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:

Regarding Republican candidates for governor of Minnesota, none of them would say that Joe Biden was the free and fair legitimately elected President of the United States. Here is former Republican Governor of Ohio John Kasich’s response, 12.16.21:

Well, it's probably all about power, okay. They just want to win so badly that they'll say anything. I think that's the first thing. But here's the second thing.

There's this narrative out there now. The narrative is, oh, no, no, no, no, Trump won the election, Biden didn't win the election. And no matter what the evidence is, just like January 6th. Well, we all saw what happened and at the time everybody was horrified, but now it's sort of like, well, it really didn't happen. It doesn't fit my narrative and my narrative says that Trump's a great guy and so no matter what you tell me, I'm not changing, because I am locked into my narrative. I'm locked into my group and my silo and I ain't changing.

Now, some people do. But unfortunately it's kind of almost like the psychosis where I don't want to be cut out of my group and I just have to go along. And no matter what you tell me, I think Trump is great and that's a lot of what's happening in the country with these Republicans that support him.

Now, if you go and tell people who are diehard Trumpers and I don't want to run them down, but I will tell you this, if you tell them this stuff, they just disregard it. They'll say it's either not true or it's not the case. And again, it's because they have a narrative in their mind and they're sticking to it no matter what the facts are. It's scary, though, isn't it? I mean the people could get that caught up in stuff like this.

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Natural selection and survival of the fittest is the reproduction of the genes and traits within an organism’s gene pool that are selected and survive in the offspring, versus those genes and traits that are not selected and don’t survive because there are no offspring, thus removing those traits from the gene pool.

With this in mind, let’s look at COVID rates in Massachusetts of those people boosted, fully vaccinated and unvaccinated; and the COVID death rates of the vaccinated and unvaccinated in the US: The unvaccinated are 31 times more likely to get COVID than those that receive the booster. And unvaccinated people are at 14 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19 than people who are vaccinated.

So of those that make the choice of not getting vaccinated, some will die and remove some of those “no vaccination” genes from the gene pool. And those that get vaccinated will survive and may pass on the “get vaccinated” genes to their offspring and those genes remain in the gene pool – that’s natural selection and survival of the fittest. So if you choose not to get vaccinated you may contribute to the removal of that “no vaccination” gene from the gene pool.

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What do you think?

The Superintendent of a school district sent the following message to staff: The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has provided us with 30,000 KN95 masks for staff. DESE has also provided our District with 1000 COVID home test kits that we will be distributing to staff. I would encourage all staff to pick up their test kit and test prior to coming to school on Monday. Last week our town had the highest number of weekly COVID cases since the pandemic began. Our district has been short-staffed since the start of this 2021-22 school year and staff and administration absence continue to rise. As a result, schools may need to use an emergency closure day if we do not have enough staff to keep all students safe and well supervised.

A gentleman in a recent discussion said: At some point, and it may be fast approaching if not already here, we are going to have to stop all this COVID mandating.  There are some people that are just not going to get vaccinated, period.  So at some point we as a society are going to have to stop wearing masks and get back to normal. Let the chips fall as they may, if people wanna get the boosters, fine, if people don’t wanna get vaccinated at all, fine.  When this happens there will probably be a large increase in COVID cases and deaths, hospitals might be overwhelmed, but after this spike people not vaccinated will have become naturally immune or died from having been exposed to the virus, and those with the vaccinations will be immune to the virus, and life can get back to normal.

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What do you think about the Capitol Riot and it’s political impact on the one year anniversary? Here’s portions of the results of 2 recent surveys. Share your views at facebook/synthisophy!

What do you think of the President’s speech on January 6, 2022?  Share your views at facebook/synthisophy:

Madam Vice President, my fellow Americans: To state the obvious, one year ago today, in this sacred place, democracy was attacked — simply attacked. The will of the people was under assault. The Constitution — our Constitution — faced the gravest of threats.

Outnumbered and in the face of a brutal attack, the Capitol Police, the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, the National Guard and other brave law enforcement officials saved the rule of law.

Our democracy held. We the people endured. And we the people prevailed.

For the first time in our history, a president had not just lost an election, he tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power as a violent mob breached the Capitol. But they failed. They failed.

And on this day of remembrance, we must make sure that such an attack never, never happens again.Close your eyes. Go back to that day. What do you see? Rioters rampaging, waving for the first time inside this Capitol a Confederate flag that symbolized the cause to destroy America, to rip us apart. Even during the Civil War, that never, ever happened. But it happened here in 2021.

