Proudly Waved my American Flag .. that was Made in China

Yesterday several friends of mine sent the usual holiday greetings (always the same friends – always the same greetings). One particular greeting literally made me laugh out loud and I forwarded it on to about twenty other people. It said “Happy 4th everyone – proudly wave our American flags made in China”. I found it to be terribly amusing. That is the kind of thing that he says – he is quite the character. Well some of the people that I forwarded it to caught the humor and the irony of the statement. Some, however, did not. I got a few messages telling me that I was unpatriotic and one that said that I wasn’t normal – to which I replied “Thank God”. Who the heck wants to be normal?
So all day yesterday while we were out shopping, I looked at American flags and sure enough – I did not find one that was made here in the good ol’ USA. I find that terribly sad. We are using symbols of our pride in our nation that are not even made in our nation. What is wrong with this picture? I know – it all comes down to money. Why would we pay $2 for a flag made in the USA when we can get an inferior, cheaper one for fifty cents that was imported here from China. Sure the colors may run, and there are not the correct number of stars, or the little flag pole gives you splinters – but hey – you saved a whole buck fifty on that thing. That’s a whole buck fifty that you can spend buying cheap fireworks (also made in China) that can set your grass on fire and blow off one of your kid’s fingers. Or you could buy another beer so that you can make a real fool out of yourself on the lake yelling at women half your age – because that is how our founding fathers must have wanted us to spend the holiday. Money well spent – I say !
My thoughts are that maybe we should be declaring some sort of Independence Day ever single day. We should be seeking independence from other countries for the cheap crap that we buy thinking that it’s going to make us happy, when all it really does is fund poor labor practices in other countries and put our American workers out of work.



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1 thought on “Proudly Waved my American Flag .. that was Made in China”

  1. Well said my friend. Several years ago I boycotted everything made in China. But finding the items you "need" that are made in the US is difficult.

    Nearly impossible to buy clothing made here. Even if I buy a shirt from my local mom and pop "Green the World", it may have been screenprinted in my town but the shirt was still made in China. I try and buy local whenever I can but that is usually limited to food goods.

    If we are going to outsource work to other countries, there should be a penalty, not a tax break. I'm certain that someone in the US could make a US flag. It would be better than collecting unemployment.

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