Are The Birthers Gaslighting Themselves???

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After Eating 32 Ounces Of Beans, Carl Gallups Demonstrates Advanced Gas Lighting Techniques

Well, Poo Poo Simmons has discovered Gaslighting! Here are a few excerpts. First, we get The Buildup Of Tension:

EYE OPENER! The Obama BC Fraud Technique Revealed

Are YOU Being ‘Gaslighted?’   YES – you are…

PPSIMMONS: Does this technique explain the Obama Fraud case frustration?  Read on…we think your eyes will be opened.

Next, we get some Basic Gaslighting Theory:

GASLIGHTING – From Wikipedia

Gaslighting is a form of mental abuse in which false information is presented with the intent of making a victim doubt his or her own memory, perception, and sanity. Instances may range simply from the denial by an abuser that previous abusive incidents ever occurred, up to the staging of bizarre events by the abuser with the intention of disorienting the victim.

The term “gaslighting” has been used colloquially since at least the 1970s to describe efforts to manipulate someone’s sense of reality. In a 1980 book on child sex abuse, Florence Rush summarized George Cukor’s 1944 film version of Gas Light, and writes, “even today the word [gaslight] is used to describe an attempt to destroy another’s perception of reality.” The term was further popularized in Victor Santoro’s 1994 book Gaslighting: How to Drive Your Enemies Crazy, which outlines ostensibly legal tactics the reader might use to annoy others.

Then, we get some alleged examples, including:

6. Gov’t: No, we did not forge the Birth Certificate of the POTUS. Yes, the multilayer, computer generated, wrong-information document is the real thing! Yes, Obama really is a citizen of the U.S. Yes, he really is constitutionally qualified to hold office….

Gov’t when caught:  You silly nillys! You will NEVER catch us on this one!  Not a single congressman, MSM person, Governor, or AG will touch it!  Why?   See numbers 1-3 above!   You silly nillys!

Gov’t when REALLY caught: Okay, the BC was forged and fabricated. But we think that Gallups and Zullo did it! Maybe we need to lock ’em up – you know for national security reasons!  You silly nillys!

Finally, we get the hook-setting conclusion:

OOPS!  You’ve been gaslighted!

http://ppsimmons.blogspot.com/2013/07/eye-opener-obama-bc-fraud-technique.html

Like most Birthers on most things, Poo Poo misses the whole point of gaslighting. First, he does not show any example where the Gov’t presents any false information about a pre-existing memory or perception. That is what gaslighting is all about. In the 1944  movie, Gaslight, a picture disappears from the walls of the house, and Gregory(Boyer) says that Paula(Bergman) took it, but Paula has no recollection of having done so.  BUT, Paula had a pre-existing memory and perception of the picture being there, and no  memory of having moved it. Gregory provided the false information that she moved it.

Poo Poo Simmons, the other Birthers, and most of the rest of the world have no pre-existing memory or perception of any Obama birth certificate prior to its presentation on the Internet. To constitute gaslighting, the original short form or long form presented on the Internet would first have to be changed, or withdrawn, and then the Gov’t would have to convey false information to the Birthers that it had not been either changed or ever there in the first place. Which the Gov’t clearly has not done.

The examples given by Poo Poo, assuming arguendo that they were correct, would simply constitute run-of-the-mill lies or falsehoods, not gaslighting. Sooo, why is Poo Poo Simmons even making the childish and overblown claim of gaslighting??? Like most QUACKS, it is the appearance of intelligence and expertise that is important. Poo Poo is simply trying to make himself look smarter than he really is. You see the same thing when Mario Apuzzo, Esq. tries to cobble Logical Syllogisms into his Birther legal theories when such techniques are totally inappropriate in situations where the major premises themselves which are at issue. (See Note 1, below.)

But, by calling it gaslighting, then the whole argument takes on a sinister cast where Birthers can play the innocent victims. And Poo Poo can assume the role of the wise and intelligent voice of authority who reveals the evil plan. Such is not only incorrect, it is almost the opposite of the truth. The reality is, that it is the Birthers who are closer to gaslighting both Birthers and non-Birthers. Let me give you just two examples.

1. Most of us have some memory of high school civics class, and no memory whatsoever of anybody called Emer de Vattel. The Birthers try to supplant our non-existent memory with false memories of Vattel and his alleged two citizen parents theory of natural born citizenship. There are actually some people who now claim to remember being taught about Vattel in this light, and absolutely NO TEXTBOOKS which support that memory.

