We Need More Liberties For American Citizens, Not Fewer

I generally don’t think anybody should be forcibly treated in a psychiatric hospital, but I make an exception in the case of David Vognar. I think Mr Vognar, and another Huffington Post blogger mentioned previously, DJ Jaffe, might be able to benefit a great deal from forced mental health intervention. Mr. Vognar claims to have been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. Mr. Vognar has apparently not spent much time imprisoned in a state hospital, or he wouldn’t have written a Huffington Post blog post like the one he did recently calling for an expansion in the use of involuntary treatment on people labeled “mentally ill”. The post bears the leading, and extremely prejudicial, heading, We Need to Expand Involuntary Treatment for Severe Mental Illness. I happen to vehemently disagree with Mr. Vognar on this issue. I don’t think we need to expand the federal penitentiary system, one of the largest in the world, in this country either.

If Mr. Vognar and Mr Jaffe were confined to a state mental hospital for the length of their lives, I think it would be fair to say that a great number of the rest of the people on this planet could sleep more secure. If Mr. Vognar and Mr. Jaffe were subjected to a perpetual regimen of mind snuffing pharma-tortures, and seizure inducing mini-electrocutions, as well as the complete suppression of their personal opinions, I have no doubt that the world as a whole would be a much better place in which to live. Intolerance and hate crimes are a plague, and the best way to deal with this plague is by putting the worst offenders out of commission. Mr. Vognar and Mr. Jaffe are too ‘seriously disturbed’ to ever be ‘cured’. They are, like I say, ‘seriously disturbed’, and to suggest that they could change their behavior in any way, shape, or form is merely to “stigmatize” them. They, being “sick”, don’t have the control necessary to manage such a transformation. We should therefore, out of the kindness in our hearts, imprison them in a state hospital for the duration of their days. Understand that this is a preventive measure, by detaining them in this fashion we have prevented the detention of a great many more people in coercive *cough* ‘care’.

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2 Responses

  1. You always come out all peace and love when I say stuff like that!

    Tongue in cheek or not, I do think that a few weeks of having their power taken away from them – because this is at the bottom of what it is all about at the end of the day – would change their opinions.

    Knowing that there are people who can take your freedom away at any moment changes a person. Let it change them too.

    From the link:

    “And the systems are in some respects stunningly meticulous, even Kafkaesque. A few weeks after Kurt’s death, while his family was still grieving, his mom received a letter in the mail from the police that contained tickets for Kurt for speeding before his accident. She had to pay them.

    It was a horribly tactless thing to do. But it proved to me that our institutions can be extremely efficient, and can use that efficiency for good when they are calibrated to consider the patient’s well-being.”

    So, the fact that the police sent on Kurt’s speeding tickets proves that mental institutions can be warm and fluffy. Oh, what logic.

    Calibrate this.

    • Thanks, G M.

      I see a real problem in groups becoming too compromised and compromising. We’ve got a serious problem in the growing “mental illness” labeling, and false disability, rate, and some people who have a clue as to what the real problem is end up doing little more than encouraging this “contagion” to develop and spread. Potential careers are nipped in the bud, ruined, and the physical health of a great many people is devestated. Good intentions are just not good enough, people need to tackle the bull by the horns, and seriously curtail the use of harmful psychiatric practices. Psychiatrizing a great portion of the population is a mistake. We just can’t afford to bankroll this artificial invalid industry.

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