made in america? let's discuss.

@iamgen (160)
United States
November 6, 2006 9:32am CST
the other day we were driving down the expressway and we passed a truck with an "american-made" bumper sticker right next to a "proud to be an american" bumper sticker. this began a rather interesting thought process for me. did the driver of that car have a cell phone in his possession? does he have televisions in his home? a computer? the answer to these questions is most likely a big "yes"..which automatically makes him a hypocrite. why? you're so proud to be an american with your american-made car, yet you're carrying around a cell phone that was manufactured in china, watching tv's that were made in korea and using a computer that was made in japan. chances are you own at least one piece of clothing that was sewn in pakistan or bangaladesh. chances are you eat food where certain ingredients are imported from countries outside of the united states. right? right. just a thought process, that's all.
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@atbpa5 (663)
• United States
6 Nov 06
Wonderful observation! Can't add anything to it but a good thing to think about when you see all those Made In the USA stickers!
@iamgen (160)
• United States
6 Nov 06
thank you. :) it was an interesting thing to occupy myself with during a 45 minute commute.
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@atbpa5 (663)
• United States
6 Nov 06
LOL..and a good topic to discuss instead of some of the things on Mylot like the one I saw a few minutes ago..the topic was 'Yes or No'?..geez
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@iamgen (160)
• United States
6 Nov 06
i saw that too. i wanted to respond with, "maybe". LOL!!!!
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• United States
6 Nov 06
You know one thing i know for sure was made in the UNITED STATES. Me. I was born here raised here, and proud to be an American of the United States. I am more proud to by what is made in the United States but as it stands there is so much made out of the United States in the name of Capitalism that by now as a whole the countries of the world need one another. We need other countries and other countries need us. It is naive of us to believe we can go it alone here and close all borders to production from other countries. Sure we can live for some time but then it will become a bleak and lonely world. No we need production from other countries just like when the time comes they will need ours. I still beleive in buying American made first but if I have to I will resort to buying non-american made to satisfy the need or want. Little do most people know but everything from shampoo to soap to pencils are made in mexico, Canada, and taiwan or china.
@iamgen (160)
• United States
6 Nov 06
precisely. :) i just find it very difficult to swallow when you come across certain americans who refuse to acknowledge that half of their life comes from different countries.
• United States
6 Nov 06
I think you make a really good point. I am American, but realize the extreme need that Americans have on other countries. Go to the grocery store for instance, where do those tropical fruits come from? Many from Chile, a foreign country. We drive foreign cars and use foreign oil, and pretend that we're not dependant on others. When I was visiting my mom in a small town, there was a sign on this hotel that said "American owned and operated" - it really made me mad that they put that. I can see what they were trying to say, but does that mean the hotel wouldn't be as nice if it were ran by Middle-Eastern peoples or Chinese or African Americans. I'd say no, it wouldn't be any better or any worse. People are people and we all need each other, so why can't we learn that?
@iamgen (160)
• United States
6 Nov 06
it would've bothered me about the hotel as well. our country, no matter how independent we claim to be, is so dependent on other countries for so many things. as was said above, half of the country's pencils come from taiwan.. just as many children color with crayons from china.
@CosmoCo (252)
• Canada
9 Nov 06
"American owned and operated" - it really made me mad that they put that. I can see what they were trying to say, but does that mean the hotel wouldn't be as nice if it were ran by Middle-Eastern peoples or Chinese or African Americans. Aren't African Americans .... Americans?????
@yogeshjm (48)
• India
8 Nov 06
i think dat guy was jus a patriotic person and nothin else.he loves his country and jus wanted to tell oder people abt it.actually we all shuld do for our resp countries not like dis but some kinda social service like charity work and all.
• India
8 Nov 06
u saw d pics dat i posted in ma album.shokin isnt it.
• United States
9 Nov 06
Yes well know this, other countries make the world go round
@cneal3015 (280)
• United States
8 Nov 06
Just because he has those bumper stickers but owns non-american items doesn't make him a hypocrite! You can rarely buy ANYTHING made in the U.S. anymore. I own items made in foreign countries but I am still PROUD to be an American!
• United States
8 Nov 06
America - America
I think he probably is proud to buy what he can that is american made. There is nothing wrong with buying from other countries, however, when given the chance you should support your own economy to give it a boost. No, it doesn't make him a hypocrit, it just means when he is able he buys from his home country.