Trump Wants to #Gaslight U.S., Don’t let him

Gaslighting is what narcissists do best.

They can also Gaslight groups of people.

Art by Rob Goldstein
Gaslighting is an insidious form of Abuse and a method of control.

Did Donald Trump call for someone to assassinate Hillary Clinton:

Here’s what he said:

Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, and if she gets to pick — if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible day. If, if Hillary gets to put her judges — right now we’re tied. You see what’s going on. We’re tied, ’cause Scalia, this was not supposed to happen. Justice Scalia was supposed to be around for ten more years at least, and this is what happens. That was a horrible thing. So now look at it. So Hillary essentially wants to abolish the Second Amendment

Here is what he wants you to think he said:

He tweeted, “I said pro-2A citizens must organize and get out vote to save our Constitution!”

There’s nothing you can do, folks does not sound to me like a call to get out the vote.

Here’s the deal, if we have to wonder if a narcissist is up to something, he’s up to something.

If you find yourself thinking you’ve heard something ugly but the narc says
you misunderstood, you haven’t.

This man is running a cult and it’s a dangerous one.

Donald Trump and his flying monkeys are trying to gaslight us into making him President.

Don’t let them.

If this is a call to assassinate the democratic nominee Trump is a domestic terrorist.

This is from the Washington Post:

Republicans at all levels frequently argue that one of the primary purposes of owning guns is so that you can use them to kill representatives of the government, whether police or soldiers, when they become too tyrannical. As Ed Kilgore reminds us, “During her successful Senate campaign in 2014, rising GOP star Joni Ernst of Iowa used to happily talk about the ‘beautiful little Smith & Wesson’ she carried with every intention of using it to defend herself and her family from ‘government, should they decide that my rights are no longer important.’ ” And she was hardly the first — we hear that kind of thing from Republicans all the time.

Now combine that with the NRA’s constant warnings that if Democrats win the next election they’re coming to confiscate your guns, and everybody knows exactly what Trump was saying.

His defense — that he was only encouraging people to vote — is utterly nonsensical. Remember that he said, “if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.” He was talking about what the “Second Amendment people” might be able to do about Clinton picking judges, which happens after she has already been elected.

Finally, this comes after Trump has been trying to delegitimize the results of the election before it actually happens, claiming that the vote will be “rigged.” If you’re arguing to your angry, heavily armed supporters, who already think the federal government is tyrannical, that there’s a conspiracy afoot to steal the election and that your opponent will be sending jackbooted government thugs to confiscate their guns, you don’t get to pretend that when you say that the “Second Amendment people” might be able to stop the next president’s judges from subverting their gun rights that it’s all innocent and you would never contemplate something as irresponsible as encouraging violence.

The Washington Post

 

Art by Rob Goldstein
A Narcissist will Attack Everything you Value,
Including your Democracy

 

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#ManyPeopleAreSaying that Conservatives Make Stuff Up

The Example

This delicious piece of zany bigotry is in my spam folder.

The author takes up the challenge of citing sources.

I think he missed the ‘credible’ part of my criteria.

The comment illustrates everything that makes Trump’s supporters more frightening than Trump.

It also illustrates my earlier post on the topic of irrational arguments:

Dear Members of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy (about which Hillary was right).

I will dissect the central thesis of what I loosely call his argument.

Let’s start with this: “You see equality to be equal does in mater of fact remove the right[s] to have freedom and liberty. Would you be willing to give that up?”

So, if everyone is equal before the law someone has to give up a right?

Do you mean the right to abuse people you don’t like?

As for what I’d give up: I give up accepting the premise that you have the right to abuse me based on race, gender, and sexual orientation.

I give up tax dollars to restore funding to the public schools you voted to close so that you can learn to think with discipline and learn how to use spell check.

And this line: “Now transgenders will take away all freedom and liberty as it is doing right now in the United States of America.”

If transgenders are taking away all the freedom and liberty in the United States they are the most powerful women in the World!

And this: “The civil liberties union would like to do the very same thing, for their cause to enslave all of the United States of America in order to bring in Communism.”

Slavery and communism are the inevitable consequences of same-sex marriage?

Prove it.

And he tries:

“It is these reason why we must and have no other choice but to show you that the civil liberty union, transgender, same-sex marriage, liberals/democrats/Marxist/Communist/Socialist are all the same. My cite[s] are these three books. “The Defense of Wisconsin 2006 Marriage Amendment (Thesis) by Terry Virgil 07/09 /2014, What is wrong with Cal. Const. amend.chap.85. § § 221.5 (a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)? (Thesis) By Terry Virgil, Freedom and Liberty by Terry Virgil”

I won’t address equating liberalism and the democratic party with Marxism, communism and socialism.

I don’t even think he knows what these words mean.

He cites Terry Virgil.

Terry Virgil was a 2014 Libertarian candidate for District 13 of the Wisconsin State Senate. Virgil was removed from the candidate list for reasons unknown.

He has an Associates degree in Business Management

He is also a railroad conductor and small business owner who served in the Marines.

Terry Virgil is a member of the Libertarian Party.

I’m sure that he is an honorable man and I’m sorry that he follows a political
creed so toxic to the co-operative values essential to our survival as species.

But Terry Virgil’s opinions about the rights of LGBTQ people are not facts.

Opinions have no place when discussing matters of government and the law.

The President does not have to like LGBTQ people but he is obligated by the constitution to represent our interests.

Democracy requires the use of reason and a willingness to compromise and admit to being wrong.

It means being open to facts and being willing to look for them when using our franchise as citizens.

My problem with most arguments from so-called conservatives is that conservatives think opinion is more important than fact.

They twist the truth and promote universally discredited conspiracy theories.

The writer does not give me a fact-based argument and so he is gonged.

Back to the spam folder with him.

RG (c) 2016

 

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Whatever will they think of me?

From Talking of incest

Talking of incest

I’ll begin with a true story. When I was about 16 years of age I went round all the shops I could think of in Stratford-Upon-Avon asking for a summer holiday job. I landed myself a job in the kitchens of a café and came home excited to tell the news. My mother was furious: “You’ve been round town begging for work. What will people think?” So as you can see, I was trained at an early age to second guess what others might think and portray a spotless image of myself. Being vulnerable, showing weakness or needs was simply not an option. Apparently. Though I’m sure the irony isn’t lost on you!

This audio is inspired in part by that story. I’m going to talk about the counter-intuitive idea that making ourselves vulnerable can help us to achieve what we want—whether it’s about improving a relationship, our work goals, or a hobby or sport.

If we’ve…

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