11.16.2013

Wherefore Art Thou, America?


 A post Veteran's Day Thought

Everyday heroes is who used to walk past us in the Post Office, the dentist's an' the pumpkin' patch. Folks whose commitment to America was in they bones, never required no long, deep thinkin' to do the right thang 'cause it wuz, right.

Now, after 40 years of UN curriculum in schools, the liberal sway of even "conservatives,"  people is either out an' out anti-American, or, jes' sad, confused about what's happend an' not sure how to do somethin' about it.

So heah is a commentary sent to Uncle, that Aunty wants to pass on. Y'all help out, too, iffin' ya' would, by posting this on yore social feeds or bloggin' 'bout it too.  Thang is, we can recover from this maliase--we jes' need ter do it as an army of individuals.  Speak well of yore American roots, attend patriotic events, teach all the neighbor chillen' what the Bill of Rights be, an' how no folks on the face of the earth ever had such as this  a'fore America wuz birthed, an' how it would take another 1000 years to figure it out again infin' Western history is revised to suit the "citizens of the world."  When the lessons of centuries--the map to freedom- is erased, how is folks to know the road back to freedom? Think on that some, but first, please read below, act accordingly an' pass it on.
Please.
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Costco sells Goodyear wiper blades for almost half the price that you will pay
on the outside and they are made in the U.S.A.


Unfortunately our politicians and top CEO's (GE etc) have
pushed for trade to China and Mexico for years so Americans are now out of work.

Did you Know that there is no electric coffee maker made in the US and that
The only kitchen appliances made in the US is Viking?


I DIDN'T KNOW HALLMARK CARDS WERE MADE IN CHINA !
That is also why I  don't buy cards at Hallmark anymore, They are Made in China and are
more expensive! I buy them at Dollar Tree - 50 cents each and made in USA

I have Been looking at the blenders available on the Internet.
Kitchen Aid is MADE IN The US . Top of my list already...


Yesterday I was in Wal Mart looking for a wastebasket. I found some made
in China for $6.99. I didn't want to pay that much so I asked
the lady if they had any others. She took me to another department
And they had some at $2.50 made in USA . They are Just as good. Same As a kitchen
rug I needed. I had to look, but I found some made in the USA - what a concept! - and they
were $3.00 cheaper.


We are being brainwashed to believe that everything that comes from
China and Mexico is cheaper. Not so.

I was in Lowe's the other day and just out of curiosity, I looked
At the hose attachments. They were all made in China . The next day I was
In Ace Hardware and just for the heck of it I checked the hose attachments there.
They were made in USA ..







Start looking, people . . ...In our current economic situation, every Little thing
We buy or do affects someone else - most often, their job.


My grandson likes Hershey's candy. I noticed, though, that it is
Now Marked "made in Mexico ."My favorite toothpaste Colgate is made in Mexico ..
now I have switched to Crest.


You have to read the labels on everything.


This past weekend I was at Kroger . . . I needed
60W light bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets. I was in the light bulb aisle,
And right next to the GE brand I normally buy was an off-brand labeled,
"Everyday Value." I picked up both types of bulbs andcompared them: they were the same
except for the price . . .
the GE bulbs cost more than the Everyday Value
Brand, but the thing that surprised me the most was
the GE was Made in MEXICOAnd the Everyday Value brand was made in - you guessed it.
the USA at a company in Cleveland , Ohio .

It's way past time to start finding and buying products you use
Every Day that are made right here.

So, on to the next Aisle: Bounce Dryer Sheets... Yep, you guessed it,
Bounce cost more money and is made in Canada.
The Everyday Value Brand cost Less, and was MADE IN THE USA !
I did laundry yesterday AND the dryer sheets
performed just like the Bounce Free I have been
using for years, at almost half the price.


MY CHALLENGE TO YOU IS to start reading the labels
when you shop for everyday things and
see what you can find that is made in the USA.
The job you save may be your own or your neighbor's!
If you accept the challenge, pass this on to
OTHERS in your Address Book so we can
ALL start buying American, one light bulb at a time!




