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

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A federal appeals court today (Tuesday 2.6.24) said that Donald Trump is not immune from prosecution for alleged crimes he committed during his presidency, flatly rejecting Trump’s arguments that he shouldn’t have to go on trial on federal election subversion charges.

Here are some key takeaways from Tuesday's decision:

Trump’s behavior after the 2020 election could be criminal: The judges made it clear that Trump's actions could be prosecuted in a court of law.

"Vital public interest" of letting trial proceed weighed heavily on the court: The judges cited the public interest in accountability for potential crimes committed by a former president, and how that overcame Trump’s argument that immunity was necessary to protect the institution of the presidency. They flatly rejected Trump’s claim that his criminal indictment would have a “chilling effect” on future administrations. 

Trial timing will be up to the Supreme Court: A key part of Trump’s legal strategy has been to delay his criminal cases until after the 2024 election. Now, the trial's timing will be in the hands of the Supreme Court. If Trump is successful with getting the Supreme Court to hear the appeal, the criminal trial would not resume until after the high court decides what to do with his request for a pause.

What happens next: The appeals court has set up a very fast schedule for Trump to ask Supreme Court to block the immunity ruling, giving him until Monday to file an emergency stay request with the court.

One paragraph in Tuesday’s ruling has caught the attention of legal experts who are also watching the 14th Amendment “insurrectionist ban” case that is being argued at the Supreme Court on Thursday.

The cases are entirely separate – this is a criminal prosecution against Donald Trump, and the upcoming Supreme Court case is a civil attempt to remove Trump from state ballots. Further, the appeals court’s findings and explanations in Tuesday’s ruling are not binding on the Supreme Court.

Nonetheless, the appeals ruling described the president as an “officer.” There is an open legal question – being argued Thursday before the Supreme Court – over whether the presidency is an “office… under the United States” and whether the presidency is an “officer,” as described in the insurrectionist ban.

The appeals ruling stated:
“It would be a striking paradox if the President, who alone is vested with the constitutional duty to ‘take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,’ were the sole officer capable of defying those laws with impunity.” “Former President Trump’s alleged efforts to remain in power despite losing the 2020 election were, if proven, an unprecedented assault on the structure of our government.” "We cannot accept that the office of the Presidency places its former occupants above the law for all time thereafter."

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Source: CNN

Here quotes from a WSJ staff editorial:

A Tipping Point on Biden’s Decline

The ritual Democratic response to date has been that there is no alternative: Mr. Biden wants to run again, his wife Jill also wants him to run, and no one can stop him. But that’s only true if no one tries.  So far only Representative Dean Phillips has dared to speak the truth, but the politics would change if others began to say in public what they say in private.

A Biden renomination isn’t assured until a formal vote at the Democratic Convention in Chicago in August. There’s not enough time for other candidates to get on enough primary ballots. But if Mr. Biden were to announce his retirement after a single term and free his delegates to vote their conscience, there would be a wide open race for the nomination.

Ms. Harris would run, but she wouldn’t have a free path. Expect others such as California Governor Gavin Newsom and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to get in. They would have to compete not in a national primary campaign, but for the votes of the 3934 convention delegates.  It’s possible that delegates could rally behind a rising democratic star like Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro. The attention of the world would be on the democratic race, with genuine political excitement. Republicans would have a far more difficult challenge than beating an old man with 40% approval rating.

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Senate Republicans for the past few months had been saying border security was the primary issue and been working solely on a bill for such, while putting aid to Ukraine, Israel and possibly Taiwan on the back burner. Two weeks ago Senators unveiled a bipartisan bill to impose tougher asylum and border laws. Last week the Senate blocked that bipartisan border and bill from advancing. The vote was 49 to 50, far short of the 60 needed to move ahead with the legislation. The Senate is now working on passing a bill for aid to Ukraine and Israel.

Republican James Lankford, the Senator from Oklahoma in the pic, was primarily responsible for negotiating the Border Security Bill. After the Bill’s defeat, he was asked what had happened? He described on the Senate floor what he had been told by an unidentified popular commentator what the consequences would be if it passed: “If you try to move a bill that solves the border crisis during this presidential year, I will do whatever I can to destroy you, because I do not want you to solve this during the Presidential election.  By the way, they have been faithful to their promise, and have done everything they can to destroy me.”

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January 26, 2024
Jury finds Trump must pay $83.3 million to E. Jean Carroll. The former magazine columnist alleged Trump sexually assaulted her in a department store in the mid-1990s and then defamed her when he denied her claim.

Feb. 16, 2024:
In civil fraud case NY Judge fines Donald Trump more than $350 million and bars him from running businesses in N.Y. for three years. Testimony ended this month in the case in which New York Attorney General Letitia James had contended Trump used fraud to inflate his net worth to snare more favorable loan and insurance rates.  Trump is expected to appeal the verdict.

Stormy Daniel’s case: Trump was charged with 34 felony counts of falsifying business records related to his role in hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels toward the end of his 2016 presidential campaign. The Manhattan district trial is scheduled for March 25th.

Classified documents case: In June Trump was issued a 37-count federal indictment in Florida alleging he illegally held on to and mishandled piles of highly sensitive national security information at his Florida social club. He was subsequently hit with additional charges alleging he'd tried to cover up his wrongdoing and refused to follow legal requests. Trump maintains he didn't do anything improper. The Federal trail is scheduled for May 20th.

In the Georgia election interference case, Trump was one of 19 defendants charged in the indictment. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis alleged the group "knowingly and willfully joined a conspiracy to unlawfully change the outcome of the election in favor of Trump. Willis is now under legal scrutiny on allegations she and Nathan Wade, the special prosecutor she hired to lead the prosecution, engaged in an improper romantic relationship which financially benefitted her and whether she should be removed from the case.

Jack Smith’s four-count criminal case alleging Trump conspired to defraud the U.S. by illegally subverting the results of the 2020 presidential election and the peaceful transfer of power: conspiracy to defraud the United States; conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding; obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding; and conspiracy against rights.

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P.S. And there’s the Supreme Court reviewing the Colorado Court ruling barring Trump from appearing on the Colorado presidential primary ballot, which from responses from the Court in the first hearing will be overturned.