Turn will and lives over to a higher power.
If we followed these values, we would never endorse a leader who abused human rights. We would never rush to judgment to start a war out of convenience. We would also look in our own back yard and stop the war on drugs, which criminalizes many who suffer from medical problems.
To prevent us from losing our way or backsliding
back into our addictions, we should remember those who gave their lives
to bring our hypocrisy to our attention. Their legacies could serve as a sponsorship (a part of the 12-step
program) for our nation. For example...
John Kennedy -- who saw that we had no legitimate reason to wage war in Viet Nam and tried to end our presence there despite heavy opposition from the military.
Martin Luther King -- who called us to our better selves and who demanded justice and rights for all, and thus offended the racist and patriarchal power structure,
Robert Kennedy -- who spent most of his presidential campaign talking with voters who did not or could not vote, and remains the last candidate not packaged with sound bites, half-truths and lies.
John Lennon -- who dared to dream of a better world, which the powers that be took as a slap in the face.
Many more steps follow, such as:
Asking the higher power to remove defects of character, asking the higher power to remove our shortcomings, making a list of all persons harmed, and become willing to make amends to them all (this might take years!), admitting mistakes promptly and spreading the 12-step message.
Time is running out for us to admit to our mistakes. These admissions are not at all a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of strength that will allow our nation to correct its inconsistent vision of itself and of the rest of the world. The longest journey begins with a single step!
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