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0726, 09 Jan 24

The Great Gaslight

My column for the Washington County Daily News is online and in print. Here’s a part:

Now that we are officially in a presidential election year and the Iowa Caucus looms, we can turn our attention to the campaign in earnest. It appears that we will be saddled with a rematch of Presidents Biden and Trump and the era of geriatric leadership will persist.


With an atrocious performance record and what appears to be an obvious history of corruption, Biden is determined to gaslight his way to re-election. He is going to try to convince the American people to trust his fiction instead of the observable obvious truth.


Biden’s first fiction is that the events of Jan. 6, 2021, was an insurrection. This fiction is key to Biden’s plan because it allows him to dehumanize Trump, specifically, and Republicans, generally. By othering Republicans, Biden relieves his supporters of the burden of respect and gives permission to win by any means necessary. The truth is that January 6 was a political rally and protest that spontaneously got out of control. The vast majority of the participants did not do anything other than exercise their 1st Amendment right to protest while a small minority got violent. An authentic and planned insurrection to topple our government would necessarily involve organization, the violent seizure of several organs of government, and an assumption of power by new leadership. Nobody has been accused, tried, or convicted of insurrection on January 6 because it was not an insurrection.


Biden is trying to convince Americans that January 6 was the most violent and deplorable riot in history, but Americans have been watching leftists disrupt governments burn down cities, and attack people for years. Biden does not care about our towns being burned down, but he desperately wants us to care about someone breaking a window in his town.



0726, 09 January 2024

1 Comment

  1. Tuerqas

    The Great Gaslight? That is a one word answer here in the 21st century…Government.

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