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The Gaslighting of America

The Left wants to play pretend forever: Truth is regarded as hatred by those who hate the truth.

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The 1970 movie A Guide for the Married Man features a husband who is cheating on his wife, in his own bedroom. When his wife walks in, the husband and his female lover calmly get dressed. The female lover walks out of the house. He makes the bed, in view of the shell-shocked wife.

The husband walks into the living room. His wife follows and accuses him of adultery. He asks, “When?” His wife refers to the woman who just left. The husband asks, “Who?” The conversation goes on like this, and in a minute, his wife is doubting what she saw with her own eyes.

This is a 51-year-old example of gaslighting: Sowing the seeds of doubt in a targeted group, for the purposes of inducing them to question their perceptions and judgments.

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“Nothing Happened Here”

So it is with the 2020 election fraud. The Left will have you think that nothing happened here. They will have you believe that more than 2,500 eyewitnesses who filed legal affidavits under penalty of perjury did not witness anything and there were no potentially unconstitutional changes made to state election laws.

The Left aptly continued this guise. They paraded on CNN and MSNBC and the nightly news of the major broadcast networks and said that Trump supporters essentially are insane. “They’re under his spell.” “They need to be rounded up.” “They’re a disgrace to the country.”

Actually, the exact opposite in each instance is true. It is the Democrats and the Left in general who are a disgrace to the country. They are perpetuating the ruse. My goodness, do they think that they can maintain their gaslighting efforts for the rest of American history? Perhaps they do.

Congenital Liars?

Why does the Left lie so often and so easily? Why are they the source of fake news and propaganda the likes of which the world hasn’t seen since the 1930s, in the Soviet Union? Two fundamental reasons: They congenitally strive for power – power over you, power over your neighbors, power over your community, and power over your state. Today, they’re seeking the ultimate prize, power over the nation, fraudulently obtained and never to be surrendered.

The second reason why they can lie so often and so easily is that they share a near infantile fantasy about a “one-world global government” that will reign over each of us, concocting wonderful edicts which we must all follow. The Left is swept up in visions of Utopia, where enlightened leaders hand down rulings that benefit us all. Yeah, right…

Maybe in two or three hundred years when humanity reaches some new epoch. For now, I’ll stick with sovereign nations and the leaders who were duly elected to run them.

Utopia Doesn’t Live Here

If you know anything about Thomas More’s Utopia, Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan, Plato’s Republic, or any other classic novels from literature defining and describing utopian type states, then you know that in each case the inherent flaws within these governments ended up making societies far worse than simple democracies.

Is the American Left a bunch of communist sympathizers, or are they simply power-hungry dregs of the Earth? While we can’t know exactly what the Left’s endgame might be, the first 42 days of the Biden Administration have demonstrated that democracy, liberty, and justice are all in peril.

The Quest for Truth

Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines “truth” as, “the body of real things, events, and facts: actuality.” Truth is a valuable asset in an age where lies are abundant and fake news – actually full-fledged propaganda – rules the day.

Truth is regarded as hatred by those who hate the truth, and many people despise and hate the truth. The Left has demonstrated, time and time again, that they hate the truth. Hence, their spontaneous, reflexive reaction to squelch the freedom of speech of those who disagree with them.

Truth matters. Getting the truth out to others matters.

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Jeff Davidson is the world's only holder of the title "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" as awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com for more information on Jeff's keynote speeches and seminars, including: Managing the Pace with Grace® * Achieving Work-Life Balance™ * Managing Information and Communication Overload®



 
 
 

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Stay on top of your job, your department’s goals, and your company’s objectives

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Making your boss look good can only reflect favorably on you. Both your boss and his or her supervisors will appreciate this.

The best way to make your boss look good is to handle your work efficiently and thoroughly. If your boss is fair, he or she will give you credit for the work, increasing your chances of promotion.

If your boss is not doing his or her share of the work, leaning on you unfairly without giving you the credit, it’s still likely that you’ll be promoted when your boss is promoted. That person knows you’ve been doing more than your share, and he or she won’t be able to take a new position without your help.

