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.

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.

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.

The Kumbaya Christians (2)

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Worshiping our new god of fire.

Responding to the New Religion of Wokeness

There is a new religion being born out there in the arson, looting, murder, human cancelation, kneeling and virtue signaling.  Although currently unnamed, I will use “Wokeness” for the time being.  Numerous compelling articles have recently appeared to examine this development, one of which is by Kyle Smith.  The key definitional passage is:

Anti-racism is the most critical element of a broader new Woke Orthodoxy whose other elements include environmental apocalypticism, feminism, and a severing of sexual identity from genetic indicators. Settling on a term for the new religion will take some time. Wesley Yang’s suggestion (seconded by Ross Douthat) of “the Successor Ideology” is clunky, anodyne, and a bit euphemistic given the righteous, roiling fervor and unnerving credulousness that define the cult.

However, years ago Joseph Bottum saw this all coming down the pike in his 2014 essay titled “The Spiritual Shape of Political Ideas.”  Mr. Bottum ties the new religion to Christianity, but with eviscerating deviations from this source.

Our social and political life is awash in unconsciously held Christian ideas broken from the theology that gave them meaning, and it’s hungry for the identification of sinners—the better to prove the virtue of the accusers and, perhaps especially, to demonstrate the sociopolitical power of the accusers. … Twitter and Facebook may or may not be able to make someone famous, but they can certainly make someone infamous in the blink of an eye. And because sinners’ apologies never receive the same publicity as their sins, the Internet both casts its targets from the temple and leaves them out there, lost among the profanities.  …

Mr. Bottum then delves into the apocalyptic idea inherent in “Wokeness” that is utterly disconnected from the purposes of a just, loving God.

But then, it’s always the fate of humanity that is at stake when the prophet calls us to repentance, and an apocalypse always provides to its diviners and their listeners a sharp and wonderful clarity. In this … believers in the Christian apocalypse, albeit without much Christianity. Armageddon comes to us these days as an idea, a powerful moral intuition, that has finally broken free from its old theological constraints to wander, isolated and alone. It is the last, the greatest, simplification of all the messiness of life. And who, at some level, doesn’t want that?

Building on these insights, Mr. Bottum has recently extended his analysis to address our current political/spiritual state in an interview with Providence Journal.  His views are summarized in that venue as follows.

Bottum theorizes that Mainline Protestantism’s collapse left a spiritual vacuum in American culture that loosed myriad social demons. Post-Protestantism wants to wage war on social sins, but not personal sins. It identifies redemption with having politically correct opinions. And it finds sanctification in denouncing others who lack its spiritual and political insights.

Of course, the post-Protestant theory of salvation is not satisfying, which leads to despair and deconstruction. From its perspective, absent Providence and eschatology, there is no destination, which potentially leads to destruction and nihilism. Bottum warns that a society without a shared culture cannot measure progress or purpose and no longer believes in itself, causing it to see its history as a long list of crimes.

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Pathetic submission by “Christian” leaders to a Christ-hating group.  Perhaps when the “Woke” Bible translation is released Psalm 96:6 will read: “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before BLM our idol.”

So, how do the Kumbaya Christians respond to this new religion?  Well, while it’s priests swarm our streets looting, burning, pulling down statues, canceling human lives and murdering at will, they tut-tut at any even mild criticism.  No, their primary purpose is to convince their followers that the latest pronouncements of Christ-hating, Marxist proto-totalitarians is precisely what Christ would support were He here to speak.  They tell us that it is our Christian duty to kneel

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Shaun King is a prominent Black Lives Matter leader.  He thus is influential in setting the ideology to which “Christian” leaders have chosen to kneel down in pathetic submission.

before this new Baal and beg forgiveness for our existence.  Then we can return to our homes sure in the knowledge that we have earned our place in the new salvation of identity-based self hatred and identity-based sainthood.

And what of Jesus Christ?  He apparently will take a last bow and fondly wave goodbye as we achieve ever higher levels of narcissism, violence and pride, rising with this new Baal to the moral heights of Wokeness.

Kumbaya indeed!

 

 

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.

Recommended for Your Consideration (1)

I’m recommending this insightful, relevant interview by Mark Tooley (Providence Journal) of Joseph Bottum (June 19, 2020).  I have read Bottum’s referenced book, which is a profound meditation on the decline of the Mainline Church in the U.S.  Regardless of our political leanings I suspect we all agree that something profound is currently taking place that has deep spiritual and ideological roots.  Mr. Bottum’s thoughts on this issue are well worth the 24 minutes of listening.

