Government Gaslighting

Updated: Jul 19

Wikipedia defines gaslighting as follows:


"is a form of psychological manipulation in which a person or a group covertly sows seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or group, making them question their own memory, perception, or judgment.


It may evoke changes in them such as cognitive dissonance or low self-esteem, rendering the victim additionally dependent on the gaslighter for emotional support and validation.


Using denial, misdirection, contradiction, and misinformation, gaslighting involves attempts to destabilize the victim and delegitimize the victim's beliefs."


Psychologist Bryant Welch (in his 2008 book State of Confusion: Political Manipulation and the Assault on the American Mind) stated the following:


"To say gaslighting was started by the Bushes, Lee Atwater, Karl Rove, Fox News, or any other extant group is not simply wrong, it also misses an important point. Gaslighting comes directly from blending modern communications, marketing, and advertising techniques with long-standing methods of propaganda.


They were simply waiting to be discovered by those with sufficient ambition and psychological makeup to use them."


Climate Change


On Dec 9/20, the United Nations produced the Emissions Gap Report 2020.


https://www.unenvironment.org/emissions-gap-report-2020


The document outlines the need to reduce global emissions in order to ensure that earth's temperature does not increase by 3 degrees Celsius in order to overt climate catastrophe. 2030 is the date of no return according to the UN.


An AP News article (dated June 29, 1989) stated the following from Noel Brown, director of the New York office of the U.N. Environment Program:


"Entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000."


"Governments have a 10-year window of opportunity to solve the greenhouse effect before it goes beyond human control."


https://apnews.com/article/bd45c372caf118ec99964ea547880cd0


The United Nations has been stating that the world is going to end for the past 30+ years if drastic action isn't taken immediately.


Do you believe that Liberal Party's plan to increase the Carbon Tax over the next 10 years will save the planet?


Or is this merely a wealth distribution tax that shifts income from rural residents to those living in urban centres?


https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/eccc/documents/pdf/climate-change/climate-plan/healthy_environment_healthy_economy_plan.pdf


Clean Drinking Water


The Liberal government made a promise in their 2015 election campaign to end all long-term drinking water advisories on First Nations before March 2021.


On December 2, 2020, Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller advised that the government would not meet this promise.


A new timeline for completion has not been given.


https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/indigenous-services-minister-drinking-water-target-1.5824614


A recent report from Cooperation Canada highlighted the need for the government to increase foreign aid spending.


This goes beyond the billions already given on an annual basis and additional funds earmarked for COVID-19 support.


https://cooperation.ca/cooperation-canada-launches-in-this-together-a-case-for-canadas-global-engagement/


Is the government of Canada really interested in ending the long-term drinking water advisories or are these promises merely publicity stunts?


War on Small Business


Effective December 13, 2020, thousands of Alberta small businesses were again forced to close their doors as a result of new government imposed COVID-19 health restrictions.


https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx


These closures come despite the government's lack of detail to support such closures, most notably, the compete failure of the track and trace system in the province.


https://www.alberta.ca/stats/covid-19-alberta-statistics.htm


Additionally, the closures come two weeks after Premier Kenney apologized for arbitrary lockdowns in March.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylTCTcSM09Y


Where is the evidence that points to barbershops, massage therapists, gyms and other now restricted businesses as being the main driving factor of COVID-19?


Are the closures truly warranted or are small business owners being gaslighted by their own government?


COVID-19 Vaccines


Canadians have, for the most part, accepted restrictions on their personal freedoms in the name of the greater good throughout 2020.


The underlying belief in March was that we gain an understanding of the virus, find treatments or a vaccine and go on to live our normal lives again.


Recent articles suggest that light at the end of the lockdown tunnel may not be as close as we thought.


This is highlighted in an article by CBC that suggests that vaccines alone will not be enough to end pandemic measures quickly.


https://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.5838293?fbclid=IwAR2JfW3TUg4_WN0omSd2ivayUbmLYoaKZsciGveOl7CtB3xU2C49NojSLaw


Given that we are nearly a year into this pandemic now, why hasn't the government pushed all of its resources to long-term care facilities?


Why after the most vulnerable are vaccinated, could the general population, who are not largely impacted by this virus, unable to return to a normal life?


Why do the goal posts keep moving?


Either the health measures (including vaccines) work or they don't. Right?

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