Skip to comments.Ron Paul - Forcing Kids Into a Mental Health Ghetto
Posted on 09/14/2004 9:27:02 AM PDT by jmc813
A presidential initiative called The New Freedom Commission on Mental Health has issued a report recommending forced mental health screening for every child in America, including preschool children. The goal is to promote the patently false idea that we have a nation of children with undiagnosed mental disorders crying out for treatment.
One obvious beneficiary of the proposal is the pharmaceutical industry, which is eager to sell the psychotropic drugs that undoubtedly will be prescribed to millions of American schoolchildren under the new screening program. Of course a tiny minority of children suffer from legitimate mental illnesses, but the widespread use of Ritalin and other drugs on youngsters who simply exhibit typical rambunctious, fidgety, and impatient behavior is nothing short of criminal. It may be easier to teach and parent drugged kids, but convenience is no justification for endangering them. Childrens brains are still developing, and the truth is we have no idea what the long-term side effects of psychiatric drugs may be. Medical science has not even exhaustively identified every possible brain chemical, even as we alter those chemicals with drugs.
Dr. Karen Effrem, a physician who strongly opposes mandatory mental health screening, warns us that Americas children should not be medicated by expensive, ineffective, and dangerous medications based on vague and dubious diagnoses. She points out that psychiatric diagnoses are inherently subjective, as authors of the diagnostic manuals admit. She also is concerned that mental health screening could be used to label children whose attitudes, religious beliefs, and political views conflict with the secular orthodoxy that dominates our schools.
The greater issue, however, is not whether youth mental health screening is appropriate. The real issue is whether the state owns your kids. When the government orders universal mental health screening in schools, it really means mandatory. Parents, children, and their private doctors should decide whether a child has mental health problems, not government bureaucrats. That this even needs to be stated is a sign of just how obedient our society has become toward government. What kind of free people would turn their childrens most intimate health matters over to government strangers? How in the world have we allowed government to become so powerful and arrogant that it assumes it can force children to accept psychiatric treatment whether parents object or not?
Parents must do everything possible to retain responsibility and control over their childrens well-being. There is no end to the bureaucratic appetite to rule every aspect of our lives, including how we raise our children. Forced mental health screening is just the latest of many state usurpations of parental authority: compulsory education laws, politically-correct school curricula, mandatory vaccines, and interference with discipline through phony social services agencies all represent assaults on families. The political right has now joined the political left in seeking the de facto nationalization of children, and only informed resistance by parents can stop it. The federal government is slowly but surely destroying real families, but it is hardly a benevolent surrogate parent.
Big Government "conservatives" calling Ron Paul all sorts of names, while absolutely refusing to discuss the issue in 3, 2, 1....
Not my kids.
Ron Paul KNOWS the deal. He is the AUTHOR of HR 1146, the bill to get us out of the UN and away from one-worldism. Let's SUPPORT him 110%!
...for your files.
I'm with Paul on this one.
Oh the irony is thick enough to cut with a spoon.
Who's calling Ron Paul names?
Dr. Ron Paul bump!
"Big Government "conservatives" calling Ron Paul all sorts of names, while absolutely refusing to discuss the issue in 3, 2, 1...."
LOL! Exactly! I'll help you count. I'm sure they'll come running to silence this thread.
Misleading headline of the year nominee...
Do a FR search for Ron Paul. Pick any thread. Then read the comments. Big Government RINO's HATE him probably worse than Clinton.
Usually the same ones who call Tancredo names and call Keyes names!
true conservatism and the Constitution scares them to death so they fight like grade-schoolers do - they call people names!
Sounds like the dnc?
This is absolutely insane. I found some testimony from a Dr. before congress on the issues of prescribing Ritalin and other amphetamines for today's schoolchildren.
I have a family member that has a history of Ritalin abuse and indicated to our family that it is a widespread problem at her school.
There has to be ample studies showing the negative impact of this approach. A policy such as this one would be devastating to the youth of this country. They don't even know the long term impacts of these drugs yet.
Many on this site. They hate anyone who doesn't toe the Republican line. They detest libertarians.
Any guess who the President in question is?
Now you know why they hate him?
Add Tom McClintock and Ron Paul to that list.
One has to wonder what would happen if a psycotropic drug was prescribed for a senator's son or daughter? Any bets that they'd try to sweep that prescription under the rug, or attack the competence of the doctor?
I asked the question because I like Ron Paul. I did search references to Ron Paul. I looked through about a dozen threads. There were dozens of comments about how "we few, we poor, we miserable Ron Paul supporters are so abused."
The thread which got the most negative reaction was the one calling the United States a police state. It is slander against the United States, its institutions, its laws, and its people to call us a police state. And it is dangerous, too, since you can rest assured that every one of our enemies will use that slander for propaganda against us.
Oh, by the way:
TOM TANCREDO FOR PRESIDENT '08!
NOUN: A state in which the government exercises rigid and repressive controls over the social, economic, and political life of the people, especially by means of a secret police force.
Not so far off. Remove the secret part and it looks a lot what this country has degenerated into. It hasn't stopped either.
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