So I had a little fun tonight after talking to a former Trump supporter. Initially this was a red "MAGA" hat wearing, rally-attending die hard fan. In
the last year or so (more the last 2-3 months) he's completely done a 180 degree turn.
Citing a lack of campaign promises being met, constant lies, silly and petty "high school drama", and serious questions about the man's mental
stability from moment to moment...he's reversed his opinion.
As we were talking, one thing became clear to me. This guy isn't a moron. He's not an idiot. He was swept up in some kind of "addiction" to something
larger than himself that he willingly wanted to believe in.
He told me that it wasn't easy to turn away from "team Trump" as he put it. Most of his family, co-workers and friends are still chanting the same
carbon-copied Trump talking points. The social pressure for him to remain a "true Trump fan" is and has been huge for him. He doesn't care anymore
though, as the mounting evidence that Trump is simply not fit for the office of the presidency now outweighs any social stigma he may find himself
Just like an addict or alcoholic he found it difficult to "quit". He found himself being pulled back in by those around him. He said to me before I
had to leave that it felt like he had taken off sunglasses while he was inside a house. Suddenly stuff was brighter and he could see better or
something. He said it would be like if you wore sunglasses 24-7 for months on end, indoors and outdoors and suddenly took them off. It was weird and
I've heard the same thing said about drug/alcohol addiction as well. I've heard that the initial push to quit is hard, but once over the hump and onto
the "other side" things seem so much more clear. A "true" perspective of one's life can finally be seen.
So, because of that conversation I decided to re-write the famous AA "Twelve Steps" for those suffering from an addiction to Donald Trump.
I present to you all:
The Trump 12 Step Program
1. We admitted we were powerless over Trump—that our president had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a fair and egalitarian social contract greater than ourselves could restore us and our nation to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the pursit of facts and logic
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of our political beliefs.
5. Admitted to the internet, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have facts, logic and reason remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked our friends, family, and community for help in removing our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed because of our addiction to Trump, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory of our political beliefs, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through research and study to improve our conscious contact with facts and logic, searching only for knowledge of the truth and reality at
12. Having had an ideological awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to Trump cultists, and to practice these
principles in all our affairs.
And there you have it -- 12 easy steps to regain your sanity and help truly make America great.
ADDED: You may find this easier to identify and ask for a sponsor. A sponsor should be someone who ISNT a Trump fan. This person can help you "work"
through the above steps. Ask them questions, and answer their questions. Be honest, open and frank.
You can't work a program if you aren't being honest!
Check in with your sponsor as often as they ask you to as well -- sometimes it's just a "hey what's up?" and other times it might be a sit-down at a
Denny's to go over a particular step and how you're planning on completing it.
It's totaly doable!
edit on 25-11-2017 by Kettu because: (no reason given)