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"Old People Should Volunteer to Die to Save the Economy," Says Texas Lt. Governor

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.

Dan Patrick, Texas Lt. Governor

Dan Patrick, Texas Lt. Governor

If you are at least 70 years old, you should be concerned that Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick said, "Old people should volunteer to die to save the economy." He has probably voiced what other government officials also believe.

Patrick who turned 70 on April 4, 2020 believes older people are most at risk during the coronavirus pandemic. That's why the Republican Lt. Governor told Fox News host Tucker Carlson on March 23, 2020, that he would rather die than see American economy become damaged. While he believes “lots of grandparents” across the country would agree with him, a lot of older people are advising the governor to "speak for yourself."

Patrick admits he is more for the economy than he is for public health. He firmly believes Americans should sacrifice their own lives for the sake of the economy during the coronavirus pandemic. Unlike Patrick who is a Republican, Democratic officials argue that public health should remain the country’s top priority instead of the economy.

Patrick said he is afraid that public health restrictions to prevent coronavirus could end American life as the nation once knew. He added that he is willing to risk his own life to protect the American economy for his grandchildren. Patrick said he is in the high-risk group, and if he had a choice to give up his life for his six grandchildren, "Then I’m all in.”


Patrick defended his March 23 comment on April 21 by saying, "There are more important things than living. And that’s saving this country for my children, and my grandchildren and saving this country for all of us. And I don’t want to die, nobody wants to die, but man, we got to take some risks and get back in the game, and get this country back up and running."

Patrick's Religious Views

Patrick is an evangelical Christian and a member of various Christian organizations. He doesn't mind sharing his Christian faith, but people are wondering if what he is suggesting is a good example of being a Christian.

Is it a Christian thing to suggest to older people: "Die to save the country." God has given everyone an appointed time to die (Ecclesiastes 3:2). It is not a Christian view for Dan Patrick to suggest older people should volunteer to die according to his time table and not God's.

During Patrick's inauguration speech on January 20, 2015, he said, "I am a Christian first, a conservative second and a Republican third, and I praise Jesus for this moment and this day."

Backlash After Patrick's Remark

When the coronavirus pandemic first began to spread in the United States, most reports indicated that older people and those with preexisting health conditions were more at risk than others. In many weeks that followed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and medical experts changed their initial reports to show that COVID-19 has affected people of all ages.

New York has been among the states hardest hit by the pandemic. After Patrick's remark, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo immediately tweeted a response without calling the lieutenant governor's name. The 62-year-old governor said, “My mother is not expendable. We will not put a dollar figure on human life. We can have a public health strategy that is consistent with an economic one. No one should be talking about social Darwinism for the sake of the stock market.” Cuomo's mother, Matilda, is 88 years old. Patrick's mother died of heart failure at the age of 90 in 2016.

Economy or Public Health?

Patrick is pleading for people not to sacrifice the country. According to him, "Our biggest gift we give to our country and our children and our grandchildren is the legacy of our country, and right now, that is at risk." He is convinced that if older Americans would volunteer to die, they would be doing it for the greater good of the country's economy. If older people agreed to die during the coronavirus pandemic, it would keep the United States from going into a depression.

President Donald Trump admits he doesn't wear a mask because he doesn't want to be photographed with one on because it would give the impression that he is more for public health than for the economy.

Trump is 73 years old and will be 74 next month on June 14. Dan Patrick is 70. They are in the same age category that they are suggesting that others should volunteer to die to save the economy.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


MG Singh emge from Singapore on May 25, 2020:

I am really shocked that a man in a responsible position can make such a ludicrous statement.

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Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 24, 2020:

Today is Memorial day Sunday. Sure seems to me that a lot of old men sent young boys off to die for the good of the country. I support our military and live in Fighter Town.

Of course this fellow is nuts and the idea crazy. But I cannot send my boy off to war and then say that elders get a pass when it comes to the protection of our nation and other peoples.

Of course that is all in the area of logic without love, but?

I believe that both sides of the isle refer to this pandemic as a war, and many think a foreign country started it. These analogies are too startling.

Once again I think the Patrick is loony tunes.

Lorna Lamon on May 24, 2020:

I agree with Sujatha on this one, however, to make a similar statement about his life is surely hypocritical and very unchristian.

Gladys Shelton on May 24, 2020:

If God wanted it to be that way He wouldn't let us stay here to get pass seventy.

Sujatha from Noida on May 24, 2020:

No human has the rights to wish another person's death !

peachy from Home Sweet Home on May 23, 2020:

yeah he should the first example to go girst since he said so

Doll Thompson on May 23, 2020:

His comments and thinking are as "dumb as a bucket of rocks."

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on May 23, 2020:

That's what I said.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on May 23, 2020:

He’s an old people so let him die first.

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