Warning: If you are easily put on the defensive, this post is going to piss you off. I suppose I should say that before almost everything I write.
We have all heard the saying “Perception is reality.” I am about to explain why this colloquialism is false. At this time it might be good to quickly review the following link which attempts to explain the question, “Is all truth subjective truth?”
It is fairly easy to see that perception is NOT reality. Combat veterans instinctively understand the fallacy of the saying. If you do not perceive a threat it can still kill you. Think of perceiving there are no enemies in the area. Your guard is down and suddenly your buddy drops from sniper fire. Hmmm, the perception was not reality, was it? I don’t mean to limit the logical understanding of reality to combat veterans. Most of us live our lives in the real world. It takes years of higher education to beat the common sense out of us.
As sayings work their way into the popular culture the humor or nuance of the original meaning is often lost. Just think how many times you have heard people say “It is what it is” (a Greg Gutfeld banned phrase.) as an answer to difficult to face things as if it is the final word. There is a time to accept things and a time to resist things, like the urge to beat the crap out of your Senator neighbor over lawn mowing techniques. Yep, that’s a felony. PS a $1,000 robotic mower investment could have saved Rand Paul serious bodily injury. Forgive me, I digress.
I have met well-educated people who actually believe you can have your own truth. The danger of believing “perception is reality” and “you can have your own truth” is it can lead to irrational behavior. In some cases, it can get you killed. In other cases, it simply lands a person in a psych ward. I’m fairly sure most Muslim Extremists believe they are winning the war and their cause is favored by their God, just before they are vaporized by a Hellfire Missile. If those same Muslim Extremists had received proper psychological care they and their victims might still be alive today.
Maybe a better way to explain what is meant by “perception is reality” is to say: “Many people do not know the difference or are unable to distinguish between their strongly held opinions and reality”. That is a mouthful. Translated into southern speak it would read, “Thar just ain’t no fixin stewpid.” Another quip, but less popular, is “Ignorance is remedial but stupidity is forever.” That is a shortened version of a quote from Aristophanes from around 450 BC.
Since 450 BC it has become difficult for the average person to distinguish between opinion and reality. A primary cause of this is 24-hour news stations mixing news with commentary. Opinion journalism does not affect people educated in critical thinking as much as those who instinctively believe what they are told by various news outlets. Liberal education no rarely teaches critical thinking. Logic is not a mandatory subject in most high schools. The result is students who grow into adults that cannot handle ideas that oppose their opinions. I get emails all the time with outrageous claims related to President Trump.
Here are some objective truths.
There are many more but I will stop there. Anything more than stating the facts is spin. Spin is the attempt to get you to see reality from a particular viewpoint, which is when things become subjective.
A person’s thoughts or feelings can be reality-based or they can be false and even delusional. Knowing the difference is important for peace of mind and mental stability. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, you may have experienced relatives holding various political views. The most notable and often talked about are the relatives who just cannot get over having President Trump in the Whitehouse.
Whatever your view about the President is, it is more likely to be emotionally based rather than fact or reality-based. My advice to the Left is the same advice I gave to the Right when President Obama was in charge. Examine your internal views to see if they are consistent with reality. When they are aligned you will be happier.
I leave you with this quote to ponder:
An objective truth and individual reason are feared above all. ~ Jimmy Johnson
One woman’s response to Michelle Obama who told all women that they should have voted for Hillary because she is a woman and would represent women properly.
I still haven’t figured out why Hillary lost.
- Was it the Russians?
- Or was it Wikileaks?
- Or was it Podesta?
- Or Comey?
- Or was it a sexual predator husband?
- Or was it her chief of staff’s husband Wiener’s pictures of his penis?
- Was it a subpoena violation?
- Or was it the corrupt Clinton foundation?
- Or was it the congressional lies?
- Or was it the Benghazi bungle that cost several lives?
- Or was it pay for play?
- Or was it the travel gate scandal?
- Or was it the Whitewater scandal?
- Or the cattle gate scandal?
- Or the Trooper-Gate scandal?
- Or was it the $15 million for Chelsea’s apt bought with Clinton Foundation money?
- Or Comey’s investigation?
- Or her husband’s interference with Loretta Lynch and the investigation?
- Or was it stealing debate questions?
- Was it deleting forensic 30,000 emails?
- Was it the Seth Rich murder?
- Was it calling half the USA deplorable?
- Was it the underhanded immoral treatment of Bernie Sanders?
- Was it the Vince Foster murder?
- The Jennifer Flowers assault?
- The Jennifer Flowers settlement?
- The Paula Jones lawsuit?
- The $800,000 Paula Jones settlement?
- The lie about taking on sniper fire in Eastern Europe?
- The impeachment?
- The $6 billion she “lost” when in charge of the State Department?
- The $10 million she took for the pardon of Marc Rich?
Gee, I just can’t quite put my finger on it, but it seems to be right in front of me.
Below are some details I just received in my email. I thought you might like to review it. I could not find out where to sign up for telemedicine. I suppose there are people already signed up to provide that service and they will be getting busier. I bolded a few things that caught my attention. I see someone has brought up my thought that we need to investigate non-addictive pain medicines, vaccines and pain management techniques. I believe more emphasis has to be put into this area. The same amount of money, time and resources should be spent on managing pain as we did on HIV/AIDS research. We can win this battle if we have a mind to do it.
