One Of The Greatest Evils Ever
America's White House
Bradley D. Chapline
Ronald Reagan’s campaign slogan was, “Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem”.
America fell for the alluring charisma of “Dutch”. After four years of Jimmy Carter, the majority of the voting public saw Reagan as America’s power base to their resurgence in regaining world dominance. America was supposedly, energized again. America was supposedly, once again, proud.
Ronald Reagan would ensure that the world’s enemies would fear us like never before. Reagan’s promise of delivering on his heralded “Star Wars” defense initiative was his most cherished project. The Soviet Union collapsed. The “Iron Curtain” in Europe crumbled. Ronald Reagan was king of the free world. America and many in the rest of the world worshiped this supposed superhuman leader of our new America.
My question was, how in the hell was President Reagan going to pay for all of this? Cost wise, to the federal government, the approximate total cost of our new ventures into world domination, and maintaining that status, was going to run into the hundreds of trillions of dollars.
In the early 1980’s, was this possibly sustainable for the United States? The former actor knew he was not going to be able to depend on new revenues seeping down into the Treasury from his “trickle down” financial philosophies. Reagan would have to make some radical and far-reaching cuts in federal government spending.
First on his agenda, and most damaging to America’s future, was eliminating former President Carter’s “Mental Health Systems Act”. Thousands of mentally ill patients were thrown out into our streets. Crime statistics showed outrageous gains.
As the decades rolled on, people were starting to get scared. Mental illness was now creeping its way into mainstream America. Even these people found that getting quality mental health treatment was as difficult as it was for the homeless person. And, the costs for receiving these now under-developed, unproven, and unregulated treatments were enormous. For, only the filthy rich could afford these "high priced" treatments. But, around the world, America was thriving. Reagan and Britain’s Margaret Thatcher held hands as they proudly marched side-by-side and reviewed their troops. Russia’s Mikhail Gorbachev could not walk shoulder to shoulder with Ronald Reagan. His political shame to his countrymen was abundantly clear.
In the shade of Reagan’s politics, America was going bankrupt. The national debt was reaching a definite point of explosion. But, Reagan’s Broadway themed show must go on. His image in the world came first, and the mental health of Americans was not even a topic he would discuss.
Continually, Reagan ordered a complete nationwide shutdown of all federal mental health treatment centers. Reagan also blocked any further funding to states for their treatment of the mentally ill. Even Reagan’s closest political advisers had begged “Dutch” to not betray his America. For, they knew of the consequences, and at some point, history would not be kind to Reagan and his followers.
Now, after decades of mental health neglect, we now live in a society of psychotics, where even in the upper crust neighborhoods, acts of violent road rage with guns being involved is a common everyday occurrence. Kids are murdering their parents / grandparents, mothers are drowning their children, stuffing their newborns into trash bins, and children are shooting up their schools and community centers at alarming rates. The list of violence is seemingly endless. It’s the only recourse a neglected “gone mad” mentally ill patient has left. And what does America do? We produce more guns and demand lighter restrictions in obtaining them.
Can America survive with this chronic stupidity? Will America ever become bright enough to heal the deepest wounds and scars of their people first, before concerning themselves what the world thinks of us? The world is waiting for America to fold. And if we do not make mental health our national priority, America will eventually end, and in a very bad way. Thank you Ronald Reagan, you son-of-a-bitch!
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