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Buy American Made in The USA, One Lightbulb at a Time

Updated on July 22, 2010

I received an E-Mail from My Uncle

Uncle Chuck Writes: 

"The products that I use for the health and welfare of myself and to keep all the poisons out of the house are manufactured in the USA and will never be manufacured anywhere else."

Now, I am probably one of the most tolerant people you will ever meet. That said, this will be the one Hub that makes or breaks our relationship. I have grown to care for you all, and you probably aren't going to like this tirade.

I want the world to be a better place and I believe that intolerance is probably the culprit in a lot of things. I am not a prejudiced person, and will be the first to tell you that the American Indian was here first, our ancestors stole their land or tricked them out of it. Mexicans are Indians too. I believe in immigration. Our country is made up of all the peoples of the world. That is what once made this country great.

I love the sounds of the various accents as people from all over the world try to communicate with one another. So when people talk about our jobs being "stolen" I bite my tongue rather than argue.

Just because someone speaks with an accent does not mean they are not a citizen of the United States of America, with all of the rights there involved.

We are so busy, as a whole, trying to place the blame for a floundering economy, that the simplest solution evades us. Yes Blame Obama... Please. This was a problem long before he went into office. Oh Sarah, now she could have fixed everything? Yeah, and I've got a beautiful piece of waterfront property you might just want to see. I'll sell it to ya real cheap too.

The e-mail below I received from my Uncle in West (by God) Virginia. It has a simpler solution than impeaching Obama, waiting four years for Sarah, or sending everyone with an accent back to the country of origin.

This is the E-Mail is From My Uncle

The body of the e-mail can be found in PDF format at the site listed below. I do not know the original author of this e-mail. I had copied it here but because it has been posted elsewhere this site has restrictions that preclude me from leaving this hub as it was.

The gist of the e-mail is the same thing I have been saying all along. If you try and get multi-million dollar companies to return to the USA, they are making too much money now to even listen. However, if you try buying only goods manufactured in the USA, well then they have to sit up and take notice.

I went to the store with my son after reading this. We changed our brands of toothpaste, dryer sheets, paper towels and toilet paper due to the fact that what we were buying was made in other countries. Along with that is the implication that in some countries these companies employ child labor. That is how they make it cheaper, and make a larger profit even after shipping it back to the USA. Aside from the shipping, imagine the use of natural resources it takes to get all of it back over here. I am no mathematician, but I saved money by changing brands. I guess that sums it up. They said it was good foreign trade policy, well... It was just bad economics.

In my search I found an article regarding GE and their outsourcing. You can read that here.

That being said

So at the bottom of the e-mail it asks me to pass it on. I have done my part, passing it on to all of you. Will you do your part? Will you pass it on too?

I have faith that it is easier to fight over any issue, than to take one step in retreat. So fight all you want, It's your right to your opinion. But while you're fighting, make sure your household products are made here in the USA... Otherwise you have nothing to fight for.

I remember the commercial, look for the Union Label... Do you?

1981 Commercial

Still? It's been going on a Long Time

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Have a Great Day, and please, leave a comment or rate my hubs if you like them. Thanks!


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    • Faybe Bay profile image

      Faye Constantino 6 years ago from Florida

      It all depends on how you look at it, but the reality is that American jobs are on the line, and that's the point of buying American made products. Sending a clear message to manufacturers is the message here.

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      electricsky 6 years ago from North Georgia

      Thanks for your input. I suppose it is up to you what you purchase with your own money; and I have heard of brutal labor practices in third world countries, but I think we should remember that it is government interference that causes this and the corporations and factories are trying to stay solvent and not pay taxes which they claim puts them out of business. I suppose we buy their goods and they buy our goods and they consider this a win-win situation.

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      Faye Constantino 7 years ago from Florida

      Thanks Uncle Chuck! I wrote this before, but will add your first paragraph from the new letter.

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      Uncle 7 years ago

      Fayebe you did not include my first paragraph. I buy only American made products that are manufactured here in the USA and will never be manufactured anywhere else. They are all eco friendly, are of higher quality and cost less, even with tax and shipping, than simular items purchased at Walmart but are not eco friendly. I save money as I do not have to go shop, the products are delivered by UPS, and I am helping save the environment because the products are highly concentrated so that the water is not shipped so less plastic gets into our land fills.

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      Faye Constantino 7 years ago from Florida

      There is so much slavery still going on in this world, it is heartbreaking. Whenever we buy things made by the enslaved children and adults we are giving slavery our stamp of approval. Some people have actually warned me that I shouldn't take the stance I have... Sorry, I am an American, Slavery was supposed to be abolished; all that really changed was the name of the owners, and they call it something else now. Thanks Patty!

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I threw away the tiny Christmas light strings when I learned that they are made by Chinese slaves, many of whom had become Christians against the instruction of their local province. They work 14 hrs/day or more and have no tools, so their fingers are damaged.

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      Faye Constantino 7 years ago from Florida

      Absolutely, I have been working on these ideas. My ex foreman calls it Preserving the middle class. We all need to work together to fix our economy. No one is going to do it for us.

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      mod2vint 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Well Done! Thanks for sharing, and I can tell you that a lot of people agree. I have also been trying to promote shopping with your local business owners rather than the giant corporate monsters that are trying to put the little guy out of business.

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      Faye Constantino 7 years ago from Florida

      Thanks Sa Toya, I am always being accused of giving too much credit to "the voice of reason" But i can't help thinking, if I don't say it, who will? I believe in making the world a better place, and if all it takes is turning on a light bulb here and there, I hope I know where the switch is located. Necessity is the mother of invention, or else we'd have no light bulbs at all.

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      Sa Toya 7 years ago from England

      :D You are certainly doing your part...I hope your message does not fall on deaf ears....

      Another great hub!

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      Faye Constantino 7 years ago from Florida

      Thank you, Faye. I hope the message gets around. Obviously I have a bit of work to do on this one, it was 1:00 in the morning.

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      benny Faye Douglass 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      I agree with you Faye, thank you for sharing it. Godspeed. creativeone59