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An' y'all, Aunty would add this idea--why not tell the ACE man that ya come to his store on account of his havin' American Made products. An write to the Hallmarks and Hershey's an' tell them to bring their manufacturin' back home.   Then send this info on to your STATE senators an' reps, tell 'em how important  it be to welcome American Made companies to yore state, to offer tax incentives to American Made product companies.  Since a dollar speaks louder than words, put the issue of American Made on the political landscape, let wannabe pols know, yore support goes to the candidate that supports American Companies that manufacture thangs right heah in the USA.

Oh, an' as found on the Back Porch in the past, please support local farmers and craftsmen.





Rediscover the personal--the people in your own community who grow vegetables, raise chickens, make furniture,




 

weave blankets,  make cheese, craft jewelery, sell their jellies and relish at the Saturday Farmer's mkt.....





one of mah favorite thangs in the kitchen is a wunnerful covered dish I bought from Edifice Rex, a fellow blogger who homesteads in Alabama.





This dish done give me an ' Uncle a lot of pleasure over the last three years.  We could all do with fewer thangs but of higher quality, personal like, ya' know? Support good folks doin' good thangs.

In mah town we have a fair number of Oriental and Latin ladies who be whiz-women wif' a needle. Aunty done took an old blazer to be taken apart an used as a pattern fer a new one (this style bein' no longer in style, except to me).  I got me an eye-full!  Fer slightly less price than a new jacket, Aunty will have her own custom model, made with superior tweed, and not mass produced--probably will go in the coffin wif' me, as it woan wear out much.  An' the local lady an' her local shop will prosper--as it should. An' oh mah goodness, the beautiful thangs she had made--a young lass came to pick up her Homecoming gown, thar be an ethereal Christening gown, several bidness suits....look around yore town an' see whar' ya can spend yore dollar an' it stayes in YORE community.

I bet y'all have some ideas of yore own, experiences ya could share?? Please share yore insight wif' me--I'se aimin' to learn how to practice what I done preached.






38 comments:

Aunty Belle said...
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GenX said...

Right on target Aunty!

fishy said...

All good points Aunty, although I would like to mention that link was not entirely factual. Frigidaire and Electrolux manufacture Kitchen appliances in South Carolina.

There are quite a few websites dedicated to Made in America sourcing. Definitely we should all speak up at the stores if American Made goods are not offered.

I am thrilled with the number of small "artisan" businesses in our region. I am proud to say our state has a "heritage" program focused on the support of smaller, family owned agriculturally based businesses. In our county the school board and the hospital now have contracts with local producers for dairy, vegetables, fruits and some meats. "Keep it local" is practiced here.

In our community a fella stood up at a council meeting a few years back and said he'd had about enough of his tax dollars being spent on "incentives" to attract foreign business and would they please agree to give priority consideration to offering American companies incentives to stay.
That man got a standing ovation.

I am finding more and more folks are speaking up about issues of faith and country. Last week I chatted with a woman who home schools her children. She said it was never anything she wanted to do but found it was something she had to do because she wanted her children to grow up to be "proud Americans with a deep faith and appreciation of God and country"

I told her I hoped she would go to school board meetings to pass along that very key point. It is shameful families need to take their children out of school to protect them from predatory brainwashers.

That same day I had lunch with a friend at a local Mennonite bakery. They have a sign in the window which says, "Your prayers are welcome here"

Hopefully, there is momentum.

Doom said...

Aunty,

I do like the sentiment. I also have reservations. I will start with the sentiment in favor then hit the problems.

I do like the notion of keeping dollars, for what they are worth, here, in the US, and as local as possible. I literally want my neighbor to be getting a piece of my dollar. Not just for tribal reasons, our personal reasons (if he is comfortable he will keep his property up, which will keep my property value up, etc), but also as a generally good thing, to my mind and spirit.

