We Are Being Gaslit (4)

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The next two gaslighting techniques from Psychology Today are:

5. Form Codependent Relationships. The Oxford Dictionary defines codependency as “excessive emotional or psychological reliance on a partner.” In a gaslighting relationship, the gaslighter elicits constant insecurity and anxiety in the gaslightee, thereby pulling the gaslightee by the strings. …

6. Give False Hope. As a manipulative tactic, the gaslighter will occasionally treat the victim with mildness, moderation, and even superficial kindness or remorse, to give the gaslightee false hope. …

Anyone paying attention will recognize the pattern of the MSM inducing “insecurity and anxiety” in the general public.  We are constantly bombarded with “the world is ending!” narratives, for example Global Warming!, Pandemic!, Murder Hornets!, Russia Collusion!, Nooses!, and on and on.  This unrelenting flood of anxiety inducing stories keeps the American public on edge, and for the more credulous and misinformed in a state of constant upset.

This media induced state of mind renders us more vulnerable to manipulative narratives that push us towards the ceding of responsibility and liberty to the “false hope” providers, who invariably are government (world or national) organizations.  The underlying message is that we are constantly beset with world ending threats that only an ever more powerful government is capable of thwarting.

As a consequence, over time our self-confidence and self-reliance are diminished.  The scope of our independent action shrinks accordingly, leaving us ever more dependent on the judgement and policies of remote, anonymous elites.

Unless we intervene to disrupt this cycle of crisis, anxiety and solution this process will continue until we have ceded so much freedom that recovery becomes exceedingly difficult and painful.  It’s possible that we are already past the point of no return.  Perhaps the 2020 election will provide conclusive data on where we actually stand.

We Are in a State of Hysteria Over COVID-19 (4)

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COVID-19 Cases and Deaths vs. Time (Cases Top and Deaths Bottom Plot)

Media Gaslighting Edition

Data Analysis

Everywhere you look the mainstream media (MSM) is hysterically reporting on the recent significant increase in COVID-19 cases.  The unstated assumption is that there is a direct relationship between cases and deaths (with a time delay).  The above figure shows daily COVID-19 cases and deaths on a linear scale.  While it’s easy to see the increase in cases after June 9, it’s virtually impossible to see what’s happening to deaths because they are so low.  Thus, even if the MSM showed the above plot their customers would be unable to see what is happening to deaths.

However, if we plot the same case and death data using a Log scale (see below) we can see the plot details for both.

Note that the death plot is clearly showing that the number of fatalities has been consistently falling since mid-April.  Thus, while the number of COVID-19 cases has recently significantly increased, the number of deaths has continued to fall.  This trend is confirmed using data from ourworldindata.org data.

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COVID-19 Deaths vs. Time (ourworldindata.org)

The blue plot is the raw number of COVID-19 deaths per day.  Since the raw daily data is highly variable I have included a moving seven-day average (see the dotted red plot).  Note that this weekly average peaks at just over 2,500 on April 21 and generally decreases after that, with just over 500 deaths on July 7.

This result (i.e., increasing cases but decreasing deaths) seems counter-intuitive until we recall the following figure from an earlier post on this topic.  Note the drastic decrease in number of deaths per 100,000 cases as age decreases.

Thus, the mechanism by which cases can increase while deaths decreases can be posited, that being the average age of the recent cases is lower than in the past.  Of course the treatment protocols have likely also improved over time, thus also lowering the death rate.

Commentary

I refer to gaslighting because this is just another example of how the MSM and Progressive politicians manipulate information with the intention of:

maintaining and intensifying an incessant stream of lies and coercions, the gaslighter keeps the gaslightees in a constant state of insecurity, doubt, and fear.

Remember how, at the beginning of all this the goal was to “flatten the curve” for a few weeks so that hospitals would not be overwhelmed?  Then the goalposts were repeatedly moved to extend the scope, depth and length of the lockdown.

But something had to give, as keeping a nation of 330 million inhabitants in their homes indefinitely is an impossible task (at least in a somewhat free society).  So states began reopening at different rates, resulting in people congregating in bars and beaches (among other places).  We also had the massive protests (and riots) where generally young people mixed in large crowds without social distancing.

Thus there could be no other logical consequence of these events than an increase in cases.  Only a group of “experts” as ideologically lobotomized as our public health officials could imagine that the virus’ spread was ideologically dependent.

