A retrospective: Donald Trump

Since becoming the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald Trump has become one of the most infamous political figures in history. As the world watches his legacy unfold, the god fearing, gun supporting Christian majority, MAGA Republicans, believe him to be of legendary status, whilst everyone else is bewildered as to how he became the commander-in-chief of one of the most powerful nations in the world, and a resident at the Oval Office of the White House. How has such a controversial figure managed to split America down the middle, and be loved by so many for his disingenuous public displays of egotistical arrogance, and childlike tantrums. Many people were critical of Obama’s policies and claimed that Trump has done more for America in four years than Obama did in eight, but as a political figure, Trump significantly lacks the dignity, and the humbleness of Obama, and he’s a puppet on a string for the Republican Party.

‪It’s really cold outside, they are calling it a major freeze, weeks ahead of normal. Man, we could use a big fat dose of global warming!” – Donald Trump‬

Donald John Trump‘ was born in 1948, in the borough of Queens, New York City, and was the son of the real estate developer ‘Fred Trump‘, who was the son of German immigrants. He was raised as a Presbyterianism because of his mother’s faith, and he claimed in 2015 that he regularly attends Marble Collegiate Church in New York, but the church countered this by claiming he isn’t active, so another lie, and yet he still wins the November 2016 presidential election. The apple certainly didn’t fall far from the tree where Donald and Fred are concerned, and both have been surrounded by accusations of corruption regarding their business models.

“In 1954 Fred was investigated by the Senate Banking Committee for allegedly abusing the loan-guarantee program by deliberately overestimating the costs of his construction projects to secure larger loans from commercial banks, enabling him to keep the difference between the loan amounts and his actual construction costs. – Source

Although he was never officially charged with any crime, it tarnished his reputation, and his conscience got the better of him, and he returned $1.2,000,000. After the accusations, which he admitted to pocketing over $3,000,000 for his own commercial projects, he was denied access to further state loans. In 1974, Donald became president of his father’s empire which he renamed the ‘Trump Organisation‘. Before this happened, both Fred and Donald were accused of racial discrimination towards African Americans who lived at Trump owned housing developments, and they were sued by the Department of Justice. The Trumps immediately countersued as their reputation had been tarnished, and the settlement meant the Trumps never had to admit guilt. Does this mean that Fred genuinely was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, as after all, he was one of seven arrested at a rally in 1927 due to rioting?

‪Sorry losers and haters, but my IQ is one of the highest – and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault.” – Donald Trump‬

After taking over his father’s company, Donald expanded it greatly by buying and building hotels, casinos and golf complexes. By 1990 his self estimation of his fortune was around $1.5,000,000,000. Trump has been repeatedly asked to present his tax returns since taking the role of United States President, but he constantly ignores the request. It’s almost like he has something to hide. Throughout his career as a real estate mogul he’s been in the firing line with accusations of racism, misogyny, fraud, false advertising, tax evasion, and breach of contract, but being filthy rich, he can afford the best lawyers who somehow always manage to get deals where he’s held unaccountable. Between 1991 and 2009, the Trump Organisation has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy no less than six times, which left him with banks refusing to bail him out of trouble, all except the Deutsch bank.

“In fall 2019, after Trump admitted to misusing money raised by his foundation to promote his presidential campaign and settle debts, he was ordered to pay $2,000,000 in damages” – Source

Regarding his presidential campaign, is he truly a Republican, as his political affiliation seems inconsistent, and he’s been a Democrat and the independent Reform party, before rejoining the Republican Party in 2009. He’s since been advised to sell off his business ventures as he’s been accused of violating the Foreign Emoluments Clause, in which it’s unethical to receive funds from foreign governments as it can lead to influence, yet several key governments who are responsible for human rights violations have invested in the Trump organisation. When Trump was in the reform party he was in the running for the presidential race, but after polls claimed that with him running against ‘George W. Bush‘, he had no chance whatsoever as barely anyone supported him, and he dropped out to save himself from future embarrassment. So how was he so successful in November 2016, and what changed? Surely it wasn’t his public persona on the Apprentice that brought him further into the public eye? It’s common knowledge that during his campaign he was accused of pandering to the white supremacists to gain votes, and he had huge support from the Ku Klux Klan as they believed he was prepared to take the country back from immigration and foreign nationals.

You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything….Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.” – Donald Trump

Many of the MAGA crowd, despite claiming to be deeply religious, have far right views on immigration, national patriotism and homosexuality. Trump has been under intense scrutiny since 2016 for a long list of accusations by the Justice Department, with over 20 separate investigations surrounding every area of his presidency, and his business ventures. He’s allegedly paid out many millions of dollars to keep people quiet about incidents he’s supposedly been involved in, most notably having an affair with a porn star, and presidential campaign influence from Russia.

