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GOP's view of sacrificing seniors in the name of herd immunity isn't held by all of them, probably

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In place of a nationwide policy of social distancing measures, it might be a tough sell to put in place “a risk-based ‘alternative public health approach’ to the COVID-19 pandemic that involves “focused protection” of those most at risk and seeks to avoid or minimize the “social harm” of lockdown”. That’s the goal of the Great Barrington Declaration embraced by the White House.

In another time and place that type of social segregation could be called concentrating dangerous persons in camp-like settings separated from the “healthy” public with emphasis on more infectious or vulnerable status. Great Godwin!


Recall that in March, a prominent GOP politician expressed the desire to sacrifice segments of the population so that others might live. OTOH, like John Cornyn, perhaps it’s a view held in secret.

(March 2020)

What they're saying: “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 all America loves for your children and grandchildren? And if that's the exchange, I'm all in,” Patrick said on air.

  • “I just think there are lots of grandparents out there in this country like me — I have six grandchildren — that's what we all care about. … And I want to live smart and see through this, but I don't want the whole country to be sacrificed. And that's what I see,” he added.

The big picture: Patrick's comments come shortly after President Trump's press briefing on Monday where he said the economy will be reactivated soon as the administration plans to ease social distancing initiatives. Public health officials have strongly urged for continuing the efforts.




Too late:


In the United States, the Trump administration has been reported to support the Great Barrington Declaration, based on statements made to Newsweek and other publications by senior advisers that were not authorized to speak on the record.[46]

The Great Barrington Declaration is a proposal written and signed at the American Institute for Economic Research in Great Barrington, Massachusetts on 4 October 2020. It advocates a risk-based “alternative public health approach” to the COVID-19 pandemic that involves “focused protection” of those most at risk and seeks to avoid or minimize the “social harm” of lockdown.…





Granny killers of the Trumpian kind, because to them, Logan's Run is a policy proposal or rhetorical fancy like “death panels”.

Logan's Run is a 1976 American science fiction action film[5] … It depicts a utopian future society on the surface, revealed as a dystopia where the population and the consumption of resources are maintained in equilibrium by killing everyone who reaches the age of thirty. The story follows the actions of Logan 5, a “Sandman” who has terminated others who have attempted to escape death and is now faced with termination himself.…'s_Run_(film)

Logan's Run is a novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. Published in 1967, the novel depicts a dystopic ageist future society in which both population and the consumption of resources are maintained in equilibrium by requiring the death of everyone reaching the age of 21. The story follows the actions of Logan, a Sandman charged with enforcing the rule, as he tracks down and kills citizens who “run” from society's lethal demand—only to end up “running” himself.…

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