Invigorated from "turning plowshares into
swords" and "turning no other cheek", the Reagan
Administration continues its "moral crusade", by once again
attacking some of the most vulnerable in our society -- the
The Times article stated: "...the Justice
Department contended that, unlike blacks and other racial
minorities, the retarded are not a class that deserves special
attention to prevent them from suffering discrimination."
This completely heartless attitude is by no
means something new for a Reagan Administration -- I vividly
remember that when Ronald Reagan was governor of California he
steadfastly refused to approve funding for screen doors on state
mental hospitals, even though they had no air conditioning and
had to leave their doors open during the summer: The result,
personally engineered by Reagan, was a bunch of poor, sweaty
retarded kids whose faces were covered with filthy flies!
How would Reagan like it if he or one of his
loved ones were retarded and forced to undergo such inhuman
Forgive my not turning the other cheek, but
somebody's got to speak out in the name of justice -- the "Justice" Department surely isn't. If Reagan really wants
to see an "Evil Empire", he need look no further than his
Personal Notes: I had a profoundly mentally
retarded cousin, who was fortunate enough to have lived out his
days in a more humane institution, in another state. "Mellowing"
with age, I eventually prayed for President Reagan, when he
suffered with Alzheimer's and ultimately passed away; and I
admired the courage and loyalty of Mrs. Reagan, through it all.