The Sunday Talk segment(s) we traditionally present for review are literally unworthy of posting this weekend because the scope of the insufferable gaslighting is at its zenith.
Those examples, and many more, are representative of one thing, fear.
The most dangerous time for a rescue swimmer is that moment when they reach a desperate and drowning victim. Right now, the American media is drowning in their own irrelevance – there is a particular desperation within their thrashing.
As such, it is never a healthy exercise to intentionally subject yourself to such engagements when they can be avoided; especially when you accept the intended purpose of the effort is to tear down their opposition, you.
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.
For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”
~ Marcus Tullius Cicero
Breaking the modern cycle of battered electorate syndrome means turning your back on your abusers at the moment they realize they have reached peak irrelevance. This is the moment your abuser becomes the most dangerous. This is also the moment when you reference your own intellectual quiet voice, remind yourself of your purposeful reflections, and steel your resolve and determination.
David Mamet had a famous saying, essentially: …‘in order for genuine liberals to continue their illogical belief systems they have to pretend not to know a lot of things’… By pretending ‘not to know’ there is no guilt, no actual connection to conscience. The denial of truth allows easier trespass.
However, our founding fathers knew and saw the same ideological enemy, and had the counter argument solidly in mind when they penned the original anti-gaslighting manifesto:
“We hold these truths to be self evident”…