Made in America vs Destroyed in America

Our Dying Legacy

"Made in America"

I am old enough to remember this slogan and was proud to see it displayed on any product for sale.

What happened?

We blinked and everything changed.

Now it is seldom seen at all.

That phrase "Made in America" once meant and symbolized quality, durability, pride in construction, pride in innovation, and enthusiastic inventiveness in general.

The U.S. was the shining example set for the rest of the world to live up to and follow by example. We stood for freedom, justice and equality for everyone. It was the true "American Way".

Our government was the world beacon for democracy at its best - when that word had meaning - and denoted pride for our liberation from the oppressiveness that our forefathers fled from in their respective "old countries".

Our government was set up to represent "the people" - especially the rule of the majority; and afforded equal rights to the minorities, as part of this great nation's citizenry.

We were a government in which the supreme power was invested in the people, and exercised by them directly, or indirectly; through a system of representation involving periodically held free elections.

We were a country by, and for, the common people when constituting the source of political authority and absent of hereditary, or arbitrary class distinctions, or privileges.

Does all this sound familiar to anyone? Does it all sound good and just, and provide equality for every citizen? It is "Webster's" definition of democracy as founded by our forefathers.

So, where did this 'nearly perfect' democratic government go? And why did it dissipate so rapidly and radically?

The answers are so simple they are laughably ludicrous in that simplicity.

And the solutions to returning to that once desired way of life is just as laughably ludicrous in their simplicity as well.

The American Dream

"The American Dream"

The new America was the "land of opportunity" and everyone had a good shot of getting a piece of that elusive "American Dream".

An "American Dream" that meant something different to every single person, and every single one of those dreams were as valid as any can be.

That dream of living in a country that promised equality in the pursuit of happiness, freedom of choices, and living a life without oppression or fear - from others and/or from our very government itself.

We talk much about the "need" to put restraints, restrictions, or regulations on our children; placing boundaries; having "rules" of conduct for them to live by so they will grow up and become decent, loving, honest, hard working and tolerant adults.

We used to take pride in living our own lives in a manner that they would be proud to emulate. What we 'preach' to our children today is not what they see us 'doing' as adults today. And what they 'see' of bad adult behavior today is O.K. behavior sanctioned by other adults of authority in our society.

Making bad choices

Society (people who make up that society) have made some terrible choices for strictly selfish reasons that were the core causes of our current destructive ways of life.

  • the 1st major mistake: Taking restrictions, rules of fairness, or regulations away from those irresponsible adults who represent us in governmental and political affairs and/or those who provide goods and services to the American people.
  • This 'lifting' , or removal, of regulations opened the door to the development and the growth of greed and deception by these providers of goods and services and those who were hired (politicians) to represent us as people, not corporations.
  • An ideal society would have limited the size of a company, the use of its profits (i.e. the fairness of charges for those goods and services), and its adverse influences in our society in general, that promote greater levels of greed and deception.
  • It is obvious that the consolidation of several successful companies into one larger creation increases the greed and self serving components directly by the number of subsidiaries that are part of the larger entity.
  • It also allows for decreased responsibilities to a community, depersonalization and desensitization of those companies to the needs of the communities they serve, as well as their employees.
  • We should never have allowed the capacity of ANY company to be desensitized to the specific needs of the communities they service. NO company, corporation, business, or conglomeration should EVER have been allowed to reach the point of being "too big to fail".
  • the 2nd major mistake: was believing that any corporation has become "too big to Fail". The corporations who dug themselves into the holes they found themselves in by excessive personal indulgences did nothing but destroy the basic foundations of our very society. Their demise would only have hurt those who created their own condition, instead of "bailing" them out by damaging our entire economic structure.
  • It troubles me deeply that the common people still advocate this protection of those who caused our downfall in the first place and are still doing so. Thereby placing greater importance on the "greed factor" than the "people factor.
  • the 3rd major mistake: Trying to "re-adjust" our current instability by imposing more hardships on the common people while vehemently protecting those who caused this crisis in the first place. A greater emphasis on the smaller community based businesses would provide more stability and sustainability. There are still those proponents who adamantly profess that their 'Corporate America' friends actually do 'create' the jobs. This is simply not factual.
  • This shows a major shifting of the basic fundamentals of the very democratic premises on which our great nation was originally based. Giving more credence, value, and importance to the wealthy, than the common people, further undermines the very core of our democracy, and our American way of life.
  • the 4th major mistake: Allowing wall street the power to 'control' consumer prices, manipulate, speculate and ultimately commit "legalized robbery" is also beyond my scope of understanding of how this happened and why it is still allowed to continue to exist.
  • the 5th major mistake: Letting the major motivating factor of any powerful nation disintegrate and sink to the lowest level of debasement is also beyond my comprehension.
  • We are now a nation that puts greed, personal gain and control, above common sense, above the common interest, and above the common people.
  • the 6th major mistake: The American people trusting those very people who were "hired" (by election) (or appointed by those elected) to protect us, and not paying attention to their 'personal' agendas that they all take with them to Washington D.C..
  • Or how easy it became for the powerful greedy faction to "buy" these representatives off.
  • We can blame the politicians, and fight over minor components of why these things are happening, but the ultimate blame belongs to the "common people" for their complacency and misplaced trust they put in those who pretend to represent us, and not themselves first. Or to blindly trust that there is actually any common decency left in our society, our government, and politics in general, at all.

