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Can the Beast® Vote?

©2008, Jack Trimpey. All rights reserved.

Think of the Beast as the embodiment of addictive desire, a ruthless entity, relentless in its pursuit of addiction’s unspeakable pleasures. Think of it as an intelligent, well-spoken Beast with clever, predatory mental processes that support endless addictive pleasure, regardless of the risks and costs to others. Imagine this Beast with the gift of language and the ability to speak intimately, with god-like authority, in the conscious minds of addicted people everywhere. Now, think of a few million such creatures going to the polls to vote for social policies and elected officials.

Yes, you may think of these voters as the barbarians at the gates, for that is quite literally who they are. They think and speak a special language called the Addictive Voice (AV), which is the sole cause of all addiction. The function of the AV is to create a world more tolerant of substance abuse, and an environment more hospitable to substance abusers. Voting can be a strong expression of bodily desire, when issues related to the pursuit of physical pleasure are on the ballot.

Who will this special interest group, the Beast Lobby, vote for? In other words, is Joe Sixpack more likely to vote for or against increased taxes on beer? Will they vote for stricter or more lenient legislation and law enforcement regarding alcohol and drug-related crime? Will they vote for legalization of drugs? Will they vote for increased funding for “diversion” programs that protect substance abusers from lawful punishments? Will they vote for an individual having a history of addiction, or for someone who is in recovery? What self-respecting Beast would not vote for the Mental Health Parity Act, which removes the cap on third party spending for addiction treatment services, as if addiction is a real disease, just like cancer and tuberculosis?

Friends of the Beast
Make no mistake — voters in the grip of addictive desire make up a significant portion of the electorate. Moreover, fellowships of addiction exist in the form of political action groups that mobilize the recovery group movement to come to the aid of one-day-at-a-time sobriety on election day. Join Together is one such organization, and there are thousands more like it. In all, there are over 8,000 non-profit organizations serving a population who are either actively addicted or in that delicate condition of suspended indulgence, “in recovery.” As might be expected, they are dependent organizations, relying upon charitable donations to combat the pretend disease of addiction with pretend treatments derived from pretend science. They glorify perpetual, adult dependence, chronic addiction, and submission of one’s will to addictive desire.

In effect these non-profit organizations are an enormous syndicate consisting of licensed counselors and health care workers, most of whom are chronically addicted themselves, i.e., “in recovery.” They comprise the base of the Beast Party, a loose, underground coalition of men and women who view human affairs through the eyes of addiction. Their millions of clients in the social service system are foot soldiers in a struggle toward social change that favors mass addiction.

AVRT® helps anyone to detect the Beast Party at work by applying the definition of AVRT® to their policies, publications, and social actions. The Addictive Voice is any thinking that supports or suggests the possible continued use of alcohol or other drugs by problem drinkers and other substance abusers. The Addictive Voice says, “Vote for Friends of the Beast!”

About the Addictive Voice
A prime example of the Addictive Voice is, “I have mysterious disease that results in my preposterous drunkenness.” If such a disease existed, it would mean that the act of drinking/using is a disease symptom, an innocent act, such as when someone with colon cancer soils the couch. Although we might be offended at the stinky mess, we would naturally be compassionate and tolerant toward the involuntary functioning of someone so afflicted.

However, if we discover that the individual who soiled the couch does not have colon cancer, but makes his deposit purely because it feels so good to do so, then our attitude toward him and his production might significantly change. For example, we might issue him an ultimatum, that he must never do that again, for any reason, or he will be put out in the barn yard where he belongs. Such an imposter would likely experience the natural, logical consequences of his antisocial behavior, such as eviction or even jail.

Fellowships of Addiction
Problem drinkers and other substance abusers naturally join together in bars, taverns, recovery groups, and elsewhere in the shadows of society. When two or more of them get together, they form a fellowship of addiction. They have a lot in common, and have an intuitive familiarity with each other based upon their common problems and experiences as addicted people. They share a common language, the Addictive Voice, so that their preposterous conduct and twisted belief system is quite agreeable, and their manner of speaking sounds quite reasonable. They commiserate and sympathize with each other, and the share a common viewpoint about the nature of addiction and the meaning of life.

However, they are also prone to develop strong attachments to recovery groups that lend respectability to the rules, beliefs, and values of addiction itself. Recovery groups typically create formal, pro-addiction doctrines based upon the familiar clichés of pop-psychology, science, and religion. Those arcane doctrines thinly veil their unwillingness to summarilly quit drinking/using, and mask their clear intent to continue drinking/using under certain conditions.

Elsewhere, I have referred to recovery groups as the Fellowship of the Beast, because they harbor and protect, rather than defeat, addiction. By diverting newcomers from principled abstinence into the endless loop of one-day-at-a-time sobriety, recovery groups actually convert problem drinking/using to chronic, lifetime addiction.

Politics of Addiction
The recovery group movement is a special interest group with the goal of making families and society more tolerant of substance abuse, and making their immediate environments more hospitable to problem drinkers and other substance abusers. This vast, politically-active special interest group uses the disease concept of addiction as the cutting edge for social change.

