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? Here is testimony from the fourth January 6th Hearing (6.21.22) on the Capitol attack and the 2020 Presidential election.  The following are interchanges between Representative Adam Schiff of California and Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers:

SCHIFF: Speaker Bowers, thank you for being with us today. Before we begin with the questions I have prepared for you, I want to ask you about a statement that former President Trump issued, which I received just prior to this hearing. Have you had a chance to review that statement?

BOWERS: My Council called from Arizona and read it to me, yes.

SCHIFF: And in that statement, former President Trump begins by calling you a RINO, and then references a conversation in November 2020 in which he claims that you told him that the election was rigged, that he had won Arizona. Did you have such a conversation with the President?

BOWERS: I did

SCHIFF: And that part that I read to you, is that false?

BOWERS: Anyone who said that I said that the election was rigged, that would not be true.

SCHIFF: And when the former President in a statement today claimed that you told him threat he won in Arizona, is that also false.

BOWERS: That is also false.

SCHIFF: Mr. Bowers, I understand that after the election you received a phone call from President Trump and Rudy Giuliani in which they discussed the result of the Presidential election in Arizona, particularly allegations of election fraud. During that conversation, did you ask Mr. Giuliani for proof of these allegations of election fraud he was making?

BOWERS: On multiple occasions, yes.

SCHIFF: And when you ask him for evidence what did he say?

BOWERS: He said they did have proof.  I asked him, do you have names? He said they did have proof. He said they have 200,000 illegal immigrants, five or six thousand dead people, et cetera.  I said, do you have their names?  Yes.  Will you give them to me?  Yes. The President interrupted and said give the man what he needs Rudy.  He said, I will.

SCHIFF: So Mr. Giuliani was claiming in the call that there were hundreds of thousands of undocumented people and thousands of dead people who had reportedly voted in the election?

BOWERS: Yes

SCHIFF: And did you ask him for evidence of that?

BOWERS: I did?

SCHIFF: Did you ever receive from him that evidence either during the call or after the call. Or to this day?

BOWERS: Never.

SCHIFF: And at some point did Mr., Giuliani ask one of the other attorneys on his team to help him out with the evidence?

BOWERS: He did. He asked Jen Ellis. Do we have the proof Miss Ellis? And she said yes. I said I want the names, do you have the names?  Yes.  Do, you have how they voted?  Yes, we have all the information.  I said, can you get me that information?  Did you bring it with you?  She said No, it’s not with me, but we can get it to you.

SCHIFF: At some point did one of them make a comment that they did not have evidence but they had a lot of theories?

BOWERS: That was Mr. Giuliani.

SCHIFF: What exactly did he say?

BOWERS: He said we’ve got a lot of theories, we just don’t have the evidence.  I don’t know if that was a gaffe or maybe he didn’t think it through…

SCHIFF: During any of the meetings, did anyone ever provide you evidence to affect the outcome of the election in Arizona?

BOWERS: No one provided me such evidence, ever.

SCHIFF: Did the President call you again in that later December?

BOWERS: Yes sir, he did.

SCHIFF: Did you tell the President that you support him, that you voted for him, and that you are not going to do anything illegal for him?

BOWERS: I did.

SCHIFF: Nevertheless, John Eastman, his lawyer called you and said he had a specific ask that would have required you to do just what you told the President you wouldn’t do, something that would violate your oath, is that correct?

BOWERS: That is correct.

SCHIFF: And what did Dr. Eastman want you to do?

BOWERS: That we should re-certify the electors because we had the authority to do so. I don’t recall him saying sufficient evidence, but there was strong reason to do that.  I said again, I took an oath and to do that would be counter to my oath.  He said, my suggestion would be to just do it and let the courts figure it all out. I declined.

SCHIFF: And you told Dr. Eastman you did not believe there was legal support to justify what he was asking, but he still wanted you to do it, effectively let the courts work it out?

BOWERS: I said you should know there’s no way that could happen.

SCHIFF: In your view what he was asking you to do would have violated your oath to the Constitution of both the united states and the state of Arizona.

BOWERS: Yes, sir.

SCHIFF: We just heard in that video and aide to the White House Chief of Staff telling the Committee that the White House Counsel’s office felt that this fake electors plan was not legally sound. Nevertheless, the Trump campaign went forward with the scheme anyway.  Speaker Bowers, were you aware fake electors had been in Phoenix on December 14th to cast electoral votes for President Trump?

BOWERS: I was not.

SCHIFF: When you learned these electors had met and sent the electoral votes to Washington, what did you think?

BOWERS: Well, I thought of the book, The Gang that Can’t Shoot Straight. I just thought this is, this is a tragic parody.

 

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Source: https://www.c-span.org/video/?521075-1/fourth-hearing-investigation-capitol-attack&live

What do you think? Congress passed Gun Legislation yesterday (6.24.22), the first federal gun legislation in nearly 30 years. The Senate voted 65 to 33 on Thursday in favor of the Bill, the House passed the Bill 234 to 193 on Friday, exactly one month after the deadly Uvalde, Texas shooting.

Here’s a summary of the laws in this Bill:

‘Red flag’ laws aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves or others.

Mental health and telehealth investment to increase access to mental health, suicide prevention programs and other support services.

Closing the so-called boyfriend loophole which deals with whether unmarried partners could keep guns if they were found guilty of violence against a dating partner.

Enhanced review process for buyers under 21 - a more thorough review process for people between ages 18 and 21 who go to buy a gun like an AR-15.

Clarifying the definition of a Federally Licensed Firearm Dealer - require more firearm sellers who are proven to be “engaged in the business of selling firearms” to register to become Federally Licensed Firearm dealers.

School security resources to help institute safety measures in and around primary and secondary schools, while also supporting school violence prevention efforts and training for school employees and students.

Straw purchasing penalties on "straw purchases" by people buying weapons for others who could not pass a background check.

 

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What do you think? In a 6-3 vote along ideological lines (6.24.22), the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a strict Mississippi abortion law overturning Roe v. Wade and eliminating the constitutional right to an abortion. This ruling leaves the question of abortion’s legality to the states.

The majority opinion: The Roe decision was “egregiously wrong and on a collision course with the Constitution from the day it was decided,” the majority court stated in a summary included with its lengthy decision.

Scathing dissent: "After today, young women will come of age with fewer rights than their mothers and grandmothers had," wrote Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

What happens next: Widespread bans on abortion in the United States likely will have far-reaching effects.

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What do you think? Is January 6th’s Cassidy Hutchinson hearing today (6.29.22) Watergate’s John Dean? Here’s a link to the full transcript of today’s hearing:

https://www.c-span.org/video/?521387-1/sixth-hearing-investigation-capitol-attack

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Happy 4th of July, 2022. The USA is 246 years old today and is the greatest and most powerful country in the world.  What do you think the founding fathers would think of the USA 246 years later? Here are quotes from some of them:

Benjamin Franklin 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?”

Thomas Jefferson: “the people cannot always be well informed, the part which is wrong will be in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to liberty.”

James Madison: “There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”

George Washington’s farewell address: “The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.”

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