James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with four non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.
Origin of the Term 'Gaslighting'
Gaslight is the name of a 1944 motion picture featuring Ingrid Bergman. A psychological thriller, the story involves a man mentally manipulating his wife to make her think she is crazy. The villain hatches this plan to keep her in the dark about the truth: he is a criminal that is stealing from her.
He works to convince her not to believe her own eyes and ears but instead believe in lies that make no sense. This distorts and confounds her sense of reality and makes her fear losing her mind.
Every plank in the platform of the Democrat Party rests on a foundation of lies. Democrats now control the commanding heights of every means of communicating ideas, from government schools, universities, news media, entertainment, social media, and the federal bureaucracies. They use this unprecedented power over the American public square to inundate us with gigantic lie after gigantic lie until half the people can no longer grasp the truth about the Cosmos in which they find themselves.
An entirely false narrative is foisted upon our eyes and ears from childhood that most of us know is absurd. Democrats censor and punish any who speak the truth because they cannot tolerate criticism and want the populace to fear speaking out. They also force people to say things that we know are not true. This gaslighting has driven tens of millions of people into a psychotic mania. Millions more are left distressed and disoriented; hopeless and demoralized; anxious and depressed.
Psychologist Bryant Welch explains, “Gaslighting comes directly from blending modern communications, marketing, and advertising techniques with long-standing methods of propaganda.”
Psychological Warfare (Psy Ops)
Gaslighting is notorious among psychologists as a prevalent trait of narcissists and psychopaths. Therefore, it makes sense that it is a common characteristic of communists, socialists, fascists, progressives, and other leftist totalitarians who do evil yet proclaim it good—and force others to do so who know better. They tell outrageous lies even when the truth is plain to see. They humiliate people, make them fearful, and doubt their sanity or the sanity of others who do not toe the politically correct line. The mission is to control behavior and subjugate formerly free people. It is Psy Ops—psychological warfare.
The Soviet Union, Red China, and Nazis were masters of gaslighting. Anyone who questioned the politically correct party narrative was deemed a conspiracy theorist who was mentally ill. The Nazis sent rebels to concentration camps. The Soviets built special hospitals in which to confine dissidents. The Red Chinese subjected the politically incorrect to ‘struggle sessions’ where mobs would bully them in the public square until they repented and begged forgiveness.
This also explains why some spouses stay with those who continually abuse them. And Stockholm Syndrome, in which those held captive grow to love their captors. They are broken mentally by a non-stop barrage of "I am protecting you, and if you don't appreciate all I do for you, then you are a horrible person." You are mad. You are a domestic terrorist.
One form of gaslighting is ‘psychological projection.’ It comes to leftists naturally, meaning that they unceasingly attribute their own undesirable feelings and ideas to those they despise. For instance, no one is genuinely more intolerant than those who make 'tolerance’ their byword. No group projects more sheer hatred every day in social media than those who make ‘hate' their shibboleth. No one decries "people forcing their ideas down my throat" more than leftists who do exactly that and are proud of it. No one is more bigoted than those who scream ‘bigot' at those with whom they disagree. No one is more racist than those who constantly use the word 'racist' as an insult. No one is more judgmental than those who say, "Don't judge!" every day to those they are judging to be deserving of their hatred. Those who demand diversity demand uniformity of thoughts and words.
Imagine the hypocrisy of Hollywood, where the elite use the best tax accountants in the world to avoid contributing their fair share to fund the extensive government programs they always favor for those less fortunate; have illegal aliens do their grunt work for five dollars an hour around the estates on which their mansions sit while complaining about the minimum wage; drive huge SUVs and fly private jets leaving behind an enormous carbon footprint, while complaining about global warming; protest school choice for their fans while their kids to go $30,000 a year private schools; have armed bodyguards while preaching that everybody else should have their guns confiscated; live in highly segregated neighborhoods while preaching integration; rail against capitalism while it feathers their nests; and bash America, the only country on Earth where they would enjoy the freedom they do.
These phonies live in $14 million Malibu mansions but preach how great socialist countries are like Cuba and Venezuela, loving up Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and his old buddy Che Guevara. I guess they are just acting.
