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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 47 – Compromise & Good Governance By. Raimondo Graziano

Compromise & Good Governance
By. Raimondo Graziano
   Something that is sorely lacking within governance today is really quite simple. It is goodness. Good governance is practically non existent in the Halls of Congress. Taken further we can say the same for local governance as well. There is a hemorrhaging of decency within government. The work of the people, passing legislation on a bipartisan basis is a reach and no longer within our grasp. The force of the two major parties in the country, and their funders and bureaucratic underlings has helped to push the nation into an ideological divide in an attempt by both parties to further polarize the country. The media is at fault here as well – there is no truth, or objectivity, or fairness in media any longer. And if there is, we can seldom distinguish between pieces which have the public good at heart and those which only seek to push an ideologically motivated agenda.

Ideology is not something that needs to fundamentally cripple the working capacity of a country, it can be a force for tremendous good. So long as that ideology does not inherently pit one portion of the nation against another, or one class or race against the other. Our fundamentally American ideals and ideological leanings are what can guide us together in the promise of greater unity. Our ability to work across racial and class lines to come together in pursuit of common ground, our tenacity and our spirit of revolution is what can bring us together in forging a stronger more coherent national identity and foster the demand for good governance.

Governing based on truth, and the needs of our most depressed communities and a unity in the common hope of the American dream revitalized for a new generation of Americans. We cannot allow political parties, corporations, or ideologically motivated politicians or foreign governments to chip away at our common identity as Americans. We can demand better, and work to elect officials that will both aspire to the greatest of ambitions and work for effective change that we can truly see and feel. Compromise is not a sign of weakness or moral ambiguity – it is a telltale sign of a true statesmen. One who does not bend to demands, but works to achieve equitable reforms and stands firm in their virtues and beliefs and above all – embodies the ideas and ideology of the American Ideal.

Film

Film – Edwin’s Gambit

The small film can be found here

Edwin Hubble greatly expanded our view of the cosmos, bringing into the forefront the idea that our universe extended far beyond our own galaxy. In that instance our world got ever so smaller. His gambit, though perhaps not known to him, was the hope that by making our world smaller we as a collective of people, humans, would grow more unified – united together in our humanity. Have we humbled ourselves in our understanding of our place in the cosmos? Or have we simply continued along on the same course, destined for ruin?


Score
Arvo Part – Tabula Rasa, I
Philip Glass Dance III, & VIII

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.