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53 – Immigration, Consumption & Political Correctness

How the immigration crisis is both real and why it matters not only to those concerned about border security but also to those who care about humanity. Why our consumption habits globally, and here at home matter. Then how political correctness is spoiling the real debates we should be having throughout the world on how best to move on ALL issues.

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Show Notes

All articles referenced —

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/obama-dhs-secretary-im-a-democrat-but-decriminalizing-illegal-immigration-is-bad-for-the-country

‘If I’m Sent Back, I Will Die’: Sick Immigrants Tell Their Stories to Congress https://nyti.ms/34FRtsL

Supreme Court Says Trump Can Bar Asylum Seekers While Legal Fight Continues https://nyti.ms/2ZTz2B4

Beyond Ending Trump’s Policies, Democrats Largely Skirt Questions About Their Immigration Plans https://nyti.ms/2NasDvo
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https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2017/08/03/humanity-officially-consumed-more-earth-produce-year/amp/

http://www.worldwatch.org/node/810

https://www.newsday.com/amp/opinion/commentary/overpopulation-is-an-existential-threat-to-humanity-1.22481029

https://amp.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/aug/23/does-overconsumption-bad-tv-lead-to-populism
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Does Political Correctness Work? https://nyti.ms/1uZZLrz

IDEAS & TRENDS; The Rising Hegemony of the Politically Correct https://nyti.ms/29uUBPH

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/large-majorities-dislike-political-correctness/572581/

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/10/no-hate-speech-and-political-correctness-are-not-equivalent.html

 

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.

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52 – Hiatus Over! Back To It, Mass Shootings, Trump, China, Trade AND The Democrats in 2020.

The long hiatus is over and we are back tonight with another podcast. The new schedule is live and we will have one out every Sunday starting this week. Tonight – discussion on Mass Shootings, Trump and China and Trade, and then onto the 2020 election discussing the Democrats as they stand today. Good to be back!

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Show Notes

  1. NRA Criticizes Presidential Candidates After Mass Shootings https://nyti.ms/2YMG36k
  2. Spiraling Trade Tensions Threaten Economy as Trump Pressures China https://nyti.ms/2T1xQ8U
  3. How Far Left Is Too Far Left for 2020 Democrats? https://nyti.ms/2Z1Ntju
Writing

Piece 45 – The Arrogance of So Called Conservative Politicians Across The Country

The Arrogance of So-Called Conservative Politicians Across The Country

By. Raimondo Graziano

Too much has been co-opted by the conservatives of this country, too many inherently American values have been forcibly taken by the conservative wing of our political body in order to be used to push their partisan agenda that first and foremost benefits the elites, and secondly preys on the good nature of American citizens in order to convince them that the they have the truest claim to the identity of that of a true American. They talk of American values, and our cherished Constitution – yet they trample them through voter suppression, gerrymandering, and their obstructionist hardliner ways. They speak of family values and morals yet the man they so callously back has been accused of numerous violations of any definition of moral goodness, a man who has professed heresies that are antithesis to their supposed Christian values.

From these to more, to the flag to the Armed forces and law enforcement of the country – at every turn they consistently seek to divide Americans even on those things which are common to us all, and which at the end of the day belong to us all. In short – they are charlatans, hucksters, frauds and moral degenerates. They prey on the goodness within to forment a rot throughout in order to prop up their financiers and funders. And how masterfully do they craft their messages and their public statement’s, how quickly do they align themselves with God, an infallible all knowing being or tremendous power whom they claim as their own – how snakelike they are propping themselves up to be on the side of moral righteousness, defending the unborn and supporting the troops. They operate in half measures in their proclaimed righteousness – they simply preach their message but then when the time is right for just action, they shrivel into the worm and vermin they are. They defend the unborn until the child is born, then the small babe is left to fend for itself in the Darwinistic world they envision. They support the troops who give their lives in pursuit of a politicans conquest abroad until that soldier is out in the streets with no home and no support.

They are for business and the growth of the American economy – so long as that means major multinational corporations who shift their profits abroad to ensure they dont pay their way in the country that gave them everything. They are fiscally conservative, when gutting social security and Medicare but not when it comes to the egregious size of our defense budget or when we run mind boggling deficits, but if done under a liberal or a democrat – woe unto them who hast not balanced thy budget. Citizens who are conservatives are not to blame, the people rarely are. It is the rouse that poltiicans employ, it is the self-described conservatives on Capitol Hill and in all the state houses across the country who are to blame for the fomenting of political divisions that exist today. Not only have they attempted to hijack core American institutions for their nefarious poltical purposes, but they would have the public believe that it is the other side of the political aisle that is destroying the moral fabric of our nation.

They would have you believe that it is immigrants who have run our economy into the ground and it is migrants, refugees and asylum seekers who have taken American jobs. As if they did not sign onto the trade agreements which incentivised corporations to move their manufacturing bases oversees. They are dodgers, frauds, liars, cheats, hypocrites and all in all – against the wellbeing of our democracy, our Republic and the ideals that the United States stands for. Their practices are a danger to order and stability and they must be voted out and silenced from our legislative chambers once and for all through a true democratic majority across the entire diverse demographics of the nation. To preserve the sanctity of our American Project and the promise of our future- they, the elites and their funders, must be stopped. Those who proclaim their rightness so brazenly and boldly are often the ones to watch with the keenest of eyes.

Old Howard Union

51 – Prescription Drug Prices & Healthcare

It’s an understatement to say that prescription drugs are far too costly in the United States compared to other nations. The Pharmaceutical industries hold over our government extends far beyond lawmakers… What about those who interpret the law? A Federal judge recently ruled against a rule change put into effect by the President that would require pharmaceutical manufacturers to disclose prices on televised advertisements. The judge ruled that the rule violates “1st amendment rights”. Sounds like a broad, garbage interpretation to me. What about the patient? What about the consumer? Prescription drugs are just the first dish in a platter of disaster in our American healthcare system.

Show Notes

  1. Judge Blocks Trump Rule Requiring Drug Companies to List Prices in TV Ads