Monday, November 7, 2016

Charles Badger — In Trump, the Republican Party’s Chickens Have Come Home to Roost

 I fear this party’s response to Election Day, will resemble less the “12 Steps,” and look more like Kübler-Ross’s 5 stages of bereavement after a loss.


On November 8, there will be a many car pile-up on the exit ramp off the Trump Expressway. Republicans will be stepping all over themselves to Matrix-like erase this election from national memory. Every Republican leader will pretend they don’t know who Trump is.

But, not so fast Republicans. …we have the receipts!

The GOP is an addict. The Republican Party is addicted to whiteness, as Jeet Heer painstakingly documents. The “12 Steps” to recovery from any addiction begin – first and foremost – by admitting you have a problem. There can be no forgiveness, no redemption, without first contrition.

After this election the GOP needs, like post-Apartheid South Africa, to set-up a “Truth & Reconciliation” Commission. A half century of political malpractice must be laid bare on the table, and owned up to. The “12 Steps” call for taking “fearless moral inventory of ourselves,” admitting “to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” Recovery requires “making a list of all persons we had harmed,” then making “direct amends…to them all.”

Read the full article HERE.