Screening Articles For Your Mental Health
I strongly recommend that my fellow members carefully consider the sources of information and opinions being presented here before jumping to
The source article is an opinion piece
written by Nancy Levant of The Sierra Times
. It is not
a news article.
I suggest that my fellow members visit SierraTimes.com
directly and form your own opinions regarding what the
website is about.
A simple google search
will give you some background on what kinds of articles
originate there, and why it is a frequent Rense.com
Nancy Levant may well have a point, but I think it is important to remember that she is not reporting news, but her opinion, and her assessment based
on “connecting the dots”.
She is also pushing home schooling, and promoting home schooling is clearly an agenda central to her article.
Opinions On Opinions
Her listed sources are opinion pieces themselves. The Devvy article
, dated September 19,
2004, speaks in grand and indignant tones about consitutionality and other fine topics, but can be condensed to the one simple question it contains:
“Will this Nazi style proposal of Mr. Bush's become a bill in Congress?”
Devvy's answer? “It's anyone's guess, but these duplicitous, lying dogs in Congress know they will run into the same brick wall as when Marxist
Hillary Clinton attempted to socialize America's health care system.”
Basically, Devvy is saying that it won't
Beverly Eakman's article
, a relatively recent piece written on March 27, 2005, does not,
refreshingly enough, mention Nazis or Marxists. Rather, she critiques the state of pediatric psychiatry, as well as Ron Paul's proposed New Freedom
Initiative. Finally, someone who mentioned actual legislation.
Meanwhile, in the whitehouse.gov
article, dated April 29, 2002, we see
Sec. 3. Mission. The mission of the Commission shall be to conduct a comprehensive study of the United States mental health service delivery
system, including public and private sector providers, and to advise the President on methods of improving the system.
What does this mean? That the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health is a commission
, not a legislative body or enforcement arm
of the government.
The third source BadMojo
cited, The New Freedom Initiative
(US): Ready To Be Tested?
was written almost a year ago on July 16, 2004, and speaks of Bush unveiling a sweeping new initiative “next
month”, meaning August of last year.
As best I can tell, none of these sources actually support Nancy Levant's claims.
Tempest Without A Teapot
So why haven't we heard more about this? I don't know. Maybe it is because what is being implied here isn't actually happening.
If it is, I would expect to hear more about it, since we hear about pretty much everything else that goes on in America's schools.
Hey, maybe I'm wrong and there's a big cover up taking place, but if so, it's going to be hard to hide that from the parents of tens of millions of
school children across the nation.
My impression is that there may be some issues of concern here, but that much of what is being trumpeted is either blown out of proportion or
If Nancy Levant is being honest when she claims that “our president has mandated that every American child, age 3 through 18, is federally ordered
to be evaluated for mental health issues and to receive 'enforced' treatment,” I find it incredible that this would not generate more
As it is, her article presents absolutely no corroborated evidence whatsoever that her claim is valid.
The Very First Uncontroversial Thing To Ever Happen In America's Schools
Let's be realistic. Parents complain bitterly enough when their kids aren't chosen for the varsity team. Every silly school-related issue you can
possibly imagine gets major coverage both nationally and locally.
Heck, in Reno, Nevada a while back, the case of a player being put
back on a baseball team by the school board
-- after being cut by the coach -- was a major scandal. Questions about what kind of food is offered
in snack machines at schools is cause for nationwide attention.
People do care about what goes on in America's schools, and there is simply no way in hell that a sizable percentage of America's parents wouldn't
raise a major stink about a program that mandated
any form of medical treatment for their children.
Just look at the reaction this story is getting here. Now imagine that instead of reading it on ATS, you just got a notice from your school district
Is it possible you just might say something about it?
Does anyone really believe something like this wouldn't make headlines if this was actually what is going on?
There is hardly a “media blackout” on this, if google is any guide. A search
for "new freedom initiative"
yields about 60,000 hits, many of them on major media outlets.
The claim that “nothing is being said by the major media outlets” about this is demonstrably false. Just click the link and see for yourself.
As always, I assure my fellow ATS members that their
mental health will benefit from the liberal and scrupulous application of skepticism.
Nancy Levant's claims may, in fact, be true, but I would like to see some credible corroboration before I jump on this dubious bandwagon.
Finally, for those members expressing an unfortunate degree of confusion and ignorance on the matter, here's
an article describing what real Nazis actually are
that I hope they may find informative and