Saturday, August 16, 2008

Liberalism 1 : Sanity 0

In the spring of 2006, William Bruce, a 24 year old schizophrenic, was released from the Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta, Maine. He was released against the recommendations of his doctors since his statutory time had expired and the doctors could not keep him longer, and because of advocacy interference.

On June 20, 2006, he killed his mother by striking her several times in the head with a hatchet. He was found not criminally responsible for this by reason of insanity.

Records at the facility indicate he should never have been sent home. Then why was he?

Congress created the National Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness program in 1986 to curb abuse and neglect of such patients. As with most good intentioned ideas, things can run amok, and they did. Just so you know, states have similar programs funded with taxpayers’ dollars. PAIMI received $34.8 million in the 2008 budget.

Basically this is a group that is a watch-dog for mistreatment of patients, a very admirable goal, and one I support wholeheartedly. However, in this case the advocates pushed for Mr. Bruce’s release, and trained him how to answer the questions so that could come about. His release was even against the wishes of his father. Now his mother is dead and he is back where he belongs.

If this were an isolated incident, it would be one thing, but it isn’t. Because of the efforts of so many misguided and totally uninformed liberals out there, it happens on a too frequent basis, not only in the release of the criminally mentally ill, but hardcore prisoners.

Why? It is simple really. One of the basic tenets of liberalism is that everyone is a victim and no one is responsible for their own actions. This is in total opposition to conservative ideology, where individuals and groups are responsible for their own actions, and totally accountable. If someone professes to be a conservative and disagrees with this, they are not.

If no one is responsible for their actions, then who is? I guess President Bush is responsible for everything. Blame him for this too. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of you would.

Come on now, you know who you are out there. Get the guts to stand up and face life on your own. You are responsible for your life, your actions, and you will be held accountable in this life or the next, whether you like it or not. Karma’s a bitch baby!

Reference: You can read the whole sad, sickening story in today’s Wall Street Journal: “A Death in the Family” by Elizabeth Bernstein and Nathan Koppel. I dare you.

The Hammer

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