The study was a fraud. Rosenhan MADE IT ALL UP.
"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is an acid trip, not reality.
Mad-House," her expose of conditions in the Women's Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell's Island.
I've read it. There's nothing horrible it.
The asylum was UNFUNDED, and corrupt politicians used it to warehouse EVERYBODY.
State and federal hospitals of today couldn't be compared to those in the past.
Do-gooders made everything worse, as always.
So the private sector was called in...and the inmates now had nothing to do. They just sat around.
The centers were never built.
But the severely mentally ill were discharged.
All other states followed suit.
And THEN guess what happened?
Isn't that nice?
As before, the centers weren't built.
BUT IT'S ILLEGAL TO TREAT THE MENTALLY ILL IF THEY REFUSE TO COOPERATE.
How many mass shootings did we have in our entire history prior to 1963?
September 6, 1949, in Camden, New Jersey.
This guy did it. Look at his face. He's off his rocker.
Totally flat affect. Untreated psychosis.
She accosted me at a 7-11 and accused me of stalking her. The 7-11 called 911, but we live in a deep-blue state, in which the cops are prohibited from interfering with the homeless.
I left the 7-11.
About two weeks later, someone tried to kick down my back door at midnight. I turned off the lights and saw a hulking shape outside.
Being a good citizen, I called 911.
Before they showed up, the hulking shape walked away.
The cops came, searched my property, and found nothing.
Here's what I left out:
When I showed the cops, they actually said, "What do you want us to do about it?"
So I knew that they were indifferent to whether I live or die.
The hulking shape had COME BACK after the cops left and spent the night 20 feet from my back door.
So I turned off all the lights, and when my eyes were used to the darkness, I quietly went out the front door and circled around.
The hulking shape was in the same place as last time.
THIS TIME, I ignored the 911 operator's demand that I stay in the house, and I followed the hulking shape.
When the cops arrived, I told them where the hulking shape was.
They said, "How do you know?"
That was a real moment.
It was the homeless woman who had threatened to murder me two weeks earlier.
She was sleeping in my back yard.
GUESS WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?
The cops and social services said that they weren't sure if they could do anything.
I can defend myself. Easily.
But to quote Edward G. Robinson in "Soylent Green," how did we come to this?
Why have a police force if they can't and won't protect us?
We KNOW WHY this is happening, and we KNOW HOW to make it stop happening.
Mr. President, you've spoke of reopening the state and federal psychiatric hospitals.
The people behind deinstitutionalization are acting in BAD FAITH. They're abusing the severely mentally ill and the rest of us.
I speak as a PSYCHIATRIC PATIENT myself. I have crippling PTSD and anxiety.
BUT GUESS WHAT?
And if I ever snapped, I would deserve everything I'd get from the police and/or citizens forced to stop me.
Like you, I'm indifferent to criticism from those who act in bad faith.
It's time to change this.