We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Taking aim at advocacy groups who view the homeless as ordinary people down on their luck, the authors of this scorching critique cite findings that 30% to 40% of the homeless suffer from major mental illness, and that a high proportion are substance abusers. Isaac, a sociologist, and freelance journalist Armat, blame the abandonment of the homeless mentally ill on the anti-psychiatry movement (led by Thomas Szasz, Ronald Laing, among others), on civil libertarians and on psychiatrists who foster the "delusion that preventive community psychiatry could eliminate mental illness." Arguing that we have replaced the mental hospital with the 18th-century poorhouse which threw together the mentally ill, the retarded, criminals and the displaced, they warn that a humane system of care will be costly and might involve treatment of some mentally ill persons against their will. Their support for judicious use of electroshock therapy will also stir controversy. Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
The Arizona shooter is reported to have asked the Arizona congresswoman at a previous occasion "What is government if words have no meaning?" She apparently didn't answer to his satisfaction. Most commenters say the question is nonsensical.
Well, I guess my sanity is being called into question because I think it's quite sensical. Today, many say the Constitution is a living document that changes interpretion with the changes of times. The outcry over the recent reading of the Constitution in the House of Representatives was mostly over the argument that it is not the responsibility of the House to interprete the Constitution but the Supreme Court.
What is the Constitution but words? Words that are the basic foundation of our government. Words, that to some, you and I and every other citizen except the SCOTUS Justices cannot interpret. Even when the SCOTUS does interpret them for the unwashed masses the interpretion is good only for the time until they re-interpret them for a new era.
So,if the words of the Constitution have only changing and fleeting meaning they have no meaning at all, So, what is our government if the Constitution has no Meaning?
I am suprised that only 30 - 40% of the homeless are mentally ill. But since they separated out the substance abuse as a category it may be right. I would guess that only 10 to 15% of the homeless are capable of improving their situations without mental health assistance.
One complaint of the homeless helping agencies is there is not enough funding for mental health. Feeding and housing is not enough to solve an individual's problem. It only stabilizes the easy fixable part of their life.
On the other hand the legal advocates are so busy protecting the rights of the homeless that the help they need is blocked or limited. One man in the housing complex could be stablized on meds but the law required he be given a 30 day supply. That would last 2-3 days of partying or sale and he was a basket case the rest of the month. If his case worker could dispense the drug daily, the man would be more capable of managing himself. The advocates and the law handicapped the individual treatment needed.
The 10 year federal initiative to End Homelessness is predicated on housing the homeless not solving the causes of individual's homelessness. JP