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Film – Edwin’s Gambit

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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 44 – An Open Letter to the President

 

            An Open Letter to the President

                    By. Raimondo Graziano

Mr. President, I have a few concerns regarding your actions and conduct during your tenure thus far as President of the United States. Your actions and conduct are oftentimes unbecoming of the seat in which you reside, from your consistent attacks on your political rivals bordering on accusations of treason against members of the opposing party to failing to honor and respect our cherished allies abroad. Then there are the attacks on the press for their, alleged unfair coverage of yourself.

Your berating of immigrants and rhetoric concerning migrants coming over the Southern border and dog whistling to a particular class of individuals who feel that the source of their economic anxieties comes from the stealing of jobs by immigrants – which the facts and the evidence say are false. You have politicized numerous institutions in our country and continue to do so through your actions, and through your rhetoric. You tell lies and half-truths near daily and work to undermine faith and confidence in government and openly defy the orders leveled by the co-equal branch of government – the Congress. The way in which you treat the power and stature of the executive branch is breathtakingly out of step with tradition, and you indeed push the norms of the Presidency to new heights often and readily without respect for tradition, the rule of law and the unspoken customs of our system of governance.

Myself and many Americans are indeed fed up with Washington, the inconsistency of Congress, and the sheer corruption that runs rampant in that degenerate city built upon the backs of the working class and home to the nation’s wealthiest elites – while surrounded by a city of poverty. Indeed, the United States and its citizens are tired of the establishment and the practices that it employs. You have a unique opportunity, or perhaps you had a unique opportunity to bring together the people of the country in their hatred of a system built to tear them down. You had the opportunity to expose the corruption inherent within our government and perhaps you have, though not how you intended. You have shown us corruption with your numerous cabinet appointments who bend the law and through your nepotism in regards to your family and your continued hold on your personal business.

What is perhaps most saddening though is the false hope that you have given to so many. Your populist message resounded with those who feel that they have been left behind. You are indeed a transformative figure in American history, and the effects your tenure in office will have on our people, the nation, politics and the world is still too young to be fully grasped – but you have changed things. You did break the back of the establishment; but only to enrich the wealthy and yourself, and the people that you perhaps, that you maybe care for will be the ones that will feel the effects of your misguided policies and actions. Your presidency is still young, and although there is much against you, and much that is valid against you, I cannot help but feel as though you, like those who you victimize and dehumanize, have been subject to the same treatment.

Perhaps in your own way you do care for the country, I only hope that in your remaining time in office you can better articulate these sentiments and work to bring this country together against those who would do us harm. Your actions that are good and that are in line with protecting American supremacy are overshadowed often by your disregard for the norms of office, and by your categorically antithetical to American ideals actions and statements. Maybe you can find the unique opportunity presented to you – that you could use your position of prestige and privilege to unite the country against those who would see us destroyed and those who would seek to enrich themselves. Perhaps such a change of pace is wholly impossible, or perhaps, you may change. Only time will tell. Mr. President not only is your own legacy on the line, but the lives of millions.

You can bridge these divides and it will be a difficult stairway to climb, but as you’ve said, nothing in this country, in America, is impossible to achieve because at the end of the day – all of us here, all of us, are Americans and we are imbued by our creator with a revolutionary spirit. There is no doubt you are a man with gall, a man who could give a damn about what anyone thinks of him, because why else would you behave like you do? That in and of itself is admirable, and something I’ve wanted in a President for some time. And although your critics would disagree, you too sir, are an American with this same capacity for revolutionary change and firebrand spirit. It is never to late to make amends and heal our divides, especially from your unique position as the President, and in no small part to the historic nature of both your candidacy and presidency.

Old Howard Union

Issue Brief, 13 – A Word On Senator Sanders

While I support Senator Sanders I believe his comments regarding allowing certain individuals – in the case of his comments, the Boston Marathon Bombers –  the right , the sacred right to participate in our democracy as ill advised and misguided. Those that actively seek to sow terror and discord among their fellow countrymen, whatever their ideology is, should not be allowed to participate in our democratic processes because they themselves seek to fundamentally undermine it.


Show Notes

  1. https://boston.cbslocal.com/2019/04/23/bernie-sanders-backlash-felons-voting-right-marathon-bomber/
Writing

Piece 41 -The Preservation of Our Collective Wilds By. Raimondo Graziano

The Preservation of Our Collective Wilds
By. Raimondo Graziano

There is much talk domestically about the effects that man has had over the last two hundred years, due to industrialization, on our wilds, our rivers, our oceans and seas and in regards to the air we breathe and the water we drink. There is clear consensus that man has in some way or another adversely affected this place we call our home. That man has been derelict in his stewardship over this land of ours. That man has exploited the wilds, and precious resources of this our only home, for the benefit of profit, and an allegiance to the idea of perpetual growth. Two very misguided reasons, excuses really, for the degradation of our world and the ruining of such for our children and grandchildren to come. Our advances and strides have been great, and have afforded a standard of living onto the people of world unknown before in the history of humanity. Even to the poorest of the worlds poor. But, at what cost?


The world after the dawn of the industrial age was indeed a world of great promise, but it most be sternly noted, that it was a world of capitalism run rampant and exploitation on a grand scale, a gilded age in which the barons of industry dug their claws further into government and the relationship between business and governance grew ever closer, and the rights of workers not yet enumerated where trampled upon. The beginning of deforestation of our great wilds, acidification of our oceans, lakes and streams and poisoning of our water supplies, and the exponential consumption of resources and the boom in the number of peoples in this world was simply the surface of the greed to come.


In progress, we often skirt the long term aims and safeguards, for short term gains of wealth and appeasement of an ever hungry mass. In other words, we forget and neglect our role as stewards – the role of ensuring the sanctity of our home for profit. In this a lesson can be learned, that we need not forsake progress to preserve our world – rather a balance must be stuck. Greed, excess, and the ills of capitalism cannot be allowed to run amok. Industry serves it’s own ends, and only from vocal public pressure can we ensure that industry, and the politicians they fund remain accountable. We must act now, or forsake the great project that is humanity due to perhaps our greatest inherent flaw – blind belief in our right to exist, independent of our care for this world.

Old Howard Union

37 – Federal Reforms

How can a people oriented majority siphon away the hold and power of the elites of the country and put more influence in the hands of the people, how can we ensure that we live in a country truly for all Americans? Reforms on the federal level to fundamentally change the way in which our government works.

Show Notes
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