In December 2019 two articles of impeachment were brought to the House of Representatives, and if the Senate reached 2/3rds majority in favour of removing Trump from office, then the Democrats accusation of obstructing Congress would be valid, with ‘Mike Pence‘ automatically becoming President. The trial failed, and was always going to fail, as the Republican Party had the most seats. Out of 44 Presidents, this is only the 3rd time one has faced impeachment, and they include ‘Andrew Johnson‘, ‘Bill Clinton‘ and ‘Donald Trump‘. ‘Richard Nixon‘ was facing impeachment but he resigned before it was set in motion, and as of yet, no American President has been removed from office, but if Trump wins the 2020 election in November, then he’s got another four years to ruin his career once and for all.

If you had any doubt that Donald Trump is an imbecile, then the above video confirms it. The man can barely string a coherent sentence together.

‪Do theists understand the true concept of philosophy? ‬

Philosophy is a strong interest of mine, and I’ve read works by a number of notable philosophers. Some people regard philosophy as nonsense, but I vehemently disagree, and I claim that it’s a genuine science. Whereas the study of science involves the scientific method, and philosophy doesn’t, they both share strong scepticism and doubt. Oxford dictionary defines ‘philosophy‘ as the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence. Science was born from philosophy and many of the most notable scientists throughout history have been philosophers, like Galileo, Newton, and Einstein, as philosophy arms scientists with theoretical thinking and questions. Both philosophy and science attempt to remove doubt to get to a truth, and with this in mind I don’t think either can work without the other.

“There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance” – Socrates

Natural philosophy is about studying nature and the universe in its physical form, and this is an area that Isaac Newton was interested in, and it usually partners biology and physics. So regarding the title of this article, can a theist truly philosophise, if philosophy is about the nature of knowledge and reality? They can, but I’m not convinced they can do it whilst viewing the world as God’s creation, and any true philosopher who’s seeking the truth of reality cannot do it through a biased perspective. I don’t think philosophy can be influenced by prejudice or biased opinions, as you aren’t going to get to the truth. You’ve got to be rational, ask the right questions, and use the evidence that you have.

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” – Isaac Asimov

The debate over philosophy being a science has gone on for a long time, and philosophy precedes science, and science evolved out of philosophy, but philosophy also evolves as we acquire more knowledge of the reality we are in. Science is derived from the Latin word ‘scientia’ which means ‘knowledge’. Philosophy is derived from the word ‘philosophia’ which means ‘love of wisdom’. The Oxford dictionary defines ‘wisdom‘ as the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement. Philosophy is usually broken down into several key areas and these are:

• Aesthetics – a set of principles concerning nature and the appreciation of beauty

• Epistemology – the theory of knowledge, especially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope

• Logic – reasoning conducted or assessed according to strict principles of validity

• Ethics – the branch of knowledge that deals with moral principles

• Metaphysics – the fundamental nature of reality, including the relationship between mind and matter, between substance and attribute, and between potentiality and actuality

• Science – the foundations, methods, and implications of science

“philosophy’s contribution can take at least four forms: the clarification of scientific concepts, the critical assessment of scientific assumptions or methods, the formulation of new concepts and theories, and the fostering of dialogue between different sciences, as well as between science and society.” – Source

‪Is the philosophy of religion an oxymoron if philosophy deals with reality? Canterbury Christ church university made this ridiculous claim, ‘Even the dullest person can see that religion is, once again, the most important factor in the world.’ I whole heartedly disagree with this statement, and for reasons that you are all probably aware of, as I’m not shy in expressing my distaste for the arrogance of religion, but claiming it’s the most important factor in the world, and putting it before humanity and other sentient life is absolutely disgraceful. How can you take the philosophy of religion seriously if they can’t even think critically? I could probably list 100 things more important than religion.

As I’ve already stated, philosophy is about studying knowledge, but can there be true knowledge when the evidence is subjective? Because 9 out of every ten in this world have belief in a god, doesn’t mean they are correct, and considering there are many gods, and many interpretations of the same gods, it’s got no basis of fact. If everyone believed in the same god, then there’d at least be a common argument, but they don’t. St. Augustine of Hippo claimed that God was eternal, incorruptible, and necessary, which are all subjective. We don’t know he’s eternal, or incorruptible as it’s just speculation that the Christian god exists, and I can say with absolute certainty that he’s not necessary for me. ‬

‪The works of Plato and Aristotle had significant influence on early Christian theologists, and despite both of them being clearly intelligent men, their thoughts were abstract at best. Thomas Aquinas was a keen follower of Aristotle’s work and he believed that his philosophy and theology could move the Christian doctrine in a new direction by applying reason and revelation, but surely they are adversaries? According to Oxford dictionary ‘revelation‘ means the divine or supernatural disclosure to humans of something relating to human existence, and ‘reason’ means the power of the mind to think, understand, and form judgements logically. I was involved in an exchange on Twitter several days ago and the person I was engaging claimed that he used faith and logic. A similar principle to what Aquinas proposed, but you can’t accept something on faith alone and claim to have reached your conclusion using logic. ‬

‪”Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.” – Bertrand Russell‬