American workers do, or have, worked harder and are, or were, more productive, than workers in the rest of the world, according to accounts I have seen. This is why I don't mind there being a better payoff for better work. Quality, at one time, was top shelf as well. More productive? Better quality? That merits better pay.

My problems? There is a limit to better pay for better product. And in some/many cases, the line was crossed long ago. Unions, and the government, broke that. Further, companies and cities and states and the feds, have so over-compensated that bankruptcy has swallowed many entities and will consume many more.

I no longer buy American vehicles. The quality is not there. Not for the cost. I buy Nissan. Those workers are paid half (but too generously even so) what American brand automakers pay their workers, both working in America, and I do get much better quality and at a much better price.

As to artisans? I simply cannot afford much of what they produce. There is a limit, for many, perhaps most, of us regarding quality. Further, artisans offer no such thing as a warranty or guarantee. If that is in your price range, I can support it. But I honestly cannot do that. I am not, cannot be, a patron to the arts. Isn't government doing that? A bit of a sting there, I must admit, as well.

I do love the idea. I just believe some things have to change. I will take up your challenge, and look and compare. If the quality is there, and the price is even, I will lend my hand to the American worker. But as with autos, if it is not there I will pass and snuffle, and happily. I owe elitist, insufferably overpaid, leftist workers nothing.

Fair enough?

fishy said...

LOL @ Doom
"I owe elitist, insufferably overpaid, leftist workers nothing."

The good news is Doom, and the rest of us, can buy American Made products without supporting the "insufferable". Just buy from the manufacturers in the 24 RIGHT TO WORK states.

www.nrtw.org

edifice rex said...

Thank you Aunty for your kind words and promotion of us small artisans! I have worked hard the past few years to buy local or US made whenever I can. Also written about this a few times on my own blog. It is a completely reasonable thing to strive for and I would say our dollars probably have more influence over the way things go in our world more than our votes at this point. Maybe.
I would also agree with Fishy, my Frigidaire appliances were made here; I checked. Some Whirlpool are also. A lot of people just assume not much is made here anymore, such as dishes, but we actually still have a huge manufacturing base, we just need to support it more. Also, as a small artist, I DO offer a guarantee on my work and know many artisans who do. If you are not happy with my work for ANY reason (other than you broke it), just send it back and I will be happy to refund your money.

edifice rex said...

Let me also say, that I agree with Doom too, in that there is sometimes a limit on what some people can afford. I would love to support the all woman company that makes work jeans for women but at $110 a pair I simply cannot. But, I do what I can, where I can.

chickory said...

Support local. Be local. It's the future for sure. Globalism was never good for anyone but the top top top. Growing food, having the chicks, working on local projects took away the helplessness I felt Xo Aunty

Chick'ry

Doom said...

fishy,

Thank you for that. Good to see my state is in there. So many details, but it IS in the details, innit?

Edifice Rex,

I did actually review your work. Before you wrote. Your prices are reasonable, as that is heirloom work. I was dithering about whether to order an item, or look local. I may order a serving bowl or three, then look local for future needs, as money allows mind you, given that you have a guarantee. For Aunty, for you, to support the arts, and really... for me too!

Chickory,

If teotwawki happens, sure. But until then, purely local would become as bad as globalism. I still remember stores in small towns choking people (me, my mother, the rest of the town) half to death with their prices, since big cities (and lower prices) were 'so far away' for us 'peasants'. Not enamored of that system, either, purely. But I am beginning to learn gardening. First year? Not so hot, but I did learn. Next year? A trickler water system I will put together myself. Weeds were murder. Maybe chickens this spring, or next, if still fearfully.

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Grumpy, perhaps, but I do try. There simply isn't a perfect system. The closer we get to one single system, though, the worse things get. Globalism is merely the monster of the moment.

foam said...