However, since the average age of these cases is likely lower, the number of deaths per case has also continued to decline (as well as from improved treatment protocols).  Obviously past performance is no guarantee of future results.  But this highly selective use of information to maintain hysteria about the threat of COVID-19 is without doubt part of the gaslighting campaign that occurs constantly and on many fronts in the United States.

Something Wicked This Way Comes (1)

We should all know better by now than to ignore the more outlandish statements of the Progressive Left.  They have been so emboldened by their monopoly of our institutions that they no longer even pretend to hide their intentions.  Make no mistake, they are telling us what they intend to do should they by one means or another regain power.  So, stop pretending that these views into their wicked minds are unrepresentative of the Progressive Left’s true intentions.

More Hatred for White Women

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This Tweet (since deleted) is by an employee of The Washington Post

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Remember this image?

No, they aren’t calling for revenge…yet.

Sorry Progressive Billionaires, the Alligator Won’t Eat You Last

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On Sunday, instigators camped out in front of the home of Jeff Bezos with that quintessential symbol of the French Revolution — the guillotine.

Drew Hernandez, host of the web show “Lives Matter,” shared horrifying footage of a guillotine in front of Bezos’s house in Washington, D.C. Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com and the world’s richest person, now owns The Washington Post.

A sign in front of the guillotine read, “Support our poor communities, not our wealthy men.”

“When they become threatened, and we have no voice, the knives come out,” one masked rioter declared before the guillotine. Spectators applauded loudly.

Yes, these are the best intentioned people just trying to improve our nation.

Democrat Party: Celebrating Independence Day at Mount Rushmore is an Act of White Supremacy

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Also a since deleted Tweet, this time by the official Democrat Party account.

Don’t pretend this didn’t happen.

We Are Being Gaslit (3)

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The next two gaslighting techniques from Psychology Today are:

3. Escalate When Challenged. When called on their lies, the gaslighter escalates the dispute by doubling and tripling down on their attacks, refuting substantive evidence with denial, blame, and more false claims (misdirection), sowing doubt and confusion.  …

4. Wear Out the Victim. By staying on the offensive, the gaslighter eventually wears down their victim, who becomes discouraged, resigned, pessimistic, fearful, debilitated, and self-doubting. The victim begins to question her or his own perception, identity, and reality.

With the pathetic collapse of the “Russia Collusion” lie our tormentors moved on to demonstrate gaslighting techniques three and four.  There were no apologies from Democrat politicians for lying continually for three years about convicting but secret “evidence.”  Nor did any mainstream media organization ask forgiveness for their purposeful role in ginning up and sustaining this big lie.  No, like the sharks that they are they simply kept swimming forward looking for the next opportunity to feed on the (decreasing) credulity of the American public.

They found their bloody carcass in a supposed “complaint” by some little apparatchik who heard second hand about a Presidential conversation with the President of Ukraine.  I have previously discussed what happened next in the series of posts titled “The Impeachment: Tragedy to Farce in Record Time.”

What interests me here is the perfect correspondence between gaslighting techniques three and four and what our Progressive elites actually did.  They “escalate[d] the dispute by doubling and tripling down,” attempting to “wear down their victim” (that is, we non-Progressives) by causing us to question our own “perception, identity, and reality.”

When the Impeachment folly collapsed into the same pile of rubbish as had the Collusion  lie, the Progressive elite, once again, continued swimming forward without the slightest acknowledgement of the destruction that they had caused.  In particular, while the Impeachment Coup was winding down, with our nation’s attention transfixed on this idiocy, the COVID-19 virus was rising in China and spreading around the world.  So, a Presidential administration, Congress, the press and the public’s attention was diverted from a real and present public health threat to a pathetic partisan farce.

The Progressive elite will never admit fault in any of this.  No, they will go on tripling and quadrupling down on vile, evil lies in hope that this time the American public will break down, whimpering for leadership from these wicked morons.  Who knows, they may succeed…for awhile at least.

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Ideological hatred makes you stupid…and viciously dangerous.

Fourth of July, 2020

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I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

The Senate Oath of Office

We the people must cease expecting that our leaders will follow this oath of their own volition.  Most of them are either actively and purposefully working against it or are pretending to support it while, at best, doing nothing.  The leaders of whom I speak go all the way from our local institutions to the highest positions of State and Federal power.  These people are hollow men and women who look only to their elite peers for guidance and approval.  They work to please institutions of big business, media and education.  It’s time that we the people openly, loudly and persistently demand that they begin again to support this oath or they will be thrown out of office.  They will not fight for us and for our Republic unless we the people demand that they do.

