- In the past week, I took a shopping tour in Denver, Colorado-my
residence for the last four decades. Forty years ago, I walked into
American stores like Sears, J.C. Penny's, K-Mart and McDonald's along
with Ford, Chevy and Chrysler dealerships. I ate at Burger King, Dominos,
Dairy Queen and Howard Johnson's.
- As a teenager, I wore Converse All-Stars for playing
basketball. I pulled on my Wrangler or Levi jeans every day for school.
The local shoe store kept my feet protected with American cowhide. Hanes
and Fruit of the Loom provided my T-shirts.
- As I grew older, I owned a '57 Chevy, 68 Camaro, 73 Mustang
and 79 Ford Pinto (Big mistake on the Pinto!). I bought gas for .24 cents
a gallon when I hit 16.
- I shopped at Ace Hardware with creaky wood floors. I
bought screw drivers, drills and tools for my needs.
- After college, I bought a Maytag washer and dryer. Sears
and Penny's carried everything I needed. I bought dining room, kitchen
and bedroom furniture for my apartment.
- What did everything I purchased carry in common? Answer:
"Made in America"! I depended on quality and excellence. I
knew that I strengthened America, kept Americans working and brought vibrancy
to my country.
- As a service brat, my father instilled in me the importance
of God and country. He drove it home to me about responsible citizenship:
personal responsibility and personal accountability. During my early morning
paper route, I dismounted from my bicycle and stood at attention with my
hand over my heart when I heard the bugle for flag raising on the bases
where I lived across America-from Camp LeJeune, North Carolina to the Marine
Corps Supply Center, Albany, Georgia to the Marine base at Kaneohe, Hawaii
on Oahu . Also, San Diego, California; Paris Island, South Carolina; Quantico,
Virginia and more!
- You might say that my love for my country runs deep,
runs wide and runs full. At the same time, as a veteran world traveler
across six continents and nearly 100 countries, I witnessed the other side
of the coin.
- Most Americans do not possess an iota of the poverty,
misery, hunger, disease and hopelessness for several billion people on
this planet. Too many of the planet's citizens live like those in Haiti.
You never hear about anyone actually starving to death in America, but
each year, 18 million humans starve to death worldwide-included in that
number-10 million children. (Source: <http://www.WorldHealthOrganization.com>www.WorldHealthOrganization.com )
- That's why I am acutely aware of America's demise on
multiple levels. How can anyone explain 15-22 million Americans unemployed
and 42.4 million Americans subsisting on food stamps? What about 13.4
million American children living below the poverty level. Another 1.5
million Americans remain homeless! Why do you suppose that's happening
to our citizens on such a grand scale?
- Here's why!
- We spend $12 billion a month rebuilding Iraq and Afghanistan
while our country slides down a frighteningly slippery slope! We spend
unbelievable billions to send 572,000 of our military personnel to 700
bases around the world in 120 countries-to sit on their butts doing virtually
nothing but burning time. For what? Answer: I don't know! Do you? Can
anyone in Congress give us a reasonable answer why we guard other countries'
borders but leave ours completely wide open to millions crossing illegally?
Because of our $700 billion annual trade deficit to other countries for
making products that flood the USA markets, we suffer a $1.1 trillion debt
to China. We stand nostril-deep in $13 trillion national debt.
- However, I digress! When I took my shopping trip around
Denver, I visited Lowe's and Home Depot. As I wandered the aisles, I picked
up drills, tool boxes, screw drivers and paints. I picked up bird cages,
hummingbird feeders, American flags, snow blowers, garden hoses and 50
- What did they enjoy in common: "Made in China"
- While I strolled the aisles of Wal-Mart, Target, L.L.Bean,
Eddie Bauer, Nordstrom's, Sports Authority, Macy's and a dozen other stores,
I discovered 90 percent of the tags read, "Made in China"!
Yes, a good many other tags showed, "Made in Bangladesh" ; "Made
in India" ; "Made in Mexico" ; "Made in Japan"
and several other countries.
- I found scant few that read, "Made in America"!
- Why would our own U.S. Congress and last four presidents
set our nation on such a path of eradicating, erasing and eliminating millions
of well-paying American manufacturing jobs by shipping them off to other
countries-to the detriment of our citizens?
- Did someone elect congress-critters to offshore, outsource
and insource our jobs into the hands and to the benefit of other citizens
of other countries? Weren't they elected to represent American citizens'
- President Barack Obama, since he won't release his birth
certificate, we don't know where he was "made"-so we may not
be able to count on him. But this new U.S. Congress needs to work for
Americans, for our best interests and for the future of our country!
- Let's re-examine H-1B, H-2B, L-1 and other visas when
over 1.2 million American IT workers cannot find a job in their field.
Let's examine why the USA only creates 95,000 new jobs monthly but imports
200,000 immigrants and green card holders into this country every 30 days.
Why? What benefit? Who in Congress keeps doing that to our citizens?
Why not bring manufacturing jobs back into our country and let China make
and buy its own products instead of turning the USA into a debt-laden morass?
- Why not return "Made in America" as the most
honored, most quality and most logical method for bringing peace, prosperity
and the American Way of Life back to our citizens? As my dad said, "Take
responsibility and personal accountability in everything you do in this
- Barack Obama and Congress need to listen to my dad.
He makes sense!