A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY: President Donald J. Trump is mobilizing his entire Administration to address drug addiction and opioid abuse by directing the declaration of a Nationwide Public Health Emergency to address the opioids crisis.
- The action allows for expanded access to telemedicine services, including services involving remote prescribing of medicine commonly used for substance abuse or mental health treatment.
- The action helps overcome bureaucratic delays and inefficiencies in the hiring process, by allowing the Department of Health and Human Services to more quickly make temporary appointments of specialists with the tools and talent needed to respond effectively to our Nation’s ongoing public health emergency.
- The actions allows the Department of Labor to issue dislocated worker grants to help workers who have been displaced from the workforce because of the opioid crisis, subject to available funding.
- The action allows for shifting of resources within HIV/AIDS programs to help people eligible for those programs receive substance abuse treatment, which is important given the connection between HIV transmission and substance abuse.
The Trump White House has moved quickly to address the drug addiction and opioid crisis, with the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis leading the way.
- In March 2017, President Trump established the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, with the following stated mission: “to study the scope and effectiveness of the Federal response to drug addiction and the opioid crisis and to make recommendations to the President for improving that response.”
- President Trump eagerly awaits the Commission’s final report so that he can review their findings and recommendations.
- Since President Trump took office, more than $1 billion in funding has been allocated or spent directly addressing the drug addiction and opioid crisis.
- Since April, more than $800 million has been distributed for prevention, treatment, first responders, prescription drug monitoring programs, recovery and other care in communities, inpatient settings, and correctional systems.
- Since the President took office, $254 million in funding for high-risk communities, law enforcement, and first responder coordination and work has been awarded.
- The CDC has launched the Prescription Awareness Campaign, a multimedia awareness campaign featuring the real-life stories of people who have lost loved ones to prescription opioid overdose and people in recovery.
- The Food and Drug Administration is imposing new requirements on the manufacturers of prescription opioids to help reverse the overprescribing that has fueled the crisis.
- The Department of Justice’s Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit is targeting individuals that are contributing to the prescription opioid epidemic, has netted the largest-ever health care fraud takedown, secured the first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers, and seized AlphaBay, the largest criminal marketplace on the Internet and a major source of fentanyl and heroin.
- The State Department has secured a binding UN agreement making it harder for criminals to access fentanyl precursors ANPP and NPP.
- The National Institutes of Health has initiated discussions with the pharmaceutical industry to establish a partnership to investigate non-addictive pain relievers and new addiction and overdose treatments, as well as a potential vaccine for addiction.
- The Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, National Institutes of Health, and Department of Health and Human Services are collaborating on a six-year, $81 million joint research partnership focusing on nondrug approaches to managing pain in order to address the needs of service members and veterans.
Yesterday’s invitation-only event was great! There were around a thousand of us packed into the Fuel Cell hanger at the 193rd SOW at the Harrisburg International Airport. Since I worked there I was able to park on base and visit with some veteran friends. We had lunch and lots of catching up. The depth of respect and support for President Trump was overwhelming, even among the younger veterans.
I must have shaken hands with several hundred fellow supporters and collected a few dozen business cards. Thanks to Lisa Vranicar-Patton for the invitation and the hard work she is doing to promote a fellow veteran Paul Mango for Governor of Pennsylvania. It all starts with the state governments. Brandon Rumbaugh is a fellow wounded veteran working to get Paul Mango elected as well. Brandon is a great guy too. If you ever get a chance to meet him you will likely be able to say you “knew him when..”
Lisa Vranicar-Patton, Lou Barletta, and Brandon Rumbaugh
Also got to meet a man I have admired for a long time who ironically shares the same name. He’s the famous one! Smart, humble, articulate and straight to the point, Rep Mike Kelly. If you do not know Mike Kelly you should. A great American!
Rep Mike Kelly with Vets for Trump Mike Kelly
President Trump first did an interview with Sean Hannity at one end of the hanger and then came to center state to talk about tax reform and honor our great trucking industry.
Sean Hannity signing autographs
One of my new friends Sal Santori with local CBS 21 reporter Robb Hanrahan. Sal runs an internet radio veteran-centric talk show through his facebook and live streaming along with the Kay Zern Veterans Outreach Program. Maybe we can use this platform to help support one another nationwide and help get Paul Mango elected Governor of Pennsylvania. Let hope!
My buddy Sal Santori with CBS 21 Robb Hanrahan
There were around a thousand people present by invitation. It was an honor to be among those invited.
Many in attendance were veterans.
President Trump at Harrisburg. He is something in person. Comes off like one of us. Just a regular guy. Amazing!
If you know me you know what a big fan I am of Greg Gutfeld. I like humor with my serious commentary. Greg also has great guests. This week Walter Kirn was one of them. For some time I’ve been telling people that President Trump is like a magician. Kirn said President Trump distracts with one hand while getting the job done under the table with the other. (I’ve been saying that for a long time too.) Over the next months and years, the media will still be talking about Russia and impeachment as they tow the Democratic Party line.
When it comes time to look at President Trump’s record the media and the Democrats will be caught off guard again. The things regular Americans care about will be doing much better. As one person puts it, “They are hunting rabbits while President Trump is hunting whales.” The economy is doing great, ISIS is being destroyed and the VA is getting much better. Note: President Trump and Dr. Shulkin recently announced the expansion of the Telehealth initiative to better serve veterans in rural areas.
I encourage those of you who do not record or watch The Greg Gutfeld show to do so. Here is last nights program from YouTube.