The Libs showed Reagan how to treat the mentally ill!
ACLU Wins Right of Mentally Ill People to Sleep on the Streets And Remain Untreated
It’s now officially legal for the homeless to sleep on the streets in Los Angeles. You can thank a lawsuit brought by the ACLU.
It’s incredibly frustrating to watch groups like the ACLU fight for the “right” of mostly mentally ill people to sleep on the streets — since it is groups like the ACLU that are largely responsible for their plight to begin with. A tremendous percentage of the homeless population consists of mentally ill people who have no business being on their own. They need to be institutionalized and receive proper treatment for their mental diseases. But thanks in large part to the ACLU and related groups, the homeless were deinstitutionalized and tossed into the streets years ago.
Now they get to sleep there. What a tremendous step forward for them as people.
Congratulations, ACLU. You should be proud.
Now you can fight for the rights of the metally ill to access firearms!
Hey, Old Man,
The conventional wisdom suggests that the reduction of funding for social welfare policies during the 1980s is the result of a conservative backlash against the welfare state. With such a backlash, it should be expected that changes in the policies toward involuntary commitment of the mentally ill reflect a generally conservative approach to social policy more generally. In this case, however, the complex of social forces that lead to less restrictive guidelines for involuntary commitment are not the result of conservative politics per se, but rather a coalition of fiscal conservatives, law and order Republicans, relatives of mentally ill patients, and the practitioners working with those patients. Combined with a sharp rise in homelessness during the 1980s, Ronald Reagan pursued a policy toward the treatment of mental illness that satisfied special interest groups and the demands of the business community, but failed to address the issue: the treatment of mental illness . Nice try, try it again!