On this Sunday, today’s read is from Sophia Martinson, a wife, mom, and freelance writer for various publications. Her blog, Homemaker Hopeful, explores the skills of taking care of home and family. Here’s an excerpt:
Many of us are all too familiar with the complaints that commercialization has hijacked the holidays and shoved the celebratory timeline a month too soon. We could try to tune out all pre-Dec. 25 Christmas carols or refuse to look at prematurely decorated Christmas trees. But not only is this approach almost impossible in our world today, but it also risks filling our own Christmas preparation with more grumpiness than goodwill.
Why not view the newly lit office tree as a reminder of the soon-to-come Light of the World, or the shop window display as a reflection of God’s gifts to mankind?
Merriam-Webster saw a staggering 1,740 percent increase in searches for “gaslighting” in its online dictionary in 2022. The word stayed in Merriam-Webster’s top 50 list of most-searched words for all of 2022.
Before today’s read a clip from a classic 1944 film…
‘Gaslighting’ Is the Word of the Year for Good Reason
By Jeffrey Tucker
November 29, 2022
Every year, Merriam-Webster picks a word to capture the culture of a moment in time. The choice is based on the frequency and quantity of searches as well as the departure from the norm. This year, the choice seems perfect: gaslighting. It’s drawn from the 1944 film noir starring Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman.
The term means to be subjected to extended psychological trickery to cause the victim to question his or her own reality. In the film, Boyer plays a handsome stranger who meets the beautiful heiress Bergman on a foreign journey and they fall in love. He convinces her to marry and move back together to London to her family home, whereby he embarks upon a subtle campaign to convince her she is bonkers while he secretly searches the home for legacy jewels he intends to steal.
It’s painful to watch, but the experience connects with our own as we watch mainstream media, see respectable scientists canceled for supposedly spreading disinformation, or when we watch a White House press conference. They try to convince us that they are normal and we are the crazy ones, probably guilty of wrongthink or not aware of the full facts. The more they insist on their version of truth, the more we are invited to see ourselves as nuts for failing to give them all the benefit of our doubts.
The film has this crucial moment when Bergman flips from believing that she is a broken spirit and confused person suddenly to realizing that she is the victim of an elaborate hoax. Once she realizes this, and all the pieces fall into place, she calls him out as a fraud and a thief. The film ends as this genre must in those days. He is arrested and the victim is made whole.
So it is for all of us over this past year, as vast numbers of people realize that we are being gaslit by major media, Big Tech, and government. We were told that we faced a crisis so grim and horrible that we had to surrender our freedoms in the name of pathogenic control, even though we could clearly read the data on the risk. They closed schools, businesses, and weekly worship and told us it was for our own good.
To this day, they won’t admit that they were wrong. They were gaslighting us the entire time.
Tellingly, last year’s word was vaccine. The year before was pandemic. So you see how this goes. Pandemic to vaccine to gaslighting. Yep, that pretty well sums up the past three years in a nice narrative from beginning to end. One hopes that we’re all now waking up to the scam that has been perpetuated on us.
The notion that it was the “worst pandemic in a hundred years” is certainly disputable. We still don’t have real clarity on precisely how many people died from COVID, and this confusion is due to vast false positives of PCR testing backed by subsidized and rampant death misclassification. To this day, we don’t know precisely how many people died from COVID or merely with COVID, or even if they truly had symptomatic COVID at all. None of this do we know for sure.
Then we can talk about the vaccine, which was never sterilizing the virus simply because it isn’t possible to create such a thing around a fast-mutating coronavirus, a fact that we knew long before the pandemic began. So they called it a vaccine and lied that it would prevent infection and stop transmission even though that was never possible. Once this became obvious, and the whole point of mandates disappeared, they demanded we get it anyway at the pain of losing our jobs.
Now, we have major media outlets admitting that more people are dying with the vaccine than without. And yet we are supposed to move on with our lives as if no one ever said anything false. There are no regrets, no apologies, and no admissions of guilt. Even now, foreign nationals can’t travel to the United States to see the Statue of Liberty without showing proof of vaccination!
In a word, we’ve been gaslit at every turn.
One hopes that Americans watching events in China today get the point. Zero-COVID was never about epidemiology. It was an ideology of totalitarianism, a great excuse to do to us what bad actors in tech, media, and the government wanted to do anyway but couldn’t get away with in normal times. China easily migrated from a virus-control theater to full surveillance. Even now, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is combing through cellphone data to ferret out political dissenters. The point is to punish in ways that weren’t possible decades ago.
Sadly, it likely will work. If your ability to work and live, and feed yourself and your family, are contingent on political obedience, the party in control enjoys more security in ways that dictators of old could only have dreamed.
The heck of it is that our own experience with virus control was in fact copied directly from the CCP model. In the third week of February 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci sent his deputy assistant Clifford Lane on a WHO junket to Wuhan and other cities. The WHO produced a disgusting report that wholly recommended the China approach to the world. It said:
“Achieving China’s exceptional coverage with and adherence to these containment measures has only been possible due to the deep commitment of the Chinese people to collective action in the face of this common threat. At a community level, this is reflected in the remarkable solidarity of provinces and cities in support of the most vulnerable populations and communities. Despite ongoing outbreaks in their own areas, governors and mayors have continued to send thousands of health care workers and tons of vital PPE supplies into Hubei Province and Wuhan city.
“At the individual level, the Chinese people have reacted to this outbreak with courage and conviction. They have accepted and adhered to the starkest of containment measures—whether the suspension of public gatherings, the month-long stay-at-home advisories or prohibitions on travel. Throughout an intensive 9-days of site visits across China, in frank discussions from the level of local community mobilizers and frontline health care providers to top scientists, Governors and Mayors, the Joint Mission was struck by the sincerity and dedication that each brings to this COVID-19 response.”