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Becoming a Mentor to Others

Maybe you’re only 27 years old, or perhaps you’ve only been with your present firm for a year and a half. Yet, with your previous experience and achievements, you may already be in a position to serve as a mentor to junior members of your organization. This can be accomplished on an informal, ad hoc basis, and you can literally choose the amount of energy you’re willing to commit. Helping junior members always looks good to those above you, especially at performance review time.

Stay on top of your job, your department’s goals, and your company’s objectives. This three-way strategy includes reviewing your job description, deciding precisely what your department’s goals are, and determining your company’s objectives:

Your Job Description

First, knowing your job description and honoring it, or amending it if necessary, protect you from any misunderstandings. It will also give you an idea of the part you play in the total picture of the organization, an important factor in your work satisfaction and chance of promotion.

Your job description ideally contains all the important activities of your position, the knowledge you need to have or acquire to perform those activities, and some sense of your overall role. If your job description does not adequately detail the information you need to know and the responsibilities you have, now is the time to change it.

Company Goals

Second, learn and understand the goals of your part of the company. By whatever method your organization is broken into groups — department, division, project team — your group has objectives.

Goals are important to guide actions as well as to mark milestones. Knowing your group’s goals will help you to set priorities for your own work and make wise decisions concerning how jobs can best be done.

What is the Mission?

Finally, be aware of your organization’s mission. Any organization, from the smallest business to the multibillion-dollar corporation, has a mission. If you don’t already know it, find out. Your organization’s brochure, annual report, promotional literature, or employee handbook will have the mission spelled out.

The mission will unify and give meaning to all the division or department goals. Although conflicts among divisions will occur because of the nature of different responsibilities, a solid base can be produced when all employees realize the overall mission of the organization.

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Lessons of the 2020s: Unanticipated Events Happen

Unforeseen tasks that arise represent intrusions on our mental and emotional state of being as well as on our time

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By now, nearly everyone has mentally marked the first few years of this decade as strange and, for those on the right, entirely upsetting. While we can’t guard against the unknown, or anticipate radical moves emanating from Washington DC, we can seek to do our best with what we have and what we know.

Each day when you compose your to-do list and begin proceeding merrily down it, do you take into account what is likely to occur in the course of a day? No matter how well we organize our lists and how productive we are in handling the products and tasks unexpected obligations, interruptions, and other developments arise that are going to throw us off.

How do you react when you are humming along, and all of a sudden, you get an assignment from out of left field? Perhaps your boss has asked you to jump on something immediately. Maybe a client calls. Maybe something gets returned to you that you thought was complete.

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To Be Flustered No More

If you are like most professionals, you immediately will become flustered. The intrusion on your time and your progress means that you are not going to accomplish all that you set out to before the end of the day. Is there a way to proceed and still feel good about all that you accomplish?

I believe there is, and it involves first making a miniature, supplemental to-do list that accurately encapsulates the new task that you need to handle. Why create this supplemental to-do list? It gives you focus and direction, reduces anxiety, and increases the probability that you will remain buoyant at the time of its completion and be able to turn back to what you were doing before the task was assigned.

If you don’t compose such a list, and simply plow headlong into the unexpected challenge that has come your way, you might not proceed effectively, and you might never get back to the to-do list on which you were working.

Anticipating the Unexpected

Unforeseen tasks that arise represent more than intrusions on our time; they represent intrusions on our mental and emotional state of being. Some people are naturally good at handling unexpected situations. Most of us, however, are not wired like this. Interruptions and intrusions on our workday take us off the path that we wanted to follow, and tend to be at least momentarily upsetting.

So… when executing the items on your to-do list, proceed ‘knowing’ that there will be an interruption of some sort. You don’t know when it is coming or how large it will be, but it will pull you off course. The key question for you is: can you develop the capacity to maintain balance and equanimity in the face of such disruptions?

The good news is that you can, and it all starts with acknowledging that the situation is likely to happen, devising a supplemental checklist to handle the new task, and as deftly as possible, returning to what you were doing.

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