America – that gaslight on a hill

By Mustang

Definition: Gaslight

Verb — manipulate (someone) by psychological means into questioning their own sanity.

A form of abuse in which the abuser attempts to sow the seed of self-doubt and confusion.  Typically, gas lighters are trying to gain power and control over others by distorting reality and forcing them to question their own judgment and intuition.

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According to Psychology Today, it is an insidious form of manipulation where victims are deliberately and systematically fed false information that leads them to question what they know to be true — often about themselves and what they believe.  Such victims will begin to doubt their perception of what’s real and what isn’t.

Is there also a sociological construct?  Of course.  For example, when there is a sustained effort to convince members of society that the lives of only one race matter, that there are more than two sexes, that there is no corruption in government, or that social inequality is the fault of a population’s majority.

But for gaslighting to be effective, its victim has to hold the gas lighter in high regard, and in matters of politics, to elevate any politician to near god-like esteem is a massive mistake — and so too is the acceptance of any media outlet as a provider of objective truth.

There was a time when news media gave us the facts — the who, what, when, why, where, and how of an event.  And having done this chore, it was up to the reader to figure out how they felt about that event.  This time was a long ago and lasted only a few seconds.  After that, news consumers had to determine how much liberal bias was inserted into the facts.

Today, news reporting has become full-blown gaslighting.  Almost nothing in the news carries any credibility, and it doesn’t matter which source one consults.  This probably began in 1968 when the most trusted man in America, Walter Cronkite, began parroting communist propaganda about the war in Vietnam.  Cronkite’s message was the opposite of the government’s message.

Looking back, we might ask if Daniel Ellsberg was right — was the war unwinnable?  Remember that Democrats were in charge of Congress back then and controlled the budget.  Media gaslighted Congress into thinking the war could not be won, so of course, it couldn’t be won — even though North Vietnam’s top general believed that he’d been beaten.

Over time, gaslighting (as an art form) becomes more complex.  How does one sort out fact from fiction when fact morphs into opinion?  Everyone may be allowed to have their own opinion, but they are not entitled to their own reality.  A fact is a fact, period.

Today’s examples of gaslighting begin with the George Soros organization named Media Matters.  It is an appropriately named organization.  Media definitely matters.  Media Matters is responsible for creating and distributing Democratic Party (communist) talking points to media sources, from newsprint to radio, television, and social media.  This means that media sources don’t matter because the message is always the same: Russia, Russia, Russia.

Manipulating facts helps to explain why, despite reams of evidence to the contrary, so many poorly educated young people can buy into the communist left’s blatant lies — about everything from A to Z — including their own sexuality. 

— Some examples

·       Presidential derangement syndrome

·       There is no border crisis

·       All Americans are xenophobic

·       Only black lives matter

·       The event on 6 Jan was an armed insurrection

·       Communities are safer without police agencies

·       Hunter Biden’s laptop is a nothing burger

·       A $6 Trillion spending package will be offset by increasing taxes among the rich

·       Joe Biden was raised in a Puerto Rican neighborhood

·       Girls are really boys — and vice-versa

·       Voter ID is a racist construct

·       Human fetuses aren’t human

·       Covid-19 came from a bat

America is a gaslight on a hill. 
Mustang also blogs at Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar

What is gaslighting? The 1944 film Gaslight. The Ultimate Gaslight.

The term “gaslighting” comes from the movie: when a person lies for their own gain to another person so repeatedly and with so much confidence that the victim begins to doubt her own sanity.


19 Responses to “America – that gaslight on a hill”

  1. Baysider Says:

    To which I would add “safe and effective”, not to mention the nauseating spectacle of Rochelle Walensky telling pregnant women to get vaccinated when Pfizer’s own data showed that of the pregnant trial subjects they followed up with, 87% miscarried or had stillborn babies.

    Such gaslighting techniques have been masterfully planned and tested in dozens of planning scenarios in recent decades: Event 201 2020, Crimson Contagion 2019, TOPOFF 2000/2007, Clade X 2018, Spars 2017, Mars 2017, Lockstep 2010, SCL 2005, Atlantic Storm 2003/2005. It’s prudent to “plan” but 9/11 gave cover to something beyond “planning” that put the military-industrial complex at readiness for specific authoritarian measures while ignoring long-standing, prudent practical ones.

    For example, all medical aspects of planning scenarios included vaccines (and supporting legislation in 2003 to make them mandatory) and measures of limited value like masking, but nothing for prevention, repurposed drugs and other measure that were so effective during Covid for the lucky few who managed to get treated with them. Hundreds of thousands were left to die without them, thus better manipulating the fear that drove the herd to the desired outcome to rush to the magic vaccine. (One ICU pulmonologist who successfully treated extremely ill covid patients with these other measures estimated that by July 2021 500,000 were allowed to die unnecessarily.).

