Are you crazy? No, you're being gaslighted.

This was an email I received today. I suspect most people here are strong enough that they know the media and politicians are lying to them and trust their eyes over lying words.

What is gaslighting? This version was unusable. Sorry. see post 3.

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What is gaslighting?

The term originates in the systematic psychological manipulation of a victim by her husband in Patrick Hamilton’s 1938 stage play Gas Light, and the film adaptations released in 1940 and 1944. In the story, the husband attempts to convince his wife and others that she is insane by manipulating small elements of their environment and insisting that she is mistaken, remembering things incorrectly, or delusional when she points out these changes. The play’s title alludes to how the abusive husband slowly dims the gas lights in their home, while pretending nothing has changed, in an effort to make his wife doubt her own perceptions. The wife repeatedly asks her husband to confirm her perceptions about the dimming lights, but in defiance of reality, he keeps insisting that the lights are the same and instead it is she who is going insane.

Today we are living in a perpetual state of gaslighting. The reality that we are being told by the media is at complete odds with what we are seeing with our own two eyes. And when we question the false reality that we are being presented, or we claim that what we see is that actual reality, we are vilified as racist or bigots or just plain crazy. You’re not racist. You’re not crazy. You’re being gaslighted.

New York State has twice as many deaths from Covid-19 than any other state, and New York has accounted for one fifth of all Covid-19 deaths, but we are told that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has handled the pandemic better than any other governor. But if we support policies of Governors whose states had only a fraction of the infections and deaths as New York, we’re called anti-science and want people to die. So, we ask ourselves, am I crazy? No, you’re being gaslighted.

We see mobs of people looting stores, smashing windows, setting cars on fire and burning down buildings, but we are told that these demonstrations are peaceful protests And when we call this destruction of our cities, riots, we are called racists. So, we ask ourselves, am I crazy? No, you’re being gaslighted.

We see the major problem destroying many inner-cities is crime; murder, gang violence, drug dealing, drive-by shootings, armed robbery, but we are told that it is not crime, but the police that are the problem in the inner-cities. We are told we must defund the police and remove law enforcement from crime-riddled cities to make them safer But if we advocate for more policing in cities overrun by crime, we are accused of being white supremacists and racists. So, we ask ourselves, am I crazy? No, you’re being gaslighted.

The United States of America accepts more immigrants than any other country in the world. The vast majority of the immigrants are “people of color”, and these immigrants are enjoying freedom and economic opportunity not available to them in their country of origin, but we are told that the United States is the most racist and oppressive country on the planet, and if we disagree, we are called racist and xenophobic. So, we ask ourselves, am I crazy? No, you’re being gaslighted.

Capitalist countries are the most prosperous countries in the world The standard of living is the highest in capitalist countries. We see more poor people move up the economic ladder to the middle and even the wealthy class through their effort and ability in capitalist countries than any other economic system in the world, but we are told capitalism is an oppressive system designed to keep people down. So, we ask ourselves, am I crazy? No, you’re being gaslighted.

Communist countries killed over 100 million people in the 20th century. Communist countries strip their citizens of basic human rights, dictate every aspect of their lives, treat their citizens as slaves, and drive their economies into the ground, but we are told that Communism is the fairest, most equitable, freest, and most prosperous economic system in the world. So, we ask ourselves, am I crazy? No, you’re being gaslighted.

The most egregious example of gaslighting is the concept of “white fragility”. You spend your life trying to be a good person, trying to treat people fairly and with respect. You disavow racism and bigotry in all its forms. You judge people solely on the content of their character and not by the color of their skin. You don’t discriminate based on race or ethnicity. But you are told you are a racist, not because of something you did or said, but solely because of the color of your skin. You know instinctively that charging someone with racism because of their skin color is itself racist. You know that you are not racist, so you defend yourself and your character, but you are told that your defense of yourself is proof of your racism. So, we ask ourselves, am I crazy? No, you’re being gaslighted.

Gaslighting has become one of the most pervasive and destructive tactics in American politics. It is the exact opposite of what our political system was meant to be. It deals in lies and psychological coercion, and not the truth and intellectual discourse. If you ever ask yourself if you’re crazy, you are not. Crazy people aren’t sane enough to ask themselves if they’re crazy. So, trust yourself, believe what’s in your heart. Trust your eyes over what you are told. Never listen to the people who tell you that you are crazy, because you are not, you’re being gaslighted.

