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Monday, January 10, 2005

When Dissent Becomes Pathology


GWB's Brave New World. There, I said. Its a cliché that I can't avoid, and a cliché that happens to be, well, true.

If you are a person of the politial persuasion who wishes government control our health care system, I'd advise you to be careful what you wish for -- you just might get it.

It seems that not only does our "conservative" president have the honour of passing the largest piece of social welfare spending since Lyndon Johnson, with the government-funded prescription drug plan, he will most likely be the first President to wield medical science as a weapon against political dissidents through the use of forced drugging and institutionalization for "the politically paranoid."

Wow. This is almost as cool as Eugenics!

Opposing Bush - A Form of Mental Illness?

When the 109th Congress convenes in Washington in January, Senator Bill Frist, the first practicing physician elected to the Senate since 1928, plans to file a bill that would define 'political paranoia' as a mental disorder, paving the way for individuals who suffer from paranoid delusions regarding voter fraud, political persecution and FBI surveillance to receive Medicare reimbursement for any psychiatric treatment they receive," writes Hermione Slatkin, Medical Correspondent for the Swift Report. "Rick Smith, a spokesman for Senator Frist, says that the measure has a good chance of passing something that can only help a portion of the population that is suffering significant distress."

Not only is "treatment" of the politically paranoid on the agenda of our benevolent leader, so is the drugging of our children.

Federal Control of Education Must End

The Department of Education is spending $5 million on “Mental Health Integration in Schools” as well as another million dollars for Sen. Kennedy’s early childhood mental health program called “Foundations for Learning.” All this is a boon to the pharmaceutical industry, but a horror for the children whose mental health is not the school’s responsibility. It is just one more effort to wrest control of a parents’ fundamental rights and responsibility over the welfare of their children.

Ron Paul, my favorite Republican, worked to introduce legislation that would at least require parental consent -- but it was voted down. Go figure.

Republicans Have Family under Attack

The idea that children should be routinely examined for mental illness at school and possibly drugged without their parents’ consent is something out of a horrifying science-fiction novel in which a totalitarian state runs everything. Critics of government schooling have long warned that political control of education is an affront to the family and would lead to further usurpation of its authority. The widespread prescription of Ritalin for so-called attention-deficit disorder was only the beginning. In 2002 Bush appointed the Orwellian-named New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, which last year issued its recommendations for universal screening.

Am I the only one who is a bit creeped out by all of this? Just as a welfare state necessitates a warfare state, and vice versa, government control of health care necessitates the politicization and abuse of power granted by that authority.

That is as true as the fact that those with power only want one thing -- more power.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have one flawed assumption: that the government is "taking control of health care." That is simply not the case. Plans for universal health care, as put forth by John Kerry in the recent selection, do not call for the government "taking control of health care." In fact, quite the opposite actually.
The REAL problem with universal health care is INSURANCE COMPANIES. The government, at least Kerry's proposal, God only knows what Bush has done with his perscription drugs bill, would simply be able to insure poeople with no insurance. Currently, people who don't get insurance through their employer, and are either self-employed, unemployed or underemployed, are expected to pay for it themselves. In the case of the self-emplyoyed, fine. But when people have no income, how are they supposed to get access to health care? Should they just die? You can argue they rely soley on charity, alms. What, should they sock away the nickels and dimes given them on the street for their personal health savings account? Unfortunatley, some people cannot pay for their health care. I dont think you would deny this. The government, under Kerry's plan, would offer health care to these people. I work. I have insurance. The government doesn't "take over" my insurance. IT IS THE SAME.
Senators have government health care. It can't be that bad.
It isn't about taking it over. The government, in Kerry's plan, isn't usurping anything. In fact, it would have created competition for the current big insurers. As someone who obviously supports the free market, should't government be allowed to compete? If it is being given special treatment, let's talk about that.
Now, this Bush plan. That might be government taking over health care. Cause it is telling people what they can't do. Can't go to Canada, but here's an extra $50. What? I don't know. But chanes are it's going to be a boon for Pharmaceutical companies. Oh, this is just great! You see, Bush has decreased competition for his buddies so they can make a buck. Kerry, on the other hand, wanted to increase competition. Who do the moronic right side with? I don't even need to answer.
Point is, the characterization that government is "taking over" health care and making it universal, under Kerry's plan, makes as much sense as a gopher building a strip mall.
But under Bush's plan, that strip mall is not only getting built, it's getting built by the same guy that just built 900 other strip malls. Now THAT is control. And THAT is what the RIGHT is doing.

11:37 PM  
Blogger Oblio said...

Wait, what? A bill that would classify people as politically paranoid? Talk about being paranoid. Frist sounds like the paranoid one to me. Maybe we should medicate him first.

12:12 PM  

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