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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At Last, Common Ground is Found! (1)

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Back in the calm and collected year of 2016…and nothing has changed except four more years of continuous Progressive rule.

The confluence of two distinct  but clearly related events has led to my discovery of common ground with the Progressive elite.

The First Event

The first is the recent outbreak of violent, destructive rioting in many cities across the United States: Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, Louisville, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Denver, Phoenix, Charlotte, Columbia, Detroit, Kansas City, St. Louis, Ferguson, Baltimore, Portland, Richmond and Memphis, among others.

The rioters claim that the killing of George Floyd by police officer Derek Chauvin is the motivation for their arson, looting and violence.  But more general racial issues have become dominant, with “white supremacy” and “systemic racism” as the most prominent.

Clearly, these rioters strongly feel that they have been the victims of these evils.  But the issue becomes far more perplexing when we realize that virtually all of the above cities have been governed by Progressive Democrats, many for literally generations.  So then, the leaders who have had by far the greatest impact on the lives of their black residents are Progressive Democrats.  This is how one article explained this dichotomy regarding Minneapolis, the epicenter of this current national disaster.

Minneapolis’s municipal government, its institutions, and its police department are what they are not because of the abstract Hegelian forces of capital-H History, but because of decisions that have been made by people. Who these people are is a matter of public record. We know their names: Jacob Frey, Betsy Hodges, R. T. Rybak, Sharon Sayles Belton, Medaria Arradondo, Janeé Harteau, Tim Walz, Mark Dayton . . . the rogues’ gallery is practically inexhaustible.

But, oh, the transmuting magic of partisanship! Minneapolis is a Democratic city, with a Democratic mayor and a Democratic city council (0.0 Republicans on that body), in a state with a Democratic governor and a Democratic state house; these are the people who hire police chiefs and organize police departments, who specify their procedures and priorities, who write the laws that the police are tasked with enforcing — Democrats and progressives practically to a man. (Not every member of the Minneapolis city council is a Democrat — there’s a Green, too.) That’s a lot of lefty power, hardly anything except lefty power — but, somehow, the bad guy in this story must be Donald Trump.

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By popular acclamation of the minority community in Minneapolis Minnesota, the party of “SYSTEMATIC RACISM!”

The same two paragraphs could be constructed for virtually all of the cities recently rocked by destructive, violent riots.  A recent oped in the Wall Street Journal makes this general case for utter, contemptible Progressive governing failure (emphasis and image added).

Nihilism-riotIt is evident from the coverage that most of the demonstrators were born after 1990. By then, the Great Society programs had been in place for 25 years, and now it is 55 years. Annual budget appropriations totaling multiple trillions of dollars on Medicaid, food stamps, welfare, public housing, rent subsidies and federal aid to public schools have produced . . . what?

Since the 1960s, essentially little has changed in the neighborhoods at the center of those long-ago urban riots. By current telling, they are about as poor, as crime-ridden, as under-educated and in poor health as they were when LBJ said he would change them. That means five decades of stasis and stagnation in America’s most marginalized places, virtually all of it under Democratic—now “progressive”—political control.

The failure of the liberal model is by now so embarrassing that the current owners of that model have created an alternative universe of explanations, such as blaming it on American settlers in the early 17th century or the nonexistence of “justice.” …

This is worse than 1968, because the political system is now engaged in a systemic act of forgetting. Let’s forget that this policy failure has happened or why. Let’s forget, for instance, that the people living in New York’s public housing are overrun with rats, unlit hallways and no heat in the winter. Let’s forget that many blacks have indeed been left behind—by a well-documented migration since 1990 of black Americans out of northern cities and Los Angeles into the South, where they have gone in search of economic opportunity. Let’s forget, despite a massive per annum outlay on Medicaid—some $593 billion in 2018—that black Americans still have a higher incidence of chronic disease.

The unavoidable fact is that it is Progressive Democrats who have created the environments that their black residents describe as “white supremacist and systemically racist.”  I’m personally not surprised by this outcome, having written extensively about the racist underpinnings of Progressive ideology (for example see here, herehere and here).

In the next post I will discuss the second event that has finally led to my common ground with Progressives.