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.
This is directly the fault of the ACLU. It would be not nearly as bad in my opinion if it was simply a bad outcome from a good effort to protect civil liberties. But I suspect this was the goal, i.e. to create social and civil chaos.
I spent my career on this in mental health. A lot of schizophrenics "died with their rights on." I knew many and some were sweet and innocent people whose brains were just broken. Heartbreaking, especially when you are the one who was speaking with the families the last six months about why the law did not allow them to save their daughter.
I was a left-libertarian when I started in 1978. Ask me about my sympathy for that now.
Assistant Village Idiot
What did MacArthur, Eisenhower, and Patton Do to the "Bonus Marchers" in 1932? Oh, they machined gunned them to clear out the camps. History.
Most homelessness is the result of mental illness and drug use. Having an aunt that suffered from schizophrenia I can attest that the best thing that happened to her was being institutionalized in a mental facility where she was protected from harming herself or others. She received medicating as required and could have visitors. There was no time in her life where she could have survived outside the institution. If someone is to blame for the current situation it is lawyers who managed to empty the institutions of people that could never hope to cope in the real world. Addicts are in no better condition to deal with the real world...they need institutional help and should be held until they can cope on their own.