“Have they no refuge or resource?” cried Scrooge. “Are there no prisons?” said the Spirit, turning on him for the last time with his own words. “Are there no workhouses?”
I figured this would happen –I place bets every time on America doing the wrong thing to address social issues. If I were actually betting real money, I’d be a millionaire several times over by now.
Furious for a quick fix to the gun problem, an old scapegoat emerges – the mentally ill. And the ‘cure’ is as old as humankind.
“You know, years ago we had mental hospitals, mental institutions, we had a lot of them, and a lot of them have closed. Some people thought it was a stigma, some people thought, frankly, the legislators thought it was too expensive. Today if you catch somebody they don’t know what to do with them,” Trump said. “He hasn’t committed the crime, but he may very well, and there’s no mental institution, there’s no place to bring them. We have that a lot.”
We just don’t know what to do with “them.”
He may “commit a crime.”
He (or she) may also commit suicide, but I doubt whether President Trump sheds tears over ‘losers’ taking themselves out. I doubt that sentiment was on his written cheat sheet that included the reminder to say “I hear you.”
Yeah Mr. Trump, those of us with mental illness hear you too.
“Even if they caught this person, I’m being nice when I use the word ‘person,’ (ed: well yes thank you so fucking much for being ‘nice’) they probably wouldn’t have known what to do. They’re not going to put him in jail (ed: oh the fuck they’re not – been in a jail recently Mr. President? Maybe you should). So there’s no middle ground of having that institution, where you had trained people (ed: poorly paid and many were psychopaths who got off on abuse) who could handle it, and do something about it and find out how sick he really is, because he is a sick guy, and he should have been nabbed a number of times, frankly.
The President as the Nation’s Friendly Psychiatrist: he cares, he understands, and he’s here to help you.
People love their guns far more than they love their fellow man, let alone those pesky mentally ill. There are people in this very country who, among a small circle of friends, will opine that maybe Hitler had the right idea. After all, these people are a drag on the Gross National Product; they take time and resources away from military spending and corporate welfare.
After all, many Americans are sick of coddling ‘losers.’ That’s what liberals and Democrats do and it makes our nation weak. It’s survival of the fittest in this brave new century and if you can’t hack it move the Hell out of the way.
So let’s bring it all back because it worked so well before. Think of what we could do! Sweep the human vermin off the streets right into large warehouses where no one will have to look at them. Why, maybe we could have an encore performance of the Titicut Follies!
Maybe we could charge an admission fee to have the ‘normals’ gape and wave at the crazies safely behind Plexiglas walls – kinda like the old days! Hell, they could pay for themselves! And think of the prison-like boost to the local economy! Jobs for all the out-of-work coal miners!
Remember: we make big money on guns, mister! That’s capitalism! Social services for the mentally ill is socialism!
It’s all part of being what Ronald Reagan called, that bright shining city on a hill.
Am I being too sarcastic? I don’t think so. I predicted Trump would win. I may be ‘mental’ but I know my people. With every step we take backwards from being a caring society, we head back toward the days of sweeping the poor, the mentally ill and other undesirables off the streets and away from the public consciousness.
So no, the gun reigns supreme. Instead, let’s just turn our schools into maximum security prisons with armed guards roaming the hallways protected by bulletproof glass, remote activated pass doors, Kevlar walls and razor wire on the perimeter. No wonder our kids are killing themselves. They see the society they’re inheriting.
And we’ll sweep up anyone who could even be remotely thought of as a threat. You know, people who make normal people ‘uncomfortable.’
So we know what’s in Trump’s heart and the hearts of his followers.
Anyone want to bet me I’m wrong?