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March 25, 2018

Reflections on National Security Advisor John Bolton

 

Let’s make one thing clear right up front; the National Security Advisor is appointed by the President and does not require confirmation by the Senate. Simply put, the United States National Security Advisor is John Bolton and those reacting as if the world will end tomorrow cannot even hope the Senate will deny Mr. Bolton the position as they did to his appointment as ambassador to the United Nations. The treatment he got during that attempt to be promoted as the permanent Ambassador to the United Nations we would not wish upon our most leftist appointee of any Democrat appointee. He was treated with such vile and hate beyond what was even required to show disapproval and refuse to confirm John Bolton when he was nominated. Some of those on the left and even some conservatives, bordered on reveling in torturing and taking cheap shots at Mr. Bolton ridiculing his honest answers treating him as one of the most despicable of people and not as an honest man who was giving forthright responses treating the Senators with respect. His appointment had been strongly opposed by many Democrats, who cited allegations that Mr. Bolton was a “serial bully” who intimidated junior members of staff. To translate that from political partisan jargon to regular language, they were upset that he had strong convictions with which they did not agree and thus felt threatened by his certainty in his views which challenged their certainty in their certainty. Finally John Bolton has been placed into a position where he will not be stymied by Senate partisanship or the fears of weak and insecure individuals and allowed to serve the country he loves. There can be no doubt of that love as he has shown it with sincerity and honesty in answering freely any and all question on the political, national and international landscapes without hesitation and in the most simple and understandable language.

 

Now he will need to be more guarded as his advice just became the property of the President. He has been given the vitally important job of advising President Trump including giving him alternatives and even more important, all the information, applicable histories and every angle for potential consideration. What many may not fully understand is that John Bolton will not be making the decisions unless President Trump allows such. John Bolton will only be providing the background and different choices allowing President Trump to make the most informed decisions with all of the foreseeable consequences laid out before he actually makes the actual choice. Of course we are at the leading edge of what will be a tsunami of frightening predictions of the United States solving problems with bombs, rockets, troops, military interference and leaving negotiations for the other people and how Bolton will be bringing the world to an end in a nuclear conflagration likely started by John Bolton. At least there may be some who will now believe that President Trump is the more rational when compared to John Bolton though do not hold your breath waiting for this. Imagine that, President Trump may have found somebody whose ideas and decision-making ability might be more questionable for the far left with John Bolton.

 

Donald Trump and John Bolton

Donald Trump and John Bolton

 

We can guarantee that there will be fireworks and we can hardly wait for the initial reaction to Mr. Bolton’s nomination from the administration’s and President Trump’s number one impeachment fan, Maxine Waters. We should be able to construct a range of reactions from our leftist friends from quiet acceptance to reasoned criticism to lose the mind crazy to Maxine Waters at the top of the crazy department. The other scorecard people might want to keep is how many times particular phrases are used by those in sheer panic over the choice of John Bolton as National Security Advisor. We will suggest a few choice terms for your counting pleasure. There will be World War III, nuclear holocaust, warmonger, right wing extremist, war hawk, fascist and of course Nazi. Eventually there comes the commentary which will include secondary terms which will include Islamophobe, racist, anti-Palestinian, pro-Israel, anti-Russia, anti-China and uncompromising extremist. The eruption over Bolton’s appointment should take about three weeks to settle down to a mere roiling boil on social media as Bolton will be just as criticized as President Trump is criticized. There will be second-guessing as to whether unpopular policy choices, especially in foreign policy, are the result of Trump being Trump or Trump being controlled by Bolton and the real fun will be when those accusations split evenly between commentators.

