Day Three: Tending towards the practical and expedient, it seems that many Republicans may have already completed the cycle.
The Kübler-Ross model, commonly known as The Five Stages of Grief, includes denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. In no defined sequence, most of these stages occur when a person is faced with the reality of their impending death and applies to survivors of a loved one’s death as well. The hypothesis was introduced by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in 1969 in her book On Death and Dying, which was inspired by her work with terminally ill patients.
Kübler-Ross noted that these stages are not meant to be complete nor chronological. Her hypothesis also holds that not everyone who experiences a life-threatening or life-altering event feels all five of the responses nor will everyone who does experience them do so in any particular order.
So, in the wake of the election, taken by some observers as a sure sign of the imminent death of Republicanism (and, some might add, of conservatism itself), we’ve witnessed, thus far:
5. Acceptance – What’s the point of fighting?
Call it however you like, my own version of acceptance (the final stage of the cycle) isn’t going to include acquiesence…to Obamacare or any other part of the coming/continuing progressive assault.
It is worth noting that quite a few (actual) conservatives have been no happier with the Republican Party than anyone else in the nation. These so-called “purists” are, of course, ideologues who tend to remain faithful to certain key principles of liberty. These “purists”, a group I naturally count myself among, tend to understand the intentions promoted by (most of) this nation’s founders and other true-believers, such as Barry Goldwater, who noted:
Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
There’s also this: Elections cannot and never will change immutable natural laws, such as those pertaining to economics, social harmony, personal character development, or the corrupting influence of centralized power.
My Version of “Acceptance”
As they say, “watch out for what you ask for, you just might get it”.
When you ask for more centralized governmental authority, oh boy, you’ll certainly get it. When you ask for relief from personal responsability, you’ll get that too, along with all of it’s natural consequences.
In other words, the only real consolation in these latest turn of events is that those who prevailed will, ultimately, suffer more acutely than the rest of us. For, they will continue to become ever more dependent on dwindling resources, less capable of taking care of themselves, becoming less hopeful about their prospects, more angry over their lack of progress, and even more delusional about why it’s happening.
In effect, they’ll traverse the Kübler-Ross process in reverse. This is inevitable. It is simply the natural and unavoidable consequence of trying to avoid personal restraint, a self-evident fact that any remotely successful person has already learned, typically after failing every other path.
My version of “acceptance”, in a nutshell: Hey, good luck with that.