Writing

Piece 48 – The Immigration Conundrum By. Raimondo Graziano

The Immigration Conundrum

By. Raimondo Graziano

Immigration in the United States is an issue that divides. It divides not only the usual gaggle of reputable peoples, both Democrats and Republicans, but the divisions exist within the parties themselves. You have the hard liners, and those who take a more compassionate approach. You have those advocating for decriminalization of the illegal crossings from the Southern Border into the United States and those who
advocate for limits on legal immigration. The issue is divisive because it tugs at the very ideological leanings of the country and its very diverse populace, it pokes and prods at our identity as we continue to mature as a nation. It begs the question, who do we want to be as a people, as a country which claims to be the greatest in the world – a hefty, weighty title to live up to fully. A title we often have fallen back on in imprudence and in lethargy – simply a title we perhaps haven’t earned, rather than lean on it through great acts of compromise and statesmanship and those qualities which truly make up a great nation.

The questions surrounding how it is we effectively handle immigration in the country in a fair, equitable, and compassionate manner truly presents a moment for the nation to come together – our elected
representatives, and the citizens of the country – to come together to debate, compromise and bring forth a plan for reform. A model that can be used the world over, as the nations of the West reel from increased immigration, refugees, migrants and others seeking a better life the politicians are hamstrung. Unable
to do their jobs, due to the polarized and utterly politicized climate – hemorrhaging the ability for the governing bodies of the world to get anything done of any meaning. From the wars started in large part by us, the West, and to the growing threats posed by the Climate Crisis – immigration, refugees and migrants
will become more and more common place.

Already we can see that this is leading to increased nationalistic, nativist, and dangerous rhetoric and actors the world over. Yet we continue to barrel from one major crisis to the next, without giving much thought to what happens to the people. Surely, we cant let them suffer in their fates, from the wars we started, or from the world we industrialized and exploited. We need action. That being said, and with all due respect, is decriminalizing the border crossings the right answer? Politically, economically, or even
morally? Or guaranteeing healthcare for those who are undocumented? Surely, we needn’t act in extremes to combat these issues. I, more than anyone, understand the need for bold reforms now, though who said that bold, and progressive change, needs to be rash and ill thought out action? There is no doubt that we need to
take aggressive reform now, though we need to have a conversation about the truth, and an open and honest conversation at that.

Political correctness, and fear has swamped
the discussion. We can no loner discuss these important issues because we are afraid to offend someone, or to present unpopular opinions because they may harm an individual. We must have the ability, the right, to speak on these important, crucially important issues, openly and freely. When we can have a discussion, openly, without the war drums of the social media mobs pounding, then we can move forward as a people and not backward towards self-censure due to fear as if we lived in some authoritarian state. We are innovative and have faced issues boldly because we can speak truthfully on these issues, all of them, not in spite of it. The old trope that our diversity makes us stronger, is true,
now more than ever. But that also applies to diversity in thought. Now, more than ever.

Film

Film – The Flourishing of Sin

The small film can be found here.

Sin. Sin is a theological concept, and in the theological, one can say that rationality is completely lacking. Though I disagree. Religion, and theology while based in a school of thought separate from rationality are steeped in the conception of the unknown, that which is here, here being something tangible, but that which we cannot fully grasp or understand. Sin a moral construct, formed by theology dictates to us that which is wrong, which is sinful. It has illumined to us that unknowable thing which we cannot physically grasp but inherently know. We know that morals exist, they are no religious construct, they were interpreted through that construct because in that epoch, that is what ruled that time. Now, though, we have supplanted religion with reason without thought as to what will supplant this religious, this theological view of morality. And of sin. The one and the other no longer exist in the eyes of the Modern man. But one need only look around and see the flourishing of sin. All around us there is a total disintegration of any human understanding of morality and the flourishing of sin is ever evident – it bleeds into our homes and on our commutes, all around. Sin abounds.

Score

Score Philip Glass, Metamorphosis II

Scenes within from the Film Network (1976)

Scenes also pulled from newsreels.

Old Howard Union

41 – American Education

American education used to be the pinnacle of the world, however in the last few decades it has steadily declined while the average cost per student has risen dramatically. Obviously there exists fundamental problems at the very heart of American education, but can they be mended through bold reforms?

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Show Notes

Readings of interest –

  1. https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamandrzejewski/2019/04/10/seven-troubling-facts-on-american-higher-education-you-probably-dont-know/amp/
  2. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/brown-center-chalkboard/2019/01/15/equal-opportunity-in-american-education/amp/
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37 – Federal Reforms

How can a people oriented majority siphon away the hold and power of the elites of the country and put more influence in the hands of the people, how can we ensure that we live in a country truly for all Americans? Reforms on the federal level to fundamentally change the way in which our government works.

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36 – Reparations

Reparations have been at the forefront of discussions surrounding social justice prior to the very inception of the concept in the American political dictionary – the treatment of African Americans prior to the Civil War remains the one of the greatest strains in American History, next to that of the treatment and eradication of the Native Americans. Have we done enough to rectify these wrongs? What more can we do?

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