April Kiessling on why today’s media deception reminds her of horrific childhood trauma
By April Kiessling
They say trauma brings back early childhood memories – especially bad ones, should you be unfortunate enough to have them. I certainly had my share and thought they were safely banished. But the turmoil of this election, with its repeated galvanic shocks, and its apocalyptic threats brings it rushing back. And suddenly I realized why.
At age 5, I spent a year with my grandparents, and they were anything but sweet and comforting old people. Especially my grandmother. She seemed an archetype of every diabolical villain culled from fairy tales or Disney movies: dogging my steps, hypercritical, implacable and apparently fixed on my destruction. Later, the family decided she was classically schizophrenic, hearing voices, delusions of grandeur and so forth. But to a small child, my grandmother was the Empress of Russia if she claimed to be – because no one ever denied that it was so. And because of this, it didn’t occur to me for years that I could deny it either.
My grandmother’s accusations were the worst of all. She claimed I stole her passport among other objects, although I had no idea what the thing was. From there, she insisted I was impersonating her (a 48-year-old woman!) with ensuing legal and social problems – all stemming from my behavior, but not hers. Confused beyond endurance, I grasped at anything to keep afloat. We were discouraged from questioning adults – so what was happening?
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My eyes, ears and experience (short as it was) opposed every wild word from the mouth of this raving matriarch. No one wanted to listen to a child in those days, so to live with the emotional chaos, I decided she must be right. I was a thief. I was a hateful, manipulative child, clever enough to travel, to do business and to impersonate middle-aged adults. And I was also a liar since I denied it all! My memory must be awful, because I never remembered a thing – and all of this made me assume that I must be the mad one. My world was founded on the infallibility of adults.
It took years to overcome this abuse, and until the last few months I’ve felt nothing close to that level of turmoil, until November 2020. With the rest of you, I sat in stunned silence seeing everything collapse that we trusted in. I don’t know if it was the sight of those unexplained and mathematically impossible vote changes we all saw in the dead of night. Or videos of GOP delegates locked out of their counting stations. Or thousands of individuals with no ballots, ballots already filled in, or finding that their dead parents had voted for years. Perhaps it was testimony of election officers and post office workers fearful for their jobs or their lives.
More likely the thing that shook to my core was the droning sound of governors, secretaries of state and legislators almost chanting their denials in unison. They didn’t see it. They don’t acknowledge the thousands of complaints. Millions of us protesting don’t even exist! We are a figment of their imaginations, poor mad things. These were the people we trusted in high places. We gave them our confidence and left them responsible for the nation. We trusted them for news so we could make a living, assuming they were as professional and as just as we were in our pursuits. That was a grave mistake.
But now we find ourselves betrayed on a scale so vast that many of us can’t believe that it is happening. It’s easier to say, “I was mistaken; I never saw that.” But that would be giving in to one of the most complex and evil plans in modern times.
For some time I hated my grandmother, until I realized how ill she was. If only that could explain the deconstruction of our 2020 elections! At the top, shrewd plotters engage with any agents who will help them. It’s all about money and power, much uglier than mental illness. Caught in the crossfire are GOP officials who appear to have no courage or will. They look as shocked as a mafia son testifying against his godfather in court. Will they ever be able to sleep in peace?
We are being asked to meekly accept the results of this election as reported by media and parroted by craven officials. Fighting it brings on threats and contempt, but we have felt the sting of that whip for years. Submitting to their demands will make us true victims in a vast and deadly game of gaslighting. Will Americans wake up before the gas is real?
April Kiessling is a Christian, writer, artist, and mother (among other things). She has worked with The Columbian Newspaper, US Magazine, Daily Evergreen, WND.com, and published books – often using a pseudonym. Some of her writing is in textbooks (such as an Ernst Klett Verlag GmbH anthology for writing in English).
THE YEAR OF THE GASLIGHTERS
How today’s corrupt ruling class is intent on driving normal Americans insane
In the classic 1944 film “Gaslight,” an extraordinarily evil criminal, who has recently gotten married, psychologically manipulates his perfectly sane wife into believing she’s going insane as a means of distracting her from uncovering his horrendous crime spree.
From the movie emerged the modern psychological term “gaslighting,” which means, “to cause (a person) to doubt his or her sanity through the use of psychological manipulation.”
News flash: America’s current ruling elites – including not only the Biden-Harris administration, but most of the Democratic Party, Big Tech, Big Media, the “Deep State,” academia, and even an increasing number of major “woke” corporations – are literally gaslighting the rest of America every single day, from morning until night, in a dizzying and ever-expanding variety of ways.
