The Unphilosophical States of America

The Unphilosophical States of America

A Void In Philosophical Thinking Exists In The United States And It Resulted In The Outcome Of The 2016 Election
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In the weeks following the 2016 elections many have been blaming numerous factors for the outcome that occurred with a Donald Trump victory. Some of the blame has been directed towards the Post-Truth Era, essentially representing a cultural shift away from holding objective facts as truth in exchange for personal emotional and opinionated thoughts. Others have expanded from this idea and blame what is now being called "fake news". This line of thinking has a McCarthyistic doublespeak involved in which the term "fake news" can be branded upon any dissent or alternative viewpoints. It becomes contradictory to its initial purpose of illuminating the public to the actions of certain businesses and websites taking advantage of "news" being distributed via social media; resulting in the perpetuation of falsehoods, deception, and completely made up headlines, articles, and "News reports".

While both recognizing the Post-Truth Era and "Fake News" represent a major fault in our civilization, we must recognize that a void exists in our society that are frames from open philosophical discussion and debate. Basic philosophical comprehension by the masses would eliminate large examples of "fake news". It would also remove the entire Post-Truth concept. Post-Truth is a metaphorical doublespeak term for describing the point in time in which the masses of society took their own emotional subjective experience and perception as a greater truth than objective reality. In the philosophical studies this breaks one of the most fundamental rules, that a priori thinking and comprehension operates fundamentally on objective facts and objective truths about the nature of reality and the laws that govern it. The repercussions of Post-Truth and "fake news" results also in the limiting of actual discussion in an effort towards decision-making, in exchange for impulsive emotional reactionary thinking.

The act of having a mature, detailed, honest open discussion over topics of culture and civilization is a cornerstone of the principles of the United States. The US was born in the Age of Enlightenment, of an era of philosophical peoples. The government model of the Constitution had been created when a group of extremely diverse, and at times opposing, view points; locked in a room in the summer with no AC and wearing incredibly elaborate wool clothing. Those extremely irritated, uncomfortable, tensed individuals were able to openly debate, argue, and agree in compromise. If those individuals under such conditions were able to have a mature conversation, so too can people over the Internet. Social media can be used as a tool of learning, debating, and enlightening. Automatically assuming a discussion over politics, economics, religion, etc. is an argument degrades that philosophical debate and leads to ignorance, superstition, and delusion forming and expanding. One must comprehend that the ideas they hold are their inheritance, not their creation. It is a natural growing process in the human organism to grow philosophically and mentally; and intellectually mature to face the state of reality as it exists, and how best this subjective individual can play a role in that objective reality.

Philosophy and philosophical discussion birthed the United States as an nation, as a social collective; as a civilization. The first amendment was designed to protect free assembly and free speech as a means of ensuring that such needed debate capabilities will always be available for our society. We as a society and civilization have to mature and accept that intellectual thought is not one that can be pushed off and self-censored from public decisions with friends and strangers alike. Rejecting the chance and opportunity to have a legitimate mature conversation in exchange for personal preference of closed private conversation results in the antithetical breakdown of that fundamental and philosophical component to our society.

George Washington wrote in 1783 about the philosophical foundation of the United States. Let us remember these words as we attempt to revitalize the philosophical nature of the United States of America:

"The foundation of our Empire was not laid in the gloomy age of Ignorance and Superstition, but at an Epocha when the rights of mankind were better understood and more clearly defined, than at any former period, the researches of the human mind, after social happiness, have been carried to a great extent, the Treasures of knowledge, acquired by the labours of Philosophers, Sages and Legislatures, through a long succession of years, are laid open for our use, and their collected wisdom may be happily applied in the Establishment of our forms of Government; the free cultivation of Letters, the unbounded extension of Commerce, the progressive refinement of Manners, the growing liberality of sentiment, and above all, the pure and benign light of Revelation, have had a meliorating influence on mankind and increased the blessings of Society. At this auspicious period, the United States came into existence as a Nation, and if their Citizens should not be completely free and happy, the fault will be intirely their own."

(http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/v1ch7s5.html)

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The Trump Presidency Is Over

Say hello to President Mike Pence.

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Remember this date: August 21, 2018.

This was the day that two of President Donald Trump's most-important associates were convicted on eight counts each, and one directly implicated the president himself.

Paul Manafort was Trump's campaign chairman for a few months in 2016, but the charges brought against him don't necessarily implicate Trump. However, they are incredibly important considering was is one of the most influential people in the Trump campaign and picked Mike Pence to be the vice presidential candidate.

Manafort was convicted on five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud, and one count of failure to file a report of a foreign bank account. And it could have been even worse. The jury was only unanimous on eight counts while 10 counts were declared a mistrial.

Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer, told a judge that Trump explicitly instructed him to break campaign-finance laws by paying two women not to publicly disclose the affairs they had with Trump. Those two women are believed to be Karen McDougal, a Playboy model, and Stormy Daniels, a pornstar. Trump had an affair with both while married to his current wife, Melania.

And then to no surprise, Fox News pundits spun this in the only way they know how. Sara Carter on Hannity said that the FBI and the Department of Justice are colluding as if it's some sort of deep-state conspiracy. Does someone want to tell her that the FBI is literally a part of the DOJ?

