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Embracing technology is often a source of isolation, but it can also be much more. It can be an avenue for us to interact despite differences in viewpoints and geography. It’s the role which is filled by Synthisophy, which means “The integration of socially pertinent information derived from the study of history into the present culture.” This website offers space and encouragement to move forward culturally and intellectually in vigorous and respectful discussions on current societal issues.

It may sound oxymoronic to suggest we are together as a collective of individuals, but it’s how the Internet has assembled us in cyberspace. Thanks to the wide-ranging inroads various communication platforms have made in sharing ideas, with or without rancor, it would be remiss of us as a society not to debate the social, political, scientific, and historical issues which have brought us to the digital and the information age.

Building Debate on a Strong Foundation

Throwing around baseless accusations, claims, or “facts” is not the route to meaningful debate. The foundation for weighty statements can be traced to the scientific method. This method takes a hypothesis, and then through an experiment or data research, either proves or disproves it.

When using this method to back up statements, it’s a path toward civil discussion. It is hard to refute fact-based claims which are supported by evidence. Wild, blanket statements with no connection to reality are quickly exposed, and eventually, it is hoped, that proponents of these statements will veer toward more reasoned debate. Here at Synthisophy we encourage the spread of intelligent commentary in the forums on many topics at facebook/synthisophy.

It’s not all Black and White

To foster an understanding of the real world, it’s important to learn about points of view which don’t match your own. The world is not a place where ideas and concepts can all easily be categorized into one vein or another, black or white. There are shades of grey to just about anything you can imagine, and that’s where our common understanding must lie. I see your view, and you see mine, and we either meet in the middle or agree to disagree in a mature, reasonable fashion.

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A two-party system underlies our democracy, and it’s what we know. It has also fostered polarization in our society, where you’re either right or left, with precious few moderates to be found. Reasoned, intelligent debate based on sound principles is the key to understanding and the way to enlightenment and truth.

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No need to expand on this question, what did you think of the presidential debate last night (9.29.20)? Share your views at facebook/synthisophy!

Another question with no need to expand upon, what is the significance of Trump’s contraction of COVID-19 and his hospitalization in Walter Reed hospital (10.2.20)? Share your views at facebook/synthisophy!

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Regarding Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court, two Republican Senators who are members of the Judiciary Committee: Thom Tillis, of North Carolina, and Mike Lee, of Utah, have tested positive for COVID-19.  Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican of Wisconsin, also tested positive for the coronavirus last week, but he is not a member of the Judiciary Committee. Two other Republican Judiciary Committee members—Ben Sasse, of Nebraska, and Ted Cruz, of Texas—said that they had tested negative but, on medical advice, were self-quarantining.

On Saturday, McConnell announced that, for the safety of its members, the Senate would not meet this week, as had been originally planned. The recess, however, did not extend to Barrett’s confirmation process. The Senate Judiciary Committee, McConnell said, would continue to push ahead with hearings, even if it meant that some members had to participate virtually, rather than in person.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham on Monday formally scheduled the panel to start its days-long hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination on Oct. 12.

The days-long hearing will pave the way for a committee vote on Barrett's nomination on Oct. 22. Republicans want to confirm Barrett on the Senate floor during the final week of October.

According to a Judiciary Committee aide, the hearing will last four days, including a first day of opening statements, followed by two days of questioning and a final day of testimony from outside witnesses.

Because of the coronavirus, the hearing is expected to be held in a larger committee room in order for senators to be able to adequately socially distance. 

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The authorities in Michigan revealed on Thursday what they said was a detailed plot to abduct Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ahead of the presidential election, a plan that included surveilling one of her homes and trying to buy explosives to blow up a bridge.

The F.B.I. and state authorities charged 13 men who they said were part of, or working with, an anti-government group with a range of crimes including terrorism, conspiracy and gun offenses. The men had referred to the governor in vulgar terms, the authorities said, and seemed to be motivated by a belief that she was a “tyrant” who was violating the Constitution.

The group that planned the kidnapping met repeatedly over the summer for firearms training and combat drills and practiced building explosives, the F.B.I. said. Members also gathered several times to discuss the mission, including in the basement of a shop that was accessible only through a “trap door” under a rug.  They indicated that they wanted to take Ms. Whitmer hostage before the election in November, and one man said they should take her to a “secure location” in Wisconsin for a “trial”.

