Thank you Mr. Ong for being the American too many native born are not.
Comment by TomR, armed in Texas — January 30, 2013 @ 11:03 am
“2. We support State and Local School Boards…” (stop there). This is a major flaw in the plan
“3. We recommend that Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) laws be passed in every State.”
Because government approved mental health workers can always be trusted to only provide the *best* care for individuals who are unable to care for themselves.
Most of the points on that list are pretty good, but #2 is doing nothing but aiding the traitors, and #3, while a good idea overall, would endanger a lot of otherwise decent people. As soon as you let the government determine who is mentally unstable and who isn’t, abuses of power begin.
Comment by Caged Insanity — January 30, 2013 @ 2:32 pm
Caged Insanity: “… State and Local School Boards …”
I think the idea is to reserve decisions to the state and local level, rather than the “one size fits all” decisions from D.C.
The problem is, sometimes local school boards make monumentally bad decisions. All this “zero tolerance” nonsense, for starts.
On the other hand, if D.C. makes the rules, then the rules apply everywhere, from Vermont to Texas, Florida to Oregon, Beverly Hills to Watts.
I agree with you on #3, in the sense that it leaves the door open to misuse (in Soviet Russia, for example, if you criticized the State, they locked you in a nut-house, because, after all, you’d have to be crazy to think the State is wrong).
On the other hand, there are lots and lots of “homeless” (it used to be “bums”) wandering the streets, hearing voices, sleeping on bus benches – because there is no way to care for them.