Truly, gaslighting has become the No. 1 psychological-spiritual warfare principle of America’s ruling class.
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The most obvious example of Biden administration gaslighting is its ongoing campaign to not only demonize but induce paralyzing doubt, guilt, fear and self-loathing in tens of millions of thoroughly decent, patriotic, law-abiding, conservative Americans by continually denouncing them as “racists,” “white supremacists,” “violent extremists” and “domestic terrorists.”
In fact, in every area of life, culture and government policy in today’s America – from the COVID-19 pandemic, to election fraud, to the January 6 “insurrection,” to Biden’s exit from Afghanistan, to illegal immigration, to abortion, to transgender madness, to the Second Amendment – those currently in power continually portray large segments of the American population as essentially immoral, deplorable and irredeemable, indeed almost subhuman.
As with all gaslighting, the intended purpose is to confuse, confound, distress, dispirit, intimidate and bewilder people to the point they doubt obvious truths they once knew and instead live in fear and anxiety, thus disabling them from being effective in the ongoing war for America’s future.
And just as the villain in “Gaslight” was superficially charming, intelligent, apparently thoughtful, caring, knowledgeable and supposedly looking out for the interest of his wife, in today’s America the power elite pretend to care about the people they rule, but their true motivations are entirely selfish, narcissistic, and revolve around their desperate addiction to power, wealth, glory, privilege and worship.
In a word, they want to be gods. And to perpetuate this desperate pretense, they must gaslight.
But now, their dark secrets are totally exposed for all to see in the groundbreaking September issue of WND’s monthly Whistleblower magazine, “THE YEAR OF THE GASLIGHTERS: How today’s corrupt ruling class is intent on driving normal Americans insane.”
Highlights of “THE YEAR OF THE GASLIGHTERS” include:
* “The gods of gaslighting: How today’s ruling elites are intentionally driving normal Americans insane” by David Kupelian
* “Since the new DHS alert, you’re a potential terrorist if you oppose White House lies” by Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn
* “If Trump were president, not 1 Democrat would be vaccinated!” by Wayne Allyn Root, on how the media would condemn “Trump’s vaccine” as a “Frankenstein’s monster” and accuse him of “murder”
* “Once again, the left is comparing Christians to Islamic terrorists” by Michael Brown, on demagogues saying “Make no mistake; Christian evangelicals are America’s #taliban”
* “Who knew? Universities are ‘rightwing’ institutions!” by Patrice Lewis, spotlighting a classic example of gaslighting by one far-left professor
* “Why the left can’t let go of Jan. 6” by Patrick J. Buchanan, who explains that hyping a pretend “act of terrorism” is the only hope Democrats have of surviving November ’22
* “Democrats are unable to change facts, so ‘they alter the definition of reality’” by J. Peder Zane, on how, driven by radical ideology, the left claims to “embrace science, facts and truth”
* “The ongoing horror show that is the Biden presidency” by David Limbaugh, on how gaslighting “White House lunatics” are attempting to “destroy America as founded”
* “While Trump is banned for questioning the election, Obama claims Republicans are ‘rigging the game’” by Elizabeth Stauffer, who concludes, “The former president is gaslighting”
* “Biden’s ruinous refugee dump” by Michelle Malkin, on how subsidizing multitudes of new welfare recipients and workers taking Americans’ jobs “is somehow good for us, we’re being told”
* “Blame-shifting and gaslighting, from Stalin to today’s ‘woke’ elites” by Ted Baehr, who explains why, “without a plumb line, without standards, society can’t exist”
* “Public schools are broken. Don’t send your kids there” by Patrice Lewis, on how “Good parents are being mocked, ignored, ridiculed, marginalized, taunted, derided, doxed, gaslighted and sued” across the nation
* “Eighth grade final exam from 1895” – an astounding revelation of the contrast between academic standards then and now
* “Will a bumbling, lying Biden last till year’s end in office? The president now seems incapable of telling the truth” by Laura Hollis.
“It’s truly amazing,” says Whistleblower Editor David Kupelian. “Today, in every area of life and policy, the ruling elite tries to confuse, distract, project, accuse and intimidate the American public into believing normal, patriotic, Judeo-Christian values-affirming Americans, such as have loved and protected this uniquely blessed nation generation after generation, are somehow potential terrorists.”
“In the final analysis,” he adds, “we’re dealing with spiritual warfare, as Scripture makes clear: ‘For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms’ (Ephesians 6:12).”
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