Gaslighting our Sacred Public Lands

Utah’s junior senator joins the trumpian gaslight brigade, with misleading, false, and crazy-making claims about America’s public lands and how Utahns feel about the mountains and redrock country that make Utah a Western wonderland.

Thots and Shots

One of the ugly features of the new Trumpian Republican Party is the tendency to frequently and blatantly lie. Trump, according to fact checkers, averages 6.5 lies a day. To cover up, he twists reality in a way known in psychological circles as gaslighting. It is a practice used by narcissists, wife abusers and dictators alike. Trump says and does things and then denies it. But it is more devious than mere denial. As Frida Ghitis frames it at CNN, he lies then blames others for misunderstanding, disparages their concerns as oversensitivity, claims outrageous statements were jokes or misunderstandings, and otherwise twilights the truth. Now Utah’s Republican junior U.S. Senator Mike Lee is giving gaslighting a shot by attempting to make Utah’s much beloved public lands out to be a conspiracy for and of some mystery “elitists.”

Henry for picasa.jpg For “elitists” only

In a June 2018 speech to the reactionary right’s Sutherland…

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About kirstenallen

I am editorial director and publisher at Torrey House Press, a nonprofit literary press publishing fiction and creative nonfiction books that promote conservation through literature. I have a master’s in public health and previously worked at the Utah Department of Health in maternal and child health. In my previous lives, I taught piano, taught English composition at a computer science college, and raised two kids. Today, I live with my spouse, Mark Bailey, in Salt Lake City and Torrey, Utah. I blog about wild lands, medicine and pseudo-medicine, and books and publishing.

Posted on July 7, 2018, in This 'n' That. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. beautiful photo, ugly people, good essay

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