What began as an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal before it became Trump's one-man mission to 'restart the economy' before it would be safe to do so is now a full-blown Republican campaign to call for human sacrifices.
And that's not hyperbole. It is literal.
Conservative pundits from Wall Street to the lizardmen who populate The Federalist are calling on older Americans to sacrifice their lives for Trump's economy and Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick apparently drew the short straw and appeared on Fox News last night to make a sacrifice of his own.
Dan Patrick, Texas’ Republican lieutenant governor, on Monday night suggested that he and other grandparents would be willing to risk their health and even lives in order for the United States to “get back to work” amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Those of us who are 70 plus, we’ll take care of ourselves. But don’t sacrifice the country,” Patrick said on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
“No one reached out to me and said, 'As a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that America loves for its children and grandchildren?' And if that is the exchange, I'm all in,” Patrick said.
You know, there was time that most of you will recall when Republicans said President Obama was the "anti-Christ" because the Affordable Care Act -- Obamacare -- included "death panels;" panels that would allegedly ration health care and cull senior citizens and the infirm.
Republicans are now literally saying seniors and the infirm should be sacrificed for market value. And I'm not a religious person, but if you're looking for someone who actually fits the bill for the anti-Christ, you may want to turn your attention to the current White House.
It has never really been a joke when I've written that Republicans 'want you dead,' but now they're literally saying that themselves. Some people will just have to die, they say, so our way of life will be preserved. But the way of life we're preserving is not western democracy or even capitalism; it's an inflated, hyper-capitalism that derives a lot of its worth from things that don't actually add any value to society.
The people who are still working at grocery stores, hospitals, and fire stations are where we find real value, not in share buybacks and dividend payments. The real economy is people and Republicans are saying we should sacrifice people for the fake economy.