Beyond Murphy : Barbara Rypinski

Pope Francis versus the Murphy Bill

    According to my news feed, Pope Francis indirectly addressed the Murphy Bill when he spoke to the Joint Congress and several members of the Supreme Court when he stated; “A political society endures when it seeks — as a vocation — to satisfy common needs by stimulating the growth of its members, especially those in situations of greater vulnerability or risk. Legislative activity is always based on the care of the people. To this you have been invited, called and convened by those who elected you.”

     The Murphy Bill stifles the common needs of America, as it fails to address properly funding the construction of adequate hospitals for our current needs, much less training the additional doctors, nurses and certified nurses aides to support the patients in those beds.

   The Murphy Bill does not address the need for adequate diagnostic tools to winnow the temporarily impaired from the long term, chronic sufferers, nor the impossibility of finding the potentially homicidal one out of 1,000.

   The Murphy Bill does not offer to provide aid to “those in situations of greater vulnerability or risk.” Otherwise it would mandate a level income tax, with the additional funds from the richest Americans redistributed among those of us attempting to live on incomes well under the Poverty level.

   Now, if the Murphy Bill addressed funding the hospitals, halfway houses, medical staff  and medication needs of our country — taking into account that we’ve learned a lot since John F. Kennedy stopped funding mental hospitals — it might be worth the paper it’s written on.

  But “care of the people” doesn’t mean “treat us like coma patients, pour medications down our throats whether we can metabolise them properly or not, lock us up and treat us worse than felons.” It means use every trick learned over the last fifty years to reintegrate us to be happy, productive members of society.  Give us programs to allow us to exercise our Rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

   Now, if the Democrats of the Legislature want to rewrite Murphy to end poverty, fund the hospitals, free schooling for the entire staff of these facilities, remodel abandoned homes across the country for the Peer Support Movement to operate as Respite Houses with reintegration support programs and guarantee Free Mental Health screenings across the country for all, maybe it will meet the criteria His Holiness has outlined for a functioning Political Society.


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