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.

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 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; Belief Without Dogma By. Raimondo Graziano

Belief Without Dogma
By. Raimondo Graziano

Can there be belief in a greater cause, a unifying theme and ideal without all the trappings of dogmatic preaching and ideological punditry? Is this stance even possible, or plausible in the modern day? Why is it that throughout much of our history these two distinctive concepts have moved throughout it all, coupled together m, joined at the hip in a destructive spiral through each one of our lived and through each major moment in our history?

Belief and dogma; together they are the basis of radicalism. Though separate them and you have to benign concepts. On the one, belief. A belief, a strong yearning within and a pull towards something greater than oneself. On the other hand, dogma, blind adherence to a cause, belief or political system.

While belief can be the bedrock foundation of our faith in not only ourselves, but of others, dogma can be the flame within which connects you viscerally to a set of values. However when one and the same, and when propagated by one or a number of charismatic leaders, the consequences have proven deadly throughout history. From Roman Emperors, to the Catholic Church, to the Hans in China, and the Mullahs in Iran and from Germany in the 1930’s to the Republican Party and base today in the United States. Belief tied with dogmatic adherence to value and customs can be downright dangerous.

However, if we seek to build a belief within ourselves, and form a bedrock of foundational principles we can see that these are not one concept together, but two distinctive ones and we can leverage both to build a better world. Through the individual, we can see past the lies that the elites and supposed intellectuals of the world push on us subconsciously. Through an educated populace we all together can break the wheel so to speak, for good.