The national prominence of Trump is disturbing to many Republicans. He talks bluntly. That’s great, but if what he’s saying is still stupid, it doesn’t matter how bluntly the words were delivered.The Long View
There has yet to be a national poll where anyone in the Republican race gets more than 25%, and there may be as many as 17 candidates by next week. Personally I think the first debate can’t get here soon enough. Even though Trump will be in the top ten and therefore on that stage, it’ll provide an opportunity for the other nine to differentiate themselves from him and his rhetoric. If they appear weak, like when Tim Pawlenty refused to back up his tough talk on “Obamneycare” once he was actually on the stage with Romney, then those candidates will wilt and plummet quickly.—Utah Politico Hub
Behind a closed door, did Teresa Sheehan pose a threat to herself or others, one that necessitated police interference? Or did the police, knowing that she was in the throes of a psychiatric crisis, and therefore irrational, paranoid, and potentially violent, have an obligation to accommodate that disability — by standing down, by calling for help, by buying time?
It’s a question with tremendous stakes. The systematic defunding of America’s mental health care infrastructure over the last half century and shifts in law surrounding involuntary treatment have produced an epidemic of people with severe mental illness who are unwilling to receive care and/or unable to access it. They’ve instead become vulnerable to untold, numerous horrors. They’ve filled the streets. They’ve filled emergency rooms. They’ve filled prisons. And if the prison has become the psychiatric hospital, the police officer has become the psychiatric nurse. This benefits no one involved: not individual officers, nor their departments, nor the taxpayers who pay for their mistakes. And it certainly doesn’t benefit the likes of Teresa Sheehan, nor her sister Patricia, who came home to a red light on her answering machine that night.—BuzzFeed