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

General

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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

 

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