Editor’s Note:  The following piece is on the subject of ‘Gaslighting’ and it came to me from a retired United States Ambassador who was appointed to countries in the Middle East. It is particularly topical given the internal conflicts America is enduring today.

Sadly, no credit was given to the author. I endeavored to learn the name of the author and seek permission to re-publish it here in the pages of CopBlue. I was not successful. I judge that it is particularly poignant to Americans and especially, to those of us who wear the badge.

So, I have decided to publish it without finding the author and being given his/her permission. In light of the piece and the patriotic stance of CopBlue, I feel confident that permission would have been granted.



The term “Gaslighting” comes from a 1930’s play called Gas Light.  The main character in the play literally tries to drive his wife crazy by gradually dimming the gas-powered lights in their home.  When she notices the lights dimming, her husband not only denies that the lights are dimming, he convinces her that she is imagining it to the point where she questions her own sanity.



The reality that we are being told by the media is at complete odds with what we are seeing with our own two eyes. When we question the false reality that we are being presented, or we claim that what we see is that actual reality, we are vilified as racist or bigots or just plain crazy.

You’re not racist.

You’re not crazy.

You’re being Gaslighted.


They told us this was a ‘Peaceful Protest’


New York State has twice as many deaths from COVID-19 than any other state. New York has accounted for one fifth of all Covid-19 deaths, yet we are told that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has handled the pandemic better than any other governor.

But, if we support policies of Governors whose states had only a fraction of the infections and deaths as New York, we’re called anti-science and want people to die.  So, we ask ourselves, am I crazy?

No, you’re being Gaslighted.


We see mobs of people looting stores, smashing windows, setting cars on fire and burning down buildings, but we are told that these demonstrations are peaceful protests. When we call this destruction of our cities riots, we are called racists.  So, we ask ourselves, am I crazy?

No, you’re being Gaslighted.


We see the major problem destroying many inner-cities is crime: murder, gang violence, drug-dealing, drive-by shootings and armed robbery. But, we are told that this is not crime. It is the police who are the problem in the inner-cities.

We are told we must defund the police and remove law enforcement from crime-riddled cities to make them safer.  But, if we advocate for more policing in cities overrun by crime, we are accused of being white supremacists and racists.  So, we ask ourselves, am I crazy?

No, you’re being Gaslighted.



The United States of America accepts more immigrants than any other country in the world.  The vast majority of the immigrants are “people of color.” These immigrants are enjoying freedom and economic opportunity not available to them in their country of origin.


We were told this was a ‘Peaceful Protest.’


We are told that the United States is the most racist and oppressive country on the planet. If we disagree, we are called racist and xenophobic.  So, we ask ourselves, am I crazy?

No, you’re being Gaslighted.


Capitalist countries are the most prosperous countries in the world.  The standard of living is the highest in capitalist countries.

We see more poor people move up the economic ladder to the middle and even the wealthy class through their effort and ability in capitalist countries than any other economic system in the world. But, we are told capitalism is an oppressive system designed to keep people down.  So, we ask ourselves, am I crazy?

No, you’re being Gaslighted.



Communist countries killed over 100 million people in the 20th century.  Communist countries strip their citizens of basic human rights, dictate every aspect of their lives, treat their citizens like slaves and drive their economies into the ground.

But, we are told that Communism is the fairest, most equitable, most free and most prosperous economic system in the world.  So, we ask ourselves, am I crazy?

No, you’re being Gaslighted.



The most egregious example of Gaslighting is the concept of, “white fragility.”  You spend your life trying to be a good person, trying to treat people fairly and with respect.  You disavow racism and bigotry in all its forms.

You judge people solely on the content of their character and not by the color of their skin.  You don’t discriminate based on race or ethnicity.


According to the talking heads, this too is a ‘Peaceful Protest’


But, you are told you are a racist, not because of something you did or said, but solely because of the color of your skin.  You know instinctively that charging someone with racism because of their skin color is itself racist.

You know that you are not racist, so you defend yourself and your character, but you are told that your defense of yourself is proof of your racism.  So, we ask ourselves, am I crazy?

No, you’re being Gaslighted.


Gaslighting has become one of the most pervasive and destructive tactics in American politics.  It is the exact opposite of what our political system was meant to be.

It deals in lies and psychological coercion – NOT the truth and intellectual discourse.  If you ever ask yourself if you’re crazy, you are not.

Crazy people aren’t sane enough to ask themselves if they’re crazy.

So, trust yourself, believe what’s in your heart.  Trust your eyes over what you are told.  Never listen to the people who tell you that you are crazy, because you are not…

You’re being Gaslighted.


“Above all, it’s about going home at the end of the shift … “

We couldn’t agree more.


To our BROTHERS and SISTERS in BLUE:   We have now arrived at the time in the ELECTION SEASON when each of us MUST pay close attention to what candidates are saying. Every person we elect in November can affect our lives as cops.  Will we THRIVE, just get by or will we DIE?

  • Consider the disaster created for the cops of the NYPD at the hand of Mayor Bill DiBlasio.
  • Look at the number of cops who have been critically injured at the hand of the Portland District Attorney, Mike Schmidt.
  • We cannot ignore how cops have been blamed for the problems in places like Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, Baltimore and other cities where civilization has damned near crumbled.
  • Don’t think that school boards are immune. Last Saturday, Steven Lysenko of Spencerport High School, went on a tirade against police officers for targeting protesters in Rochester by yelling, “Fuck the Police!”
  • Last, but most important, is the top job: the President. Electing Joe Biden would have a horribly deep, permanent and (in some cases) fatal effect on every cop in the nation.





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