Stand up American citizens and shout your demands!  Drown out the pathetic nobodies

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Hong Kong freedom protesters wave the American flag.

whose only skill is moral preening and destruction.  These miseducated narcissists can’t build anything of value or permanence.  We the people have built families, businesses, communities, churches and a Republic that shines like a star.  They pursue a black hole that has consumed 100 million lives and destroyed the hope of billions.  Only the wicked and/or moronic could seek to try Socialism yet again.

Their desired future is one of death, serfdom and the pursuit of raw power.  Ours is one of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Stand up today for the United States of America!

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

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We Are Being Gaslit (2)

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The first two gaslighting techniques from Psychology Today are:

1.  Lie and Exaggerate. The gaslighter creates a negative narrative about the gaslightee (“There’s something wrong and inadequate about you”), based on generalized false presumptions and accusations, rather than objective, independently verifiable facts, thereby putting the gaslightee on the defensive.  …

2. Repetition. Like psychological warfare, the falsehoods are repeated constantly in order to stay on the offensive, control the conversation, and dominate the relationship.

The scope and depth of repetitive lies that the American public has been exposed to in the last four years strains comprehension to the breaking point.  As only one example of so many, the Mainstream Media in intimate collaboration with the Obama Deep State and the Congressional Democrats lied to us about “Russian Collusion” for years.

Given the results of the Mueller Report we know as certainly as anything can be that there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump Campaign.  Therefore, all the claims by ex-Obama officials and by Congressional Democrats were intentional lies.  While it’s certain that the Mainstream Media was to a large extent in on the lies, they at least have some plausible deniability.  However, one wonders if the “we’re morons” defense will hold up well over the long run for their business prospects.

In spite of all this many Americans (and likely a majority of Democrats) still believe that there is something to the “Russian collusion” hoax.  In fact, so powerful was this “big lie” that apparently many Congressional Republicans gave it credence for years.

Given this the term “fake news” seems utterly insufficient.  Yes, it is an effective political slogan.  But it fails to convey the true nature of what has been occurring.  This is not just “made up” news stories.  No, this is a true totalitarian level “big lie” whose purpose was to destroy a legitimately elected President.  That is, this was a coup attempt that has failed in the near term but that is ongoing by other means.

The purpose of this and so many other lies has been to convince voters that our sitting President is illegitimate and thus should be replaced outside the election process.  For anyone who voted for President Trump the goal was to destroy their confidence in their own judgement.  For people on the fence (initially like me) the goal was to push them over into motivated opposition (like the Never Trumpers).  And for people who voted against President Trump the goal was to drive them into a frenzy of fear and loathing that could be leveraged as needed to create social and physical chaos.

Of course, these lies will also have an impact on the 2020 election.  They will tend to motivate Democrat voting and suppress votes from people who generally support President Trump’s policies but who wonder about his fidelity to our nation.

It remains to be seen if a majority of voters can be assembled to give the Democrats victory by this means.  It’s certain that for many Americans (perhaps a plurality) the credibility of our political and media institutions has been destroyed.  It will therefore be exceedingly difficult for the next President to govern effectively unless they somehow win by a landslide.

We Are Being Gaslit (1)

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“I want to be clear on how I characterize this. This is mostly a protest. It is not generally speaking unruly.”

Introduction

One might have thought that almost 700 posts in I would have been able to cover the full scope of Progressive wickedness.  I have not, and so must discuss another important dimension.  That being, through use of their near monopoly on media (“entertainment” and “news”), they have sought to make non-Progressives question their own sanity and drive the Progressive rank-and-file into ever deeper insanity.  The means of this psychological assault is a technique called gaslighting.

The current Wikipedia definition sufficiently describes this strategy to dominate a person or group.

Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation in which a person or a group covertly sows seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or group, making them question their own memory, perception, or judgment, often evoking in them cognitive dissonance and other changes including low self-esteem. Using denial, misdirection, contradiction, and misinformation, gaslighting involves attempts to destabilize the victim and delegitimize the victim’s beliefs. Instances can range from the denial by an abuser that previous abusive incidents occurred, to the staging of bizarre events by the abuser with the intention of disorienting the victim.

But this high level definition is insufficient with regard to understanding the practical dynamics by which Gaslighting is pursued.  Another article (Psychology Today) provides this necessary detail.

1.  Lie and Exaggerate. The gaslighter creates a negative narrative about the gaslightee (“There’s something wrong and inadequate about you”), based on generalized false presumptions and accusations, rather than objective, independently verifiable facts, thereby putting the gaslightee on the defensive.  …

2. Repetition. Like psychological warfare, the falsehoods are repeated constantly in order to stay on the offensive, control the conversation, and dominate the relationship.

