Sick and tired of being sick and tired? Fed up with the rhetoric spewing from conservatives these days? It’s about time to give them a piece of my mind.
I’m still so f-cking sick and tired of big-mouthed closed-minded people that live in their perfect world bubble that the rest of us can only imagine penetrating if we are lucky. They sit at their keyboards spewing ignorance and hate as if it is truth across social media, so I have 5 points of unsolicited clarity for these people:
1. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people! … deranged f-cked up people
(a) While the Second Amendment was included in the first ten amendments (The Bill of Rights) of the US Constitution and has protected the rights of the people to keep and bear arms since December 1791, many centuries prior, handed down in the first and never amended ten commandments, written in stone was #6: “You shall not murder.” Sounds easy enough.
(b) Whereas the latter has withstood the test of time, the right to bear arms is a tad outdated since it was implemented when local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies were not a concept and people were expected to look after themselves – hell you could even own a cannon if you wanted to. It is still our right to own one if we choose to; however, it is also the right of the people of the same land to impose laws to regulate and monitor gun sales so that they go to law abiding, responsible owners and don’t easily end up in the hands of people with mental health conditions. We all want that, don’t we?
(c) And would it surprise anyone to know that the NRA (National Rifle Association), which is currently the face of today’s American pro-gun lobby, was not a political lobby at all when founded in 1871, but only an effort to promote the shooting of rifles by a pair of Union soldiers. Oh, the irony of the Confederate flag…
2. 5150 … Hold Please
(a) Also, in the late 1700s, the very first Psychiatric Hospital was built and opened with the sole intention of treating patients with mental illness (which at the time appeared to be only 24 people since that’s all the “cells” it had). They boasted a “cure” rate of 20%, or 4.8 patients, discharged back into society (1 apparently 4/5’s of their former self).
(b) But in less than 200 years, 182 to be exact, that number increased from a mere 2 dozen citizens to half a million housed by 1955, with no release in sight
(c) With notorious less than stellar conditions and rising intake, in 1963, then President Kennedy (with his own personal agenda) signed the Community Mental Health Centers Act which reformed our national mental health system. Between the new legislation, the 150 million provided for it, and the benefits of a few new psychotropic drugs (it was the 60s after all) there was an astounding 62% decline in US mental health inpatient care within 12 years, and everyone was feeling groovy
(d) Then came the 1980’s with its big hair, big budget cuts, bigger War on Drugs and not so big funded Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Block Grant enacted in 1982 by then President Ronald Reagan who a year earlier had paradoxically been shot with 3 others by a mentally ill man trying to impress another movie star … One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest anyone?
3. Orange is the New Profit … Black, I mean Orange is the New Black
(a) Historically, like any war, the War on Drugs had many casualties but most of these losses were not of life but of freedom; in the 80’s the number of arrests for drug offenses rose 126% and generated a demand for more prisons.
(b) Unexpectedly (insert a wink wink), the War on Drugs was a huge success; well, a success for the birth of the for profit private prison industry which started to boom but really didn’t reach its height until the 1990s when Wall Street did what it does best – enforce capitalism – and it is presently the biggest business in the prison industry …but hey, a win somewhere is better than admitting defeat anywhere, right?
(c) There are currently approximately 2.3 million prisoners being held in 4575 (private and US owned) prisons combined, which is higher than anyplace in the world and in human history. Of those 7 figures, only 3% of all federal inmates and 1/3 of state prisoners have committed or been convicted of violent crimes; about more than half of the inmates in municipal or county jails are actually innocent and of those, most are still awaiting trial; and 16% of the country’s entire prison population suffer from some form of mental illness… hmmmmm’s all I got.
4. The Pharmaceutical Crime Family … kneel and kiss the prescription pad
(a) Now obviously, prisons aren’t the only ones profiting off of our misfortunes, nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug according to Researchers from the Mayo Clinic, who reported in 2013 that antibiotics, antidepressants and painkiller opioids are the most common prescriptions with the total cost of well over 250 Billion – yes that’s billion with a capital “B” – dollars and continuing to increase.
(b) There are statistically over 10 times more deaths from legally prescribed drugs than from illegal drugs. More specifically, legally prescribed narcotics deaths now out number annual car accidents, as well as heroin and cocaine deaths combined.
(c) Thirteen percent of Americans in all age groups are prescribed and taking antidepressants, stimulants, anti-anxiety, or anti-psychotics once only for the mentally ill, but now used to “heal” everything from bedwetting to learning disabilities, to “just can’t deal,” to drug addiction – and everything in-between … while the worldwide sales of these “cure-alls” have reached more than double what we have budgeted to spend on the War on Drugs. They are curing absolutely nothing, but rather creating new addicts … painfully, another displaced win.
5. “There’s too much coke and too much smoke … Look what’s going on inside you”
(a) Drug addiction in the US isn’t new – in fact in 1935 one of America’s first drug treatment institutes , The Narcotic Farm “Narco,” opened its doors to both prisoners and voluntary patients alike; though their practices were deemed questionable, it was the first time addicts were treated as sick rather than criminals and they remained operational for 40 years treating hundreds of addicts including an impressive who’s who list of musicians warranting it the title “Mecca of Jazz.”
(b) Similar to the prior supply and demand for prisons in the US, there are right now over 14,500 treatment centers catering solely to drug abuse and addiction all over the country; though admittedly 9.5% of the population actually need treatment, only approximately 2.5 million seek it per year due to costs and denial.
Clearly there are guilty prisoners, people needing their medication, responsible gun owners and mentally ill people being correctly diagnosed, but sadly they’ve become the exception to the rule …
So until someone has the balls to admit WE HAVE A PROBLEM and actually does something about it, I know a bunch of smokers, drinkers and gas guzzling SUV drivers that are a little less pissed now over their tax hikes – well, the sane ones anyway …