2. Most of us who follow this issue have a memory and perception of listening to and reading Deputy Mike “The Arizona Kid” Zullo telling us that there wasn’t enough evidence to convict Obama of jaywalking, much less anything else. Now, the Birthers are trying to convince us that Zullo is on the verge of a major breakthrough not because of any new discoveries, but by access to Very Important Persons. This, of course must supplant our previous memory not through denial, or claim of mistake, but repetition.

Note that I used the wiggle phrase, closer to gaslighting, because I am hesitant to call either of my hypotheticals pure examples of gaslighting. They are probably better characterized as primitive attempts at spinning, with a heavy side order of plain old lying. I would submit that if the Birthers feel frustrated and feel doubtful of their sanity, and suspect someone of mental abusing them, then they should simply look in the nearest mirror. Because they are doing this to themselves.

Does anybody else smell rotten eggs???

Squeeky Fromm
Girl Reporter

Note 1. For an example of Apuzzo’s sashay into Putative Pedantics,  see:

https://birtherthinktank.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/mario-apuzzo-esq-s-distributed-muddle/

Note 2. Gaslighting. Here are some better examples of gaslighting from the Wiki article on the 1944 movie, Gaslight:

After Alice’s things are packed away in the attic and the door blocked, things take a turn for the bizarre. At the Tower of London, Paula loses a brooch that Gregory had given her, despite its having been stored safely in her handbag. A picture disappears from the walls of the house, and Gregory says that Paula took it, but Paula has no recollection of having done so. Paula also hears footsteps coming from above her, in the sealed attic, and sees the gaslights dim and brighten for no apparent reason. Gregory suggests that these are all figments of Paula’s imagination.

Gregory does everything in his power to isolate his wife from other people. He allows her neither to go out nor to have visitors, implying he is doing so for her own good, because her nerves have been acting up, causing her to become a kleptomaniac and to imagine things that are not real. On the one occasion when he does take her out to a musical gathering at a friend’s house, he shows Paula his watch chain, from which his watch has mysteriously disappeared. When he finds it in her handbag, she becomes hysterical, and Gregory takes her home. She sees why she should not go out in public.

Gregory does everything in his power to isolate his wife from other people. He allows her neither to go out nor to have visitors, implying he is doing so for her own good, because her nerves have been acting up, causing her to become a kleptomaniac and to imagine things that are not real. On the one occasion when he does take her out to a musical gathering at a friend’s house, he shows Paula his watch chain, from which his watch has mysteriously disappeared. When he finds it in her handbag, she becomes hysterical, and Gregory takes her home. She sees why she should not go out in public.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaslight_%281944_film%29

 

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4 responses to “Are The Birthers Gaslighting Themselves???

  • Frank Bolivar

    After seeing Poo Poo’s tweet pointing to his screed on gaslighting, and after reading his article, I saw a tweet to him which pretty much said it all (though not as eloquently as you). It merely stated….. “@PPSIMMONS is incredibly stupid.”

  • Jim

    I don’t think you can gaslight dim bulbs, they’re already confused by what’s real and what’s in their imagination.

  • ramboike

    RC Radio 07-16-2013

    68:40 to the 68:52 mark:

    RC: “Obama’s 2 Birth Certificates, the certified copies that we’ve all seen pictures of, are court room ready. Those are verifiable.”

    Here’s RC laying a scam on anyone who was listening to that broadcast.

    RC is referring to the short form COLB put out in 2008, and what is being called the long form COLB put out in Apr. 2011. Yes, they are court room ready, but how many times in the over 200 law suits has the “Obama lawyers” submitted them as evidence? My understanding is they never have. One would think if they’re so good Team Obama would be doing national photo ops showing his lawyers getting the COLBs admitted as court evidence. Something is rotten and it’s not in Denmark.

    Verifiable? You would think if there really is an “original record” on file at the HDoH that the COLBs were either copied from or info was taken from Team Obama would be rushing with it to their media operatives to show all Americans they were telling the truth. Problem is in 5 years that hasn’t happened, and when Birthers ask for verification it’s always the same response from Obots: “You’re a racist”

    RC is playing what would be called “bait & switch” or the “Shell Game”. There might be tangible evidence to verify the claims, but it’s not being provided.

    Here’s a guy who listened, caught the scam, and commented at the radio site:
    Ronald Brannan
    What a bunch of jag offs on this show. Will never listen again, waste of time.
    Reply · Wednesday at 6:43am

    As always,
    Rambo Ike {riding roughshod over Obot ignorance & deceit]

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