 

This may prove to be a very good choice by President Trump because John Bolton will give advice which will be free of any taint and will be lacking hesitation as John Bolton is one of those who is very well versed in the security situation and will digest the additional information which he will have the privilege of perusing over the next few weeks as he settles in. The President has chosen an advisor in Bolton who is not swayed by any passing breezes and can resist the entanglements which Washington D.C. presents. John Bolton will not be worried about his reputation or whether he is liked or even appreciated as long as the President is satisfies with his decisions and advice. This will very probably be an enjoyable relationship between President Trump and John Bolton as Bolton has the traits President Trump desires in his advisors, straight and honest advice backed with reasoned facts and alternatives ready and handy should the President demand such when not completely satisfied with the first information or simply checking out his options. Bolton is intelligent and straight talking people of integrity though do not expect such praise to come from most of the mainstream media who will be seeking anything they can use to bring Bolton down low. The only advice we might have for John Bolton is to staff his office with people who are much like himself and people whose integrity he can vouch for personally as he will only be as good as his own advisors and researchers. All we can say now is let the histrionics begin.

 

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March 11, 2018

Israeli and American Fighting Leftist Wars

 

There are some overtly obvious similarities between the leftists in Israel and those in the United States. Both find themselves out of power and believe this to be due to some nefarious and subversive manipulations. Both are doing everything in their power to unseat the person in the leading position of the government through legal manipulations. In the case of United States’ President Donald Trump, it is the presumed Russian collusion with the campaign and elections themselves which cost Hillary Clinton the election and denied the leftists the power they believe belongs to them and only them. In Israel there are a series of police investigations into many varied assumed malfeasance including graft, bribes, gifts and favors with confidential leaks coming every week or so with promises that the smoking gun is right there just beyond reach but, they assure, they will find it no matter how long the investigation takes. The Israeli police investigations have gone on and on drawing ever wider a range and reaching out to people who have vested interests in the replacement of Prime Minister Netanyahu and are going after his wife as well as if she too held high office, something she never has done. In the United States the Mueller investigation was designed from the outset to draw an ever widening net and to continue dragging the bottom of the Washington swamp and beyond seeking any violation, no matter how weak, which could still be made to appear monstrous and used to impeach President Trump or at least strip him of his advisors and occupy the administration preventing their effectiveness in accomplishing their policy objectives. They have been going after Prime Minister Netanyahu for over a decade and though they have only been after President Trump since he was elected just over one year ago, the fact that they have been targeting him for impeachment actually longer than he has served as President, we can probably claim that the leftists would have been just as vicious in their targeting of anybody denying their holding the positions of power. In both nations the left is taking out all the stops and using their installed control from the years they held uncontested power in the police, investigative agencies, the so-called Deep State and their lapdog media who will support anything which furthers the power of the leftists.

 

There is little which can be done about much of the Deep State and its power to really muck things up hindering any achievement of conservative governance and thwarting attempts to clean out the weeds deeply seated in the agencies, legal system, numerous police and law enforcement agencies, and most of all the media. To remake the Deep State would take a change in the culture which would need to start with the education system. In the United States these changes would require fighting the Civil Service system where the people in the top positions make the decisions on who is promoted and who eventually replaces them. Additionally, Civil Service employees cannot be randomly fired once they pass the required probationary period unless they have transgressed serious offences. Even if a President managed to remove an entire Cabinet Department, say for example the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs under the Department of Education, they would not have accomplished removing more than a scant few government employees. Let us presume that this department employs, just as an example, fifty-thousand Civil Service employees. Oddly enough, their employing agency being erased does little to nothing to effect their being employed. The majority would be transferred to other posts which were vacant and of an equal pay grade and the few not transferred would simply start the bumping process. This is where a Federal employee takes the position of another employee who has an equal position but less time in service or even simply less time in grade, and that person bumps the next lower who bumps the next lower until some poor new employee loses their job and the behemoth continues as the small ripples work themselves out. All systems of the Civil Service were put in place to prevent elected political officials from coming in and replacing the government employees with their friends and supporters thus permitting the government to find and retain qualified personnel by keeping them beyond the reach of elected persons. This permitted the eventual establishment of the Deep State which has perpetuated a very liberal workforce within the Federal Government. Once ensconced, these leftists made very certain that no conservatives made it past their trial period unless they were very well briefed on how to act and to keep their politics concealed. Even if a conservative were to accomplish becoming an employee of the Federal Government, eventually it would be discovered that they were not a true leftist, nobody can keep up such a charade that consistently, they would then find promotions far and few between and their every move closely watched for any discretions. This is how the Deep State keeps their leftist bend and its near uniformity allowing them to have such an influence over the internal works of the Federal Government.