So far I've managed to stay local and hand made with my Christmas shopping. Some lucky relative is getting a gourd vase, another one is getting a hand carved wooden bowl, and whoever will get the leaf shaped pillows or the handmade soy candles or the handcrafted soaps. All these items were purchased from a local church that was fundraising for something .. I forget.

Aunty Belle said...

Hey y'all,

These heah is wunnerful comments. I appreciate the insight y'all all has.

Will say that I be so relieved that Florida is a right to work state.

doom, ya have an important observation which is that local isn't always better in quality. An' Aunty doan mean to suggest that we sould support junk jes' cause it's local.

Edi-Rex, youse welcome fer the shout out, an' I mean every word: Me an Uncle enjoy your dishes in our kitchen.

An lemme also give a shout out to Chick'ry, whose art makes fantastic gifts and home treasures. I have a singular Nativity from Ande that is one of my all time favorite thangs in this house.

Fishy, I luv that story of the fella who tole the councilmen to refocus incentives on the local folks.

Maybe this is a good time to make another plug for the poet Wendell Berry, who wrote an important book, Another Turn of the Crank, which in a very few pages lays out the whole local economy philosophy and mechanics. amazon will send it to ya in a three days.

Foamy! Ah ha! See? Youse living it. Lucky Christmas recipients who have Foam as their friend. I 'specially 'preciate handmade candles, and wooden bowls, an' yore folks will too. Well done.

The other thang to mention heah, is how when some local folks do ok wif' their offerings, it encourages others to do the same. our area now has a couple of local cheese makers, cause the first done so well.

One thang we now sport round this area are several small breweries. I hadn't learned to sip beer yet, but am tilde the stuff is first rate.


. An if ya look at the link on the furniture maker man, it will talke you to other cities where some fellas is goin' into handmade.

Wouldn't hurt mah feelings iffin' y'all wanted to share some sources, iffy' ya find worthwhile stuff.

Thank to all fer a grand discussion.

Karl said...

Good afternoon Aunty Belle,

I do read the labels and will go out of my way to find an American made product. Also making a point in a store to management. When I can't find an American a product and walk out without them making a sale, is kind of entertaining.

Of course this is from a guy who's only artistic talent, is putting a happy face in a target at 300 yards with an AR-10.

The biggest problem in this discussion, is that for every one of us who believe in supporting those around us and buying to support our own country. There are two, who were too oblivious to care. If it's cheap from Wal-Mart, it's a deal. Educating folks, cheap is not the most economical part of the equation. Is the most difficult part of sending the message.

Anonymous said...

exceptional a'Murka. theres more to local mr Doom than the problem of prices and monopolies. its a rejection of the construct. its an attempt to HEAL ourselves from this rancid ass culture.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRuIJwifcxk

Anonymous said...

sorry that be Chick'ry above. watch the video. we have to be honest to get better.

Anonymous said...

sorry that be Chick'ry above. watch the video. we have to be honest to get better.

Doom said...

Wow, Chickory, really? Really? Whatevs. If I wanted a communard leftist green freak, I could have at least found one that hit on the right things. This woman doesn't even try.

Seriously? Whatevs.

Anonymous said...

I would put myself in the general area of libertarian conservative and I think those observations are correct.

Anonymous said...

I would put myself in the general area of libertarian conservative and I think those observations are correct.

Doom said...

If you say so. I used to be hard left, and those remind me of that. Only not the brighter part of it, ideas I mocked even when I was a part of that. I'm not angry with anyone, some people are that way. I am simply disappointed.

I could tear that whole thing down in moments, but there is nothing left to really work with so I won't bother. If you honestly sense that as the truth, I have only one recourse. Prayer.

chickory said...

well thanks, I'll take prayers. and I will keep my guns too. sorry, however vitriolic her delivery, we are sick fat ill informed and sucked dry by debt and perpetual war. there is nothing leftist about recognizing how it is. If you havent seen the epic decline in this nation in the last 10 years then I dont know what. 2008 TARP should have been the wake up club over the head for everyone. It was for me. I already learned, as you must also have, that sparring is a waste of time. I spent 4 years on it gained nothing and lost precious time I could have been outside with living things. Dont worry about a reply. Im not coming back.

