In the past few days, the American people have been witnessing the botched American withdrawal from Afghanistan. We have watched in absolute disbelief as American citizens and those Afghans who dedicated themselves to the American presence in Afghanistan were left behind to face whatever fate awaits them. Just two days ago, we were told by the President of the United States, Joe Biden, that the withdrawal was a complete success. I am sure that most Americans who followed this for the past several weeks might have a different perception about just how successful the operation was … which leads us to our Word of the day — Perception!
We find that perception is defined as:
per·cep·tion noun: perception; plural noun: perceptions
- The ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses. “the normal limits to human perception”
- The state of being or process of becoming aware of something through the senses. “the perception of pain”
Similar words that can also be used in conjunction with Perception are: realization, cognizance, awareness, consciousness, knowledge, acknowledgment, grasp, understanding, comprehension, interpretation, apprehension, impression, sense, sensation, feeling, observation, picture, notion, thought, belief, conception, idea, judgment, estimation. America has seen and felt some, if not all, of these words being offered to us as the Perception that Afghanistan was a success. The Commander-in-Chief left American citizens behind enemy lines and wants to create the perception that it was a success?
Let’s take a further look at how Psychology Today defines Perception:
“Clearly, perception and reality have very different meanings. … Perception is not reality, but, admittedly, perception can become a person’s reality (there is a difference) because perception has a potent influence on how we look at reality. Think of it this way. Perception acts as a lens through which we view reality.” (Aug 5, 2019 /https://www.psychologytoday.com)
This Administration chooses to believe that the American public is duped by the Administration’s perceptions and not the reality that is going on around us. It has been this way since the President and his Administration were sworn into office on Jan. 20, 2021.
The President’s Perception — the southern border of the United States is closed to illegal immigration and the border is completely under control.
Reality — An estimated 1 million people have crossed the southern border since Jan 20th and they continue to come. The Cartels are in full operation and drugs that are killing Americans are coming across the border. The Border Patrol is overwhelmed and there is no relief in sight
The President’s Perception — There are 10 million unfilled jobs in America and plenty of people to fill them. The government’s payments for COVID relief are not contributing to the worker shortage.
Reality — People have been reluctant to go back to work because the government benefits, they have been receiving, provide more money than they make working. There is no incentive to return to work!
The President’s Perception — Black people in America do not know how to acquire a government ID or log on to a computer; therefore, requiring an ID to vote is voter suppression!
Reality — Blacks all across America have made it understood that they have government ID’s, they know how to use the internet and computers, and that to assume otherwise is racist in and of itself. Additional polls show that among Blacks – 70%, an overwhelming majority also support the need to present ID when voting in America.
So, we can see that this President lives in an alternate reality, one that became clear to America when we learned just this week that he tried to change the reality of the former President of Afghanistan as things were becoming progressively worse across the country. Here is an excerpt of their conversation as reported by the Reuters News Agency on August 31, 2021:
“BIDEN: You know, I am a moment late. But I mean it sincerely. Hey look, I want to make it clear that I am not a military man any more than you are, but I have been meeting with our Pentagon folks, and our national security people, as you have with ours and yours, and as you know and I need not tell you the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things aren’t going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban. And there’s a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture.”
So, it appears that the President of the United States wanted the President of Afghanistan to lie to the world about the how the fight against the Taliban was going. The reality was — the Afghan government was losing swiftly to the Taliban — and this is why Biden’s perception did not match the reality of what was happening on the ground. So, we all wake up one morning to scenes of Afghans clinging to the outside C17 aircraft, falling to their deaths, trying to escape the clutches of the Taliban who have taken full control of the capital city Kabul.
Afghanistan, our southern border, the American economy, voting laws — the list goes on. If Joe Biden is telling America his perception of what is happening, you can bet if his lips are moving, he is lying to all of us. The same can be said of his senior Administration officials. If the “Big Guy” can lie to the American people, they can all lie to the American people because after all their perception is what matters — not the reality we can all see! Joe Biden might live in the world of Unicorns — we all live in America!
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