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United States Representative Timothy Murphy did something bad last December 2013, that made me very, very angry. He proposed this federal legislation, which I spent the past week reading through and dissecting as an “affected” U.S. Citizen — a U.S. Citizen who is “affected” by mental-illness.
The thing that bothered me most about this pending federal legislation, is the message that Mr. Murphy and his proposed law sends to our children. Namely, that bullying in schools is okay, and that it is alright to silence and take advantage of, and do as we please, with our weaker humanity. In using every power under his disposal as a United States Congressional “Leader” to strip persons struggling with “mental illness” of their voice, of their right to be heard, and by gutting every program in America that advocates on behalf of this voice — to be sure that it is heard (SAMHSA, PAIMI, etc.) — proposed H.R.3717 “Murphy’s Law” sends the message to our youngest and most impressionable citizens, that it is okay to mentally and emotionally abuse other human beings. Except — Mr. Murphy’s behavior and the example that he is setting for our children is not okay…
Mr. Murphy’s behavior is not okay — I mean, yes, he is a psychologist and a U.S. House Representative and a U.S. Navy Reserve Lieutenant Commander — except, a title does not make a humane leader. Humane leadership does…and that, is not what I see coming forth from Mr. Murphy’s action…
To be clear — when I speak to, what individuals like Mr. Murphy, have deemed “mental illness” — I speak of individuals who:
(1) Have brain chemistry structures that are different from the “norm”, resulting in correspondingly different sets of strengths and weaknesses than those typically characteristic of the “norm”; but also too–
(2) Individuals who have been severely mentally and emotionally abused by this American Society to-date.
I don’t know when it became okay for one American to mentally and emotionally abuse another American, but somewhere along the way, the United States of America collectively agreed that emotionally abusing human beings in a weakened mental and/or emotional state of being was going to be sociologically acceptable and societally justifiable and okay. In introducing H.R.3717 into our United States House of Representatives, Representative Murphy of Pennsylvania had this to say:
“Bottom line: if we want to change these trends in victimization of the mentally ill …we have to do something comprehensive, research based, and we have to do it now.” — U.S. Rep. Timothy Murphy, December 12th, 2013
To refer back then, to the linked University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Counseling Center’s article on the definition of “emotional abuse,” which I have found particularly helpful in my own life, in dealing with bullies such as Mr. Murphy:
“Emotional abuse is like brain washing in that it systematically wears away at the victim’s self-confidence, sense of self-worth, trust in their own perceptions, and self-concept. Whether it is done by constant berating and belittling, by intimidation, or under the guise of “guidance,” “teaching,” or “advice,” the results are similar. Eventually, the recipient of the abuse loses all sense of self and remnants of personal value. Emotional abuse cuts to the very core of a person, creating scars that may be far deeper and more lasting than physical ones.” [http://www.counselingcenter.illinois.edu/self-help-brochures/relationship-problems/emotional-abuse/] [Emphasis added.]
The “victimization” of the “mentally ill” that Representative Murphy refers to, was caused by the exact same type of discriminatory action that he now takes, in “leading” America in her crusade against a portion of her very own humanity. In light of the definition of emotional abuse — I am dumbfounded as to how Mr. Murphy, a Ph.D.-trained psychologist, could possibly believe that H.R.3717 is a good and humane idea. I mean, I just don’t know…
All I know is that I am not willing to blindly participate as a muted-accomplice in his visionless crusade to remove my own voice from my own body — whether it be by showing me how to discriminate against myself because I am different, forcing compromised medications down my throat, denying from me my own reality, denying from me the fact that RECOVERY is possible — or any of the other seemingly infinite measures of mental and emotional abuse that Representative Murphy for some reason, finds to be okay. The abuse that United States of America Congressional House Representative Timothy Murphy finds justifiable to use against me, to shut me up and then shut me down and thereby make me go away.
Timothy Murphy may be a leader of my country, but that alone, in my mind, and in light of the actions he has now taken against my people, does not make any case and/or give me any cause to garner for him any respect. Mr. Murphy is a bully — and he is bullying me and my mentally ill people, and it is not okay.
So this post, in particular, is created in support for American children, all around our country in schools everywhere here in the U.S.A., who suffer from the same type of mental and emotional abuse and bullying from peers and adults in leadership positions. Emotional abuse is not okay. We need to fix our leadership here — it is not you, it is them…