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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.

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47 – Muellers Statements Today

Today the former special consul Rober Mueller gave a press conference where he made a public statement regarding the release of his report and on the ongoing back and forth between The White House, Congress and the Media. Mueller in so few words, referred to Congress that Impeachment proceedings ought to begin against the President. That if the Donald J. Trump was not a sitting president, he would be indicted. That if they had confidence that the President did not commit a crime, then they would have said so. Rober Mueller today showed the American public and the world how deeply in a crisis we are truly in.

Show Notes

  1. MUELLER STATEMENTS – https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2019/05/29/robert-mueller-resigns-as-special-counsel-full-statement-vpx.cnn
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27 – A Conversation With The Other Side, Featuring The Hosts of The Rundown

Tonight we will have on the hosts of The Rundown, a conservative media group, who hosts a podcast as well weekly live shows where they talk about some of the most important issues of the day from a conservative perspective. We have dialogued from some time, and I have been a contributor on their live show as well, and today they are to talk about the divides in this country, and how it is we are to bridge them – as well as other topics. Please see the show notes below for topic information, as well as links to their pages as well. Comments are welcome. 

The Rundown Media Group – https://therundownmg.com/

The Rundown Live Shows – https://www.facebook.com/TheRundownMG/


Show Notes

02:37 – American’s viewing the other side of their political persuasion as an “enemy”

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/06/22/key-facts-partisanship/

03:30 – The Fairness Doctrine

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FCC_fairness_doctrine

03:32 – The Rise of Ring-Wing Media

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_media_(U.S._political_right)

05:26 – Media conglomerates in The United States

https://www.businessinsider.com/these-6-corporations-control-90-of-the-media-in-america-2012-6

10:53 – Americans views on abortion.

https://www.pewforum.org/fact-sheet/public-opinion-on-abortion/

15:53 – Do Republican policies support upward mobility?

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/social-mobility-memos/2014/01/08/republicans-vs-democrats-who-has-the-answers-on-social-mobility/

16:26 – Do entitlement programs with “cut-offs” work better?

https://www.cbpp.org/research/would-an-entitlement-cap-be-a-wise-idea

17:24 – The 2nd Gilded Age in America today

https://anamericaninquiry.wordpress.com/2015/11/08/is-a-second-gilded-age-upon-us/

17:37 – Is Capitalism working today in America?

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/12/capitalism-isnt-working-thomas-piketty

18:06 – Do corporations pay their fair shares in taxes?

https://www.epi.org/publication/its-time-for-corporations-to-pay-their-fair-share-of-taxes/

20:53 – Google & their work with the Chinese government

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-china-google-idUSKCN1QV296

21:06 – Chinese stipulations regarding American companies working in their country

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-22/what-s-intellectual-property-and-does-china-steal-it-quicktake

21:24 – Censored search engine being worked on currently

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/02/635047694/google-plans-for-a-censored-search-engine-in-china

21:27 Zuckerberg deposition to Congress

21:35 – Are corporations “above the law”?

https://www.thenation.com/article/magna-carta-said-no-man-is-above-the-law-but-what-about-corporations/

26:51 – Elizabeth Warren and her proposal to break up the major tech companies

32:02 – Suzannah B. Troy – NYC Activist

32:13 – Kim Ann – Real Talk With The Angry Soccer Mom

33:11 – Social media and the bubble of confirmation bias today

34:53 – Bill Maher on reaching out to conservative listeners

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2019/03/16/bill-maher-scolds-democrats-avoiding-fox-news-how-very-trump-you/

36:21 – Ben Shapiro

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Shapiro

38:50 – Beto O’Rourke getting questioned by a college students about financial disclosures

http://thefreedombeacon.com/2019/03/19/a-college-student-stuns-beto-orourke-with-a-challenging-question-and-the-exchange-is-on-video/

44:30 – VOCAL-NY, a local community organization in Brooklyn servicing the needs of the NYS community.

44:08 – 45:32; My apologies for the background noise, constant sirens are a fact of living in New York City.

46:49 – The Facts on Safe Injection (Consumption)  Spaces

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/vancouvers-safe-injection-site-cuts-overdose-deaths/article577010/

 

 

 

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24 -National Popular Vote Interstate Compact

 

 

From the page of the grassroots campaign leading cause to enact The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact – “The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Explanation CO,DE

link -https://www.nationalpopularvote.com/ | media – https://twitter.com/NPVgrassroots


Show Notes

Please note comments are welcome! As well, I am going to be phasing out the usual outro for the podcast and in place for now there will simply be the piece that plays in in the intro.

Piece Used in the Background – Borodin, In the Steppes of Central Asia, Polov.

02:30 – Please see the above links for more information regarding the NPV Grassroots campaign.

03:30 – Secretary Clinton & the Popular Vote (1), and President Trump and his slim margin of victory through the electoral college. (2)

(1) https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/hillary-clinton-officially-wins-popular-vote-29-million/story?id=44354341

(2) https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/2016-election/swing-state-margins/?noredirect=on

04:00 – Disproportionate Time Spent in Swing States

https://www.nationalpopularvote.com/campaign-events-2016

04:40 – Lower voter turnout tied to the Electoral College

https://www.npr.org/2016/11/26/503170280/charts-is-the-electoral-college-dragging-down-voter-turnout-in-your-state

05:40 – Smaller States have greater power and leverage within our political system

https://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/government/elections/smaller-states-get-bigger-say-in-electoral-college-20161126

08:51 – Why we may need a Constitutional Convention.

http://bostonreview.net/us/richard-kreitner-sanford-levinson-federalist

11:00 Constitutional Interpretation, Originalism and the such

https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/169489

14:00 Why we are so divided, and why we cant agree on basic FACTS.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/11/making-up-is-hard-to-do/501146/

16:15 – Why Americans are to the left of center, or Liberal

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/01/why-america-is-moving-left/419112/

19:06 – Why Democrat’s, Progressives have bold ideas for the country.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/04/02/morning-bits-democrats-have-big-plans/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.5fbe0f5d49d2