By Keith Johnson
We have a frightening problem in this country and it is growing. It concerns our children’s well-being. Luckily there is something you and I can do to stop it. Foster children as young as two and three years old are being prescribed dangerous and untested psychotropic drugs at an alarming rate. The San Jose Mercury News ran a webspecial back in August, 2014 that chronicled the absolute horror of mind altering drugs that our foster care system has forced upon innocent children. The New York Times ran a story about children given meds, without having a disorder, to help at school.
Has society become complacent, allowing the system to determine what’s best for our children? Is Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World really our future? Aldous believes so. In his speech given in 1962 at UC Berkeley
“That a dictator could, if he so desired, make use of these drugs for political purposes is obvious. He could ensure himself against political unrest by changing the chemistry of his subjects’ brains and so making them content with their servile condition…But how, it may be asked, will the dictator get his subjects to take the pills that will make them think, feel and behave in the ways he finds desirable? In all probability it will be enough merely to make the pill available…But the demand of the American public for something that will make life in an urban-industrial environment a little more tolerable is so great that doctors are now writing prescriptions for the various tranquilizers at the rate of forty-eight millions a year.”
In a letter to George Orwell he wrote:
“…psycho-analysis is being combined with hypnosis; and hypnosis has been made easy and indefinitely extensible through the use of barbiturates, which induce a hypnoid and suggestible state in even the most recalcitrant subjects.
Within the next generation I believe that the world’s rulers will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging and kicking them into obedience. In other words, I feel that the nightmare of Nineteen Eighty-Four is destined to modulate into the nightmare of a world having more resemblance to that which I imagined in Brave New World.”
Brave New World Revisited. Huxley further explaines;
“A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. To make them love it is the task assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda, newspaper editors and schoolteachers…. The greatest triumphs of propaganda have been accomplished, not by doing something, but by refraining from doing. Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth.”
As drugged children stare at a television screen or play mindless video games, one cannot help but fear what these people are going to have to deal with in their not-so-distant future. As the false war on drugs rages the pharmaceutical industry is making billions pushing drugs onto to children, the most innocent and helpless in society are paying the price. However, there is a light at the end of this dark tunnel.
California Assemblyman Mike Gipson, 64th District, has introduced a bill that will help fight the forced drugging of children in foster care. Per CCHR International, AB1067 gives rights to foster children, including,
- To be informed of the risks and benefits of psychotropic medication.
- To appear before the judge determining if psychotropic medication should be administered, with an advocate of his or her choice, and state that he or she objects to any recommendation to prescribe psychotropic medication.
- The availability to refuse the administration of psychotropic drugs.
- To have a prescribing doctor disclose any financial ties he or she may have to pharmaceutical companies.
This bill needs support from the community.
- We need to apply pressure to the California Assembly.
- Other states need to encourage the public servants to sponsor similar legislation.
- The members of the Assembly that are on the California Assembly’s Select Committee on Foster Care especially need to hear from their constituents. Here is their contact information:
Ken Cooley (Chair)
P.O. Box 942849, Room 3146
Sacramento, CA 94249-0008
Susan A. Bonilla
P.O. Box 942849, Room 4140
Sacramento, CA 94249-0014
P.O. Box 942849, Room 5175
Sacramento, CA 94249-0025
P.O. Box 942849, Room 5158
Sacramento, CA 94249-0009
Susan Talamantes Eggman
P.O. Box 942849, Room 3173
Sacramento, CA 94249-0013
Mike Gipson (Bill sponsor; call and thank him)
P.O. Box 942849, Room 4164
Sacramento, CA 94249-0064
P.O. Box 942849, Room 6011
Sacramento, CA 94249-0044
P.O. Box 942849, Room 5160
Sacramento, CA 94249-0039
P.O. Box 942849, Room 2160
Sacramento, CA 94249-0007
Melissa A. Melendez
P.O. Box 942849, Room 6031
Sacramento, CA 94249-0067
P.O. Box 942849, Room 5155
Sacramento, CA 94249-0029
Please check the provided links to educate yourself about the serious issue of forcing children to take dangerous drugs that have the potential to destroy their future. These innocent people are also being branded as dysfunctional for life. Set aside March Madness and Dancing with the Stars to call and write your representatives, post this to your social media, then share with family and friends.
If we do not take care of the children today, they will not be there for us tomorrow.