Feeling a bit better, David and I worked in our back yard this week. Various bulbs are sending up shoots and we needed to remove the dead vegetation covering them. Normally, I would have done this before now but several unforeseen events, including the stumbles I took last fall, delayed our work.
We filled the “Organics” bin provided by the county and I pushed it out to the curb for pickup. Friday morning came and the contractor the county hired to empty these bins, whizzed by the house and speeded up the street, ignoring the “green” bins although I was standing in the driveway, then the road, yelling at the truck. I called the county to complain. “We will get someone there today,” said the official, and they did.
When we returned from lunch, the empty green bin was upside down and blocking the driveway, requiring David to get out of the car and move the bin before we could park.
My dilemma is whether to call Michelle at Environmental Services and report this, or let it go. David says there may be some form of retaliation if we report this. However, compare this behavior to that of earlier efforts by the contractor which included rolling the cart back to its storage area after it was emptied.
Do you know what “gaslighting” is? David asks. I say no so he tells me about the 1930s film with Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman. In the film, Boyer’s character tried to drive his wife (Bergman) crazy with lies and disinformation.
European filmmakers produced Gaslighting when Hitler came to power and right-wing propaganda was being spread throughout Europe while normal channels of communication were closed down.
David’s thought is that something akin to this is occurring now with the American people and Trump’s war on the media. Never before has a free press been so important. And never before has the free press been under such an attack here in America.
David quotes Caitlin Gibson, “Trump and Gaslighting: Is his mind playing tricks on you” Washington Post (1/28:C1)
Trump is a megalomaniac and an evil man. Republicans are in danger of selling their souls. Steve Bannon (Joseph Goebbels) and Kelly Ann Conway (Leni Riefenstahl) are Trump’s propagandists.