Actually...if a person follows the AA program, right from the book.. after living the program for a while.. they have a tendency to turn conservative.
Those who use it to just stop drinking, and leave the rest of the program alone... tend to go liberal.
Where did you ever get that from? I know plenty of people in CT who have been sober for years and are liberals.
The AA model wasn’t for me. I went with a self challenge model for me and I did it on my own.
I knew I was never going to escape from contact with alcohol so I forced myself to be around it without drinking. I even carried an unopened beer around with me for several months. Its been nearly a decade since I last drank.
Sober since 8/4/87.
Or as I am often fond of saying, sober since the Reagan Era.
All I can add to Roger's story is that he claims that he still does not believe in God, but rather just the higher power found in other people. Fine. That's a good start. But after 30 years, I would expect that he would have developed a deeper understanding of God. That's what the 11th step is all about. It sounds as though his spirituality ended at step 2.
God bless him for quitting. I'm sure his life is much improved. But as I tell newcomers, when you work it the way it's written, it gets even better than you could have imagined.
I think those who were liberal when drinking tend to be liberal when sober and vice versa. The amazing thing is that cons and coms really CAN get along in an AA meeting because politics seems irrelevant next to the life and death battle against “the ism.”
(p.s. I have no idea, but this could explain how Cal Thomas and Bob Beckel became friends).