3. Escalate When Challenged. When called on their lies, the gaslighter escalates the dispute by doubling and tripling down on their attacks, refuting substantive evidence with denial, blame, and more false claims (misdirection), sowing doubt and confusion.  …

4. Wear Out the Victim. By staying on the offensive, the gaslighter eventually wears down their victim, who becomes discouraged, resigned, pessimistic, fearful, debilitated, and self-doubting. The victim begins to question her or his own perception, identity, and reality.

5. Form Codependent Relationships. The Oxford Dictionary defines codependency as “excessive emotional or psychological reliance on a partner.” In a gaslighting relationship, the gaslighter elicits constant insecurity and anxiety in the gaslightee, thereby pulling the gaslightee by the strings. …

6. Give False Hope. As a manipulative tactic, the gaslighter will occasionally treat the victim with mildness, moderation, and even superficial kindness or remorse, to give the gaslightee false hope. …

7. Dominate and Control. At its extreme, the ultimate objective of a pathological gaslighter is to control, dominate, and take advantage of another individual, or a group, or even an entire society. By maintaining and intensifying an incessant stream of lies and coercions, the gaslighter keeps the gaslightees in a constant state of insecurity, doubt, and fear. The gaslighter can then exploit their victims at will, for the augmentation of their power and personal gain.

For some readers the connections between these gaslighting tactics and the behavior of our Mainstream Media (MSM) are immediately obvious.  For others this connection has not yet become apparent.  Regardless, there is value in drawing out how the MSM and Progressive politicians have subjected us to this wicked assault.

Thoughts on Our Republic’s Travail (1)

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The Theodore Roosevelt statue is slated to be removed from the Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Mark Steyn was a guest on the Tucker Carlson Show last night.  One topic of discussion was what should replace the statues that are being vandalized and pulled down throughout the nation.  Mark proposed that they keep the back end of the horse for the Theodore Roosevelt statue as a fitting commentary on the passiveness or even encouragement that so many “conservative” politicians and organizations have shown for the violent riots.

That Mark’s genius suggestion inspired this Mark’s meager attempt to visualize the result.

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It appears that the main thing that most of our “conservative” politicians and organizations are seeking to conserve is their gravy train jobs and social status.  To that small minority of conservatives (and liberals and libertarians and independents) who have joined the fight to protect and preserve our Republic, take heart and know that millions of Americans appreciate your courage.

At Last, Common Ground is Found! (2)

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Common ground found!

The Second Event

The Progressive elite’s second self-revelatory act has been to kneel down in self-righteous abasement for the nation’s “white supremacy” and “systemic racism.”  One can only imagine that they see themselves as some sort of deranged Christ-like saviors as they “selflessly” take the punishment for all those deplorables who don’t know that they are inherently evil and racist because their skin is white (or because their skin is dark but they don’t hate white people because their skin is white).

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Democrat Party leaders kneel in abasement for their sins.  Oh, how morally superior they all are!

But, at some level couldn’t this self-abasement be understood as the Progressive elite unintentionally admitting that it is they who are the racist fountainheads of this nation’s social failures?  After all, as was discussed in the previous post, it is undeniably true that it is they who have controlled the political power that has absolutely destroyed the inner city minority communities?  Isn’t it they who passed the laws and ordinances, hired and managed the police departments, oversaw the social services, and delivered the education to these communities?

And what is it that they have accomplished with all of this power?  Absolutely nothing beyond the destruction of the dignity of their supposed beneficiaries.  Before the “Great Society” programs the black family was almost indistinguishable from the white family in terms of intactness and stability.   Yes, there was open racism in some of our institutions and in too many people’s hearts, but in other institutions and many other people’s hearts there was the determination to right these wrongs and do better in the future.

biden-black-voteThat entire process was hijacked by a wicked and stupid ideological project that is now called Progressivism and that lives as the animating power in the Democrat Party.  Thankfully they have nominated a man who’s advancing mental deterioration allows their true selves to shine through.

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Exhibit 1: Wicked, unaccountable Progressive stupidity.

We should accept the Progressive elite’s apology for leading this nation into utter destruction and moral chaos.  We will no longer give them unearned respect and unaccountable power.  We will vote them out of office, abandon their institutions, shun their businesses and ignore their pronouncements.  The rest of us, who have some semblance of moral and intellectual maturity, some realization that everyone must be held accountable for their actions, some decent respect for the animating principles of the nation must step forward to fill the vacuum created by our pathetic Progressive elite failures.

