One of the most difficult things about talking to so many people who vote Democrat is that they don’t know that they are deceived. That, after all, is part of the challenge of deception: the person who is deceived doesn’t even know that they are believing a lie. But it happens everyday due to misinformation and blatant falsehoods from the mainstream media and leftist politicians and their bureaucrats.
One way which can work to help a leftist see the truth is to help them to understand where they have been deceived. Often, this is done by gaslighting. If you’re not familiar with gaslighting, here is a definition given by Psychology Today:
Gaslighting is an insidious form of manipulation and psychological control. Victims of gaslighting are deliberately and systematically fed false information that leads them to question what they know to be true, often about themselves. They may end up doubting their memory, their perception, and even their sanity. Over time, a gaslighter’s manipulations can grow more complex and potent, making it increasingly difficult for the victim to see the truth.
Doesn’t that describe the mainstream media in our lifetime?
But back to the issue at hand: how does the left gaslight people? Here is an example to illustrate: Gun control advocate Taylor S. Schumann wrote the following for Christian magazine Christianity Today:
When I began to publicly speak out about gun reform, I expected the backlash and the criticism. What I did not expect were the attacks on my faith and my character from people who claim to follow Jesus. Even though I had spent almost all of my life in a conservative and religious area of the country where many people own firearms, I never grasped just how enmeshed it all is.
I was somehow labeled unpatriotic and un-American for wanting to reduce gun violence. I was told that I hate my country, that I should be more grateful to be an American, that I was attacking a God-given right. I have frequently been told that what happened to me is simply a price we pay for freedom. I have been called an angry and emotional woman. I have been accused of using my victimhood to become famous.
Schumann even continues later in the piece: “I have asked people, “If giving up your guns meant saving a life, would you do it?” And they have replied to me, passionately, “No. It’s my right.”
It’s hard not to be sympathetic with Schumann, isn’t it? She sounds so reasonable, so emotionally wounded by the pushback against her effects to reduce gun violence. But Tom Knighton clarifies how Schumann is, in reality, gaslighting (deceiving) people. Knighton writes,
Except, that’s literally not what happened. It’s never what happened.
See, no one takes issue with people trying to reduce gun violence. We take issue with the concept that not only is gun control an idea that works, but that it’s also the only alternative.
Schumann, such a devout Christian, is lying here. That’s sinful, to say the least. She knows damn good and well that people took issue with her pushing for gun control, thus stripping us of a constitutionally protected right. Had she simply been talking about reducing violent crime in general or advocating for various other means to reduce such violence, she wouldn’t have been met with any such resistance and she knows it.
She even shows she knows it in the very next sentence.
Yet this is a common tactic among the gun control crowd. They gaslight the entire nation into believing that they’re really just trying to reduce violent gun crimes. Their motives are so pure that we’re supposed to just ignore that they myopically focus on gun control as if it’s the only possible answer. They then frame any criticism as if you’re actively opposing reducing gun crime.
And understand, I say they’re lying because I can’t imagine anyone being so stupid as to read the many, many writings from pro-gun voices such as myself and legions of others and still think we actively support violence. I find that downright insulting.
And this methodology is exactly how leftists try to gaslight Americans on every issue. They talk about an problem, such as gun violence, that everyone agrees they would like to see reduced or eliminated. Then, the leftist says that if you oppose their method of “solving” the problem, then you actually oppose solving the problem.
But that’s a lie. Disagreeing on the methodology or how to resolve the problem doesn’t mean that you don’t want to solve the problem. It means that you think there is a better way.
Leftists, though, are arrogant (or ignorant) enough to think that their way (which always involves more government intervention) is the only way to solve the problem, so, of course, everyone should support their way.
It’s arrogant and insulting on their part, and they need to grow up and get some perspective and try to understand other viewpoints.