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 an avenue for us to interact despite our differences. The role of Synthisophy is integrating the wisdoms of history, based on fact and truth, into present culture. To have that happen, we need to process points of view that may not match our own. Then, using history as a guide, we can draw factual conclusions and express our views in public forums such as the Discussion Group shown above. This may decrease the level of polarization in the USA.

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?

Will Biden withdraw from the Presidential race this week? He has firmly resisted calls to step aside.

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) became the first House Democrat to call for Biden to withdraw, releasing a statement on Tuesday saying Biden's work has been "transformational" but that he "pledged to be transitional." "Recognizing that, unlike Trump, President Biden's first commitment has always been to our country, not himself, I am hopeful that he will make the painful and difficult decision to withdraw," Doggett said.

Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) told the New York Times on Wednesday that Biden needs to "shoulder the responsibility for keeping that seat (democratic) — and part of that responsibility is to get out of this race."

Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Illinois) said in an MSNBC interview that Biden's "legacy is set" and that "we owe you the greatest debt of gratitude. The only thing that you can do now to cement that for all time and prevent utter catastrophe is to step down and let someone else do this."

Rep. Angie Craig (D-Minn), citing Biden's debate performance and his "lack of a forceful response" to the aftermath, said she does not believe Biden can "effectively campaign and win against Donald Trump." "That's why I respectfully call on President Biden to step aside as the Democratic nominee for a second term as President and allow for a new generation of leaders to step forward."

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is organizing a group of Senate Democrats to talk about President Biden's path forward in the 2024 election. Warner has approached lawmakers amid a groundswell of Democrats who have called for Biden to drop out of the race after his debate performance last week. Warner has approached Democratic senators for a Monday night discussion about Biden, a source familiar with the discussions told Axios. Warner's push was first reported by the Washington Post.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has publicly stood behind Biden since the June 27 debate that has destabilized the party. But before the debate, Schumer privately told allies that a historically early presidential debate in June would give Democrats some flexibility to recover — or find a new presidential candidate before the party's convention in August.

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Source: Axios

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Did anybody see the Daily Show Video where Jon Stewart examines Biden’s future amidst calls for him to drop out? It talks about situations related to a new word introduced at the end of chapters 24 and 25 of synthisophy.  On many occasions, Biden is unable to recall and process information quickly, so his immediate responses and perceptions are often off the mark or sometimes no response at all.  And when he does recall, his consciousness is very selective, like Biden saying, “When you get knocked down, you get back up!”. Yes, as he has done throughout his life, but at some point, when neurologically compromised, you have to withdraw with grace.  He is neurologically incapable of doing that. And Biden’s staff, and most of the democratic party, are denying that reality. And Trump lies like a rug, his perception has nothing to do with reality, only himself.  Both their perceptions are unneureal. Any perceptions we have are not real, they are simply neurologically generated perceptions from the billions of neurons in our brain. If our perceptions are close to actual reality, those perceptions are neureal. If those perceptions are not even close to actual reality, as these two guys display, those perceptions are unneureal.

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On Monday, July 15, 2024, President Joe Biden will deliver a keynote address at the LBJ Presidential Library (Austin, TX) to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act that LBJ signed into law in the White House East Room on July 2, 1964. President Biden and other dignitaries will participate in a public program at the LBJ Auditorium, to be livestreamed to the nation.

Recall LBJ’s statement at the end of his 40 minute speech on the status of the Vietnam War on March 31, 1968:

“I have concluded that I should not permit the Presidency to become involved in the partisan divisions that are developing in this political year."

"With America's sons in the fields far away, with America's future under challenge right here at home, with our hopes and the world's hopes for peace in the balance every day, I do not believe that I should devote an hour or a day of my time to any personal partisan causes or to any duties other than the awesome duties of this office--the Presidency of your country."

"Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President.”

Might Biden do the same at end of his speech at the LBJ Presidential Library? 

 

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In a letter addressed to "my fellow Americans", Mr Biden said it had been the "greatest honor of my life to serve as your president. While it has been my intention to seek re-election, I believe it is in the best interest of my party and the country for me to stand down and to focus solely on fulfilling my duties as president for the remainder of my term. Today I want to offer my full endorsement of Kamala to be the nominee for our party this year. Democrats - it's time to come together and beat Trump.”

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At this point it appears that Harris will be democratic nominee for President. 

The latest from reporting on the DNC is that the nomination process will be completed between Aug. 1 and Aug. 7. A DNC official said their rules would “allow for a vice presidential nominee by August 7.” So one may imply that Harris will be nominated as the Democratic candidate for President, after which she will declare her Vice Presidential running mate, all by the end of August 7. Who will be her VP choice?  Who do you think should be her VP choice? Here are the top runners:

Arizona US Sen. Mark Kelly
Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro 

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear 
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper 
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer 
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker 
California Gov. Gavin Newsom 
Maryland Gov. Wes Moore 
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg 
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz

The major swing states in the upcoming Presidential election are Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

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Sources: Politico and CBS