The F.B.I. said Adam Fox, of Michigan, was a leader in the kidnapping plot and had reached out to members of an anti-government group for help devising the abduction.

State authorities arrested seven members of the group, known as the Wolverine Watchmen, and accused them of collecting addresses of police officers in order to target them, threatening to start a civil war “leading to societal collapse” and planning to kidnap the governor and other government officials.

The six men charged by the federal authorities each face one count of federal conspiracy, which carries a sentence of up to life in prison. The seven men charged with state crimes could face penalties of between two and 20 years in prison.

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Here are quotes from retired Air Force 4 Star General Chuck Boyd, a Republican and 7 years a POW in Vietnam.

Interviewer:
General, I know you have been a longtime Republican, and you have been silent on politics, you said you fervently believe that retired military officers should not get involved in politics, but you feel you must speak out, why now?

Chuck Boyd:
I think we have reached a crisis that I had not anticipated, and so my restraint, I had to put it aside, I had to go to the sound of the guns, so here I am.

Interviewer:
So what made you feel that you wanted to do this now, and you need to do it before the election?  What was the straw that broke the camel’s back for you?

Chuck Boyd:
I have been watching this president for a long time and his egregious activities, but when he began his campaign to cause the American people to doubt the honesty of the election, when he started telling people that it was a rigged election, it was fraudulent, particularly the mail in ballots.  I saw that as an attack on the very foundation of our democracy.  When people can no longer believe in the mechanism by which they choose their leaders, they can have no confidence in any other aspect of their democracy.  So that was the tipping point.

Interviewer:
Like John McCain, you were a POW in Vietnam for 7 years.  And we remember the words the president used to describe John McCain, during the 2016 election: “He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero that was captured. I like war heroes that weren’t captured, Okay.”  I have 2 questions: 1) How did that make you feel? And 2) You heard that, and it was deeply personal for you, and you still waited until now to speak, that even something as egregious as that was not enough to make you break that sacred sort of feeling you felt about not weighing in on the election.

Chuck Boyd:
When he did it with John McCain, it was disgusting of course, but it didn’t trigger me into any kind of action at the time.  But when the Atlantic article came out in which he called me, and I took it personally, he called me a loser and a sucker.  He called all people who serve under him with contempt and disdain.  Every man and every woman that chooses to serve in the military, they do two things. First of all they take an oath that they will protect the Constitution.  And this is the one that really means the most to me, there’s a sort of informal contract, an unlimited liability clause in it, and that clause says that I will commit myself up to and including my life, if necessary, in support of this nation’s security. That kind of commitment, that kind of absolute commitment.  There’s no other professions that makes that kind of demand, not the law, not the clergy, not politics of course, and for the commander in chief to hold those kinds of committed people as losers, that really got to me.  It sickened me.

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What do you think of Nebraska Republican US Senator Ben Sasse’s comments in a recent phone call with constituents? Share your view sat facebook/synthisophy!

In Trump’s partial defense here, I think that lots of the news media has pretended that COVID is literally the first public health crisis ever. And somehow, it's Donald Trump's fault. That's not true. They just wanted to use it against him. But I’m not at all apologetic for having fought for my values against Trump’s in places where I think his are deficient, not just for Republicans, but for Americans, the way he kisses dictator’s butts. The US now regularly sells out our allies under his leadership.  The way he treats women, spends like a drunken sailor. He mocks evangelicals behind closed doors.  His family has treated his presidency like a business opportunity.  He’s flirted with white supremacists. At the beginning of the COVID crisis he refused to treat it seriously. First he ignored COVID, and then he went into full economic shutdown mode.  He was the one who said, 10 to 14 days of shutdown would fix this, and that was always wrong, and so I don’t think the way he’s lead through COVID has been reasonable or responsible. I’m worried that if President Trump loses, as looks likely, he’s going to take the Senate down with him. I’m now looking at the possibility of a Republican blood bath in the Senate, and that’s why I’ve never been on the Trump train.  It’s why I didn’t agree to serve on his re-election committee, and it’s why I’m not campaigning for him.

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