In a word, barf. Actually, Fauci, Lane, and everyone else involved in this gaslighting deserves full moral condemnation. They told us that it was the right way to manage a pandemic, but their virus control very quickly and easily became political control.
This is true not only in China but also in the United States. Early on, any protests against lockdowns were regarded not only as contrary to public health but also politically seditious. The media played along with this. And later with the vaccines, the refusal to get the shot was treated nearly as an act of treason.
Which is one of many problems with lockdowns. Not only do they not work at stopping the pathogen over the long term—at best they “slow the spread” for no good reason—but they intensify political control over society and attack fundamental rights and liberties. Fauci himself made frequent statements that disparaged the very idea of freedom itself, while meme culture jumped on the idea and started a deliberate misspelling: “freedumb.”
The movie “Gaslight” is a painful experience as the viewer watches a wretched man gradually crush the spirit of a sincere and trusting woman. It’s utterly abusive, but at some point, she wakes up to the racket and works to see justice done. So should we all.
—Jeffrey A. Tucker is the founder and president of the Brownstone Institute, and the author of many thousands of articles in the scholarly and popular press, as well as 10 books in five languages, most recently “Liberty or Lockdown.”
Today’s read is from the Associated Press. Here’s a brief portion:
A word — “Hope” — is stitched onto a throw pillow in the little hilltop farmhouse. Photographs of children and grandchildren speckle the walls. In the kitchen, an envelope is decorated with a hand-drawn heart. “Happy Birthday, My Love,” it reads.
Out front, past a pair of century-old cottonwoods, the neighbors’ cornfields reach into the distance.
John Kraft loves this place. He loves the quiet and the space. He loves that you can drive for miles without passing another car.
But out there? Out beyond the cornfields, to the little western Wisconsin towns turning into commuter suburbs, and to the cities growing ever larger?
Out there, he says, is a country that many Americans wouldn’t recognize.
It’s a dark place, dangerous, where freedom is under attack by a tyrannical government, few officials can be trusted and clans of neighbors might someday have to band together to protect one another. It’s a country where the most basic beliefs — in faith, family, liberty — are threatened.
Today’s read is from Cam Edwards, the co-author of “Heavy Lifting: Grow Up, Get a Job, Start a Family, and Other Manly Advice.” Here’s an excerpt:
Want to know what real gun safety education looks like, as opposed to the “don’t own a gun” definition of gun safety dreamt up by the anti-gun lobby? It doesn’t involve after-school marches to create new, non-violent, possessory crimes out of a constitutional right. It’s not based on trying to make gun ownership taboo, abnormal, or an inherently bad idea. Instead, it’s based on the idea that we live in a world where guns exist and will never go away, so our kids should know how to be safe and responsible with them. Real gun safety involves real guns, and in Wisconsin, 30 high school students have received an excellent education in firearms safety as part of their science class.
Today’s read is from Adam Fadel, a licensed clinical therapist and founder of the Charlotte clinic the Corner. Here’s an excerpt:
When Sarah (a pseudonym) walked into my office, she looked like hundreds of people I’ve treated for trauma recovery. She was having issues with her husband, she felt estranged from her children and she lacked confidence in herself.
Over the following months, Sarah and I uncovered traumas throughout her life. We found that her marital problems were a combination of her lack of self-confidence and his blunt personality. Her children loved her, but they didn’t know why she sometimes pushed them away. And her fulfillment in life was being stunted by a childhood filled with abuse, shame and, in her late teens, an unexpected pregnancy and an abortion.
The big difference between Sarah and most of my clients is that she had an abortion. And as state lawmakers consider the issue of abortion, they need to keep people like Sarah in mind — women who aren’t shouting their abortion, but instead are silently grieving.
A contributor at the The Federalist wrote that Fadel’s account “further solidifies the reality of what many women actually experience after choosing abortion: grief and trauma.”
Today’s read is from Casey Chalk, a senior contributor at The Federalist and an editor and columnist at The New Oxford Review. Here’s an excerpt:
We certainly have plenty to be grateful for. We remain the wealthiest nation on the face of the earth. We remain one of the best places in the world for entrepreneurs. We’ve inspired much of the rest of the world to embrace republican government. We saved the entire world from the totalitarian threats of fascism and communism. Our constitutional freedoms of religion and speech remain intact and strong.
Sadly, none of this matters to anti-Thanksgiving activists. Though they possess a standard of living, level of education and degree of freedom that are the envy of literally billions of people across the world, their default emotion towards America is outrage. Though many of the things they enjoy — nice clothes, warm homes, safety and security based on competent police and military — are a result of American republican principles, American ingenuity, and American suffering and courage, they seem oblivious to the origin of these goods.
Today’s read is from prolific journalist Eli Amdur. Here’s a prelude:
On the afternoon of November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was scheduled to deliver a major speech at the Trade Mart in Dallas, TX. Moments earlier, as his motorcade was bringing him there, he was assassinated.
While the bulk of the speech is no longer timely – budget spending, politics, issues of the day, and so forth – his main ideas and philosophies most certainly are, especially in our current political and social environment.
So, heavily redacted, here are verbatim excerpts from the speech JFK never gave.
On this Sunday, today’s read is from Teresa Mull, an assistant editor of Spectator World. Here’s an excerpt:
When I was growing up, my mother received dozens of Christmas cards. She’d incorporate them into the holiday decor by hanging them on a wall in our family room. I remember being eager to see what “real” letters were buried in the stacks of generic catalogs and holiday sale flyers that arrived with each new mail delivery.
Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I’d come home from school to find new cards of various shapes, sizes, and degrees of simplicity and extravagance added to the card wall.
Let us not let sit idly by on our screens and let such a beautiful tradition die.