For those of you who may have missed it, decidedly non-anonymous AA/12-step evangelist Representative Patrick Kennedy is — surprise! surprise! — headed back to the hospital for the umpteenth time to work on his “recovery”.
I hate to kick a guy when he’s down, but Kennedy’s dilemma is yet one more clear-cut case of it [AA] most decidedly NOT WORKING no matter how hard or long you work it. In his own words: “I have always said that recovery is a life-long process and that I will do whatever it takes to preserve my health.”
Thanks Pat. It warms my heart & renews my faith in the democratic process to know that my federal tax dollars are going towards drying your sorry ass out … again.
Even better (or worse — depending on your perspective), Kennedy’s long-time also decidedly non-anonymous AA sponsor former Representative Jim Ramstad was once famously quoted as saying:
“If we could turn Congress into one big AA meeting, where people would be required to say what they mean and mean what they say, it would be a lot better Congress.”
Yeah that would be just great, wouldn’t it? Of course, those congressional recesses would have to be a lot more frequent in order to accomodate all those jaunts to rehab. There’s an economic stimulus Hazelden & Dr. Drew can get behind.
Back in more loving, serving, grateful days Kennedy & Ramstad were happy to share “the solution” for all the world to read about in the paper of record:
Sponsor Jim isn’t quite so chatty these days. I have to wonder how many of his sponsee’s are keeping an eye out for some other meeting-making politico type who ‘has what they want’.
Rarely have we seen a person fail … .
And if you’re ever in NYC, there are a few East River Bridge crossings I might interest you in purchasing.