Sophocles said: "What people believe prevails over the truth.”

And that’s what the media are trying to exploit.

If you have read this far let me say one thing. I did not write the above and I am not sure who the author is.

I sent this to you because you are hopefully smart enough to understand what is being done to you on a daily basis from many directions. I do not care about your political party affiliation. Just think through what you are being told. Don’t listen with a deaf ear, or see with a blind eye. Question everything – even things from people who you think you can trust. Question why you are being told whatever, by whoever. Question their motives. Question who benefits. Question if there is a hidden agenda behind the propaganda. Question, Question, Question. Then do your own research, and use some of your own critical thinking skills to get to the truth. Listen not just with your heart but with your mind.

Sadly, 95% of people don’t even know that they are being gaslighted. At least now you do.

If this makes sense to you, then forward to your friends who you think might “get it”

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I see we are now comrades

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That actually trumps in court as well

Good thread, happy you fixed the format :slightly_smiling_face:

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That term was new to me. But a friend tells me that she saw a movie version 50 years ago and it creeped her out so I put it into my movie queue in Amazon.

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I was familiar with the term, Ben Shapiro uses it a lot. I didn’t know the history.

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Fantastic post @BrianK…and absolutely the 100% truth of what is going on right here, right now.

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Thanks. I almost didn’t bring it up because anyone with eyes can see that they’re lying. Uh, sorry, gaslighting. Obviously they think they can pull it off, how stupid can they be? Maybe they are fooling the sheeple.

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Between the corrupt “media”, Hollywierd, and the dumbing down of the youth coming through the indoctrination centers they call schools, the sheeple are falling into line quite nicely.

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More on gaslighting as it’s been used elsewhere.

Psychopaths are not very complicated people. We all know the common signs of psychopathy, including a complete lack of empathy, the obsessive desire for dominance, the use of physical or psychological violence to gain control over others, and a narcissistic need to appear superior to everyone else even when they are inferior to most.

Despite the way Hollywood tends to glamorize them as brilliant predators with diabolical minds, psychopaths in most cases lack any imagination or creative capacity. They often score around average on IQ tests and rarely exhibit genius-level intelligence. Their thirst for attention and validation makes them prone to revealing their own crimes, and they usually end up thwarting themselves in the long run. That said, some have developed methods for infiltrating society.

Throughout history, people with psychopathic traits often climb to the top of a society’s power structure, from aristocracy to monarchy to corporate and political oligarchy. As noted, it’s not because they are necessarily smarter than the average person, but they do learn from trial and error what works and what doesn’t when trying to control others.

A common assumption about psychopaths is that they are incapable of working with others or organizing for mutual gain. This is simply nonsense. In reality, numerous studies have shown that psychopaths are adept at finding their own kind in a crowd and working together as predators. This usually develops into a kind of hierarchy in which higher functioning psychopaths will lead groups of lower functioning psychopaths. A good example would be organized crime, such as cartels, sex traffickers, online scamming groups and religious cults.

Almost all psychopaths are inherent cowards; they will rarely pick on anyone their own size. By extension, smarter psychopaths will seek to exploit other people to do their dirty work for them. Some of these exploitable people also display elements of narcissism or sociopathy and are willing participants in the schemes of the psychopaths; the rest are useful idiots that have been conned into thinking that they are doing good by serving the psychopath’s interests.

The worst-case scenario is fully realized organized psychopathy; the advent of a totalitarian culture in which psychopathic behavior is rewarded and defended by those in authority or influence while honesty, morality and liberty are punished.

Full-blown psychopaths are rare — around 1 percent of the population. But there is no doubt that if a power structure exists within a culture these people almost always find their way to the top of it and co-opt it. They also find their way into organizations that pose as philanthropic or promote activism but lack transparency and oversight. From governments to non-profit groups to elitist foundations, you will find a high concentration of psychopaths compared to the rest of the public.

They do this through nepotism; they help other psychopaths and protect each other from discovery. They also use numerous tactics to undermine and destroy any group they see as a threat to their position of power.

