It seems that this issue has slipped under the radar and more people are now starting to speak up against this proposed measure. Below is a sample letter by one woman that was sent to Congress in protest. Being a Townhall.com member, she sent it to our meetup group urging us to use it and send it in expressing our disagreement. I encourage all who read this to do the same. The last thing I want is to be forced to put my child under phsychological scrutiny at the hands of government trained physicians.
I strongly urge you to see that Congressman Ron Paul's language prohibiting funding of mandatory mental-health screening of children is included in the omnibus spending bill. I am appalled at the bill you are considering whereby all schoolchildren up to age 18 are to be psychologically tested.
At issue is the fundamental right of parents to decide what medical treatment is appropriate for their children. The notion of federal bureaucrats ordering potentially millions of youngsters to take psychotropic drugs like Ritalin strikes an emotional chord with parents, who are sick of relinquishing more and more parental control to government. Critics of the plan say it is a thinly veiled attempt by drug companies to provide a wider market for high-priced antidepressants and antipsychotic medication, and puts government in areas of Americans' lives where it does not belong.
Have you considered who will be making up mandatory or universal mental-health screening tests, will it be a valid test in the first place, and what criteria will be used to judge the mental capacity of the student tested and is the administration of drugs the approach that is needed? Frankly I see psychologist and psychiatrists as being some of the most screwed up people in this world. Many of them can not even handle their own affairs let alone others, yet they peddle their advice as if it is the gospel truth and has validity. Many times their so-called “cure” creates even worse problems. Children can become a problem in school due to a divorce or other problems in the family. Treating such things with Ritalin and other such mind altering drugs only masks the problem and is not the solution to the problems that children have nor does it fix the cause. Our children are not the psychological playground of incompetent state bureaucrats. It is not the states business to dictate the raising and the cure of a parents child. God gave the responsibility of raising children to the parents not to the state. Government needs to but out of our family life.
Another thing that scares me is the merging police state I see in this country. We are losing our freedoms and rights one after the another due to the legislation Congress is passing and the government programs being implemented. In the Soviet Union the communists attempted to paint all opposition to the police state as mental illness. It now seems our own federal government wants to create a therapeutic nanny state, beginning with schoolchildren and someday they'll be declaring the rest of us mentally incompetent so that they can continue on with their tyrannical control without opposition. I say no to this nonsense. Sounds like Nazi Germany all over again. I am asking you to represent the people and to stop this legislation now. If your name appears upon this legislation as having approved it you will not receive my vote next go around.
It seems parental rights are being thrown out the window in every facet of life involving our children, from public education, entertainment, health care and now this.
On weekends I check out the public access channels to watch the LAUSD board meetings, to keep up with how much of my tax dollors they are continually wasting. One thing I always notice, in any discussion involving school programs, policies, problems with behavior, etc. the parents are never mentioned. I've seen supposedly, top performing high school teens appear before the board giving speaches riddled with grammatical errors, making little if any sense, usually because they do not speak English very well. When parents do bother to appear before them to express any greivances, they are never discussed at any length by the board. I remember one woman (a black woman) went before them, extremely angry. So angry she prayed a curse upon them right there in the name of the "Holy Ghost"! The board barely flinched, some didn't even look up at the woman. After she was done rebuking Satan out of the board, she left. Only one board member bothered to actually ask why the woman was so irrate, and of course no one knew why. They spend far more time discussing who and where to dish out more contracts than how to improve the system. I see more business men appear before them than parents. Amazing!
As parents we have to get organized and begin to take back control and responsiblity over the education and well being of our children, now!