What else do you see? A mob breaking windows, kicking in doors, breaching the Capitol. American flags on poles being used as weapons, as spears. Fire extinguishers being thrown at the heads of police officers. A crowd that professes their love for law enforcement assaulted those police officers, dragged them, sprayed them, stomped on them. We saw it with our own eyes. Rioters menaced these halls, threatening the life of the speaker of the House, literally erecting gallows to hang the vice president of the United States of America.

But what did we not see? We didn’t see a former president, who had just rallied the mob to attack — sitting in the private dining room off the Oval Office in the White House, watching it all on television and doing nothing for hours as police were assaulted, lives at risk, and the nation’s Capitol under siege.

They weren’t looking to uphold a free and fair election. They were looking to overturn one. They weren’t looking to save the cause of America. They were looking to subvert the Constitution. This isn’t about being bogged down in the past. This is about making sure the past isn’t buried.

My fellow Americans, in life, there’s truth and, tragically, there are lies — lies conceived and spread for profit and power. We must be absolutely clear about what is true and what is a lie.

And here is the truth: The former president of the United States of America has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election. He’s done so because he values power over principle, because he sees his own interests as more important than his country’s interests and America’s interests, and because his bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy or our Constitution. He can’t accept he lost, even though that’s what 93 United States senators, his own attorney general, his own vice president, governors and state officials in every battleground state have all said: He lost. That’s what 81 million of you did as you voted for a new way forward.

He has done what no president in American history — the history of this country — has ever, ever done: He refused to accept the results of an election and the will of the American people.

While some courageous men and women in the Republican Party are standing against it, trying to uphold the principles of that party, too many others are transforming that party into something else. They seem no longer to want to be the party — the party of Lincoln, Eisenhower, Reagan, the Bushes.

And so, at this moment, we must decide: What kind of nation are we going to be? Are we going to be a nation that accepts political violence as a norm? Are we going to be a nation where we allow partisan election officials to overturn the legally expressed will of the people? Are we going to be a nation that lives not by the light of the truth but in the shadow of lies?

We cannot allow ourselves to be that kind of nation. The way forward is to recognize the truth and to live by it.

The Big Lie being told by the former president and many Republicans who fear his wrath is that the insurrection in this country actually took place on Election Day — Nov. 3, 2020. Think about that. Is that what you thought? Is that what you thought when you voted that day? Taking part in an insurrection? Is that what you thought you were doing? Or did you think you were carrying out your highest duty as a citizen and voting?

The former president and his supporters are trying to rewrite history. They want you to see Election Day as the day of insurrection and the riot that took place here on Jan. 6 as the true expression of the will of the people. Can you think of a more twisted way to look at this country — to look at America? I cannot.

Here’s the truth: The election of 2020 was the greatest demonstration of democracy in the history of this country.

More of you voted in that election than have ever voted in all of American history. Over 150 million Americans went to the polls and voted that day in a pandemic — some at great risk to their lives. They should be applauded, not attacked.

Right now, in state after state, new laws are being written — not to protect the vote, but to deny it; not only to suppress the vote, but to subvert it; not to strengthen or protect our democracy, but because the former president lost.

Instead of looking at the election results from 2020 and saying they need new ideas or better ideas to win more votes, the former president and his supporters have decided the only way for them to win is to suppress your vote and subvert our elections. It’s wrong. It’s undemocratic. And frankly, it’s un-American.

The second Big Lie being told by the former president and his supporters is that the results of the election of 2020 can’t be trusted.

The truth is that no election — no election in American history has been more closely scrutinized or more carefully counted.

Every legal challenge questioning the results in every court in this country that could have been made was made and was rejected — often rejected by Republican-appointed judges, including judges appointed by the former president himself, from state courts to the United States Supreme Court. Recounts were undertaken in state after state. Georgia counted its results three times, with one recount by hand. Phony partisan audits were undertaken long after the election in several states. None changed the results. And in some of them, the irony is the margin of victory actually grew slightly.

So, let’s speak plainly about what happened in 2020. Even before the first ballot was cast, the former president was preemptively sowing doubt about the election results. He built his lie over months. It wasn’t based on any facts. He was just looking for an excuse — a pretext — to cover for the truth.

He’s not just a former president. He’s a defeated former president — defeated by a margin of over seven million of your votes in a full and free and fair election.

Finally, the third Big Lie being told by a former president and his supporters is that the mob who sought to impose their will through violence are the nation’s true patriots.

Is that what you thought when you looked at the mob ransacking the Capitol, destroying property, literally defecating in the hallways, rifling through desks of senators and representatives, hunting down members of Congress? Patriots? Not in my view.