Today, we don’t worry so much about monarchy or aristocracy. Instead, organized psychopaths have chosen the cult of socialism, social justice, fake environmentalism and leftist ideology as their vehicles for control. Essentially, we are dealing with a modernized version of communism. And if we examine current leftist and globalist “movements,” we will see a lot of similarities to historic communism along with psychopathic behaviors.

For example, the use of “gaslighting” as a weapon is a classic communist mainstay.

The basic definition of gaslighting is the manipulation of a person by psychological means into questioning their own sanity. In other words, making a sane person believe they might be insane. This, however, is not an adequate explanation of gaslighting. It’s not only about questions of sanity, it is also about questions of principle and morality.

The communist Soviet Union was notorious for gaslighting the public with propaganda that suggested anyone who questioned the will of the state and who demanded freedom was “mentally ill.” The Cheka secret police and the KGB had special hospitals set aside for political dissidents called “Psikhushkas.” People who were critical of the status quo were immediately disappeared and sent to these facilities after being accused of mental instability.

In Maoist China, especially during the Cultural Revolution, Mao targeted impressionable and gullible Chinese youth, brainwashing them into believing there was institutional imperialism hiding within Chinese society. The stability of communism in China was under question at the time, and Mao knew a rebellion was possible. So, instead of immediately cracking down with the military, he encouraged Chinese academics and youths to “rebel” and “bring down the imperialists.” He redirected social discontent and aimed it at a non-existent ghost so that a rebellion would never rise up against him and the politburo.

Gaslighting in China was pervasive. Any person that held the most remote belief in freedom, free markets, business, private property or anyone that had any objections to the crimes of the communists was forced to undergo a trial, a kangaroo court called the “struggle session.”

During a struggle session, a dissident was sometimes apprehended, or sometimes shamed and compelled to stand before a large crowd of true believers in the communist faith. The crowd would browbeat them with accusations of criminality and immorality, trying to convince them of the evil of their ways. If they bowed and submitted to the collective, begging forgiveness, then they might be allowed to live, but they had to believe they had sinned. They had to fully adopt the communist ideology and plead for absolution.

Many victims that underwent such struggle sessions continued to believe they were criminals for the rest of their lives. They believed they were terrible people, even though they had no idea why they were punished in the first place.

Gaslighting is a powerful device for public subjugation because it makes good people who love freedom think they are evil people that need to be controlled. It is also a way for a corrupt system to maintain dominance of the general population because it normalizes psychopathic behavior and suppresses moral conscience by convincing people that morality is “relative” or a “matter of perspective,” and that abusive and destructive behavior is “necessary” in order to achieve a better world. If you can discombobulate a population into questioning right from wrong, then you can prevent them from ever rebelling against you.

These are tried and true methods of psychopaths. If you ever wonder why abused spouses or family members stay with and even defend their abusers, it is because psychopaths use gaslighting to disarm their victims. If you are crazy, and if your position on morality is in doubt, then maybe you aren’t being abused at all. Maybe, you are being saved and protected? And, if you lash out and defend yourself against the abuser, now you are truly a horrible human being; you are now a danger to society. You are now a terrorist.

I see this control tactic everywhere in western societies right now. The capitol building protest is a perfect example. Millions of law-abiding Americans have been abused and oppressed by the establishment through lockdowns and censorship, while groups of leftists like BLM and Antifa are allowed run rampant across the country looting and burning as they go. Conservative Americans reacted with a protest after the election, seeing that such abuses were likely to be aided by the federal government under Biden. They raided the capitol building to make a point, then, they peacefully left.

Afterward, the media bombarded us for months with the narrative that the capitol protest was actually an “insurrection” and an act of domestic terrorism. So, BLM gets to loot and burn their way through dozens of American cities and it’s called peaceful protesting. Conservatives protest at a single building and bust through the doors, and it’s considered an act of war.

Five deaths attributed to the event were blamed on protesters, yet, as it turns out three of them were due to natural medical conditions and there is still no evidence that the other two were caused by conservatives at the scene.

Under pandemic mandates, a vast portion of the U.S. was shut down and hundreds of thousands of small businesses were lost. Anyone who has disagreed with these measures has been called a “conspiracy theorist” and a danger to others. Of course, now we know that the death rate of COVID-19 according to scientific studies is a paltry 0.26 percent outside of nursing homes. We also know that lockdowns were completely useless in controlling the spread of the virus, as states with the harshest mandates had the highest infection rates. And, finally, we know that masks are also useless in controlling the spread of the disease according to scientific studies and common-sense observation.

