—is to document how far I can get by only purchasing products made here in the U.S.
My decision to lead this type of locavore lifestyle was recently prompted by a family conversation at the dinner table. It started off with my father, a citizen of this country for over 40 years, lamenting as he so often does nowadays, at what a great country this was that 40 years ago. Sure this country is still Great, but it doesn’t help anything that we are indebted to China and that is to say the least. Among many other sad things.
My dad commented, as he so often does, on an umbrella he brought back to one of his brothers in Bangladesh, nearly 40 years ago, which was stamped with the label “Made in USA”— and that umbrella STILL WORKS. “‘Made in USA’ used to MEAN SOMETHING” he said. Now we are hard pressed to find something that IS made in the USA— regardless of what the quality may come down to.
There are more political and ideological ideas behind why I am doing this, part of it has to do with the fact that I don’t like how so much of our livelihood has now become quantity over quality, convenience-driven, and other sad qualities that I believe will eventually kill you. And leave you dying without your pride.
So I shall now only vote American. And if you didn’t know before, you know now, every dollar is a vote. Starting today I will only buy American, and I will take pictures of everything that crosses my path that would enter my approved list, and then post on here. I’ll tag them into their designated consumer-friendly categories, like “meat” “produce” “electronics” (probably will end up being my most sparse tag) “apparel” you get the drill…
ok here goes =)
(tumblr is on the approved list ;p )