The mighty must fall

This country WILL fall. There is no doubt about that. There has never been any government in our history that has continued to exist and flourish on the premises of greed and excessive self serving of the greedy and excessive oppressive control.

It is only a matter of time. We will get NO relief from a government so steeped in corruption as ours currently is.

There will be no legislative uprising to try to amend this problem, as long as the people continue to allow these scoundrels to rob and pilfer at will without restrictions.

After all, those who are so in need of the restrictions would have to be initiators of those restrictions upon themselves - the very people who need the restrictions and regulating. Talk about an exercise in idiocy and futility.

The current uprisings by the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street movements are a start, but they each represent the extremes of each party and by themselves will accomplish nothing but to further the demise of our great democracy.

They both demand legislative changes, but do not go far enough, and have just enough clout to hasten our bitter end instead of being the remedy.

by: d.william 10/13/2011

Everyone should be compelled to view this video

Now here is a video that EVERY person should view.

When an 11 YEAR OLD BOY is more intelligent that 99.9% of adults, the entire U.S. congress, the entire business community, and world leaders who turn a blind eye to what is going on in this world, it is a sad state of affairs for society today, and a small glimmer of hope for our tomorrows.

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the bunco squad 5 years ago from Savannah GA

This was an excellent hub, and I also remember when Made in America meant something. You have hit the nail on the head and driven it home.


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PETER LUMETTA 5 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

d.william, an accurate indightment of our American society today. The outcome is inevitable, so your saying the current popular movements will hasten our demise, then that is a good thing. Things will not get better until we tear it down and rebuild it. That may seem radical but as per your reasoning there is no choice. Isn't that part of the answer, awareness, then resolve then solution. If we the people decide to all follow the TPM then so be it, but we decide, not the Banksters or the Corporate criminals, we the people must decide. There are a handful of elected leaders that still believe in "we the people" and they can be the core of a new and better government that puts people first and not profits. With the support and participation of all the people, not based on how much or how little money you have, we can still save this republic if we really want to. Thanks d.williams fo bringing this to the floor,

Peter


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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welcome to my hub pages and thank you for reading and commenting. I appreciate the thumbs up.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Peter, thanks for stopping by to read and comment. Maybe i am too pessimistic, but i can not see any other solution to the stale mate currently in Washington, D.C. The GOP is constantly yapping about how President Obama has 'pushed' through legislation that the "people" did not want, and yet they aspire to do the same thing, and surely will, if they every get control of Washington. Just as they are doing "against the will of the people" in the states where they are currently (and hopefully temporarily) passing one sided laws against women, gays, equal rights, union busting, teachers, state employees, policemen, firemen, etc.., eliminating the minimum wages, destroying the last hopes for poor people to survive, and more..

All the while calling democrats fascists, communists, socialists, Marxists, etc.. (like they even know what those terms mean).


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

d.william - well stated as usual. When we elect law makers who are exempt from the very laws they make, what else could we expect? Our political system is so corrupt and flawed, I too feel it is beyond repair. I have been in the repair business of one kind or another most of my life. One thing I have learned from this is sometimes things are just too broken to fix, and they need to be replaced.

This class warfare thing we hear and read so much about just makes me ill. This is not the way things were intended to be in the USA. And you are so right, it doesn't matter who is in charge, it is just more of the same.

I have no idea how we could fix it now, it is beyond repair and just needs to be replaced.


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chefsref 5 years ago from Citra Florida

Well said D

The people on the fringes do little good, Occupy Wall Street offers complaints but support nothing, while the Tea Party has been co-opted by big money. The only result has been declining fortunes of the USA. Greed is the true issue and conservatives are cheerleaders for greed.

American products used to stand for quality and durability, now they stand for planned obsolescence. Why buy American when quality comes from Japan and low cost comes from China?


