Do You Suffer from Philosophical Intoxication?

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That’s the term used by the Soviet government against critics of that government as a rationale for imprisoning political dissenters in mental hospitals.  It is also apparently the plan by the current sheriff of Palm Beach County, Florida, Rick Bradshaw.  Bradshaw recently was awarded a $1 million grant from the Florida state legislature for a new “violence prevention unit.”

“We want people to call us if the guy down the street says he hates the government,” Sheriff Bradshaw told the Palm Beach Post.  He is planning a telephone “hotline and is planning public service announcements to encourage residents to report their neighbors, friends, or family members” if they hear anything “suspicious.”  After “troubled people are identified by Bradshaw’s teams,” the Palm Beach Post reports, then such people will be sent to a mental hospital.

Sheriff Bradshaw boasted that his program will be “a first of its kind in the nation, and he hopes it will become a model for the rest of the state .

When asked if this program might not invite people to “report” spouses during nasty divorces, neighbors or co-workers they hate, etc., the sheriff assured everyone that his “professionals” would be able to “sift through the frivolous complaints” very efficiently.  Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, . . .!!

3:01 pm on May 1, 2013