 

In Israel the left had complete political control of the government from 1948 through to 1977 before the election of Menachem Begin. This brought conservatives to power for about a decade followed by leftists for about a decade and for the past almost nine years Prime Minister Netanyahu has retained control for right leaning Zionist governance, though often the Zionist ideals appear to have taken a back seat. The political influence by coalition and Prime Minister are represented in the line graph pictured below. The first nearly fifty percent of the existence of Israel was ruled by left leaning governance which ensconced control over who would lead the IDF, the numerous security forces and police forces and the self-reappointing court system. This has set up systems which are currently undermining the ruling coalition through their control of these systems. This left leaning Deep State is what has perpetrated the years and years of investigations into Prime Minister Netanyahu which have also been tracked by the left leaning and leftist media with their headlines hanging on every leak with each leak generating weeks of headlines, suppositions, extrapolations, exaggerations and breathless predictions that this time there will be charges brought and finally they will be rid of Netanyahu. The news services on television and cable (Israel still transmits over the air television but every broadcast station is also found on cable) spend much of their air time talking up the latest leaks and what route they could take towards arraignment resulting in the Labor Party or Yair Lapid taking control of the next coalition and the right people will finally be in charge. Fortunately, they manage not to drool while reporting these latest developments.

 

Israeli Prime Ministers by Political Slant

Israeli Prime Ministers by Political Slant

 

Watching ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, PBS News or CNN America and their broadcast resembles the television leftist news in Israel with President Trump as their target instead of Prime Minister Netanyahu. The whole game-plan is near to identical with leaks from Mueller or members of his team or from the FBI or whatever law enforcement has the latest Russia information which will most certainly lead to impeachment. They get excited and some almost appear ready to claim that then the nations can elect Hillary into the Presidency as was presumed to be the result of the last elections. They almost appear ready to reach the conclusion too many actually claim on social media, that the removal of Trump over Russian collusion will reverse the election and line of succession be damned, the election’s reversal will place Hillary in as President and not Mike Pence. The leaks are spaced a few weeks apart such that there is a constant series of bad news for President Trump. The few times they found something to charge anybody even with the slightest and most indirect relations to President Trump or directly related but the offence was so distant from their relations as to be comical, the media go into overdrive with levels of elation not seen since the Moon landing.

 