    These are designed to shape public opinion and herd people like cattle into the fold (or slaughterhouse). In recent years these simulations include social media titans who de-platform people with credible counter-narratives, and manipulate search options to degrade or remove “right” answers and elevate the misinformation planners want people to accept as we’ve seen amply documented in the recent plandemic. More to come. Wait for it.

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  2. bunkerville Says:

    Mustang “Manipulating facts helps to explain why, despite reams of evidence to the contrary, so many poorly educated young people can buy into the communist left’s blatant lies”

    But how to explain why so many highly educated buy into the lies.. I put it down to Cognitive Dissonance and the desire to make it Consonant.

    cognitive consonance
    in cognitive dissonance theory, a situation in which two cognitive elements are consistent with one another, that is, one cognitive element follows from or is implied by the other. In other words the mind finds that inconsistency is to avoided as best it can.

    Once one forms and is committed to a position it is almost impossible to change the position. That is why educating children is so important to the Progressives.
    See Festinger’s “When Prophecy Fails.” It is an illuminating study I had in college.
    When Prophecy Fails – Wikipedia.,the%20Seekers%20that%20believed%20in

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    • Mustang Says:

      I would only offer that an advanced degree issued in someone’s name does not prove that they are highly educated. It only proves that they attended so many hours of instruction, paid so many dollars for that privilege, and secured a passing grade for themselves in the eyes of their instructor. But are they “highly educated?” Yes, if that means parroting back what the professor who assigns grades believes and/or if it means that they no longer have the ability to think for themselves. Otherwise … I may have to argue with you further on this one. These “highly educated souls” were lost long before entering the degree mill. They’d bought into the left’s lies before hearing the latest argument.

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      • bunkerville Says:

        Well some of my friends passed Organic Chem and other hard sciences, not basket weaving… so I know they have the brain power…. I think we cut off the discussion just to say because they hold the positions they do it is because they are stupid. Something is causing it… evil it is… and anyone who dances with death such as a “tactical” nuclear war and spouts Armagaden is more than stupid. I should restate Highly intelligent people as per I.Q.

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      • Mustang Says:

        Petraeus is dangerously under-educated and, I would say, an egg-head. He has four stars, but he’s no warrior. He is a general, but he’s no leader of men (or a nation). He is knowledgeable, but has no wisdom or understanding. I frequently asked my students, tell me what you know and then tell me how you know it.

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      • bunkerville Says:

        Logical thinking is required… 🙂 Where is it? Perceiving the outcome of known facts and then denying the previous outcome.


    • Baysider Says:

      There is a famous “effect” (forget the man it’s named after) where people will agree that what is untrue is true in order to fit in. Researchers salted a group of subjects being asked questions with research team members who answered wrongly. And convincingly wrongly. They got a lot of the subjects to eventually change their answer to fit in with the majority.

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  3. markone1blog Says:

    This blog and mine intersect again. Mine ends with a set of five studies on COVID that prove:
    1. The jab damages your heart and brain
    2. The more jabs you get, the more likely you are to get COVID
    3. Over 90% of those who died from COVID were vaccinated
    4. Newborn babies of vaccinated parents are more likely to die
    5. Nursing babies of vaccinated mothers are affected


    • markone1blog Says:

      On #3, that was just one sample of one study. Still, their point was that the jab did not work against critical illness by COVID.


      • peter3nj Says:

        Will we ever be treated to studies explaining why unvaccinated people avoid the plague while vaccinated people are infected multiple times?
        We’ll never know.

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      • markone1blog Says:

        On an anecdotal note, I may have been infected with COVID prior to it being publicized (since I work with a company that has contracts in China, Kazakhstan, and other oil-rich areas). Just to keep my wife from being nervous, I took three jabs. However, that is it. Before taking those jabs, I have tested three times and never come back positive.


    • markone1blog Says:

      Nonetheless, the real point here is that we have been gaslit for all of Biden’s term and a good portion of the last two years of Trump — all over COVID.

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    • Bill Heffner Says:

      Prior to the vaccine being released, 0% of people who died from Covid-19 were vaccinated. My short term memory is failing a bit, but I seem to recall that the number of pre-vaccine deaths were substantial.

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      • bunkerville Says:

        I would add that the first wave of Covid was killing off seniors in a massive wave. I can attest that once my retirement community got the vaccine the deaths stopped. We had over 30 die.
        The vaccine should never been given to healthy young people until adequate trials were done. For seniors, it was a blessing IMO.

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      • markone1blog Says:

        Yeah. I remember the Navy hospital ship at New York. There was also the hospital set up in the park by Samaritan’s Purse.

        Seems like governors Cuomo and Wolfe put COVID patients in nursing homes.

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  4. peter3nj Says:

    As always, thank you for the civics lesson.

    Liked by 1 person

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