To me, the true patriots were the more than 150 million Americans who peacefully expressed their vote at the ballot box, the election workers who protected the integrity of the vote, and the heroes who defended this Capitol.

You can’t love your country only when you win.

You can’t obey the law only when it’s convenient.

You can’t be patriotic when you embrace and enable lies.

Those who stormed this Capitol and those who instigated and incited and those who called on them to do so held a dagger at the throat of America — at American democracy.

They didn’t come here out of patriotism or principle. They came here in rage — not in service of America, but rather in service of one man.

Those who incited the mob — the real plotters — who were desperate to deny the certification of the election and defy the will of the voters. But their plot was foiled. Congressmen — Democrats and Republicans — stayed. Senators, representatives, staff — they finished their work the Constitution demanded. They honored their oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Look, folks, now it’s up to all of us — to we the people — to stand for the rule of law, to preserve the flame of democracy, to keep the promise of America alive. That promise is at risk, targeted by the forces that value brute strength over the sanctity of democracy, fear over hope, personal gain over public good. Make no mistake about it: We’re living at an inflection point in history.

The former president, who lies about this election, and the mob that attacked this Capitol could not be further away from the core American values. They want to rule or they will ruin — ruin what our country fought for at Lexington and Concord; at Gettysburg; at Omaha Beach; Seneca Falls; Selma, Ala. What — and what we were fighting for: the right to vote, the right to govern ourselves, the right to determine our own destiny.

As we stand here today — one year since Jan. 6, 2021 — the lies that drove the anger and madness we saw in this place, they have not abated.

I said it many times, and it’s no more true or real than when we think about the events of Jan. 6: We are in a battle for the soul of America. A battle that, by the grace of God and the goodness and greatness of this nation, we will win.

From the death and destruction in Pearl Harbor came the triumph over the forces of fascism.

From the brutality of Bloody Sunday on the Edmund Pettus Bridge came historic voting rights legislation.

So, now let us step up, write the next chapter in American history where Jan. 6 marks not the end of democracy, but the beginning of a renaissance of liberty and fair play.


I did not seek this fight brought to this Capitol one year ago today, but I will not shrink from it either.

I will stand in this breach. I will defend this nation. And I will allow no one to place a dagger at the throat of our democracy.

What do you think? I was driving down route 91 yesterday through Springfield and I was struck by something – there were tons of billboards everywhere pitching gambling and marijuana.  A few years ago a casino opened in Springfield, and this past year sports gambling and pot were legalized, and now there is a barrage of advertising for gambling and weed. There were more billboards along a 1 mile stretch of route 91 for gambling and pot than all other billboards combined. What do you think about the legalization of gambling and marijuana?  Share your views at facebook/synthisophy!

What do you think? On 1.12.22, federal prosecutors charged Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes and 10 others with seditious conspiracy for their role in the January 6 attacks on the US Capitol. Seditious conspiracy occurs when two or more people work together to plan to overthrow the government or prevent the execution of its laws.

In an effort to oppose by force the lawful transfer of power, this indictment alleges Rhodes and his co-defendants participated in the riot, brought small arms to the Washington, DC, area; engaged in combat training to prepare for the attacks; and made plans to stage quick-reaction forces to support insurrection.

Here are quotes from the Indictment:

Rhodes, 11.5.21, on a group chat:
“We aren’t getting through this without civil war.  Too late for that. Prepare your mind, body and spirit.”

Rhodes, 12.11.21, in a group chat if Biden assumes the presidency:
“It will be a bloody and desperate fight.  We are going to have to fight. This can’t be avoided.”

Rhodes published a letter on the Oath Keepers website on 12.14.21 advocating the use of force to stop the lawful transfer of presidential power.

In an interview on 12.22.21 Rhodes stated that if President elect Biden were able to assume the presidency; “we will have to do a bloody, massively bloody revolution against them. That’s what’s going to have to happen.”

Rhodes published another letter on 12.23.21 on the Oath Keepers website explaining: “tens of thousands of patriot Americans, both veterans and non-veterans, will already be in Washington DC, and many of us will have our mission critical gear stowed nearby just outside DC.”

The Indictment states that the Oath Keepers purchased $22,500 worth of mission critical gear: firearms, ammunition and tactical gear.

For more detail, here’s the link to the Indictment:
https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1462481/download

Source of above pic: https://www.vox.com/2022/1/16/22886516/stewart-rhodes-seditious-conspiracy-january-6-oath-keepers

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