Neither investigation will prove to find anything even close to the level necessary for removal of Prime Minister Netanyahu or President Trump. There is a simple reason for this, everything they have thus far comes forth with as the most incriminating evidence which proves their guilt are all nothing burgers, to borrow the phrase from the States. Let us take President Trump first. The main contact he had with any Russian elements was in order to receive intelligence about Hillary Clinton which would facilitate his victory. The end result of the meetings was that they were being suckered in by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democrat National Committee who were financing the entire façade. There ended up being uncovered more criminal activity which could be traced back to the Clinton campaign and the Democrat National Committee through their other deal with the Russians through Christopher Steele from Orbis, a subcontractor working for Fusion GPS, on through to a law firm, Perkins Coie, which represented both Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Honest, you cannot make such stuff up. If this were to be drafted up with reversal making the Republican Party the ones paying for a dossier on a Democrat and tried to use such a twisted route of subterfuge to cover their steps giving them sufficient plausible deniability, the script would be thrown out as being far too twisted and complicated. The most immediate problem facing Mueller and his committee is to avoid revealing criminal activity by Hillary Clinton and the Democrat National Committee while looking for Russia evidence against President Trump. The few people which Mueller has brought charges against were items well beyond his initial assigned investigation limitations and had absolutely nothing to do with Donald Trump even before he ran for President. Mueller has accomplished something wonderful, he has revealed how partisan the leadership of the Justice Department, the FBI and other government agencies had become under President Obama and how the government had been turned into a Democrat Party political weapon along with the compliant and active partisan attack media willing to invent and follow any provided information without any degree of fact checking if it serves the leftist political actions such as Global Climate Change (once called global warming and in 1974 referred to as the coming Ice Age), open borders, illegal immigrant amnesty, LGBTQ rights, wealth redistribution, socialism, women’s rights, minority rights, class warfare and the plethora of destructive post-modernism concepts. The reason the investigation into President Trump will not be folded until he actually fires Mueller and ends his witch hunt which will then be used by the Democrats to bring impeachment against President Trump on charges that firing Mueller and ending his active investigation which was just days from finding the “smoking gun” which would show Trump as a traitor. The actual reason now for the Mueller investigation is not to find anything, as they know there is nothing to find, but to have President Trump fire him and end the investigation so the Democrats can attempt to impeach the President.

 

The eternal series of investigations against Prime Minister Netanyahu have all ended exactly the same way. The media played up for months stretching into years how this investigation was on the verge of the big revelation which would reveal the perfidious activities committed by Bibi Netanyahu. The latest investigation played out as about to be revealing acts by the Prime Minister would be proven to be absolutely beyond the pale and unforgivable. The police always send a report to the Attorney General spelling out the charges which their investigation has revealed with a request that the Attorney General bring charges and arraign Prime Minister Netanyahu on the following charges. This time it was accepting gifts for favors. There were no actual favors provided, but still, he took the gifts. These are expensive gifts beyond the pale, amounting an estimated quarter of a million dollars over ten years plus. These were expensive champagne and expensive cigars and jewelry for his wife given him by a series of people. What is interesting are the dates on which these gifts were accepted and surprisingly, these same people had attended a private dinner at the Prime Minister’s official residence. As has been pointed out before, when invited to eat with the Prime Minister, not a surprising invitation to be extended to a wealthy and important visitor from the United States or elsewhere, at a private meal with just you and your spouse and he and Sarah Netanyahu, you do not bring a Ronco Veg-O-Matic for Sarah and a Ronco Pocket Fisherman for the Prime Minister. You bring him expensive champagne and cigars and for Sarah you bring exquisite jewelry, surprise, surprise. That was their big revelation, wealthy, important individuals who had dinners at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence, a private dinner, actually brought the Prime Minister and Sarah Netanyahu presents which they might appreciate. Imagine the reaction they would get should they actually bring the pictured below. Now that would be news worthy as that could be cast by the news services as giving Prime Minister Netanyahu the upbringing and disrespect he deserves and equating the Prime Minister with a worth equal to a $19.99 present.

 

Ronco Veg-O-Matic and Pocket Fisherman

Ronco Veg-O-Matic and Pocket Fisherman

 