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

chefrefs, are you absolutely sure it is just the conservatives that are supporters of greed? I firmly believe it is all of them.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thank you both for reading and commenting. Much appreciated. And yes, although there is greed on both sides of the isle, the GOP is known to champion the greed of corporate america and the wealthy, at the expense of the common people. When you represent business in politics, you represent the greed that accompanies their very existence. Wonderful remarks from both of you. Thanks for your input.

And again to clarify where i stand, i will always champion small businesses, as they are truly the backbone of America, while giant corporations, along with wall street, are the true cause of our present day economic disasters.


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

d.william - As a small business owner, I can attest to what you say. We employ more people than large corporations, yet get none of the tax loopholes or other breaks extended to them. Thanks for a really great hub.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thanks for your added comments. I just want you to know that every time i write to anyone in congress (which is more frequent these days), i always add this footnote: GET RID OF THE MONOPOLIES THAT ARE DRAINING OUR ECONOMY AND GIVE THE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WHAT THEY NEED TO SUCCEED SINCE THEY ARE THE TRUE BACKBONE OF OUR COUNTRY.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

You paint a sad picture and i'm afraid it's true...


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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thanks for reading and commenting. Yes, a sad picture is what it truly is, and i only see it worsening rapidly with the GOP so actively destroying the economy to get at Pres. Obama. They are now more engrossed in spending our tax dollars to actively pursue the Defense of Marriage Act that Obama has said not to. If the GOP takes control of this government, i will undoubtedly move to Canada where there is more safety for the common people than here in this country.


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Hillbilly Zen 5 years ago from Kentucky

Extremely well said, d.william. If you're not planning a campaign for public office, you should be. You've presented one of the most coherent platforms I've seen so far.


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

The graph regarding who is responsible for the greatest incrase in the national debt is quite telling. Why has the right hijacked this so called debt issue, blaming Obama, for a problem that they surely have the most blame for creating?

The power of the money changers is beyond belief, making people see light for darkness and confuse up verses down. That power is content to remain behind the scenes and pulling strings of representative puppets who tout slogans about capitalism, free enterprise and all of that. Their best tool now is bait and switch and deception, but I would not put past them the use of violence 'black ops', the kind of thing that got Kennedy killed. The military industrial complex is greater than the opposition of any one man or group of men. To excise this cancer will take concerted effort and I don't know that most of us are really prepared to go the distance. Thanks Cred2


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thank you for reading and your kind words. If i were younger and had the background in politics, and education that should be required for anyone running for government office, i would surely would be in there trying.

It truly is sad and frightening that we see businessmen, extremists, and those who have no clue about our true history, running for the office of Presidency, and thinking they can do a better job than those who have gone before them. Unfortunately, the requirements for politicians are way too inadequate for inexperienced people to get voted in and try to put their own spin on how things "should be run" based solely on their personal or religious beliefs, their looks or charisma.

It's easy to be an armchair politician, and be a media pundit, or pandit, (or better still: panderer of misinformation), who sits around giving opinions in an authoritative manner when they are limited to only one aspect of the whole picture, and it is just as the description implies: an opinion. Not much better than yours or mine.

They all make promises they cannot, or never intend, to keep, make a fortune from the payoffs from corporate america who buy their loyalty, then retire with a huge salary for life, with free health care to boot. AND contribute little or nothing to the betterment of the people, the country, or the global welfare, while they are in those positions.

Only in America.


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thebigbagblog 5 years ago from CYBERSPACE

Great Blog. Thanks for posting it!


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thank you for your comments. Yes, isn't it amazing how many lies these politicians tell to further their agendas. The GOP, especially, truly believe that they have done NO harm to the American people while championing the wealthy cause of greed and self serving. (Note here, that when i speak of the wealthy, it is in reference to those humongous corporations that destroy our economy - not those who gained their wealth from hard and honest work without destroying lives in the process). This really is incomprehensible to me. The left is not much better in that, they mirror the same rhetoric toward the GOP that they get from them.

Are the American people really so stupid and gullible that they do not see what the game really is?

I am old enough to remember when running for presidency was based on a platform of honesty and agendas that would benefit all of the people, and i also remember when these agendas started to go sour, and grossly negative. Now, running for any political office rests on who can be the most negative and hateful toward their opposition, that the true issues are merely secondary. I guess this way, they don't have to really stand for anything of any substance, if they can totally destroy their opposition by hate and mistrust.

This is just another sad commentary to how our government has deteriorated into corruption, abuse and lies. Simply hide behind a smoke screen of lies and deceit. And if your are a die hard party follower, the truth really does not matter any more.


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