer, may get cancer, or know someone who has had cancer constitutes every man, woman, and child in the United States.
Then, one might wonder, while he’s at it, why doesn’t Biden promise to cure cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, or the heartbreak of psoriasis? Maybe he could add a hundred or so years to the human lifespan.
On the other hand, Biden could deserve a pass because he has suffered the worse thing that a parent can endure, to outlive an offspring. The last words, it has been reported, that Beau Biden told his father is that he should run for president. The young Biden meant 2016, but Joe Biden was still too distraught four years ago to make the attempt. Now he is in what he thinks is a frame of mind to run for the most powerful office on the planet.
However, Biden still should not have made the promise in the way he worded it. No one can promise that he can cure cancer, not even the president of the United States. The best Biden could do is to increase spending on research. Indeed, the federal government has been lavishly spending on cancer research since the early 70s, when then-President Richard Nixon declared a “War on Cancer.” Over four decades later, some progress has been made, but cancer still is a leading cause of death worldwide.
Medical News Today notes that a host of new therapies are starting to come out of the lab and into a clinical setting. They include immune therapies, designer viruses and vaccines, nanoparticles, tumor starvation, and using something called epigenetics to target cancers. But what does this all mean for a cure for cancer, as Biden promised?
“Cancer research is running at full speed, taking advantage of all the technological advances that science has achieved over recent years. But what does that mean in terms of coming up with a cure for cancer?
“Whether or not there will ever be a cure for all cancer types is currently a matter of strong debate; although promising studies are published and covered by the media almost every day, cancer types vary immensely.
“Also, while there is much-emerging research promising more effective treatments, most of these projects are still in their early stages, having conducted in vitro and in vivo experiments. Some potential treatments still have a long way to go before clinical trials in human patients.
“Still, that doesn’t mean we should lose all hope. Some researchers explain that these efforts should make us optimistic; while we may not be at the stage where we can claim that cancer can easily be eradicated, our furthered knowledge and ever more precise tools keep us ahead of the game and improve our odds in the fight against this disease.”
Translated that means that cancer may well be “cured” in the sense that people afflicted by it will not have to die. Cancers can be eradicated, only to come back with more fury months or years later. The trick will be to either develop treatments that will eradicate cancers once and for all or at least be able to kill it again when and if it comes back. Biden, heartfelt as he may be, should not have promised that the thing will be done in the eight years of a hypothetical two terms of his presidency.