Writing

Piece 51 – The Current State of the American Body Politic By. Raimondo Graziano

The Current State of the American Body Politic

By. Raimondo Graziano

While from my humble station in this life I may not have the great means to illicit a groundswell of change, being that much of the messaging of the day is scripted as is, portrayed as such on the media, and the movements of the day seem to have their leaders, or rather, lack thereof as a deliberate detail of design, I still hold my opinions and beliefs on how the world is today. As an American, I look outward to the world with an inquisitive, often inquisitorial stern eye. I often lay my critiques of foreign governments and foreign nationals pointedly, and have no qualms regarding criticizing others. As an American, regardless of administration, there are certain values, duties, obligations and so forth, that are uniquely American in their character and that each citizen whether they fully understand the nuances of being an American act upon and exemplify. While I may inhabit a very humble position, one quite frankly, at this juncture, I am very grateful for given the partisan nature of our society today, let alone our politics, I still remain unabashedly forthright with my denunciations of the ills committed, and feckless direction with which other nations take their countries in, as if their actions don’t effect the wider world. As if the leadership of the United States, aid in the form of military, economic and humanitarian hasn’t shaped the very foundations of the modern world. Our nation is one that is vigorously lambasted the world over. In spite, of all that it is this country has done.

With the current administration, we as Americans, have been admonished further. While the one man, may not represent the ideals and values that this country has held dearly, we as Americans, are forgetting them while the rest of the world admonishes us for being just like the man who occupies the bully pulpit. We the people, are pushing them, these fundamental values, to the wayside due to a number of reasons. The spineless politicians who represent us, who can’t get a sliver of work done in the slightest, the vast hoarding of great wealth by the captains of industry today, the illusory belief in the strength of our economy peddled by pundits. Americans are struggling to survive, and it is making us angry, violent, demoralized and impoverished; with all these great stressors weighing on the mind of the average American it is no surprise that we as a people cant live up to our highest ideals and speak greatly on what it means to be an American, what it means to be a nation of immigrants united – what that revolutionary concept means for the world. We aren’t taking care of our basic needs, and it is making us consume one another. We are goaded by the media, who seek to divide for profit, goaded by the politicians who entrench themselves in their power by seeking to divide, goaded by the peoples of the world who call us stupid and ignorant despite our exportation of nearly all the good that the world pleasures itself with today from freedom and democracy to television and the very idea of property for the common man. We are goaded by industry, celebrity and influencers who seek to profit off of our anxieties and desire for comfort and peace. We are goaded, nearly daily, by an arrogant, narcissistic President who seeks to enrich himself, and while in one breath does something one could reasonably argue is right, in the other eviscerates any moderate gains made, throwing the country into whiplash.

The American body politic today is broken, and tattered, our unity is held together by a thin thread with the name: Seeking security for our families, trying to survive, grinding, getting bread – in layman’s terms – making money. We have become a slave to it, because with it, is the means to literally survive. The means to be accepted as normal, and one with the crowd. Its not that we want it this way, it’s a flaw of design. Have you seen the way they treat the homeless in the country – men, women, and children, veterans even – who in god’s name wouldn’t sell their soul to earn a dollar, so that they wouldn’t be subjected to the same disgusting treatment that humans are subjected to when they are destitute. For god’s sake, we can’t even open a shelter for these people without the throng of the masses bellowing out “Burn it down”! But no cries of “Burn it down” when the Congress passes tax reform that benefits the wealthiest Americans, no cries of “Burn it down” when the largest companies in the country move overseas to not pay their fair share, no cries of “Burn it down” when children are murdered in schools by madmen disillusioned by society. No, we the American people goaded by everyone choose to eat one another, when in our union together we can build a better world for Americans, by Americans. The American body politics is disgustingly broken, when we can see that we are being played by everyone, who seeks to see us suffer, our families, our values trampled in the mud – when we can see that clear as spring water, then we will all rise up and with a thunderous revolutionary call to arms, we will say as true Americans do, “Burn it down”.

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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

 

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.

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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 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.