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Guest Column

Leaving Pavlovia
By Patrick J. Fornari
Aug 18, 2015 - 7:30:12 AM

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Donald Trump's dominance of the media is labeled as fascination with Mr. Trump. It's not about Trump it's about the American people. Trump is forcing all of us to consider leaving the comfortable and familiar place that has been fabricated for us by the media and our political elite over the last fifty plus years. A place I call "Pavlovia." Trump is simply saying what many Americans are thinking. Over time America's shared gut instinct has been replaced by political punditry which serves as the preordained version of truth and worse yet, wisdom. The internal natural voice you are born with has been eclipsed by an array of politically correct responses. Many of our conditioned and reflexive reactions feel quite natural and logical but they are not. For example the progressive movement has deformed our founder's intent of protecting the minority and the individual from the majority into a false doctrine that advocates rule by the minority. This distorted founding principle is not what your common sense as an American or logical human being dictates yet it is the typical blueprint of today's political discourse. Many Americans have been trained and conditioned much as Pavlov's famous dogs were.

President Obama seems to be a cheerleader for all countries except the United States. Any praise pertaining to America offered by Obama is usually read haltingly off the printed page or teleprompter and delivered in the most disingenuous manner possible as to not disrupt his base supporters who are similarly disposed to anti-American sentiment. I recall Obama's tentative praise of America but I don't ever recall him saying "I love this country or I love America." Conversely Trump seems bound to repeat those simple phrases compulsively. A blatant example of America's conditioned distorted perspective and priority surfaced after the first Republican debate. Our diminished sense of wisdom placed more value on words that were not actually spoken but invented or implied. Imagine yourself for a moment as a world renowned journalist with camera crew in tow who has magically been transported into a Christian village in the Mideast which has just had ISIS move through it. Now ask the first villager whom you see this simple question. "What do you think about what Donald Trump did or didn't say about Megyn Kelly?" Does anyone really think that questions about Donald Trump, trump the murder, rape and beheading of Christian children who bravely refuse to denounce their faith before the sword and hate of Islam moments before their own death? What does your gut say on this one? Can you hear that inner long lost voice? Is it a whisper or a scream? Or, has it been smothered by the shriek of political correctness?

In the last moments before a Christian or in some instances a Muslim child's execution under the enormous pressure to concede to the ultimate in forced political correctness why did he or she not lie? Was it their inner voice that gave them courage few Americans are ever asked to demonstrate? Why did they not simply renounce their Christian faith or if Muslim, profess to adhere to the version of Islam as demanded by their assassins? Would liberal Americans die for what their inner voice must surely say to them about the ridiculous manufactured outrage regarding the stream of false issues they claim to believe in? Perspective, priority and manufactured outrage converge in Pavlovia with disastrous consequence. Conditioned politically correct responses cannot effectively apply perspective, priority or outrage to politics. Only appropriate perspective, rational priority and genuine outrage will serve as a true reflection of your internal voice.

We all know the difference as to what is right or wrong, good or evil, we have since we were children and that hasn't changed. The tenets of the religion of Liberalism may preach a different perspective but it is only able to sway opinion if an appendage of guilt is attached to the argument. Absent guilt and shaming there is no valid liberal argument only vapid meaningless opinion designed to elicit the intended Pavlovian response. It's too bad Obama doesn't hate ISIS as much as he does the Tea Party, understand that the war on women is in the Mideast not in America or exhibit respect for Christianity with the same reverence he exudes regarding Islam. Obama presents himself as the world's biggest victim, a president in a constant battle to sell rotten ideas to Americans and the globe. He attaches guilt to an issue then claims there is "more work to be done." He never acknowledges victory apart from Obamacare or the killing of Bin Laden but instead bellows that he is still in the struggle for the American people. Donald Trump is goal oriented. He says "we are going over there to that mountain peak." He disregards the uncertainty of the fog blanketed path through the valley that leads to it. Donald Trump has flung all six doors of his limousine open and said to the American people "come on get in we're getting out of Pavlovia, I'll give you a ride as far as Opportunityville, the rest is up to you." Politically correct Pavlovian reflexive responses will not work in America's future if we intend to embrace truth and the re-founding of America. Lincoln's extraordinary Gettysburg Address represents a re-founding of America which honored our founders in the most sincere way. America must once again commit to the same truths and principles as Lincoln and the nation did in our immediate post-Civil War era, rather than let the steady degradation of our country caused by the progressive movement eradicate us completely.

America cannot reclaim its national sovereignty without reclaiming the concept of individual sovereignty which our country is founded on.

Will Americans continue as a people or nothing more than Pavlov's progressive dogs?

Are you ready as an individual to leave Pavlovia?

What does your inner voice say?

Patrick J. Fornari
Author of "Commoner Sense"

"Debate or Roast?"
by Patrick J. Fornari
Aug 10, 2015

The politically correct infantile reaction to Trump's comments do little to change the disastrous course America finds itself on. Many may not wish their politicians to embrace such a low brow "jobsite" demeanor but I have been shown over a lifetime that the collective genius of America's average working people outstrip the restrained Ivy League idiots intellect presented as America's brain trust by a thousand to one. America is made up of Americans not politicians. Donald Trump is offering vision, action and hard work as solution to America's problems just as my politically incorrect co-workers do. I have never seen a building built by "talking about it." It requires action, hard work, an enormous amount of brains and ceaseless swearing which becomes quite natural at the business end of a ninety pound jack-hammer after a sixty hour week.

America at Half-Staff
By Patrick J. Fornari
Aug 3, 2015

My assertion that we are a memorial culture is bolstered by the events of September 11th 2001, the presidents' clumsy evocation of the Crusades in an early 2015 speech and his 2009 "Cairo speech" in which our ideologically driven president completely misrepresented the concept of "American Exceptionalism." 911 should be memorialized in the most heartfelt way possible but the Crusades should be reserved for history class and should not be encouraged to be internalized with contemporized relevance and solemnity. The Cairo speech is exemplary of demagoguery and emotional manipulation at its worst.

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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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