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Senator says ship the mentally ill to Siberia...thoughts?

State “budget writers looking for cash to balance the books have stripped a cumulative $1.8 billion from mental health services over the last 2 1/2 years,” with some states like Kentucky slashing their spending by as much as 47 percent. This is particularly alarming when viewed alongside incidents like the mass shooting by Jared Loughner, who many suggest was mentally disturbed.

In light of this huge wave of cuts, Sharon Omand, a community health care center manager and resident of Stafford, New Hampshire, called her state senator Martin Harty (R) recently to request more funding for community mental health programs and for the homeless. Omand was shocked by Harty’s response. The state senator told her “the world is too populated” and that there are too many “defective people.” When Omand asked what should be done with these “defective people” that are mentally ill, Harty suggested sending them to Siberia, something that he said Hitler was “right” to do:

Barrington Republican Martin Harty told Sharon Omand, a Strafford resident who manages a community mental health program, that “the world is too populated” and there are “too many defective people,”according to an e-mail account of the conversation by Omand. [...]

Harty confirmed to the Monitor that he made the comments to Omand.[...]

Omand says Harty then stated, “I wish we had a Siberia so we could ship them all off to freeze to death and die and clean up the population.” Omand said Harty appeared to be serious. After Omand responded that his idea sounded like what Adolf Hitler did in World War II, Omand said Harty responded, “Hitler did something right, and I agree with (it).”

Suggesting that the mentally ill be sent to Siberia is eerily reminiscent of actual policies enacted by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. Stalin sent countless dissidents, Poles, Chechens, and other groups he despised to work camps in the freezing barren wasteland of Siberia, where millions lost their lives.

Harty has not apologized for making his comments. Republican State House Speaker William O’Brien said that “at Harty’s age [90 years old], he has earned the right to say what he thinks, but ‘he needs to appreciate that as a representative, he will be held to a higher standard.’”

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 2:29 PM on Mar. 11, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • http://www.concordmonitor.com/article/245163/lawmaker-advocates-eugenics


    Harty said nature has a way of "getting rid of stupid people," and "now we're saving everyone who gets born."


     


    There needs to be term and or age limits

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 2:32 PM on Mar. 11, 2011

  • I don't care how old you are or how much seniority you've earned you do not deserve the right to treat people with this much disrespect.

    Harty responded, “Hitler did something right, and I agree with (it).”
    “I wish we had a Siberia so we could ship them all off to freeze to death and die and clean up the population.
    parrishsky

    Answer by parrishsky at 2:33 PM on Mar. 11, 2011

  • First, for those who looked at OP's header and thought she was referring to a US Senator.. She wasn't.. She was referring to a STATE SENATOR...


    "A 91-year-old state representative told a constituent that he believes in eugenics and that the world would be better off without "defective people."


    Thoughts? It's time for him to retire. But alas, it's up to the people of his district....  

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:39 PM on Mar. 11, 2011

  • His age? Why would that matter? Maybe he needs to be shipped off to Siberia?
    parajumper3

    Answer by parajumper3 at 2:39 PM on Mar. 11, 2011

  • "at Harty’s age [90 years old], he has earned the right to say what he thinks, but ‘he needs to appreciate that as a representative, he will be held to a higher standard.’”


    Ohh and I agree with this... Let the people of HIS district hold him to that higher standard...  

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:41 PM on Mar. 11, 2011

  • If you read the link, his co-worker said he is losing touch with reality.....


    He may be showing signs of dementia

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 2:43 PM on Mar. 11, 2011

  • He is apparently off his rocker.

    Charis76

    Answer by Charis76 at 2:43 PM on Mar. 11, 2011

  • Colleagues say he is hard of hearing and has appeared confused in recent House sessions.


    "He's shown signs of great confusion in committee in terms of House process and content," said Rep. Marilinda Garcia, a Salem Republican who serves with Harty on the House Legislative Administration Committee.


    Rep. Jon Richardson, an Allenstown Republican on the Legislative Administration Committee, said he does not condone Harty's comments on any level, but he takes into account the fact that Harty is a World War II veteran in his 90s.


    "In our committee . . . he is constantly confused, easily swayed, hard of hearing, and prone to offer up unrelated commentary or go off on unrelated tangents," Richardson said.

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 2:44 PM on Mar. 11, 2011

  • I guess that would depend on whether the people of Siberia would take them.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 2:46 PM on Mar. 11, 2011

  • He should be removed from office - to Siberia so he can die a cold, miserable death.
    etown2reds

    Answer by etown2reds at 2:48 PM on Mar. 11, 2011

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