The left is attempting to cast revolts against the elected leaders in both the United States and Israel as they are convinced in their superiority and that they are the sole rightful rulers of the world, let alone Israel or the United States. They see their not receiving the mandate to rule by the electorate as a cataclysmic event which can only lead to ruin. In Israel the left has began to feel distraught as they believed that with the additional assistance provided by United States President Obama and the Democrat National Committee and their campaign that they had ruined Netanyahu and that they were about to take the mandate by storm and form the next coalition. Two days before the election the polls depicted Netanyahu in deep trouble and about to be cast from office and the right completely devastated in the coming days. After the election, Prime Minister Netanyahu had been reelected with an even greater mandate than he had had in the former government. Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu formed his coalition and the rest is history. In the United States the story was quite similar. All the polls for months leading up to the election, even just two weeks before the election, showed Hillary Clinton winning and doing so with a landslide. Then, in the last days the election polls tightened and some in the final days even showed Trump winning but none showed the electoral blowout which Donald Trump pulled off. The left believes that something untoward had to be responsible for their loss. They had won the last two Presidential elections easily and there was no reason that Hillary Clinton would not repeat such a victory, after all, she would be the first woman President, an accomplishment which she was destined to become. There had to be some criminal act which denied Hillary from the Oval Office. Russia, that had to be it. Thus the entire Russia probe has been built around the fact that Hillary lost the election that she must win otherwise the world had gone astray. The leftists believe they must be given the reins of power and are the only people who should be trusted with governance. They are superior and more knowledgeable and intelligent and as proof all one need do is sample the professors at the major universities, particularly the Ivy League and other prestigious castles of higher education. Any measure of intelligence proves the superiority of the leftists over those lowbred, marginally educated, uncircumcised Philistines of the Republican Party and the rest of the right-wing brutish brood. Well, remember that these same leftists are also the most accepting, open minded and tolerant individuals in the world. What more can one add to that?

 

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March 2, 2018

The Left Denies Mental Problems

 

This is not another article claiming that people on the left or far left are mentally challenged or lacking in sanity, as tempting as such might be. That does not mean that the left will be free from all blame. We may of done that back on December 19, 2012, with our article Gun Ban Whiplash Coming from Anti-Gun Progressives. There was a movement starting in the mid to late 1950’s which gained speed through the 1960’s finally taking full sweeping change throughout the 1970’s with the closing of many state and private institutes which treated the mentally challenged and mentally ill patients. The watershed moment came under President John F. Kennedy with the passage in 1963 of the Community Mental Health Act which posited that providing federal funding for community mental health centers and research facilities in the United States would then replace the State Hospitals and place the institutionalized patients out into the general public to be treated by clinics. This was then to facilitate the transition of the less mentally ill to treatment by these community mental health centers allowing them to reside in the real world where they would have examples of proper behavior which could become role models. It was posited by Dr. Henry N. Pratt, director of New York Hospital in Manhattan whose testimony is reported in the New York Times article How Release of Mental Patients Began. He told the subcommittee “striking proof of the advantages of local short-term intensive care of the mentally ill was brought out’” in a Missouri study. This Missouri study, which compared a group of 412 patients in two intensive treatment centers with patients admitted to five mental hospitals, showed that the average stays for patients in the large hospitals were two-hundred-thirty-seven days longer than for similarly diagnosed patients at the treatment centers. Dr. George A. Ulett of St. Louis, the psychiatrist who directed the study as head of Missouri’s Division of Mental Diseases, now says the numbers cited, though correct, were misinterpreted. This would become one of the quotes demanding more Federal dollars to fund the community mental health centers to pay for more psychiatrists and support staff. This would become the perpetual mantra from the left and even some centrists on the right despite further statements from Dr. Ulett and other psychiatrists that the system was misguided and overestimated the numbers which could be readily and properly treated by local mental health centers and did not require institutionalization. Dr. Frank R. Lipton and Dr. Albert Sabatini of Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital in Manhattan were also quoted as decrying that research on the problems of the homeless, saying one of the major flaws in the concept of deinstitutionalization was the notion that serious, chronic mental disorders could be minimized, if not totally prevented, through care provided within the local community. Their exact words were, “This philosophical and ideological shift in thinking was not adequately validated, yet it became one of the major conceptual bases for moving the locus of care.”

