Ours is the first true government of the people, by the people, for the people. It is referred to as "American Exceptionalism." Asking "Is America an exceptional country?" is a much different question than asking "What is American Exceptionalism?" Our historic exceptionalism is not transferable to other countries or cultures as Obama so flippantly indicated in his Cairo speech. It's a fact logged on history's timeline, not a source of nationalistic pride that can be adopted by or applied to any and all countries. Our America at Half-Staff culture is in danger of turning into a culture which flies the stars and stripes upside down as a sign of perpetual distress. Parents that shuffle their children to candle light vigils yet avoid Fourth of July celebrations for fear of instilling "overly patriotic sentiments" in those same children may wish to rethink their worldview.
America at Half-Staff
By Patrick J. Fornari (11:38 AM 8/6/2015 Beijing Time)
There are federal policies in place regarding flying the American flag at half-staff and presidents have discretion when it comes to the display of the American flag. Our attention to the government sanctioned position of our flag at any given time on federally controlled property no matter how justified or vilified according to any particular perspective is worthy of serious discussion but not obsession. Symbolism, however appropriate, honorable and emotionally stirring is not action.
America has become a memorial culture. Americans are generous empathetic people. In much of the world life is cheap. Many Americans are blissfully unaware of the widespread brutality and despotism that reigns across the globe. Our Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights make every second of our American lives possible. The rights, freedom and prosperity we enjoy are the direct result of our founding documents. In America life is valuable; as a result we rightly commemorate the loss of life. However, we should avoid the disparagement of our national identity which regrettably may sometime accompany our national grief. Everything that happens abroad or domestically isn't automatically America's fault.
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.
Why do these seemingly disparate events command attention? Because "Guilt" summons many an Americans' individual sense of fairness as it simultaneously feeds the Liberal narrative that portrays America as an "unfair" country. Americans were told by Liberals that 911 was our fault. The presidents' reference to the "Crusades" at the National Prayer Breakfast allowed Obama to once again utilize guilt in a disturbing comparison of moral equivalence and justification for the atrocities committed by ISIS. The Cairo speech was delivered in an inexcusable apologetic tone as Obama attempted to seek redemption for America's past sins by employing guilt along with a perverted definition of the term "American Exceptionalism." All three events are linked by the Progressive's coin of the realm currency; Guilt and collective atonement. This perspective, though certainly not shared by all Americans, is prevalent in our mainstream media's message as to how Americans should view themselves.
Cities, states and countries memorialize their historic and cultural milestones to one degree or another. My concern is that instant communication and electronic media have nationalized all tragedies. Are we to become a nation of people with tearful eyes cast downward? Will our national calendar be filled with candle lit public vigils adorned with flowers and stuffed animals under the fleeting light of Chinese Lanterns that drift skyward along with our contemplation of those lost? This is where the growth of Islamic terrorism and the Progressive movements' rewrite of American history converge in contrite uncertainty for some. The clear line between the good and evil has been blurred by political correctness and media propaganda. This dangerous ideological merger cleaves our American family and culture. A school, police, US military base incident or horrific accident are internal heartbreaks, even the perpetrator unless an illegal alien, is ours, its part of our culture. It's our business. There is a distinction between domestic calamity and the external menace which the Liberals' ceaseless bashing of America has been nourishing for decades. It's not good enough for a citizen or immigrant to hate America because it's America anymore. Today's Liberals more than ever before prod supporters to identify with foreign grievances then address those complaints from within the US. This is what I assert makes Obama's distorted, divisive, derisive Cairo speech seditious. I expect America's enemies to stir dissent across the globe; not our president. Racial division and mistrust in government are at a crescendo due to the appalling lack of the principled competent leadership that Americans deserve. The shaming of America, the effect of raising generations of new Americans in a culture so proficient in the celebration of shared grief and loss as a means to feel validated, inclusive and united will yield dire consequences. America cannot abide a culture that self-identifies as vanquished victims. Where will the capacity to face national challenges come from if the predominate national unifying social interaction is focused on loss, guilt and pain?
America has received a precious gift from our founders in the form of self-determination and liberty. It is the first time on the long arc of history that this circumstance exists to the degree Americans enjoy. America is the exception to history's eon's long rule. Ours is the first true government of the people, by the people, for the people. It is referred to as "American Exceptionalism." Asking "Is America an exceptional country?" is a much different question than asking "What is American Exceptionalism?" Our historic exceptionalism is not transferable to other countries or cultures as Obama so flippantly indicated in his Cairo speech. It's a fact logged on history's timeline, not a source of nationalistic pride that can be adopted by or applied to any and all countries.
Our America at Half-Staff culture is in danger of turning into a culture which flies the stars and stripes upside down as a sign of perpetual distress. Parents that shuffle their children to candle light vigils yet avoid Fourth of July celebrations for fear of instilling "overly patriotic sentiments" in those same children may wish to rethink their worldview.
As Americans we need to remember our losses, but not at the cost of forgetting our victories.
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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That there are probably many errors and circular arguments in relation to ancient history is attested to by many, including Colin Renfrew, Professor of Archaeology, Cambridge University (James Et. Al. 1991 : foreword pages.xiii-xv)
Since 2004 he has been writing academic articles, social commentaries and photographic 'Stories from China' both here at KingsCalendar, and formerly as a contributing columnist at Magic City Morning Star News (Maine USA) where from 2009 to 2015 he was Stand-in Editor. He currently has a column at iPatriot.com and teaches English to Business English and Flight Attendant College Students in Suzhou City Jiangsu Province People's Republic of China.)
BenDedek originally created the site to publicize his research results into the Chronology of Ancient Israel. Those results were published under the title: 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran.' Whilst there have been many attempts to solve the chronological riddle of the Bible's synchronisms of reigns of the kings of Israel and Judah and their synchronism with other Ancient Near Eastern Nations, no other research is based on a simple mathematical formula which could, if it is incorrect, be disproved easily. To date, no one has been able to dismiss the mathematical results of this research.
Free to air Academic articles set forth Apologetics for and results of his discovery of an "artificial chronological scheme" running through the Bible, Josephus, the Damascus Documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Seder Olam Rabbah. Check the Chapter Precis Page to see details of each chapter and to gain access to the Four Free to Air Chapters
(The Download book does not contain a section on Seder Olam)
Definition: King's Calendar Chronological Research
The Premise: Between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE (but continuing down to at least 104 BCE), Sectarian redactors transcribed the legitimate 'solar year' chronological records of Israel and Judah, into an artificial form, with listed years as each comprised of 12 months of 4 weeks of 7 days, or 336 days per year, thus creating a 13th artificial year where 12 solar years existed.
When the Synchronous Chronological Data provided in the Books of Kings and Chronicles for the Divided Kingdom Period are measured in years of 336 days, the synchronisms actually align. [Refer to Appendix 5. to see how it synchronises the Divided Kingdom Period]