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Friday, July 17, 2015

A National Embarrasment

Texas Governor Greg Abbot is a national embarrassment. You'd have thought George W. would be the most embarrassing governor in Texas's history. Then Rick Perry came along. Now Abbott has managed to slither under even that low-set bar.

It wasn't bad enough that he bought into the Jade Helm conspiracy nonsense. Or, if he didn't actually believe it himself, he apparently felt obliged to pander to the lowest-IQ portion of the electorate and, frankly I don't know which is worse.

Anyway, if that wasn't crazy/stupid enough, now there's this:

Scientology Group Urged Veto of Mental Health Bill

After a Church of Scientology-backed group helped organize a campaign against it, Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed legislation that would have given Texas doctors more power to detain mentally ill and potentially dangerous patients, according to records obtained by The Texas Tribune.
Yep, now he's pandering to Scientologists of all people. Maybe he's the one person in America who didn't see or at least hear about "Going Clear?"

I mean, you do know these people are nuts, right? Well, the believers in Scientology are nuts, the ones running it may just be running the most hugely successful long-con since some Japanese chef convinced people that sushi is food.

But surely it can't just be because the Scientologists objected, right? There was peobably something in the bill that caused conservative Texans to rail against it. Maybe it involved an expenditure of tax monies? The bill must have been controversial, no?

The governor's early June veto of Senate Bill 359 caught many of the measure’s proponents off-guard. The legislation had sailed through the House and Senate with little debate and only a handful of negative votes — and during committee hearings in both chambers, a range of mental health advocates, medical groups and law enforcement officials showed up to testify in its favor.

So, Republicans, Democrats, doctors and police were all in favor of this bill? So who was against it, besides the insane cult that is Scientology?

In a letter hand-delivered to the governor’s office on May 20, the “SB 359 Veto Coalition” said the bill threatened the “delicate balance” between providing “access to humane care and treatment for persons suffering from mental illness and safeguarding the person’s legal right." It characterized the bill as granting “sweeping powers” to hospitals that could lead to fraudulent mental health detentions and threaten a patient’s right to refuse medical care.
Others lending their names to the letter included the Texas Home School Coalition, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the anti-vaccine group Parents Requesting Open Vaccine Education and Texans for Accountable Government, a libertarian organization currently campaigning to stop water fluoridation in Austin.

 So, a crazy cult, crazy home-schoolers, crazy anti-vaxxers and crazy Birchers? An entire coalition of unhinged imbeciles that are scared of science? That's the anti-this-bill constituency and Abbott actually went along with them? He sided with the dimwits, dullards, dolts and dunces over cops and doctors?
And, yes, also the League of United Latin American Citizens, who may or may not be crazy - I've never heard of them- and did actually have a legitimate concern about the law being used to incarcerate recent immigrants, but no one thinks for a second that a Latino group had any influence on Gov Abbott. Generally, he would have voted against them just to prove his anti-brown-people bona fides.

Mary Jensen, executive director of the San Antonio branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, who worked to shore up support for the bill throughout the legislative process, said she was “very surprised” by the veto.
“Right now, [doctors] cannot legally hold [patients], even though they know they are a danger to themselves, or they might go back to their house and harm their family members. There is nothing a doctor can do,” said Jensen.
So there's a decent chance that some Texans may be hurt or killed because of this. Because the governor of an actual state of the USA took mental health policy advice from people who think that psychiatry is a fraud because all mental problems are caused by the ghosts of dead martians that are attached to everybody.

So, congratulations, Texas. Three governors in a row that are national embarrassments. Each one worst than the last!


anne marie in philly said...

WTeverlovinF is wrong with TX? too many drugs? too much heat? nah, more like too much stoopid!

Abu Scooter said...

LULAC is a civil-rights organization that's been around since 1929. It is probably best known for (a) starting the precursor (in Houston) to the Head Start program in 1960 and (b) winning Mendez vs. Westminster, which effectively ended the segregation of California's schools in 1947. [Seven years after signing that desegregation into law as California's governor, Earl Warren presided over the Brown vs. Board of Education decision in the Supreme Court.] LULAC has historically preferred to change power structures from within, which may explain why it's not as well known as other civil-rights groups outside the Southwest.

LULAC is definitely not crazy, nor is it conservative. In fact, it's probably the only member of this collection that actually believes in science. Texas, unfortunately, has a long history of mental-health professionals routinely misdiagnosing Latinos -- even U.S. citizens who speak California-accented English -- as retarded, insane and even worse. While I don't agree with this particular LULAC decision, that sordid history makes it too easy to understand why it would throw in with organizations it wouldn't usually give the finger, much less the time of day.

Abu Scooter said...

My remarks above notwithstanding, Greg Abbott is still a douchebag. And an embarrassment.

Bob Slatten said...

When you think Texans couldn't vote a bigger loser into public office, they always surprise you.

jadedj said...

Bob Slatten took the words out of my mouth.

BTW...IMO, funniest line in a blog thus far in 2015,

"...the most hugely successful long-con since some Japanese chef convinced people that sushi is food."

I crown you King of Comments-2015, Professor C!

Professor Chaos said...

Wow! Thanks, J.

Lowell said...

I had not heard of this. And just when I thought Abbott could not sink any lower into the slime. The questions Texans need to consider is whether or not he is actually insane or just so politically needy he will play any card he thinks will stack the deck in his favor. I vote for "actually insane."