You may remember the saying that “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me”. First, that saying is not correct. Physical wounds heal much faster than emotional wounds. Physical scars can be covered up with clothes; emotional wounds are mostly hidden. Emotional wounds can be repaired if properly treated.
Many families, friends, providers, and clients are well aware of how devastating it is to hear that someone has been diagnosed with a medical condition of a mental illness. If the same person were to fall and break their arm, people would want to sign the cast. The devastating diagnosis of a medical condition of a mental illness has people running – away.
For thousands of years people ran from anyone they thought had a medical condition of a mental illness. Many times people with a medical condition of a mental illness were beaten, tortured, burned, or just locked away with their name removed from family discussions.
A person with a medical condition of a mental illness did not request such a fate or stigma. There are times when people refused to seek help because they did not want that stigma attached to them. That stigma could mean the denial of a job, promotion or even job termination.
There have been many times when someone was “examined” and then declared to be a danger to themselves, or others just to remove that person from any decision making authority. When this situation has reared its ugly head then that means that a diagnosis of a medical condition of a mental illness has been used as a weapon against them. That weapon is very old and has now been rediscovered.
A recent article by Constitutional Attorney Michael Connelly, J.D. highlighted this very old rediscovered weapon that is being used against military veterans. Military veterans gave a blank check to our Country to include a payment of death to protect our freedoms. The Veterans Administration is notifying many military veterans that the VA could declare veterans incompetent, specifically stating that it would deny them their Second Amendment Rights.
“The letter provides no specifics on the reasons for the proposed finding of incompetency; just that is based on a determination by someone in the VA. In every state in the United States no one can be declared incompetent to administer their own affairs without due process of law and that usually requires a judicial hearing with evidence being offered to prove to a judge that the person is indeed incompetent. This is a requirement of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that states that no person shall “… be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law…”.
Obviously, the Department of Veterans Affairs can’t be bothered by such impediments as the Constitution, particularly since they are clearly pushing to fulfill one of Obama’s main goals, the disarming of the American people. Janet Napolitano has already warned law enforcement that some of the most dangerous among us are America’s heroes, our veterans, and now according to this letter from the VA they can be prohibited from buying or even possessing a firearm because of a physical or mental disability.”
The actions of the VA are in fact deploying the very old rediscovered weapon of having a person diagnosed with of a medical condition of a mental illness to advance the war on our Constitutional Rights. This war, as set out by the VA, is especially heinous against those who served our country to defend the very freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution.
This war by the VA upon military veterans will have an unintended consequence in that military veterans who need assistance and are willing to accept assistance will not turn to the VA for that assistance.
Military Veterans can handle the physical and emotional battle wounds and scars received from foreign enemies without a second thought. When the enemy turns out to be domestic it is hard to understand as it was thought that the VA and military veterans were on the same side. Military Veterans feel betrayed by the very organization from which they rely upon for help.
It is never right and never acceptable for anyone to be denied any unalienable right without due process. Unalienable rights are given by God and can not be taken away by any government.
Military Veterans or not, no one should have the new – old weapon of destruction used against them. No one should use the diagnosis of a medical condition of a mental illness as a weapon to advance their agenda.
Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) http://www.narrowpathministries.org and http://www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org