The libs’ hare-brained policies are a killer.
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
But the deeper roots of Loughner’s horrible massacre were explained by psychiatrist E. Fuller Torrey the Wall Street Journal on January 12. Torrey writes:
The truth is that these tragedies are happening every day throughout the United States….These tragedies are the inevitable outcome of five decades of failed mental-health policies. During the 1960s, we began to empty the state mental hospitals, but failed to put in place programs to ensure that the released patients received treatment after they left. By the 1980s, the results were evident — increasing numbers of seriously mentally ill persons among the homeless population and in the nation’s jails and prisons.
Extremist so-called civil libertarian organizations like the ACLU fight in court not only for the right of the criminally insane to be “deinstitutionalized.” As Huffington Post blogger DJ Jafee explained in the New York Post last week, “they defend the right of people with mental illness to go off treatment and be psychotic.” Lowry reported in his column last Saturday one such case where civil libertarian crusaders sprung a mental patient out of the hospital over the objection of his parents, who then proceeded to kill his mother with a hatchet two months later.
Liberals have long been glad to use the helpless insane as political props against Republicans. They used “the homeless” as an issue against President Reagan throughout the 1980s, while never pursuing real reforms that would help the hordes of mentally ill that their own policies had dumped on the streets. With the election of Bill Clinton in 1992, the homeless issue promptly disappeared.
Torrey explains that the obvious solution is not necessarily reinstitutionalization, but to “make sure individuals with serious mental illnesses are receiving treatment.” Torrey continues:
Many such patients will take medication voluntarily if it is made available to them. Others are unaware that they are sick and should be required by law to receive assisted outpatient treatment, including medication and counseling…. If they do not comply with the court-ordered treatment plan, they can and should be involuntarily admitted to a hospital.
Torrey noted that Arizona has just such a provision in its state law. But Dupnik was too involved in lambasting the Tea Party’s racism to get around to using it in Loughner’s case.
The liberals, or at least their hare-brained policies, are literally killing us.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?