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A Tale of Two Cities
By Patrick J. Fornari
Apr 15, 2015 - 8:32:45 PM

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Whether you live in a small town or large city for many Americans the quality of their day to day lives is determined not only by where they live, but also by what is happening in Washington DC. Over recent decades the average working person's voice has been muted in regard to his or her influence over Washington. Conversely, the impact of big government has increased to near intolerable levels. Bureaucratic intrusion into every aspect of your American life is now dictated from DC, much as the edicts of past kings were imposed onto their subjects. Isn't this what our American revolution was about? An historic effort to sever our relationship with a remote government and king? Why are Americans seemingly reverting back to nothing more than the individual occupying the Old World role of commoner instead of embracing their natural birthright as an American citizen?

In a word it is because of, Incrementalism.

The double punch combination of heavily funded bureaucratic expansion and ever burgeoning political correctness has caught Americans, who are primarily occupied with trying to survive and thrive, off guard. We are a country that has not had to defend our God-given rights and freedoms on a daily basis. Our founders fought those ideological and real battles for us centuries ago in an effort to ensure our freedoms forever. However, our founders knew well that freedom must be maintained lest the natural avarice of government will devour it. That long feared time is upon us due to the insidious, incremental, century plus creep of Progressivism.

What is the difference between an unelected bureaucrat passing and enforcing laws and taxes from a city that is as ideologically and culturally distant to Americans now as Britain and King George was to colonists during our founding? Whether decree by King or faceless administrator these are acts of government force just the same. How did the all-powerful regal proclaimers of policy come to be the arbiters of your freedom? Elected politicians put them in place as a method to control the electorate and limit existential political challenges to them or to the entrenched stagnant power which fouls Washington DC and, by proxy, your city and life.

This is as antithetical to the intent of our founding as can possibly be. Our federal ship of state is so laden with useless money-extracting cargo that it has all but cleared the Idea of America, its original charter, from its keeps. The American people and their founding freedoms have been thrown overboard.

Slowly but surely our rights and freedoms, our concept of limited non-intrusive big government has yielded to bureaucracy and politically correct legislation emanating from ambiguous policy makers and well-funded special interest groups. In DC the streets are paved with gold while most politicians in your city or state can't accurately account for highway funds sourced from your taxes. Taxes collected by the mother of all extra constitutional strong-arm bureaucracies, the IRS. The IRS is a tool of government force so commanding that it is actually allowed to proclaim your guilt without any presumption of innocence whatsoever. The IRS is the prime example of constitutional abdication by unelected officials that fear no recourse from Americans that have had their property rights and due process violated to an obscene degree.

This begs a practical question. In which city does the average working American wish to live? The one built by fellow citizens reflecting the values of his or her community? Or a remote city that most of will never see and that does not represent our values let alone afford us any practical sway over it?

Choose carefully, for I fear we all will become citizens of DC, the city where the unelected prince and princesses of bloated government policy decide your future during extravagant liquor drenched lunches.

Never mind that you and the people of your city pay for the royal lunches in DC on a daily basis.

Maybe your tax money should stay in your city, rather than being sent off to a princedom.

Which tale of your life as an American citizen is to be told?

The tale of two cities or the tale of the city that matters to you?

Patrick J. Fornari
Author of "Commoner Sense"

"Basic Instinct"
by Patrick J. Fornari
April 2, 2015

In short, the government should not force an individual to bake, arrange flowers or take photographs for an individual in a free market system full of other options for the same service. A Colorado baker has already been forced to bake "Gay wedding cakes," undergo sensitivity training and was subjected to government monitoring. If it becomes common practice to use government force to require one individual to submit to involuntary labor on behalf of another individual, we will lose America.

"Beware the Ides of March"
Patrick J Fornari
Mar 17, 2015

Hillary Clinton proudly defines herself as a "Modern American Progressive." This is akin to shouting from the rooftops, "I'm a liar and I want everyone to know it!" I don't feel that writing phrases such as "less than forthright" or "disingenuous at best" as substitutes for the word lying demonstrate tolerance or civility. Use of those phrases can only denote intentional ignorance on my part. Let's dismiss the happy talk and embrace the reality of our present situation. You must listen to your own gut, because I can scarcely think of a politician or pundit that has the average working Americans best interest at heart. Happy talk just won't cut it.

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Patrick J. Fornari was born and raised in Indiana, and spent the first half of his three plus decade construction career working in the Midwest and Western United States, including Illinois, Wyoming, Washington, Colorado, California and Arizona. For the second half of his career, he worked construction on several Caribbean islands, giving him a unique perspective on his home country. Fornari currently lives in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

"Commoner Sense"
By Patrick J. Fornari
iUniverse Press
Published 3/7/2014
ISBN: 978-1-4917-2273-2
156 pages
Softcover $16
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