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Ideological Conformity and Civilizational Decline (4)

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This is what cowardly, craven surrender to a proto-totalitarian ideology looks like.

Where This is All Going

While I don’t claim to know with any certainty where this is all going I am confident about where our Progressive elite photo-totalitarians want it to.  And that is a U.S. Cultural Revolution that by force and intimidation destroys our Republic.  This Federalist article describes the contemporary fruits of this effort under the rubric of fighting “white supremacy.”

Amid the scenes circulating on social media this week of protesters and rioters and burned out storefronts and police barricades, two of them stand out as harbingers of what all of this means for the future of mainstream American society.

The first was a video clip of a small group of white people kneeling down before a group of black people. A white man at the head of the kneeling group was praying, his voice shaking with emotion: “Father, we ask for forgiveness from our black brothers and sisters for years and years of racism, of systematic racism.”

The second was a clip of a large gathering in the affluent DC suburb of Bethesda, Maryland. Nearly a thousand protesters, most of them white, their hands raised as if in prayer, engaged in a kind of collective woke sermon, repeating after a man on a microphone: “I will use my voice in the most uplifting way possible, and do everything in my power to educate my community. I will love my black neighbors the same as my white ones…”

More than the rampant looting and the street battles, more than the clashes between police and protesters, these scenes of white people genuflecting in mass public affirmations of their own guilt is the key to understanding where all this is headed.

The model at work here is the Chinese Cultural Revolution, with its mass “struggle sessions” in which anyone deemed insufficiently sympathetic to the proletariat, or thought to have an excessively bourgeois lifestyle, was subjected to public humiliations, paraded through the streets, assaulted, denounced, and put on display as objects of scorn. Often these struggle sessions ended in false confessions and pleas for mercy.

Obviously, no one in America is being paraded through the streets against their will. But by rushing to profess their supposed guilt for racism, these people are admitting that they need publicly to affirm their allegiance to woke identity politics. This represents nothing less than the emergence of a new regime in American life. What is now a voluntary and seemingly spontaneous public affirmation of progressive ideology will in time become a requirement. If you want a career or a public platform or a professional life in mainstream society, you’ll have to profess allegiance to the cultural left.

If you imagine that there will be a time gap between voluntary and mandatory abasement then you haven’t been paying attention.  Human beings in our nation have been destroyed in mind, soul and body for years by social media mobs for failing to “keep up” with social justice ideological conformity.  Now this general movement has been sharpened and intensified by the claim of “systematic racism” that has justified wanton rioting, looting and arson in many cities.  This PowerLine post describes the swift brutality that anyone who has a prominent position in our culture can expect should they dare to exceed the ever changing bounds of ideological conformity.

Item: Grant Napear, the longtime television play-by-play announcer for the Sacramento Kings basketball team, resigned under pressure after tweeting “ALL LIVES MATTER…EVERY SINGLE ONE!!!” DeMarcus Cousins — Mr. Technical Foul — had asked Napear what he thought of the Black Lives Movement. Napear responded as quoted above.

Imagine losing your job for saying that all lives matter. Think about this the next time you hear a liberal talk about uniting the country.

Item: Drew Brees has issued an abject apology after saying, in response to a question during an interview, that “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States.” The question, of course, pertained to Colin Kaepernick.

Brees explained that the National Anthem reminds him of his grandfathers who served during World War II. He stated:

In many cases, it brings tears to my eyes thinking about all that has been sacrificed and not just in the military but, for that matter those throughout the civil rights movements of the ’60s and all that has been endured by so many people up until this point.

(Emphasis added)

Brees was promptly attacked for this expression of patriotism. LeBron James led the charge. He said:

WOW MAN. . .You literally still can’t understand why Kap was kneeling on one knee?? Has absolute [sic] nothing to do with disrespect of [the flag] and our soldiers (men and women) who keep our land free.

James is a useful idiot. In reality, “Kap’s” kneelng had everything to do with disrespect for our country and our soldiers. He is on record saying that America is an imperialist nation whose military is intent on attacking “black and brown bodies” for the purpose of “plundering the non white world.”

Obviously, what these Progressive elite proto-totalitarians want is to impose a real totalitarian regime on us.  We can either curl up in a pathetic little ball and whimper for mercy or stand up and fight back like the free men and women that we are.

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This is what the courage and conviction of a free American citizen looks like in practice.