Old Howard Union

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 46 – Man & His Irrelevance to Nature By. Raimondo Graziano

Man & His Irrelevance to Nature

By. Raimondo Graziano

                Man has for much of history attempted to wrestle with the tour de force that is nature; and it has often lead to his ruin. Even when we work with nature, its brute force and strength, indifferent to humanity, unmoved by human concepts of mercy and right and wrong, its carves a path of glorious beauty all its own. It is the greatest painter, the meticulous sculptor, and the sternest of parents. It is utterly immovable by any force enacted on it other than itself. Even when we honor it, we can see that we are often ahead of ourselves. One can see it on the sea, in great ships. Or in the air, above, with our great planes and rockets. Nature is always waiting to squash even our most well-intentioned plans. There is a saying – that man plans and god laughs. For the more agnostically inclined, a more apt phrase would be – man plans, and nature sighs. 

                Man often overstates his cosmic importance – he being that his world is indeed so small compared to the expanse of the universe, must lift himself up in his idea of his own self-importance to both settle his mind, and to bring a sense of greater purpose to his otherwise, cosmically unimportant and immaterial existence. The truth is that for most of us we live lives of cosmic unimportance, though we carry on as if our deeds and actions could move the planets if we simply said so. Even for the greatest of conquerors, and the wisest of statesman their actions only transcend time here on this earth, and not across the endless ocean that is space. Perhaps if we took heed in a deeper understanding of our humble spot amongst the heavens, we would live lives of quiet duty, rather than seek to subjugate and exact our will on what we deem as lesser people.

                 Perhaps we would live in a quieter, simple world if we were all humbled by the reality of our existence.  To curb one’s ego, to quote a common subway scrawling one sees in the underground of New York City. Man speaks directly to the embodiment of the universe and is so arrogant as to expect a reply. The universe, and nature is indifferent to our existence – it does not accommodate and it does not make exceptions. It is an institution in and of itself and it cares little for us, a relatively recent blip in its expanse. We must work within its laws, and not force it to bend to ours. To do otherwise is sheer incompetence at the worst, and arrogance in its rawest form at best.

 

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
Writing

Piece 42 – A Word on the Marginalized to Commemorate Pride Month 

A Word on the Marginalized to Commemorate Pride Month

By. Raimondo Graziano

This country has a long history of oppression and demonizing minority groups within the nation- historically marginalized groups as we collectively refer to them as. For much of our history this nation has been one ruled by a ruling elite, a political class of individuals – white, straight men. Now there is nothing wrong with being white or with being straight. To the contrary, that’s an okay thing. What is demonstrably wrong, is using ones position of inherent privilege to advance their needs and their wants alone. Using ones considerable advantage, whether it is a realized one or not, to purposely keep power concentrated in the hands of the few for the perpetuation of marginalization of those who cannot fight for themselves. Marginalization of those who are fearful for their lives simply for being born into a world who stigmatizes them as a group and as individuals just for being who they are.

Now, considerable progress has been made both legislatively and socially as well as culturally and economically. But to believe that our hard earned victories are shielded from assault by the powers that still be, is naive. Each day work is done to undermine the advances we have made on civil rights for all Americans including, and especially this month of Pride for the LGBTQ community, the advances made in normalizing the public thought and perception on identifying as a gay, lesbian or any other orientation. The opposition is hard at work on undermining and eroding our progress we have made in the name of peace and justice. Our fight is one for the recognition of the ills we have helped to sow, and righting the wrongs of our storied past. We cannot go it alone, and we cannot rest on our laurels. Rather we must see each day as a ceaseless war in the effort to ensure that justice and liberation is accomplished in full; success denotes progress, but success is not an end. Progress moves ever forward and it it the foot soldiers of this movement not only here in the states but across the world that ensure that our progress continues unfettered by rogue actors, and unfeeling, “moral” parties bent on peddling their false ideologies of tradition.

Their ideology is not one of tradition but one mired in backwards, degenerative policies that work to alienate and keep some of out brightest minds down based on purely racial, sexual, or social prejudices. Those within communities that are marginalized must fight for themselves and for those around them that they would call Brother and sister. Those who would call themselves allies must equally fight for their rights and ensure that our understanding of their trials, translates not into a co-opting of the conversation for our own benefit, but of an amplifier to the fight of those who are, or believe that they may be voiceless. That is why I am an ally. That is why I choose to fight, not only for my sister and for those she calls friend, but for the millions more in bondage who have no champion. We have an obligation to do right, and to do otherwise is to be a true, true coward.