Old Howard Union

Issue Brief, 6 – National Service

General

Tonight – I’ll be on The Rundown Hosted by Hunter Dubis & Skylar Budman AT 9:30 PM EST

You can check them out here – they’re a conservative outlet hosting their podcast The Rundown. Come and listen!

https://www.facebook.com/TheRundownMG/

They’ll be live as well, so this will be completely unedited. As you all know I am left leaning in my politics, so I will be talking to those of an opposing ideology BUT debate is debate nonetheless, and starting a dialogue is key in the country right now.
You can expect them to come onto my own podcast as well in the coming days! So stay tuned.

Writing

Piece 37 – Corruption by. Raimondo Graziano

                                                                             Corruption

                                                                   by. Raimondo Graziano

Corruption in our American society has grown to irreconcilable heights, it touches nearly every aspect of the fabric of our nation. From business to politics and in private disputes among average citizens, corruption is tearing the integrity of the country apart. Now, corruption is something that is simply apart of our world, it is a part of human nature that festers and enlarges when the morality of society disintegrates. If the people understand that they may be able to get away with something, and that in the process they may find something to gain for themselves or their families, you can rest assured that lacking the moral integrity and the social pressure to not commit such actions, they will do so gladly.

Our society is one where we laud the morally grey business executive, where we praise the socially bankrupt career politician – of whatever political persuasion so long as they advance their agenda respective to their limited base of support – we seek to emulate the monied figures of influence riddling the cultural and social landscape who are devoid of any sense of duty to country or ones people.

In short – we have allowed the financiers, politicians, celebrities, corporatists, and barons of industry to be our models of inspiration and in doing so have given a nod to their salacious and questionable means of attaining their influence, simply because we too hope to be just like them. This has lead to the corrupt landscape we find ourselves in today. Corruption bleeds from the middle and out. Those at the heights of the publics attention are not solely to blame, partly blame rests at the feet of the masses for implicitly endorsing their behaviour. For instance, our own definitions as to what constitutes corruption and the lacking of a unified standard for such contributes to the issue.

While direct bribery is one thing, reprehensible as it is, it can be found in all industries, what of a wealthy individual building a library or a public grounds out of the “kindness of their hearts” and then off that basis there children being accepted into prestigious universities, or perhaps they are given lucrative housing contracts? There are numerous iterations of this. This not only speaks to sheer corruption at the heart of our society but to equity and equality. In regards to equity, the tools for all peoples to do what it is some may do are not there for all – we should stand on firm equitable footing. We speak a great deal of how in this country all people have the same tools to achieve prosperity when it is blatantly not so. When people are firmly standing on the same ground truly equipped with the same tools then we speak of equality. Equality is the practice of fairness.

There needs to be stricter means for providing this. That way when a wealthy individual provides the capital to build a foundation or library, their children are held to the standard as those of the children of low wage individuals. Corruption can be curbed when a society enacts policies that promote equity, then onward to those that enforce equality so we can build a meritocratic society based on fairness and not wealth and power. Wealth and power does not have to be synonymous with corruption. It is the society that we have endorsed through our action and lack thereof that has breed this pestilential tumor on our democracy and our world.

Writing

Piece 36 – The Looming Threat, China on the Horizon and the Coming Shift in the International Order By. Raimondo Graziano

The Looming Threat – China on the Horizon and the Coming Shift in the International Order

by. Raimondo Graziano

The threat posed by the rise of the Peoples Republic of China cannot be understated. They are increasingly becoming more belligerent in the posturing of their armed forces, and their economic and political ambitions grow each day. They claim to be peaceful, they claim to not have expansionist or ambitions akin to an Empire but their actions say otherwise. From the growing militarization of the South China Sea, an international waterway they claim in its entriety and its increasingly belligerent attitude towards nations enforcing the rule of international law in the sea. To their ambitious Belt and Road initiative wrapping nations up into its clasp through infrastructure investments and debt.

They have been for some time acquiring ports throughout the Indian Ocean, garnering a controlling interest in them, with stipulations that their naval forces may anchor there. They in essence are forming a series of naval bases for their forces at a speed unheard of – and the world is allowing this menace to enact its will. Perhaps most startlingly is their encroachment into Europe – the controlling interest in a port in Athens and now in Italy. They are attempting to drive a wedge through the European Union, which is hemorrhaged by internal strife among their member nations. They are masterfully seizing upon a lack of American leadership and the Western World going through the most tumultuous times it has seen since the Second World War at best, or the Fall of Rome at the worst.

The nations of Europe have neither the will or the patience to combat this growing threat. The United States is for its credit attempting to combat the Peoples Republic on numerous fronts – through trade, a military realignment towards the Pacific and a more scrutinizing eye towards the nation. But to fully reinvest in Western Leadership a fundamental shift is needed in the thinking in Washington and Brussels. Europe and the United States must go it together, or the whole of it all will fall assuredly. We are facing threats from numerous fronts – The Russian Federation and its efforts to undermine democracy in Europe and the United States, The Middle East, domestic white nationalist terrorism, international and domestic Islamic terrorism, the coming industrial shift in the economy through automation, rising nationalism as a backlash to the promise of multiculturalism and a more unified world, increasingly frequent authoritarian regimes and the disintegration of democracy globally, climate change and the horrors that will come from it, as well as the concentration of wealth into the hands of the few, and the rise of corporate powers comparable only to the American Gilded age. The world is in peril! Let no one tell you different. We stand on the cliffs edge of the next millennia of human history and it looks utterly bleak.

There are forces at work throughout the world, and domestically that are conspiring to undermine Western leadership and institutions in every corner of our society. The world that we are currently living in is going through immense changes – economically, culturally, politically, socially and everything that falls in between. There is a totalitarian realignment of the order that governs the world and the alternative that is coming is authoritarian, totalitarian, less free and bent on oppressing the masses and erasing the gains that have been made over time. The order that is coming is increasingly less opaque as the days wane on and should trouble all well meaning citizens of the world, let alone the country. We can shift the narrative, but it will take all of us united, together. I’m not sure if we have the will to do so. If I’m wrong, then good. If I’m right – then God save us all.

Old Howard Union

22 – Mitch McConnell, American Snake

Mitch McConnell is the greatest threat to American Democracy and the norms and customs that have governed the nation for some time – his tenure in office and his political rise showcases his hostility towards the very institutions meant to guide our Republic. He is a true, American Snake. In 2020 his senate seat is up – VOTE HIM OUT.