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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The House soundly killed an effort to oust House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La.,  from his leadership post in a defeat to the lower chamber’s most conservative lawmakers.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene forced the House to vote on a “motion to vacate,” a procedural tool that if passed, would have forcibly removed Johnson from the speakership.

Johnson's mentor and top ally, Steve Scalise, R-La., moved immediately to "table" or "kill” Greene's vacate motion.

Then the vast majority of House Republicans and Democrats joined together on Wednesday to dismiss Greene’s push through what's known as a motion to table by a vote of 359-43, drowning out the conservative renegades who wanted to remove Johnson.

A group of 32 Democrats and 11 Republicans voted against tabling Greene's motion.

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Source: USA Today

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Meet the Press, 5.5.24
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2024-election/sen-tim-scott-dodges-whether-accept-2024-election-results-rcna150758

KRISTEN WELKER:
Well, senator, will you commit to accepting the election results of 2024, bottom line?

SEN. TIM SCOTT:
At the end of the day, the 47th president of the United States will be President Donald Trump, and I'm excited to get back to low inflation, low unemployment –

KRISTEN WELKER:
Wait – wait, senator, yes or no? Yes or no? Will you accept the election results of 2024 no matter who wins?

SEN. TIM SCOTT:
That is my statement.

KRISTEN WELKER:
But is it – just yes or no? Will you accept the election results of 2024?

SEN. TIM SCOTT:
I look forward to President Trump being the 47th president and Kristen, you can ask them multiple times –

KRISTEN WELKER:
– Senator, just a yes or no answer.

SEN. TIM SCOTT:
– but at the end of the day – so the American people, the American people will make the decision. And the decision will be –

KRISTEN WELKER:
But I don't hear you committing –

SEN. TIM SCOTT:
– for President Trump. That's clear.

KRISTEN WELKER:
I don't hear you coming to the election results.

SEN. TIM SCOTT:
– Here's the deal. This is why so many –

KRISTEN WELKER:
Will you commit to accepting the election results?

SEN. TIM SCOTT:
This is why so many – this is why so many Americans believe that NBC is an extension of the Democrat party. At the end of the day, I said what I said. I know that the American people, their voices will be heard. And I believe that President Trump will be our next president. It's that simple.

KRISTEN WELKER:
But senator, as you know, the hallmark of our democracy is that both candidates agree to a peaceful transfer of power. So I'm asking you as a potential VP nominee, will you accept to commit to the election results in this election cycle, no matter who wins? Just simply yes or no.

SEN. TIM SCOTT:
I expect President Trump to win the next election and listen I'm not going to answer your hypothetical question when in fact I believe the American people are speaking today on the results of the election and if it continues – if it continues for the next six months, we find ourselves in a great position where we get back to another degree of American prosperity. I'm looking forward to that.

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For the first time in the history of the United States, the top 400 richest Americans had a lower tax rate (23%) than bottom half of income earners. Today, the superrich control a greater share of America’s wealth than during the Gilded Age of Carnegies and Rockefellers.

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Source: NYT

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My wife and I drove through northern New Hampshire, 40 miles from the Canadian border.  We were following the Connecticut river to its source at the border, crossing all the bridges en route. The pic here is of an abandoned covered bridge. We noticed many homes out in the woods, or perhaps a small cluster of houses along a long winding road, with firewood or propane for heat, have a Trump sign on the lawn. And I thought, people way out in rural areas like this are left out of the politics in Washington, they are forgotten.  The political machine doesn’t care about them. And they know it. And they’re really angry about it.  Can you blame ‘em?

We’ll find out if this is true when we go the last 40 miles to find the source of the river, and stop at a local bar and chat with the locals, next round on me.

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