 

The Sounds in My Head Will Not Stop

The Sounds in My Head Will Not Stop

 

The other problem is that initially the psychiatric specialists came to believe that the new drugs, especially psychotropic drugs, would be the panacea of cures for numerous mental disorders including some of the most serious disorders. This reliance on the new drugs and promise of even bigger and better drugs on the horizon actual success rates were grossly overestimated. There eventually became two obvious shortcomings of drug therapy. The first was that these drugs would work with little or no side-effects which proved to be dead wrong as prolonged use of many of these drugs proved to be disadvantageous and some even dangerous. The other is that you could expect that the patient would take care and religiously take their prescriptions in the correct doses and at the right time. Too many patients simply were not sufficiently and mentally capable of remembering to take their medications, operating within society, interacting with people or following the simple protocols of society such as laws, prevailing morals, personal interactions and, for some, any knowledge required to fit in or act as required in almost any situation, even the most ordinary and common daily interaction. Many of the problems associated with the homeless have come as a direct result of the deinstitutionalized mentally ill. The problem which has been created is one which will be a greater challenge to repair than it would have been to simply finance the existing system which deinstitutionalizing of the mentally challenged was presumed to be a repair and an improvement. The great idea has most definitely come home to roost, and it roosts largely in our city streets, under bridges, in emergency rooms and living wherever they can find a piece of dry where they can place their cardboard homes if they are fortunate to live where they can do so without running afoul of the legal systems.

 

This was recently covered in an article by Walter Williams titled Another Liberal-Created Failure. Professor Williams pointed out research that, “according to professor William Gronfein at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, by 1955 there were nearly 560,000 patients housed in state mental institutions across the nation. By 1977, the population of mental institutions had dropped to about 160,000 patients.” But how did we get to the point where there were so many institutionalized mentally challenged patients. What was the initial reasoning behind the state institutions? These mental health state institutions were established to address an actual and real problem, the mentally ill were a sizeable percentage of the lawbreakers and when placed in prisons, they were mistreated, thus the state homes became the remedy to prevent further mistreatment of the mentally ill incarcerated in the prison system. The mental institutions were designed to provide the necessary treatment as well as separation from the normative society thus decreasing the problematic interactions between the mentally challenged and normative populations. State institutions, as noted by Dr. Williams, were initially founded in 1773 in Williamsburg, Virginia, as Eastern State Hospital became the first public hospital in America for the care and treatment of the mentally ill. They were followed by more state treatment hospitals throughout the United States as this was recognized as a much necessary and required solution to the obvious problem of the mistreatment of the mentally ill within the prison system. These systems continued as the best solution in a system where every solution is whatever is the least disadvantaging and least damaging to the people placed in these hospitals. What probably became lost with time is that the institutions for the mentally ill were not simply a prison for the mentally ill but hospitals where treatment and therapies could proceed under the supervision of licensed psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health professional. Were there problems at some of these hospitals with certain staff members mistreating the patients? Yes, there were, but still the treatment generally was professional and caring and a far cry from what these unfortunates would have received if incarcerated in the prison systems.

 

This was lost sight when new drugs became available for the treatment of the mentally ill and many became somewhat overly optimistic over the results that these medications would in theory provide. The new and progressive idea for the treatment of the mentally challenged was that they could not really get better within the mental institutions as they had few examples of normative adult behavior. Should the mentally challenged be placed into an outpatient treatment center and placed into normal society, then they would recover more readily and adjust to regular life and improve. Also stated in Walter Williams article was, “Several studies summarized by the Treatment Advocacy Center show that untreated mentally ill are responsible for 10 percent of homicides (and a higher percentage of the mass killings). They are 20 percent of jail and prison inmates and more than 30 percent of the homeless.” One has to look at these numbers and one should stick out as an extremely counter productive result of treating them outside institutions, the system being pursued since the 1963 Community Mental Health Act. The twenty percent of jail and prison inmates should be shocking as the initial reason for programs for the treatment of the mentally ill was to take them from the prison systems as they suffered from mistreatment and lack of proper medication, therapy, treatment and other required needs of the mentally challenged. Apparently, the treatment of the mentally challenged is becoming full circle, to where the problem was first addressed when their mistreatment in the prisons was the driving force. From mistreatment in prisons we went to institutions dedicated to the proper, sensible and compassionate treatment of the mentally challenged providing them with a combination of drug treatment, individual or group therapy, counselling and separation from the general public for mutual protection we went to out patient clinics with a high reliance on drug treatments with minimal counselling and supervision which has now led society back to incarcerating far too many people with mental illness. There is also the problem of the increased criminal behavior caused by placing these mentally challenged patients into the general public. Additionally, too many of the mentally challenged patients placed into a self-care environment where they are responsible for assuring they take their medications as prescribed results in medications not being taken or being used improperly. Further, patients can often forget or skip their sessions for treatment and therapy and if they skip too many in succession, these outpatient treatment clinics being strapped for funds will often simply drop the patient from their schedules as their funding is dependent on patients treated and every missed session results in lost revenues. This allows for too many patients falling through the cracks and this eventually results in tragedy either for the individual mentally challenged individual or to society when they commit a violent act.

