The paper-thinness of woke

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"It became painfully obvious when he would ask me questions about my beliefs that they had no substance. They were a millimeter of depth level of substance, there was nothing there. I began to recognize that my extreme views were not really my own."

Woke evokes the lie that "ignorance is bliss." Trust us, ignorance ain't bliss. That's the BIG LIE. ("Surely, you will not die?")

The term "woke" itself, in the present vernacular, can be seen as a kind of Ground Zero of the Monster Gaslight. There's a bible verse for that, right? Something about making truth, lies and lies, truth?

Hear all about it from a now-reformed formerly-liberal woman with a PhD in Organizational Consulting Psychology, going by the podcast handle of Dr. Deprogram on the America Rebooted Podcast, with 21 recorded episodes as of this writing.

She had enough conscience to wake up from woke. Enough even, to marry an unwoke man BEFORE she woke up, a man who patiently planted seeds leading her, not only to getting unwoke, but eventually to coaching others to do the same. It's such a great story, I had to put this together for Ruby Ray Readers.

We can ask our woke friends, "Do you find yourself skating on thin ice?" Let Dr. Deprogram's real life expertise lead you gently and methodically to the terra firma of critical thinking.

Why I'm No Longer A Liberal -
America Rebooted Podcast Episode 1
RubyRayMedia on Rumble
Published July 8 2022
Length 20:55 (see transcript below)

"My intention - my goal - is to break people from the mental prisons that have been built around our minds unknowingly. We don't even know that we have these cages that are essentially manipulating our thoughts and our behaviors; and how we see each other as people."

"It became clear to me that whenever I'd be questioned on my views, my gut response was to accuse the questioner of being racist, homophobic, xenophobic, sexist, misogynist, whatever those one-liners were that have been parroted out by the mockingbird media."

TRANSCRIPT

Dr. Deprogram 0:00

Hello, and welcome to the very first America Rebooted podcast. Today is episode one, and my topic is Why I'm No Longer a Liberal. I'm gonna share with you my story. And everything I'm going to share with you is really what got me to where I am in this moment, and my new "why"; my new purpose in life.

Just for background, for those of you who don't know me, I've spent the last 20 years in leadership development. I have a PhD in organizational consulting psychology. And, you know, I just left a job, a six figure income, a stable job where I loved my work - had a wonderful manager - to step out of the comfort of security and step into the discomfort of a giant unknown. But this is what I have to do to speak truth right now. So, I appreciate you listening to my message, because you're joining me on this journey and just your presence there gives me comfort.

I'm going to share with you a little bit more about what I'm trying to do. My intention - my goal - is to break people from the mental prisons that have been built around our minds unknowingly. We don't even know that we have these cages that are essentially manipulating our thoughts and our behaviors; and how we see each other as people. Unfortunately, there's going to be quite a bit of cognitive dissonance. You're probably going to go through quite a bit of grief. I'm not trying to speak in hyperbole here. I wish I was, but I'm not. And I'm speaking from experience. I want to help each of you cope with the grief that is inevitably going to come your way. It's not a matter of if it does, it's just a matter of when.
Let me share my story and how I even got to this point. Prior to 2018, I always identified as a liberal. I grew up in California, I was always involved. All my friends were liberals. I just thought that that was the way it was. And anybody that didn't think like me, I mean, they were idiots. I voted for Obama twice. I loved the man. I mean, everything he spoke about, his charismatic presence. I just loved him. I was enthralled with what he would say. And I believed him. I was your classic social justice warrior. I was young, I was naive, I didn't really know. But it felt so good to be a part of something bigger than me. I had strong beliefs, opinions on everything related to gender and racial issues. I will admit I was easily triggered by anything that represented the side that I was made to believe was my enemy.

I would say, now looking back, I definitely had a sense of moral superiority or ego. That led me to dismiss, ignore and ridicule others that had a different point of view than my own. Everything I believed, I thought I was right. It was true. And anybody that didn't agree was just wrong. I despised Republicans, people, you know, I call them the people in the flyover red states, which is crazy, considering I live in the south now. I even hated Christians. It's hard for me to admit because now, I am a devout Christian, which has changed my life. And that's partially why I am where I am now.

I didn't even realize it at the time, but by preaching all this message of love and tolerance, and kindness and be kind and coexist, all these messages of love and tolerance. Really what was at the base of those feelings and those words, was a lot of hate. That was me. I hate to say that, but it's true. That's who I was. And this first podcast, I want to talk about my first life changing confrontation with cognitive dissonance.

In 2013, I met my husband, who happened to be a staunch conservative. I guess I'm just lucky that he was so cute that I think I looked over that part. So we kept dating, and I fell head over heels. We ended up getting married not too long after we started dating but as we were dating, he would always ask me questions about my beliefs, because again, he was conservative and I was not that. And I would say always, I'm a Californian. Like, OMG, I'm not that!

