Tuesday, July 15, 2008

How do you do that?

In today's paper there's an article about the House of Representatives passing a nonbinding "sense of Congress" resolution saying flags flown over federal building should be made in America. Apparently globalism and the free market are fine for all other goods, but the flag flying over the Post Office needs to be American made. Why does it matter? As long as the flag is made the correct size and design, who cares? The flag doesn't have a tag on it that says "Do not remove under penalty of law" just above "Made in China". And if this is so important, why draw the line at the flag? Should we require American-made flag pins for those federal employees and legislators who choose to wear one? To me this is an indicator of what globalism has done to us. We listen to our Chinese-made iPods, burn Venezuelan gas in our Japanese-made cars, eat Chilean apples and Australian oranges, and wear clothing made in Central America. And what has happened as a result?

We have lost our capability to be self sufficient and so we fool ourselves into thinking it makes a difference where our flag is made. Is that all we've got going for us? If you've ever looked at the Foxfire books you'll find that we used to make our own soap and cheese and wagons and fiddles. We gave birth at home attended by a midwife. We knew which plants had medicinal value and which were poisonous. We raised chickens, pigs, cows and horses and knew how to care for them. Today we throw it away when it breaks and buy a new one. Quickly, because we can't wait. We rely on corporations for food and clothing. We willfully submit to so-called experts who make decisions about our health, nutrition, and exercise. What does it say about us when we drive to a fitness center that we pay to join, where we pay a trainer to tell us what to do in order to be physically fit? Like that nonbinding "sense of Congress" resolution, it makes no sense at all.

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