You know, I really don’t get this whole insanity plea thing that people get to use in court whenever they tip over on the wrong side of a choice. I mean, we all get a little whacked in the head at times, especially when life throws a lot of crap our way at one time. But how we react to that mountain of crap is still our choice. In my opinion, folks should only be allowed to use that insanity card if they’re certifiable BEFORE they do something really stupid. Otherwise, any yo-yo can pull from that psychology deck and probably get away with it. You could pull any Joe Blow off the street, stick him in a room with a group of shrinks, and I’ll bet you dollars to donuts he’ll come out of there with at least two or three labels stuck to him. Bi-Polar Disorder—Anxiety Disorder—Mood Disorder…blah, blah, blah. Hell, we’ve all got at least one loose bolt rattling around in our skulls that could probably be labeled, but that shouldn’t give anyone a license to hurt others and get away with it.
Take Lisa Nowak for example . . .
Now here we have a 44 year old female astronaut who’s charged with attempted kidnapping, battery and burglary with assault after allegedly driving nearly 1,000 miles from Houston to Orlando to confront the girlfriend of a former space shuttle pilot she had been involved with. Now the woman’s pursuing an insanity plea. Her defense attorney claims that she suffered from major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, insomnia and brief psychotic disorder with marked stressors.
My initial reaction to that was—Bitch, puulease!
You mean to tell me that a woman with this many psychological disorders just skated right through the space training program and became an astronaut? Uhh, I don’t think so.
We just need to stop sticking labels on bad behavior in order to excuse it. Really, look at this situation. It boils down to a simple equation….the woman was dumped, got pissed-off, had a bad temper, and didn’t keep that temper in check. Period.
It makes me just wanna tell the woman, “Girl, what the hell’s wrong with you? First off, there ain’t no man worth jail time. And second, looka here— since you decided to go ahead and play stupid anyway, you just need to take your licks and leave that damn insanity card for somebody who really needs it.”
So what do you think? Is that insanity trump card used too often?
(Now where the hell’d I put that Xanax……. P