The Republican Party has for too long let Trump get away with criminal behavior, and it's long past time to, at the very least, remove Mr. Trump from office.

And then Trump should face the consequences for the crimes he has committed. Yes, Democrats have a role, too. But Republicans have control of both chambers of Congress, so they head every committee. They have the power to subpoena Trump's tax returns, which they have not. They have the power to subpoena key witnesses in their Russia investigations, which they have not.

For the better part of a year I have been asking myself what is the breaking point with Republicans and Trump. It does not seem like there is one, so for the time being we're stuck with a president who paid off two women he had an affair with in an attempt to influence a United States election.

Imagine for a second that any past president had done even a fraction of what Trump has.

Barack Obama got eviscerated for wearing a tan suit. If he had affairs with multiple women, then Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell would be preparing to burn him at the stake. If they won't, then Trump's enthusiastic would be more than happy to do so.

For too long we've been saying that Trump is heading down a road similar to Nixon, but it's evident now that we're way past that point. Donald Trump now has incriminating evidence against him to prove he's a criminal, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller is just getting started.

Will Trump soften the blow and resign in disgrace before impeachment like Nixon did? Knowing his fragile ego, there's honestly no telling what he'll do. But it's high time Trump leaves an office he never should have entered in the first place.

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For Those Of You Boycotting Nike, Here Are 10 Times You Need To Just Stop It

There's no need to burn your gear.

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As everyone knows, Nike created an ad that included Colin Kaepernick and the white supremacists went wild. They began burning their Nike gear, and no longer want to support the brand.

1. Why? 

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There are two reasons why I think you are boycotting Nike and that is because either you are assuming the race of Colin Kaepernick or you are mad because he kneeled during the National Anthem. Either way, you have the right to boycott whatever you want. Boycotting is a great way to protest. However, you're going about it all wrong

2. Why are you mad? 

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If you're assuming this man's ethnicity, you are assuming. Check your facts, Kaepernick is American. If you are mad because he kneeled during the National Anthem, I do not understand why that is even an issue. Just like you are protesting Nike, the NFL players were protesting police brutality. So, really, your thinking is on the same level. People who protest want something to be corrected. What exactly do you want to be corrected?

3. Nike knew what they were doing

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Of course Nike knows what they're doing! Nike has been successful for years and they aren't going to stop because they aren't going to conform to whatever the majority wants, especially if they don't stand for it. Nike is a business, they have marketing strategies, and believe it or not, they are most likely going to blow up. If not, they'll do just fine. Nike employees many athletes and owns multiple other companies. The reality of it is, if you don't like what Nike stands for, they don't want your business and they don't care if you're gone.

4. Let’s be honest

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The majority of people burning or mutilating their Nike gear are people who splurge on such items when they've saved up enough money to buy something nice. You tore up one pair of socks? You burned one pair of shoes? Honestly, it's your own money wasted.

5. You look like a buffoon

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Seriously, the internet is making fun of you. You are burning your own clothes. Sure, be mad at the brand, boycott it if you must. But, really, Nike already has your money. It is a business, not a person, they don't care whether you burn their clothing articles because you already bought it. What are you going to do? Buy more socks to cut or keep buying the same socks you normally wear? I think the joke is on you. You have fewer clothes and less money.

6. It’s an article of clothing

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You're not bothering Nike but Nike is bothering you. Some people would be thrilled just to have a cool shirt or nice pair of shoes and would gladly take that swoosh off your hands. But you're too busy caught up in your own fury to even think of the people less fortunate than you, right? Clothes that are in good shape are taken so much for granted. Typically when people are done with their clothes they donate them to Goodwill…

7. Or the army

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Which seems to be one of the topics that some are so angry about. You talk about respecting the troops but don't think to donate an article of clothing that someone would not only be excited to have, but possibly need. Instead, you destroy it and hope someone's feelings get hurt. Keep in mind, businesses don't have feelings, people do.

8. If someone who cannot afford clothing saw you destroying it

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They would be distraught. Some people rely on thrift shops or donations just to live in habitable conditions. No one cares who you boycott or for what, but destroying a good pair of shoes, socks or even clothes for the sake of protesting is kind of dumb. Just donate whatever it is and don't buy from the company.

9. It’s not hard to be a good person and protest

Seriously, just donate your clothes. Figure out exactly what it is that you're mad about and decide whether it's worth the trouble. Making it public that you're angry about a small thing results in more people making fun of you and supporting where you lack; it doesn't matter whether you're buying from the company or not.

10. There’s a reason why people are making fun of you for burning your clothes

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It's because everyone else sees that this issue should not be an issue. People have their clothes and wear them, whether the brand is getting a bad rap or not. You're mad at Nike for creating a commercial with someone they have been sponsoring for years who kneeled during the national Anthem to protest the victims of police brutality. It was a one time thing, and like you, they were protesting.

11. If you can be mad at that, you can be mad at things that matter

If you can spend all this energy on one small thing, you can protest things that actually matter, police brutality, for example. It's okay not to like something, but this isn't an issue. Michigan still doesn't have clean water, many people need affordable healthcare, there are people who live on the streets and need food, and global warming is a serious problem. There are way bigger issues than someone kneeling during the National Anthem. So, how will you help the world?

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