It became painfully obvious when he would ask me questions about my beliefs that they had no substance. They were a millimeter of depth level of substance, there was nothing there. I began to recognize that my extreme views were not really my own. I couldn't explain my position on anything, at all. I'd use big fancy words, but there were no details to really show that I understood what I was saying. And I want to be clear, I also want to be clear that my husband, he wasn't right about everything, either. It's not that he was right and I was wrong. He too, in this experience has had his views changed quite a bit. And he too, has had his eyes wide open to the reality of our world. But for me, personally, I could not explain or defend any of my views with any valid evidence.

How on earth did I become that way? It became clear to me that whenever I'd be questioned on my views, my gut response was to accuse the questioner of being racist, homophobic, xenophobic, sexist, misogynist, whatever it is that you know, those one-liners that have been parroted out by the mockingbird media. I would say that in response to a question I didn't like, or that challenged one of my belief systems. I would respond with one of my labels. I was conditioned to do that.

On top of that, even the act of questioning my belief was like - OMG! I can't believe you just did that! Just the act of questioning my beliefs was considered bad in my mind. And I would be triggered to the point that I wanted to attack or dismiss that person for even daring to ask questions. They were wrong, I was right. End of discussion, so I thought.

Over the five years that followed - this was 2013 - I was met almost daily with some sort of eye-opening, humbling or embarrassing conflicting data point, that challenged what I thought I knew of our world. And I'm gonna walk you through that shift in thinking that changed my life. I know my next podcast will likely cover the the actual - what I like to call as the proverbial red pill. But right now, I'm kind of setting the stage for you.

I started to question in 2014. I had to travel to Ferguson (Missouri) for a client meeting. I remember driving on the main road in the town, I saw the destruction firsthand. It was devastating, it was so heartbreaking. And the evening I got back home from this work meeting I literally walked in the door and learned that they were rioting again. It was the second round of riots. And that was my moment that I started to question and say, Well, wait a minute, why isn't President Obama stopping it? Why is he allowing these poor people of Ferguson to continue to destroy their community? At the end of the day, they're the ones that are going to suffer from whatever happens. As a result, I didn't understand why he didn't end it. Instead, I saw him fanning the flames of anger and racial division which made me extremely uncomfortable. I was a liberal, I was holding on to my beliefs, so even questioning Obama felt like I was sinning; but something about that situation didn't feel right to me. It helped that I was married to a conservative who was asking me questions that I normally would never even dare ask. That was my first seed of doubt.

Fast forward to the 2016 election. What I knew is I could not stand Hillary at all. I didn't trust her. I didn't like her. There was something about her that just really rubbed me the wrong way. I also could not stand Trump. I blindly believed the narrative that he was misogynistic, a racist, a jerk.

2016 came and went, and he got into office, even though I couldn't stand him, I was going to go, Well, whatever, you know, moving on. I didn't think it could be that bad. I started to notice that people were having these very severe emotional reactions to Donald Trump. I didn't really understand why. I mean, I thought he was annoying but I wasn't seeing the horrible things that the media was saying, for some reason. I also started to notice that the trend in the media was anything they did say was just hate and division, hate and division. There was never anything positive. I thought, how is it possible that this man did nothing right? This is really what gets me to that moment of cognitive dissonance because there's a lot that leads up to this point. There were things that I was noticing in our world that just didn't add up, which takes me to what I saw happen in Charlottesville.

Charlottesville: I remember seeing the clips in the media portrayed Trump calling white supremacist Nazis as "very fine people." I was disgusted by it. I thought, how can you say that? That's horrible. I was angry. filled with rage. I was just disgusted. I thought. he is just as horrible as the media is telling us.

Then it happened for me. I don't know why. I could not tell you why. Somehow, I watched Trump's actual Charlottesville speech in its entirety. No cut up, no sound bites, just the whole thing, soup to nuts. That was the moment for me. after all the things that weren't making sense, adding up, lining up, the constant hate and division, things were already a little rocky in my belief system. Then this happened. I watched the speech in its entirety and that was the moment I saw clearly that the people, all of us, every single one of us, were being psychologically manipulated to support an agenda. At face value, without any understanding of who, why, how - at face value, it appeared that that agenda was to destroy this man and his supporters at all costs. But why? I had no idea why. There was an indisputable and complete disconnect between the actual speech and what was being circulated throughout the world. It didn't matter how blatant of a lie the mockingbird media, big tech and corrupt politicians said. They repeated it every chance they could, and they're still doing it to this day.

At this point, in my awakening, I started to experience quite a bit of cognitive dissonance. I wanted to understand what was going on, why it was happening, so I started to do more research. I started to watch Trump speeches in their entirety. And I would do cross-comparisons between what he said and the carefully edited messages circulated by the media. I paid close attention, not just to what they said, but what they didn't say; what they left out. 

