I realize that not all of us can afford to buy American. The call to buy American products has long passed us by. I can remember commericials where Barbara Mandrell sang about buying American and look for the American label back Wal-Mart products actually were American. However; I drive a foreign car. Cheryl drives a foreign car. We went looking at American cars this year and we couldn’t find one in our limited budget.
However; I was just reading somewhere that the flags flown over our federal buildings aren’t made in America. They’re made somewhere else. How can that be? Shouldn’t our national symbol only be made here?!? Okay, for the average American, make them somewhere else, but the feds should NEVER buy a flag made in a different country.
Furthermore, nothing our federal government purchases should be made outside of this country — NOTHING! If our own government doesn’t support our economy, we have a serious, serious issue in this country. One reason for government purchases is to stimulate the economy, so nothing made for the feds or purchased by them should have foreign parts.
NOTHING! End of story.
If you have not seen Charlie Wilson’s War, stop reading. I don’t want to have someone find out the ending when they didn’t want to.
I just now finished watching Charlie Wilson’s War. It was an entertaining movie and told a story I didn’t know a lot about. I knew the Soviet’s invaded Afghanistan and I knew we helped throw them out, but I didn’t know how it was done. I liked the movie, but I felt that the ads for it played up much more humor than what was present.
The thing that kept running through my mind was once we kicked out the Soviets, we left room for the Taliban, which led to the terrorists that flew planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. This thought bothered me, because I was thinking should we really be idolizing Charlie Wilson and his CIA pal, the late Gust L. Avrakotos, knowing what we do now?
And then the movie came to the end and you see Charlie struggling — and failing — to obtain funding to rebuild the Afghan schools. We helped kick the Soviets out, but we didn’t follow through and help the Afghan put their nation back together again. We did nothing. It wasn’t on the radar, it wasn’t important.
Which leads me to my next thought: What are we going to do in Iraq? Are we really just going to pull out our troops and leave the country devastated? Are we going to finish what we start and rebuild the nation? While we’re all fighting over here about the war in Iraq, there are people in Iraq who don’t have clean water. And, the reason they don’t have clean water is because we wanted to get Saddam Hussein.
So, what are we going to do? Pull out prematurely? Or, fix up the country and perhaps stop the next generation of terrorists?
Something to think about.