They say, "I can quit anytime I want." We say, "Prove it."
Greed is an addiction. Addictions don't live on their own. They need support. When a whole household is ruled by the disease of addiction, everyone plays a role in feeding it. Some are enablers stuck in a toxic, abusive, codependent relationship with addicts. Some are addicts themselves, who use and abuse our wealth and power against us and who clearly have become a threat to themselves and to others. Enablers often feel stuck in the relationship and don't know how to get out of it. Without recovery, addicts often cannot see past the next fix at any cost, and the disease can control everyone and everything necessary to keep the substances of wealth and power flowing their way. Either way, when they are confronted about the addiction, about the damage it causes, and about options for recovery, all too often the response from the disease can be denial at best and retaliation at worst. They may put all the blame on others instead of showing they're taking responsibility. They may tell us it could always be worse and we should be grateful for what we get. They may promise to get better but never take the steps toward true recovery. They may use coercion or threats to keep us right where the addiction needs us. Connection to one another is the best chance any people have for successful recovery. Without a sincere willingness to choose recovery, an intervention is necessary from those affected by the disease of addiction.
The "Congressional Sobriety Test"
National Intervention's Sobriety Test on addiction to corporate power and money in politics is the simplest "Pass/Fail" exam that Congress, or anyone, will ever take.
1. Commit to a constitution that affirms corporations are not people and that campaigns are only publicly financed,
2. Hit send.
To test every elected official in this 115th Congress, every representative must be tested. That's where you come in. Sending the test now to your exact representatives lets us know who is under the influence while behind the wheel of our democracy. If your elected officials fail, you and others in your area can easily become Citizen Sponsors, build your local National Intervention Coordinating Committee, bring an intervention event to your community or campus, and help run sober candidates in your district and state if your representatives need to be checked out of power and into rehab.