The Murphy Bill is an incredibly, unquestionably Republican Bill.
Like many Republican bills it….
1. Defends and extends the status, power, and authority of those who have status, power, and authority against the challenge of those who are without any.
2. Blames the federal government. Somehow according to Murphy things would be so much better if the federal government really cared about the people it is supposed to be helping. The federal government is a frequent boogeyman of Republican legislation.
3. Believes the main problem with things as they are is that they are not as they used to be. Turns back the clock to the “good ole days”.
4. Believes that some people should have less rights than others and that trying to protect the rights of all people causes untold problems.
5. Believes that people with problems need to be better regulated and managed. People need to be coerced into doing things “good for them” and watched closely to make sure they don’t get away with anything they shouldn’t.
6. Marginalizes and stigmatizes those it claims to help.
7. Relies on anger and fear and sensationalism to try to convince people to support it.
8. Does not regard the experience of those it claims to help as credible or important.
9. Substitutes partisan rhetoric and ideology for bipartisan connection and resolution.
10. Slanders the character and motivation of anyone who might disagree with it.
11. Uses targeted groups as excuses not to deal with difficult issues (guns).
12. Doesn’t take the issues of justice, poverty, discrimination, racism and others seriously.
13. Believes when in doubt blame those hurt or victimized by the system rather than the system.
14. Opens the door to increasingly regressive and punitive legislation.
When a major Republican presidential candidate says we should force an entire religious group to wear clothing that identifies them as different from other people (like the Nazis did to the Jews) and that statement is not meant with widespread condemnation by other Republicans do you not fear a mental health reform bill that as one of its provisions proposes a study that would basically require a registry of the “mentally ill”???
The Congress of the United States can, should and must do better than this. Our mental health system does not just let people to fall through the cracks. It lets them live there. Tell your legislators you want a bill that has serious answers for serious issues. Tell them you want a bill that makes the American promise of better life real for even the most vulnerable of our people.
Tell them simply :
It is time, way past time, to no longer ignore, dismiss, or blame those needing help. It is time to once and for ever create a system that will do no harm and finally offer people the help they need.