Aunty! I love ya! xo

Doom said...

I will just say one thing about being fat. Well... several. As one of the many topics to discuss. First, did you realize even lab animals are even putting on weight, more weight, to obesity levels? How is that important? That is a very good question, considering they are fed in a scientific manner to avoid that. Water? Air? A sense of imminent disaster? Animals do put on extra weight when they sense something bad, or when the "pill" infects their water.

Second, with women choosing to not be wives and mothers, or working "on the side", who exactly has time to cook proper meals? Men?

The problems, none of them, are as simple or straightforward as this idiot bimbo puts it. And, more likely than not, she is one of the larger pieces of the problem than having anything to offer but a fashionably commie scorn for what she doesn't like. She isn't a part of the solution, or even good at pointing out the problems. She is just a cog, and not the brightest of them.

Doom said...

I think, actually, my underlying issue is what is it with fat people and you anyway? The only reason to be involved is because you might end up paying for it somehow (in spite of you having supported it to point with tax money making the poor the fattest on the planet, but only in America). Essentially, those against fat people are usually tools for the state which is taking over medical care, nothing more. Much like the anti-smokers (though that was also due to political donations going to the 'other side' as well).

No, I'm actually not fat. One of my interns thought I looked like a higher level football player.

Anyway... getting fat, beyond all that, is a thing of age. People live longer, all around. Perhaps if the fatties were cut off from medical care, that would suit your libertarian conservative notions?

I could rip into the idiocy of the military notion as well. Oh, I agree with some of the notion that we shouldn't be, or at least still be, in some places. I was never for nation building, if I wouldn't have minded keeping bases planted firmly in muzzy territory as reminder and base of operations for renewed... vigorous insult to islam if need be. But you can't build free me out of slaves... whether to a state or ideology or false religion. Only them spilling each others blood will do that. But if we scaled back our military, as wrongly used as it may have been, the nations poised to fill that role would be a disaster, coming from nations which have too many young, unmarriageable men and ideological domination on their minds. But I won't go deeper.

chickory said...

I did come back. Dont project onto me assumed thoughts on fat and extrapolate it into an assault on mothers and the poor. Your comments say a hell of a lot more about you than me.

I think the remarkable fatness in the USA is bad food, for which I lay the blame on corporate agriculture, GMO's, incessant advertising, being worked to death, stressed to death...we are not living longer well - unless you think being on a scooter at the grocery store is a triumph

One example of what has happened to america: Monsanto. In other countries, they are outright banned. Here? we cant even get the damn food labeled. Their lobby is powerful and Obama is their creature. America is a for profit corporation; it should be obvious. and you were worried about local economy becoming Potterville.

This IS Potterville.

Loving america doesnt mean rah rah rah at all of it.

Finally, I dont recall ever speaking to you so rudely on your blog when I was about the only one that ever commented there. See if you can make your points without assigning to me thoughts I never had. Say what YOU think and leave it at that.


chickory said...

to all: Abby Martin's piece is a purposefully stylistic harsh commentary on the fall back comfort of "american exceptionalism".

We are 17 trillion in debt. There is no clever comeback for this reality.

http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/

Jefferson's prophecy is upon us.

"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies . . . If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] . . . will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered . . . The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs." -- Thomas Jefferson -- The Debate Over The Recharter Of The Bank Bill, (1809)

^^^^this is Libertarianism^^^^

It might have been conservatism, had they not died a pitiful loser's death.

moi said...

I'll be back later (after my run in the woods :o) ) to comment further, but I do think it's interesting to see a debate between two conservatives, Chickory and Doom. I don't find this disheartening, but, rather, an indication of the levels of debate and thought that can exist within a single so-called political philosophy. The liberals all tow one single line, but more and more lately, the conservatives seem to be the torch bearers for the only idea that really matters (to this anarcho-free market-ist at least): how does one properly live as a free individual? The liberals long ago abandoned this particular ship.

carry on . . .

