The Gaslighting of America

We, as a country, are the girlfriend that Trump is trying to convince that black is white, up is down, and he is the only source of truth.

In the past week there’s been so much going on in several different topics, it’s hard to concentrate on just one.  So today I’m going to go a bit “meta” and go with a common theme that seems to pervade the Trump administration.  Specifically – how so many different political subjects seem to be handled by the administration by a technique called “gaslighting”

If you’re not familiar with the term you can look it up here.  It comes from the plot of a 1938 play and 1944 film “Gas Light”.  The short version is when someone tries to convince someone else that reality is something other than what it is.  In the movie, the husband tries to mentally destabilize his wife by turning down the gas lights and insisting that only she is the one seeing less light.  An example I once heard from a comedian is a husband caught cheating by his wife because she saw him coming out of another woman’s apartment and his defense is “It wasn’t me”.   It doesn’t matter that she saw him, recognized him and in every way caught him red-handed.  He’ll try to “gaslight” his wife into believing it wasn’t him.

I’ve noticed this gaslighting of the country by Trump and his supporters on a scale I’ve never seen before.  This list will be, by no means, complete.  It would take an incredible amount of time to catalog the stuff he said on the campaign trail, so I’ll skip that for now.  But what about after the election?


Think about that last one there.  That’s how shooting wars are started.  That’s how we upped our involvement in Vietnam – the Gulf of Tonkin incident.  And for those of you who think that Trump is particularly fascist, World War Two started with Operation Himmler – where the Nazis staged false raids and made fake claims over the radio to make it look like Poland was mistreating or attacking ethnic Germans.  This is how they justified their blitzkrieg.

This is just a short list.  This is by NO means comprehensive.  There’s a lot more out there, but it gets depressing to document lie after lie after lie.

So why is this all happening?  One can only speculate.  But why would someone put out such easily provable lies?  Well, the source of “The Big Lie” is none other than Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Propaganda Minister.  If you get enough people believing it – because it’s too outlandish to NOT be true, you can convince people to do horrible things.

So today they tell us our cities are hellholes, despite all evidence to the contrary.  They tell us we’re being inundate with dangerous immigrants, despite all evidence to the contrary.  They even want us to be scared of refugees from bombed out countries.  But we’ve heard this before – we turned away Jewish refugees during WWII for fear they were spies.  This is one of our nation’s great shames.

I just can’t let this stuff go without stating my opposition to it….