Thom Rutledge is a psychotherapist and author of several books, including Embracing Fear: How to Turn What Scares Us into Our Greatest, The Self-Forgiveness Handbook, Earning Your Own Respect and The Greater Possibilities. His political commentaries have appeared in newspapers across the country, including The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Indianapolis Star and The New York Times has published Thom’s letters to the editor on two occasions. Thom began Page as a blog on OpenSalon.com many years ago with an intention of not becoming one more partisan voice in the dangerously polarized noise, but instead to bring his unique therapeutic touch in an effort to help heal the relational pathology that has been crippling our leaders' abilities to solve our nation's problems. With the original Same Page blog, Thom presented a challenge to all of us, not just politicians. The challenge was to step back and look beyond the specific content of some political argument and to do what couples are asked to do in relationship therapy: examine and ultimately change HOW we are communicating. One of Thom's first political commentaries was an article called Respect: The Uncharted Political Territory. That article and others from the original Same Page will be included on this page.
The original mission of Same Page remains the same: to contribute to the psychological education of politicians and citizens so that more focus can be placed where it will do the most good, namely, making effective communication for the specific purpose of becoming expert problem solvers our top priority when it comes to everything from political campaigns to elections to legislation, etc.
Which brings us to the current unfortunate "HOWEVER…"
However, with the extreme dangers to our nation and the entire world posed by a Donald Trump presidency and the largely complicit Republican party in Washington, DC, remaining non partisan has taken a back seat with Same Page. It is, however, still analogous to couples therapy. In couples therapy, when one partner is not willing to participate authentically in the therapy and when that partner, refusing to accept any responsibility for himself, either remains or becomes abusive, toxic and dangerous to the other partner, the focus of the therapy changes to advocacy for the partner who is in danger. The metaphor here is not a stretch in the least: Donald Trump and his impotent administration is the arrogant, abusive spouse, placing all blame on his partner (anyone who disagrees with him), verbally and physically threatening abuse whenever he does not get exactly what he wants and delivering that abuse without regard to damage he is inflicting on others. And the Republican majority in Congress are the classic enablers, demonstrating cowardice in the face of their duty to serve The Constitution of The United States and we, the people.