Cuba hasn't had a free election in over fifty years; HIV-positive people are locked up in concentration camps; artistic freedom is nonexistent; any Cuban who disagrees with Fidel was imprisoned or murdered. But countless celebrities with the last names of Spielberg, Stone, Costner, DiCaprio, Glover, Coppola, Depp, Harrelson, Walken, DeNiro, and Redford glorify Cuba as a worker's paradise. A far better country than nasty old America.
More Examples of Gaslighting
BLM and Antifa riot, burn, vandalize, and loot across 150 cities. The media tells you those are peaceful protests, despite the dozens dead and thousands injured.
A small protest that featured trespassing and a few broken windows, you are told, was an insurrection to overthrow the government, even though the police killed the only person who died.
Journalists tell you night and day that everyone – 80 million souls - who voted for President Trump – no matter their ethnicity – is a white supremacist even though there are only 5,000 of such persons in the entire country.
You are told that the greatest country in human history is the worst ever, and the greatest civilization ever is the worst in human history.
America is the least racist country on Earth, and Americans are the least racist people. Still, you are told it, and they are the worst racists on the planet.
Talking heads preach that you are responsible for deeds done centuries ago. Still, others are not responsible for the evil they do today.
The media claims that perversion is normal, natural, and good. That divorce is a positive for kids and fathers are not necessary. Marriage and motherhood are slavery. It’s just a clump of cells. The Bible is wrong, and your great-grandpa was an ape.
The news says that there is very little inflation when you can't afford basic groceries. Even though everyone gets to go to the front of every line except you when it comes to jobs or colleges, you are the privileged one.
When they stop counting votes election night and your candidate is way ahead, but when you wake up, he is way behind, because millions of votes miraculously appeared in the wee hours of the morning, you are called nuts for questioning it.
Democrats killed the black family, our education system, and all our formerly fabulous cities, but they blame some invisible ghoul they named 'systematic racism.'
President Trump was a Russian agent. The Covington boy was a racist harassing a poor old Indian. Kyle Rittenhouse was a white supremacist militiaman with an illegal gun who crossed state lines!
The people who act like fascist authoritarians are not the fascist authoritarians. YOU ARE sitting there minding your own business. Capitalism is evil even though it lifted a billion people out of poverty into the highest standard of living in human history. Socialism is good even though it killed one hundred million innocent people and enslaved one billion. Even though Christians provide the most charity for children and the poor, they don't care about children and the poor.
Even though millions of people are pouring across the border, it is under control. Men menstruate. That big, bearded man over there is a woman. President Trump said Nazis were very fine people. America’s wealth came from slavery. America’s wealth came from labor unions. America committed genocide against Indians.
You, you poor old white sap sitting in your 800 square foot humble home with a 12-year-old car and cupboards half-bare who works 50 hours a week are the oppressor of the oppressed Colin Kaepernick and Lebron James who have 50 exotic cars, live in mansions, are world-famous, and have 100 million dollars in the bank. George Floyd is a hero. And Michael Brown said, “Hands up, don’t shoot.”
Five percent of Republicans said they wouldn't be friends with someone from the opposite party, compared to 37% of Democrats. Seventy-one percent of Democrats wouldn't date with someone with opposing views, versus 31% of Republicans. Thirty percent of Democrats — and 7% of Republicans — wouldn’t work for someone who voted differently from them. But Republicans are the discriminating, intolerant bigots who don’t like people that aren’t like them.
You Don't Have to Take My Word for It
The author Brandon Smith chimes in: “The leftist ability to gaslight is quite astonishing because to master tactical dishonesty at such a high level; one has to be an accomplished sociopath. It is also a way for a corrupt system to maintain control 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 some abusive and destructive behavior is "necessary" to achieve a better world. If you can discombobulate a population into questioning their own morality, or if you can convince them to question their own sanity, then you can prevent them from ever rebelling against you.
"Psychopaths are relentless in their pursuits. The common signs of psychopathy include a complete lack of empathy, the obsessive desire for dominance, the use of physical or psychological violence to gain control over others, a narcissistic need to feel superior to everyone else, and a habit of playing the victim while victimizing others.”
British writer Theodore Dalrymple offers this shocking rationale for why Democrats are pathological liars: "In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better.
"When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to."