Doom said...

Rude? Fair enough. I will say though, if you haul off and punch someone in the face, expect a rude reaction. Word for word, blow for blow, this is how men work. God might ask for more, but even He knows that can't, and shouldn't always, be expected. He did ask for genocide at one point, and caused it, so... If you don't understand that there is little else to say. Do you understand?

chickory said...

This has turned into a lovely showcase of your attitude about women in general. Punch on, Big Guy.

Aunty Belle said...

Well mah goodness....shall I go make some popcorn?

moi said...

I spent the year before last purchasing only clothing that was Made in the U.S., a first world country, or that was being "recycled" on eBay or at a consignment store. It was extremely difficult to find Made in U.S. clothing that wasn't also really pricey. But it was also by and large well made and durable. I've purchased $30 jeans made in Malaysia. They're garbage. So a triple-digit pair of pants isn't really expensive if you wear them for years.

That being said, I would also like to remain free to buy whatever product from whatever individual, company, or country I want. I buy local the stuff that is readily available locally, if it's a good product at a price that I deem fair. But I don't get my knickers in a twist if I spring for an occasional watermelon trucked in from California or wherever.

Doom said...

Chickory,

Oh you of little faith. Were I to attack women, I would do so directly and you would feel a fierce fire indeed. No. Women have no more power today than they did on the day of choosing the fruit in the garden. Which, even if taken at face value, isn't what it seems. Women for fear, men for the want of love, both fail. No, not against women.

Women have been allowed to make choices they don't make well by men who thrived on them making the wrong choice, repeatedly, through history. It is the men who have corrupted the system with whom I have anger. Women will do what they are allowed to do, pushed to do, and they are easily herded. I will, however, try to teach. I used to be a dark herder, and hoarder, of women. Fifty notches, at a minimum. More had I the interest.

If you don't like that notion, that is fine. But my anger isn't at the women who fail exactly as they were intended to fail. It is at those who have opened the fastest path to failure for them. Believe in equality as you wish. Know, simply, that I am not in agreement. Granted, men fail spectacularly on our own, with or without the door being held open for us. Even in that, there is a difference. Not a better one, but with the opportunity for it.

Aunty Belle said...

Onliest thang I wanna say is that advertisements is showin up heah, an I din't invite them nor approve of them.

Anonymous said...

Seems to me that some of the things you folks left Europe because of all those years ago, are now part of your own national fabric.

Maybe you need a new ship.

But into space this time?
The final utopian frontier?

A
x

BlazngScarlet said...

We have a store here locally ....
the Made In America Store.
Everything in it, including registers, office goods, etc, are made in america.
You can check them out online:
http://www.madeinamericastore.com/

Aunty Belle said...

Ah, Scotsman, you yet roam . No boat fer AB, some thangs you finally have to fight, not flee.

Blzng, that is very nifty!

Anonymous said...

Hey Doom
"Fifty notches, at a minimum"
This could be construed as being a whore, as far as I'm concerned. Kiss and tell, eh? Braggart!

Sissy said...

Light Bulbs - "Everyday Value." I picked up both types of bulbs andcompared them: they were the same
except for the price . . .

I mostly buy the cheaper bulbs but find they don't last long and some blow out in seconds. Often find one in new package defective already, so all in all, I feel it best to buy the better brand. money issue though. I have found some of cheap brands marked "made in China", especially those new swirly types, although I have several of those that HAVE lasted longer than five years - can't beat that with a stick :) Yet, they contain mercury and no place to safely dispose of those - no where! I seriously worry that people in general know nothing about the hazards of this source of mercury.

Our bodies are laden with heavy metals. Wanting a test done by my doctor for heavy metals, I was told there wasn't one! Only shows me, medical system isn't on top of this problem and possibly fully unaware of it. Worrisome.

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