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Guest Column

What's my motivation here?
By Patrick J. Fornari
Jun 12, 2015 - 7:44:25 AM

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Americans, through natural and acquired disposition, are fundamentally optimistic. Our revolutionary history and considerable strength developed due to continual challenges to our freedom combined with our infrastructure and technological advance have given us reason to feel and act, hopeful. However, many of the weighty political, social and economic hurdles that forged the character of previous generations of Americans have passed. All countries endure, and with any luck, overcome such circumstances.

America is different because in many ways it can be considered the only country founded on an idea, rather than disputes over territory, ethnicity, religion or resources. Our founders were clever enough to market our revolution and subsequent founding as an idea. How else would you attempt enlist the support of a populace to revolt against Britain, the world's superpower of our forefather's time? Turns out, it was a pretty damn good idea. Previous generations have prospered from the temper of the white hot forging that gave birth to America. Our post founding emergence onto the world stage yielded similar benefit to successive generations in strength of individual character and the essential asset of national unification.

The question arises; do we still possess these attributes? Are we united or divided? Will we stand or fall? Honor, patriotism, honesty, integrity and responsibility are just a few of the disciplines no longer taught at our institutions of higher learning. Is it any wonder why our military almost unilaterally has taken on the responsibility of defending our country? Values are still taught in military organizations, but not in the majority of our colleges and universities. Our ivory tower fortresses of Liberal indoctrination seem to cocoon its students in an academic elitist fantasy world of perpetual adolescence. The real world is not a "safespace." Students from military establishments realize this, many others do not.

The more challenges a country overcomes, the more strength and confidence it acquires. As if exercising a well- toned muscle able to perform more efficiently as it is used. Regrettably, many of todays' less than cognizant Americans are the byproduct of America's success. The well-intended task of America's greatest generation to give their 1950's and 60's children a better quality of life than they had, free of world war, hunger and economic uncertainty, produced a generation of Americans that were not tested to the same degree as their parents. The greatest generation understood the burgeoning success of America. They occupied a unique space in history in their appreciation of it by identifying with their generation's role in that success. It was World War I and to a greater degree, World War II, which turned America's military into the finest military on earth. Many, whether they served abroad in combat or contributed to the unprecedented ramping up of America's industrial might at home exercised their mental, emotional and physical muscles fully. The loss of life worldwide and widespread destruction in Europe, Japan and parts of Russia, compelled many Americans to appreciate their homeland in a completely different way. I can only imagine that a combat veteran of WWII felt quite comfortable in his or her post war job selling life insurance from his or her office or new cars down at the local dealership. I think most had probably seen enough action to last a lifetime. Their attention instead turned to what really mattered to them, their family, their work, their opportunity to prosper in a world that they and many of their generation had bought and paid for, many, as with a number of our founders, but on a much greater scale, with their own lives. Following generations of course flourished in the new prosperous largely peaceful world they inherited but were not charged with actually defending or supporting it to any uncomfortable degree. I of course recognize the sacrifice of veterans and family members of Vietnam, Korea or other post World War II conflicts, but those conflicts were not, "World Wars." The segment of our population who embrace the duty of defending America now, in the Mideast and elsewhere, continues to wane in our instant gratification society. Our so called, "modern culture" shuns principles grounded in "honor, patriotism, honesty, integrity and responsibility."

It is not unique or immoral for youth to act and think as youth. The problem is the "Baby Boomers" had babies, and many have remained babies. We are a society that pursues everlasting youth as a national cultural goal. Our obsession with our electronic toys and tools has turned our gaze inward instead of outward toward a lifelong pursuit of personal and national maturity. The combination of immigrants that share no traditionally unifying characteristics with Americans along with American born children that are not educated as to the "Idea of America" leave that idea, in grave peril.

As I walk through this world I often encounter electronically obsessed Americans that look up at me briefly from their electronic device in order to avoid the possibility of me knocking them over. I admittedly hold little regard for their safespace if they refuse to pay attention to their surroundings. Their deer in the headlight facial expressions sometimes make me feel as if they are about to utter aloud what a Stanislavski trained actor might say as they look up from their screenplay or movie script.

"What's my motivation here?" - As a citizen of America that is.

If I were to answer, my response would include two directions.

First, you need to project true emotion to the camera of somebody that is about to get knocked on your butt. And second, "Freedom."

However, unfortunately for America, I just don't think you are right for the part.

Patrick J. Fornari
Author of "Commoner Sense"

When Baltimore Burns -- Again
By Patrick J Fornari
May 14, 2015

Baltimore is where many US. Cities are heading, they are a chain of Democrat governed "Banana Republics" strewn across the country with the potential to be burning at any moment fueled by an unending volatile river of progressive lies. One and all of its city leaders brainwashed just as severely as the current high priest of Liberalism, Barrack Obama. Obama dreams of being able to run America unencumbered by our pesky US Constitution just as the majority of the world's banana republic dictators do. It's who he is, it's who he emulates.

A Tale of Two Cities
By Patrick J Fornari
Apr 15, 2015

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.

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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
E-book $4

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