1. Have you ever been declared clinically depressed by a physician?
2. Have you ever been hospitalized for depression, anxiety, or any other mental health reasons?
3. Have you ever been prescribed medication for depression, anxiety, or any other mental health reasons?
4. Have you ever been suspected by family, friends, or coworkers as having a mental health issue?
5. Have you ever had thoughts of suicide or bringing harm to others?
I stared at the questionnaire in amazement and the blatant invasion of my privacy. All I wanted to do was register for press credentials so I could express my political views on a blog and maybe speak at the open-mic night at the local bar. Why did the government need to know about my past mental problems?
“What if I answer ‘yes’ to any of these?” I asked the administrator, trying to hide the anxiety in my voice.
“Well, naturally, we will be forced to report you. Your computer, cell phone, tablet and probably all papers and pens will be confiscated.” She stated, matter-of-factly. “The new laws forbid anyone that has had a mental condition to infect the rest of the population with their depressions and anxieties! Do you want the whole nation to be upset? I mean, we just got the suicide rate down to an acceptable level!”
“What about my First Amendment rights?” I questioned.
“If you’re mentally stable, you wont have to worry about them.” She snapped. What are you, some kind of free speech freak?”……..
I know what you’re thinking;
It will never happen in AMERICA! How DARE I suggest that past mental health issues have ANYTHING to do with free speech! What does your past have to do with publishing your thoughts or speaking your mind??!!
Are you completely certain it wont happen here? The government has already classified certain words as “Hate Speech”. You can now be convicted of ‘Thought Crimes”. Authorities already completely ignore your constitutional rights and confiscate your personal possessions at the mere suggestion you are depressed, or have other mental health issues. Even if you are 100% cured, once you’ve been depressed, certain constitutional rights are denied….forever! Why not deny your free speech, as well?
Oh sure, you will argue that its not the same. Free speech has never killed anyone!
Really? What about the teenager on Facebook that killed herself from being bullied?
What about riots and attacks on law enforcement officers started from just a few strong words at the right time?
Shouldn’t we trust the government to control that sort of thing?
Does all of this sound silly to you, yet? If it does, then it also begs the question, “Why does the government have the power to permanently deny my Second Amendment rights based on my mental health history?”
Well, dear reader, it DOESN’T! The framers of the Bill of Rights did not place an asterisk, limitation, or set of restrictions when they tackled the subject of free speech OR the right to defend one’s self, family, and property. These unconstitutional restrictions were established well after the fact by the same group of totalitarians that want to continue to deny more and more of our rights every day.
We truly need to drop the hypocrisy on this “Mental Health Day”. Yes, I understand that we sometimes need to protect someone from themselves and others, but do we take it too far? If depression is cured, if anxiety is overcome, why is the patient permanently labeled in the eyes of the government, and denied their basic rights?
Think about it!