Congress and “Mental Health Crises”

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An emailer responded to my post(s) on the Justina Pelletier case. He wrote that I should be concerned about a bill being pushed in the U.S. CONgress called “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013,” H.R. 3717. He wrote that it includes forced psychiatric drugging. Now, I skimmed through this bill and looked at some other articles online, but I couldn’t find anything about forced drugging. I did see something about expanding “Involuntary Outpatient Commitment” on one article about the bill.

The issue for me is, I really don’t look at specific legislation. Just reading through the text of some of these bills make me want to toss my cookies. But all these legislative bills are bad unless they propose to repeal everything, and/or abolish each and every department and agency there in the Parasite Beltway. And as I saw on some articles and blogs, some mental health activists are worried about this bill “gutting” the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Are you serious? “Gut away!” I say. And as Laurence Vance would say, why is there even a “Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration” in the first place? And why is there a Department of Health and Human Services as well?

People should oppose that aforementioned bill for the same reason they should support the repeal of ObamaCare (which should be replaced with nothing as well!). It’s not the government’s place to get itself involved in mental health issues or “substance abuse.” In fact, as I looked at the text of the bill, I can see how such meaningless bureaucratic gibberish can give even the sanest of people “mental health issues.”

By the way, the sponsor of the bill mentioned here is Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, who is, according to Wikipedia, a psychologist, and a co-author of a book on how to deal with “angry children.”

1:06 pm on April 26, 2014