Appealing to the compassionate nature of families and society at large, recovery groupers induce their families, courts, and society at large to accommodate addiction rather than create conditions whereby addicted people would most likey surrender their right to intoxicate themselves with alcohol and other hedonic drugs. Through their political influence, they elect public officials and administrators who will set social policies that are pleasing to the Beast of addiction.

Whether individually or collectively, the Beast of addiction has strong political preferences and will naturally favor candidates who take a liberal stance on issues such as decriminalization of drugs, punishments for drug and alcohol related offenses such as drunk driving and possession of narcotics and controlled substances.

The Beast greatly fears and loathes any kind of authority, as seen in the structure of the recovery group movement, and in the beliefs and values of addiction recovery. Most of all, the Beast fears moral authority that would intervene, not with a comfy treatment spas, sensitive social workers, or love-bombing recovery groups, but with a zero-tolerance ultimatum backed with severe, punitive sanctions against any further self-intoxication. On the other hand, the Beast is quite comfortable with, and will likely vote for, officials and policies that increase leniency or permissiveness surrounding the satisfaction of bodily desires, particularly the desire for the high-life produced by alcohol and other drugs. In fact, the Beast is inherently soft on crime, viewing perpetrators as victims of background circumstances, just as in their recovery groups, where the immorality of addiction is believed to be an innocent outcome of one’s bad gene pool, a rotten ancestral heritage, a dysfuncional family of origin, and a multifarious coalition of triggers, codependents, enablers, and just bad luck.

Election Day
For example, the current menu of presidential candidates contains one person who favors legalization of marijuana to normalize his own past pot-smoking, and another candidate whose wife was addicted to opiates during the 1990’s.

When Cindy McCain was discovered stealing narcotics from the non-profit organization she was in charge of, she attempted to fire the potential whistle-blower, who had reported her theft to the DEA. She evaded criminal prosecution by calling a news conference to confess before the DEA investigation was made public. Through smarmy legal maneuvering, accusing the whistleblower of extortion, and publicly lying about entering a diversion program and addiction treatment (evidently she has not), her criminal history and moral turpitude has been expunged from her public image as a potential first lady. The press loved the melodramatic story http://www.commondreams.org/views/021400-102.htm of her struggle against addiction, even comparing it her husband’s stint in the Hanoi Hilton. The whistle-blower was nearly bankrupted in the protracted, agonizing legal battle.

If elected, Barack Obama will do his part to popularize the notion that pot-smoking is innocent and harmless and that criminal laws against it are more destructive than any harm done by the drug. Whether this emancipates the people he hopes to free from our terrible drug laws remains to be seen, but you can be sure that millions of Beasts will be stepping on each other’s tails waiting to vote for their candidate on election day.

So, in 2008 the Beast may get to pick between a Democratic or a Republican candidate to serve its interests. The Beast has never had it so good since the repeal of Prohibition, or that day when a pot-smoking, presidential candidate evasively claimed, “…but I didn’t inhale.”

4 Responses to “Can the Beast® Vote?”


  1. DS

    I can understand opposing government subsidies, but what purportedly freedom-loving person would oppose legalization of marijuana? Just because you can’t handle it means no one else is allowed to either? Sounds like nanny state-ism to me. I assume you also think no one should ever be allowed to gamble, either?

    DS,

    The article, “Can the Beast Vote?,” simply applies AVRT® to social policies. The Addictive Voice is any thinking that supports or suggests the possible future use of alcohol or other drugs by problem drinkers and other substance abusers.

    Anyone can recognize that many social issues serve the interests of addictive desire, i.e., “the Beast.” What that perspective means to you is your own business, and you are free to express your wishes in the voting booth.

    Cheers, Jack Trimpey

  2. DS

    Anyone can recognize that many social issues serve the interests of addictive desire, i.e., “the Beast.” What that perspective means to you is your own business, and you are free to express your wishes in the voting booth.

    Okay, but the tone of your original post suggests that to vote for more personal freedom is automatically giving in to the AV. There are lots of reasons to vote Republican or Democratic. including ideas about freedom. If you think electing a Democrat will make it easier to smoke pot, then I suppose that’s the AV at work.

    But if you think your AV needn’t determine larger social policy, then I don’t think it’s ipso facto automatic that being pro legalization is pro AV.

    DS,

    The expression, “pro-AV,” goes beyond the definition of the Addictive Voice — any thinking that supports or suggests the possible future use of alcohol and other hedonic drugs. Legalization certainly fits that definition. The article’s thesis is only that the Addictive Voice carries with it a political agenda.

    The collective Addictive Voice consists of the beliefs and values of addicted people, particularly liberal social policies and political viewpoints surrounding substance abuse. Here is some new material on recoveryism which takes the discussion of this article a little further.

    Jack Trimpey

  3. Brian Asbury

    This whole scenario seems Orwellian, with the “inner party” being the 12 step movement. They want to create a Big Brother state by making it so you cannot say anything bad about their kind, it seems.
    I am so thankful that I am not only free from my AV, but also free from their 12 step “Newspeak”. I will never drink again, nor will I ever attend another recovery group meeting, EVER!

    What liberation, what freedom.

  4. WARNING: Marijuana Will Turn You Into a Liberal » Rational Recovery News & Information Blog

    [...] An earlier blog here explored the political and voting preferences of substance abusers, but this very recent article sheds more light on that topic. [...]



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