It didn't take long for me. I mean, probably a few months. It didn't take long for me to realize that those that I trusted the most in the media, the ones I loved, would watch every night on TV, they were lying to me; deliberately, on purpose. And everything that they were saying, it's not just that they were lying, but they were fanning the flames of hate and division on purpose. As a result of that one lie, I observed how the media, Big Tech and the politicians painted all Trump supporters with a broad brush as white supremacists. I saw the hateful rhetoric escalate to the point it started to get very scary. It wasn't long before my perspective completely shifted. I am no longer a liberal at that moment. I don't even know what I was. Because I also was learning things about Republicans that I was like, Well, I don't really like them either.

I'm just an American. I'm a patriot. I love my country. I love the people of this country, and honestly, I love all the world. Every country is so beautiful and unique in its own way that we should be able to celebrate that. 

Okay, I digress. My shifted perspective brought me to a whole new world. I just realized I'd been lied to by those I'd been trusting all these years; so I started to notice the people around me also, were blindly parroting out what they've been told by the media. I heard people who I love and adore, wish Trump and his supporters harm and even death. Yes, I even experienced that or observed that. I personally experienced attacks by colleagues - when I asked questions that insinuated that I didn't blindly hate Trump, they would turn on me. They would immediately label me something as hateful or ignorant or racist or call me out. Just because I didn't agree 100% with their beliefs.

Do you see the irony here? This is where I started to notice something's really wrong with the way I was made to think and view the world. The rhetoric was getting so ugly, that I truly needed to understand what was happening, why it was happening, who is doing this to us. I learned a lot. The more I learned, the more I uncovered the truth about our world. I'm just going to tell you, it's in a bit of an identity crisis.

The cognitive dissonance between what I thought I knew of the world and our reality is not even something that I can put into words. The only word I can say that actually, or accurately conveys my core sentiment is Betrayal. Yeah, betrayal. And before I keep going, again, I want to remind you, I never liked Trump, prior to 2018. Never. I couldn't stand the sight of him. When he talked, I tuned him out, I changed the channel. So before you dismiss me as a crazy Trumper, please remember this important fact, you have to remember this important fact.

Let's go back to the Charlottesville story, the disconnect between what I was hearing from the media, Big Tech and politicians, and what Trump actually said in his speech, really highlighted for me that there was indeed something more nefarious in play. As a person who studied human behavior my entire professional career and my PhD in Organizational Psychology, I couldn't deny the realization that my beliefs were not my actual beliefs. They were NOT my own! Somebody influenced me to put them there in my mind, influenced my behavior, and as a result, influenced how I saw other people in the world. That is a very terrifying and horrible realization to come to.

I went through that somewhere around 2018. And the saddest part about those beliefs is, it's not even just that somebody put them in there and I didn't want them there. It's a complete violation. There was no informed consent, this was done to me; to all of us. I learned that those beliefs were installed into my mind, all of our minds, to keep us divided, angry, and weak, on purpose, by design. I also started to understand that the reason the media, Big Tech and corrupt politicians kept doubling down on their narrative, is because they also knew the masses wouldn't question it. The damage was done. That's all that mattered. It didn't matter that they were wrong. Just look at everything they're doing right now with COVID. They keep changing their narrative every five minutes, yet they don't think that the people are going to notice because historically, we never did.

The good thing is people are finally starting to see it. But again, the damage, oftentimes the damage is done, and that's all that matters. The seed has been planted into your minds. You know, we're all unsuspecting followers. We believe them, we trust them. They lie to us. All the bad actors needed to do was keep watering their seeds of hate and the weeds of division took over our minds. There was nothing we could do about it. As my eyes were opened, I started to see the agenda. Clearly, they needed to destroy Trump at any cost. It was obvious. But I still hadn't learned why.

I'm gonna leave you with this, as I wrap up my first podcast. If you really want to know, if you really want to understand just the beginning of it, there is a speech. I'll be sure to include the link somehow someway. There's a speech that Trump gave back in 2016. The "Our Movement" speech. If you want to understand at the high, high, high, high level, the why, go listen to that speech, because it makes so much more sense. I didn't understand it at the time, of course. I don't think many of us really did. A very select few of very smart people realized what was going on, but the majority of us had no idea.

That speech will hopefully lay the groundwork for you. There's no real simple way to describe what's going on. I'm sorry. The truth is that our reality makes Game of Thrones look like first-grade reading material. There's really no way to explain it with Cliff Notes. It's so complex. It's so large that every aspect of what's going on is going to require novels to be written to explain how all these dots connect. With each lie that you're told, there is a grain of sand on a ginormous beach of truth, just waiting to be discovered. That's where we are.

I'm just going to say, we are in for an adventure. That was my high-level "why." You've got to understand who I was, the kind of the things I saw that got me to where I am right now. We are in for some fun. I hope you stick around and keep listening to my podcast. Have a great day and God bless you all.

Transcribed for Ruby Ray Media by Carol Allen

Trump's Speech that won the 2016 Election - Our Movement Speech
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Published Aug 1 2021
Length 5:37

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    Peggy · 5 months ago
    Love this woman s podcast. I am going to have to listen to.more of her.
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      Franz · 5 months ago
      I am hoping to hear more wake-up-from-woke stories from those who manage to hear her testimony.
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