 

Dr. Williams also linked to another article from the Wall Street Journal titled Fifty Years of Failing America’s Mentally Ill. This article takes in more statistics and failings of the system of outpatient treatment using community mental-health centers, or CMHC’s. The results of this new treatment system has been simply a tragedy which is thusfar continuing with little if anything being done. What would be preferable would be for the Federal Government to take the funds currently being spent on mental health directly for specific treatment systems and programs or specified in any way for treatment, housing, therapy, drugs or counselling and other treatments be repurposed as a block grant to the individual states to use as they feel is the most productive and best treatments for their mentally challenged individuals. The government might even consider partially paying for the construction, revitalization or refurbishing of institutions for the mentally ill who should be required to be kept in a whole treatment center where they are assured that their medications will be taken and they appear for their treatment sessions. Mentally ill patients who miss a set number of treatment sessions or are found to be skipping taking their medications should be reinstitutionalized for their own good and for the safety of the citizens as well. The state institutions were given a bad rap with their failings blown out of proportion in order to carry out the great experiment for the treatment of the mentally ill where placing them in the general public was to be the cure-all and end-all of mental illness. Well, the results of the grand experiment are in and have been fully examined and have been determined to be largely a failure. The experiment has cost us the health of many mental patients while also costing the public lives from homicides including over ten percent of the mass killings committed. These include the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, and the Safeway food store shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords constituent meeting in Tucson, Arizona mass killings which took twenty-eight innocent lives including the shooter’s mother, twelve innocent lives and six respectively. These three shootings resulted in nearly fifty deaths and approaching one-hundred injuries which might have been avoided were there proper facilities in existence where people observed with mental challenges could be sent for observation and treatment and be kept for more treatment if so determined necessary. This would include families placing a troubled relative into treatment, police being able to bring before a court the need to place a troubled individual into such a facility for treatment, for a physician to advise for a patient be observed and treated if so determined, for courts to place somebody into an institution for determinations and treatment or for self-placement into such an institution for observation and treatment if necessary. The one item we can all be assured about is that the current system has some large holes through which treatments and societal safety are leaking forth and both the mentally challenged and the normative society are hurting from these problems. Perhaps it is time to turn everything back to the fifty states and allow each state to find their own particular solutions. Over time, some states will perform far better and others will fail catastrophically leading to the states desiring to perform better, they will have numerous proven solutions from which to choose. Eventually, the various fifty states will find a solution set from which a best system may soon emerge and over time, as new ideas and treatments present themselves, they will be tried in their many varied forms and ideas with the predictable range of results allowing each state to adopt that they find advantageous. Allowing the individual states to take their own paths in treating the mentally different, the potential for a near perfect set of policies and use of funds is far more likely to be found through fifty separate programs than in one directed from Washington D.C. Now all that need be achieved is getting Washington D.C. to agree to allow the states to be what they should be, the test laboratories of the numerous and varied approaches to a problem eventually seeking to optimize for the best results for the lowest cost.

 

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