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.
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.”