Rather than admitting that lockdowns are pointless, and the masks do nothing, establishment hacks like Anthony Fauci have continued to double down on their doom-mongering when it comes to COVID, and the media continues to label anyone that points out the REAL science as conspiracy theorists.

And how about all the institutional racism and “Asian hate crimes” being discussed in the news lately? The phrase “white supremacy” is being repeated ad nauseum, and of course, this terrible evil is attributed to conservatives in particular. Set aside the fact that millions of conservatives are black and brown. Set aside the fact that the majority of the hate crimes targeting Asians were actually perpetrated by black people (as I noted in last week’s article), and one of them is even a known BLM activist. The race-baiting used by leftists the past few years is a prime example of gaslighting — telling people they are responsible for evils they had nothing to do with and are completely unrelated to them.

In Colorado, numerous blue checkmark morons on Twitter, some of them mainstream journalists, came out to admonish the horrible white terrorist and obvious “Trump supporter” that killed ten people in a Boulder grocery store. That was until they found out that the man was actually a Muslim from Syria who killed only white people.

Instead of apologizing for their idiocy, the media doubled down on their gaslighting, claiming the shooter should be considered a victim because he says he was bullied as a child for his religion. In other words, white people and conservatives are still to blame for the deaths.

After the embarrassing revelation, conservatives are now passing around the hashtag #He Is Muslim. Enraged by this, U.S. Representative Ilan Omar argued that no one was passing around the hashtag #He Is Christian over the shootings of massage parlors in Georgia. If Omar actually took time to think before opening her mouth, maybe she would have realized that the mainstream media was already tying the Georgia shooter’s skin color and religion to his crimes. After the Boulder shooting, the media has been glossing over the fact that Al Aliwi Alissa is a Muslim, a hard leftist and a violent bully to his classmates and family.

We don’t need a hashtag for the Georgia shooter, sweetheart, because no one is trying to cover up or ignore who that shooter is.

But then again, maybe Omar is well aware of the hypocrisy of her statements, and she just doesn’t care. Like most leftists and totalitarians, the goal here is not to be “right,” the goal is to win and to win by any means necessary. That means gaslighting half the population of the U.S. into thinking our values of freedom and meritocracy are somehow inherently evil. It means we must be convinced to flagellate ourselves for the rest of our lives for the “original sin” of whiteness (even though many conservatives are not white).

Understand that there only three ways that the brainwashing and gaslighting of conservatives will stop:

  1. We submit and embrace the false narrative as if it is true and give-in to psychological slavery.

  2. We separate completely from leftist totalitarians and organized psychopaths and go our own way.

  3. We remove the psychopaths from the picture and rebuild.

Until one of these three things happens, like all psychopaths, leftists and globalists will continue seeking to wear us down. This is what they do. They have seen it work in the past.

To truth and knowledge,

Brandon Smith

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I think I’m going to go with # 3

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Actually #3 is the only option.
#2 just creates a temporary delay.

I don’t consider #1 as being an option as long as I draw breath.

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On another note:
Has anyone yet determined the genetic marker for “whiteness” or “blackness” or “brownness”?

Because if not, then it’s all just a game of “self image”.

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I know they can tell by DNA but they can also tell male and female and now there are 72 genders and you get to pick one, so who knows.

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Oil and water doesn’t mix. #3 is the only option.

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But then, what about percentage?

What about actual skin color regardless of DNA?

I mean, definitions need to be established here ya know :wink:

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According to the libs they can self-identify and they identify us any way they choose. All part of the narrative and they get to write it.

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I filled out a survey identifying as a pretty fluffy cloud. I wonder if they will take the rest of my answers seriously. They created the monster.

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I watched an 80 year old version of the movie tonight. Despite the age it was good. The explanation in the text far above isn’t accurate but accurate enough that it doesn’t give the plot away. Yeah, we’re being gaslighted.

MY EDC self identifies as my vaccination passport.

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I self identify as an American that still has all the rights enumerated in the Constitution and Bill of Rights, I must be crazy.

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