Why did we close all the mental hospitals?”
Because we transferred all the inmates to Washington, D.C.
“Why did we close all the mental hospitals?
Because mental hospitals in the USA were every bit as abusive as they were in the USSR. Political gadflies were committed and then lobotomized in the USA, sick f*ck families like the Kennedy’s had their rebellious members lobotomized, mental patients were raped, beaten, and killed and they had absolutely no rights and no one to turn to in order to fight such abuse.
Despite decades of failed ‘reform’ efforts these abuses continued into the early 1970’s when the majority of these asylums were closed and their patients released to other forms of care or, sadly, some also sought the freedom of the streets.
These days the standard for involuntary committment to a mental hospital is extremely high and patients have access to legal counsel much the same way accused criminals do and this has put an end to much of the abuse. As bad as the current system may be, I’d not want to go back to what we used to have where sunzabit*hes like Joseph Kennedy could have his spirited daughter Kathleen lobotomized simply for the fact that he was powerful and she didn’t want to be controlled by him.