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.”


"We've given you a Republic, can
you keep it?" Ben Franklin after
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 are the latest headlines and quotes concerning Afghanistan:

The Taliban have taken control of Afghanistan's capital city, Kabul, almost two decades after they were driven out by US troops.

Fear and confusion take hold in Kabul as the Taliban move in and the government crumbles.
Kabul falls to the Taliban as the Afghan government collapses and the president flees.

Scores of civilians are trying to flee the country, with chaotic scenes continuing to unfold at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport.

In a 45-minute call with Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Representative Peter Meijer, Republican of Michigan and a former Army reservist who did conflict analysis in Afghanistan, made the following statement: “It is overwhelmingly clear to me that this has been a cascade of failures at the Defense Department, with the intelligence community and within our political community, and nothing on the call gave me the confidence that even the magnitude of the failures has been comprehended.”

The US defense secretary approved 1,000 more US troops into Afghanistan due to the deteriorating security situation and the White House says President Biden will address the American people soon.
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What do you think? Comments from Chris Cuomo and Phil Mudd, former Counterterrorism Analyst, 8.19.21:
Clearly the President was not prepared for all contingencies.. Clearly you could have gotten your people out first, and done this early. And if the President doesn’t grasp the importance of doing more and better here, some words of his may come back to haunt him, like these:

"There is going to be no circumstance you’re going to see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy of the US in Afghanistan. The likelihood that there is going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely."

It happened. Do you agree with my assessment?

No, I don’t. Look, The question here is not whether the first couple of days went well, they did not. The question is whether we look back in 30 days, 60 days, a year, and say 50,000 people, 75,000 people, American citizens, Afghan interpreters, friends of the American Embassy, friends of the US military, friends of the CIA. Did we get them out relatively safely despite the fact that the first couple days did not go well. It’s like Chris we are in the first laps of the Indy 500 and were 12 cars behind the lead and saying we lost. The first laps didn’t go well, that is not the same question as to whether in a month or 2 or 2 years or 3 years we look back and say we got out the people we needed to get out. Let’s slow down and fix it.

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What do you think of the end of the War in Afghanistan?

Here’s statement from General Frank McKenzie, August 31, 2021:

I’m here to announce the completion of our withdrawal from Afghanistan and the end of the military mission to evacuate American citizens, third-country nationals and vulnerable Afghans.

The last C-17 lifted off from Hamid Karzai International Airport this afternoon at 3:29pm East Coast time and the last manned aircraft is now clearing the airspace above Afghanistan. We will soon release a photo of the last C-17 departing Afghanistan with Major General Chris Donahue aboard.

Tonight’s withdrawal signifies both the end of the military component of the evacuation but also the end of the nearly 20-year mission that began in Afghanistan shortly after September 11th, 2001.

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What do you think of the latest laws in Texas?

Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law one of nation’s strictest abortion measures, banning the procedure after six weeks into a pregnancy. The law also provides a system in which any Texas resident can sue an abortion provider or anyone who aids and abets someone seeking to obtain an abortion. If they win, they could get a bounty of at least $10,000, which would come out of the pockets of the defendants.

The new Texas voting laws bans 24-hour voting - Counties will now be prohibited from offering 24-hour voting by a provision that limits the window in which counties can offer voting to 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Bans drive-thru voting - In 2020 127,000 people in the county cast their ballots at 10 drive-thru centers. New vote-by-mail ID mandates - Texans who are voting by mail will now need to provide either their driver's license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number twice: once on their absentee ballot application forms and once on the envelope in which they return their ballots. Empowers poll watchers - Partisan poll watchers cannot be denied "free movement" at polling places under the new law.

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The families of 9/11, beneath a blue sky reminiscent of a clear September morning 20 years ago, gathered once more Saturday to remember those killed in the terrorist attack that toppled the World Trade Center. And let’s remember those in the US Military that gave their lives in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Share your thougfhts at facebook/synthisophy.

What do you think?  Here’s the latest on the Afghan evacuation:

The US has evacuated approximately 109,200 people since August 14. The evacuees include American citizens and family members, as well as Afghans who have worked for the U.S. The U.S. is also evacuating Afghans, along with their immediate families, who have applied for the visas but not yet received them, and Afghans who worked for the government, members of civil society, journalists and human rights activists. It is estimated that at least 250,000 Afghans who worked with U.S. have yet to be evacuated.

A terrorist attack Thursday killed 13 US service members and at least 170 others outside Kabul's international airport.

ISIS in Khorasan, known as ISIS-K, has claimed responsibility for the attack. US officials have said the group was likely behind the atrocity.

On Friday the US military carried out an airstrike against what it said was an ISIS-K planner in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province.

President Joe Biden was warned by the national security team on Friday that another terror attack in Kabul is likely and the next few days of this mission will be the most dangerous period to date.

The United States still plans to end its mission in Afghanistan at the end of this month.

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What do you think of President Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan he presented to the public on September 9, 2021:

Require all employers with 100+employees to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated get tested weekly.

Require vaccinations for 4 million federal workers and for millions of contractors that do business with the Federal government.

Require vaccinations for over 17 million health care workers at Medicare and Medicaid participating hospitals and other health care settings.

Requiring vaccinations for staff at Head Start programs, Defense Department schools and Bureau of Indian Education operated schools.

Requiring employers to provide paid time off to get vaccinated.

TSA will double fines for passengers who refuse to mask.

Calling on all states to adopt vaccine requirements for all school employees.

Calling on large entertainment venues to require proof of vaccination or testing for entry.

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