Old Howard Union

58 – Foreign Policy & the American People

There is a great lack of understanding regarding the nuances in the making of foreign policy in the United States and our lack of understanding of it, contributed greatly to the internal undermining of American leadership.

Film

Film – We Are All One, But We Have Yet To See It

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We are in a time of great disunity for the country. For the entirety of the world really. We are divided on where it is we as a people of a collective of nations wish to move toward as a commonwealth and brotherhood of peoples. Do we retreat inwardly relying on old and archaic, clothed in the veil of traditional relations between nations mentality? A nativist and isolationist position, rifles readied pointing at the shores of nations who think differently, or people seeking a better life. Or do we shake off the shackles of that age and blaze ahead with a new understanding of our collective humanity, one not rooted in the concept of nations and people, but of a brotherhood, a band of brothers in arms defending mightily the tenets of liberty, democracy and the right to a just life? It is our choice. Though I know, and you know too in your hearts, that united there is much we can do.

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Film – A Portrait of Nature

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The politicians of the world, our elected representatives, our dually appointed ministers, cabinet officials, secretaries and the rest of the ruling, political elites of the world have let the people down. They have stained the high ideals of their office. They have pillaged the coffers rightfully belonging to the people. They have lined their pockets. They have enriched themselves while the rest of us starve and yearn for a meal, or a place to sleep for the night. They sign accords, and laud their great accomplishments. But they have done little. This is not a portrait of nature. But of nature deformed, unfinished, and grotesque. We have allowed this to happen. Perhaps the day will come when we will say, no more. No more. No more.
Score
Philip Glass Etude No. 12
Film

Film – To Work In The City no. 3

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Hard work – what does it mean? It’s a phrase we throw around often, perhaps haphazardly without recognizing the deep meaning behind the very simple phrase. What is hard work? What does it mean? When a person does that which is difficult, without complaint, when they get up in the morning and lift themselves from bootstraps facing insurmountable odds for a higher cause – be it their communal values, or their families, or to secure a better tomorrow for themselves. Hard work is a value which we extol often, but we often lay the wreath at the feet of those who are undeserving. Remember the mothers or fathers married or otherwise , doing the hard work of raising a family, remember the workers, native or migrant in the factories or mills, in the mines or in the fields. Remember the servers, in the bars, restaurants and diners at odd hours of the night, remember the soldiers serving overseas defending our shores. Remember those who are doing the hard work of keeping the nation moving, keeping the wheels going, keeping hope, duty, values and meaning alive.

 

Score
William Tell Overture
And She Was, Carlos Cipa (Classical)
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”.