President Donald Trump

Summary of Chapters 1-15, published in RAIS, August 2020; and ResearchLEAP, February 2021.

Summary of Chapters 16 - 30, published in RAIS, October, 2020, and ResearchLEAP, April 2021.

 

Synthisophy - Integrating the wisdoms of history into present culture

Roots – Synthesis/History/Sophy

Synthesis - the integration of separate material or abstract entities into a single  
or unified whole

History - what has happened in the past; a detailed description of past events as
relating to a particular people, country, period, etc…

Sophy - Greek root: wisdom, knowledge; an intellectual system embracing
knowledge and truth; study of the real world based on fact and truth, science

As you know, the USA today is a very polarized society. Technology in the Digital Age can be challenging. It can also be an avenue for us to interact despite differences in viewpoints and geography. That is the role of Synthisophy, integrating the wisdoms of history based on fact and truth into present culture. To foster an understanding of the real world, it’s important to learn about points of view which don’t match your own.

Citizens are the crux of democracy, an educated and well informed citizenry is vital for the survival of a democratic republic. As Benjamin Franklin said after exiting the Constitutional Convention and was asked what sort of government the delegates had created, his answer was, “We’ve given you a Republic, can you keep it?” With synthisophy in mind the answer to his question is “Yes, we can.”

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"We've given you a Republic, can
you keep it?" Ben Franklin after
the 
Constitutional Convention

"If we falter and lose our freedoms,
it will be because we destroyed
ourselves." Abraham Linclon

"United we stand, divided
we fall." John F. Kennedy
Inaugural speech

"I believe, as I always have, 
that America's strength is in
'We the People.'" Ronald Reagan

Here are the latest discussions:

What do you think?

One of the unions representing rail workers said Wednesday that its members rejected a proposed deal with rail carriers and voted to move forward with a strike that could have severe consequences for the U.S. economy. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers issued a statement saying that roughly 4,900 of its members turned down the tentative agreement with the National Carriers' Conference Committee representing railroads, but noted that they would hold off on striking for at least a few weeks while other unions continue their talks.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers is one of four unions that remain holdouts on the deal put forth by the presidential emergency board appointed by President Biden. Another eight rail unions have agreed to the plan.

The Biden administration is currently involved in the negotiations to avert a strike, which the Association of American Railroads says would cost upward of $2 billion per day, hurting businesses and consumers alike. Railroad and union officials are currently meeting with Labor Secretary Marty Walsh at the Labor Department in Washington as the Biden administration tries to help avoid a freight rail strike that could cause massive supply chain disruptions and have significant repercussions on the economy. Two main unions that have disputes with the railroads – the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and SMART Transportation Division – were expected to send their union chiefs to the meeting with Walsh.

The President of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen said the companies rejected the union’s proposal for sick time policies: “The primary resistance comes from Union Pacific and BNSF because of the attendance policies they have adopted which have treated workers so poorly. We’re just looking for time away from work to address our medical issues. Union Pacific and BNSF attendance policies are assessing (penalty) points to our members when they just want to take time off for their regular medical appointments.”

BNSF, which is owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, flatly rejected this claim, calling it: “Categorically false - Rail employees are provided with significant time off. Generally, train crew employees have over three to four weeks of paid vacation and over 10 personal leave days. Depending on craft and seniority, these numbers can extend to five weeks of vacation in addition to 14 paid holidays and/or paid leave days. The number of Personal Leave Days was increased by 25% this year which makes it easier for employees to take time off.”

Lawmakers and the highest levels of the administration are scrambling to prevent a potential railroad strike that could start as soon as Friday at 12:01 a.m., the impacts of which are already being felt as railroads pull grain and other shipments of hazardous materials and rail passenger lines announce closures in preparation for a shutdown. So far, preemptive impacts are isolated — Amtrak has canceled some long-distance trains and commuter rail lines in cities like Chicago have announced plans to potentially cease service Friday. Industry groups have seen halted shipments of grain, including corn and soy.

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Sources: Fox News, Politico, CNBC and AP News

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Flew more than 50 refugees from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard using Florida tax dollars. DeSantis’ office confirmed that the state chartered two planes Wednesday to take about 50 Venezuelan and Colombian undocumented migrants that included children from San Antonio, Texas, to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.

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Sources: Orlando Sentinel, Fox News

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There are a lot of election deniers on the ballot running for a statewide office: governor, senator, secretary of state or attorney general.  Out of 552 total Republican nominees running for office, we found 201 who fully denied the legitimacy of the 2020 election. These candidates either clearly stated that the election was stolen from Trump or took legal action to overturn the results, such as voting not to certify election results or joining lawsuits that sought to overturn the election.

Moreover, an additional 61 candidates raised questions around the results of the 2020 election. These candidates haven’t gone so far as to say explicitly that the election was stolen or take legal action to overturn it. However, they haven’t said the election was legitimate either. In fact, they have raised doubts about potential fraud.

There were 122 candidates whose position on the 2020 election we could not determine. They either had no comment on the 2020 election or avoided answering when asked directly.

But not all Republicans running embrace Trump’s claims. A total of 77 have fully accepted the results of the 2020 election while another 91 have accepted with reservations, meaning they think President Biden won, but still raised concerns about the integrity of the election.

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Source: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/republicans-trump-election-fraud/

What do you think?

Does anyone else get irked by popular phrases that are off the mark?  Take “Defund the Police”, which doesn’t mean defund and get rid of the police, it means taking some funds from police departments and investing them in non-policing forms of public safety, such as responding to calls involving drug addicts or individuals having a mental breakdown. The latest phrase is “Quiet Quitting” which does not mean quietly quitting your job.  It means doing the minimal amount of work at your job and still getting your paycheck, or more specifically, no longer subscribing to the hustle culture mentality that work has to be your life. Both of these concepts have merit, but why are the phrases used to represent them off the mark? Maybe “Defund the Police” could be called “Invest in Public Safety” and “Quiet Quitting” could be called “Work Life Balance”.  What do you think?

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Pic sources: Politico and Bloomberg

What do you think the verdict will be?

Jury selection got underway Tuesday (9.27.22) for the trial of Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes and four other members of the right-wing militia group charged with seditious conspiracy and 8 other counts in connection with the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Rhodes, Kelly Meggs, Kenneth Harrelson, Jessica Watkins and Thomas Caldwell are charged with conspiring to “oppose by force the lawful transfer of presidential power,” according to the government's sweeping indictment, which was unsealed earlier this year.

The biggest charge, seditious conspiracy — trying “to overthrow, put down or to destroy by force the government of the United States” — carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence.

All five have pleaded not guilty, and Rhodes' attorneys have indicated that he plans to argue he wasn't plotting anything illegal — he was just trying to prepare his members to take action if then-President Donald Trump activated “militias” by invoking the Insurrection Act of 1807. “They were not there to storm the Capitol, to stop the certification, to take over the Government,” Rhodes’ lawyers argued in court papers. “They were waiting for President Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act.”

Prosecutors said the alleged conspiracy started in early November 2020, as it became clear that Trump had lost the presidential election. “We aren’t getting through this without a civil war. It’s too late for that. Prepare your mind, body, spirit,” Rhodes wrote in an encrypted group chat on Nov. 5, 2020, two days after the election, according to the indictment.

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Sources: NBC and NYT, and the indictment: https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.dcd.239218/gov.uscourts.dcd.239218.1.0.pdf