Pride Of The Human Race

Have you ever went to the supermarket or local store on a Friday night and saw the indecency of the human race?Grown men and women in pa jama pants. People half dressed. Dirty clothes. Hair that hadn’t been combed in a week. I have,and it makes me want to never go into public sometime. I don’t understand where the pride has went. Now I am all about freedom, and would be the the first to say that it is their choice on how they look or act. I just don’t understand though where American culture changed. We now live in a society that anything goes. Think back to your grandparents, great – grandparents. That generation was a proud generation. Sure times was hard and most people had little money but they had pride. Men wore button up shirts with a undershirt underneath. Women wore dresses and fixed their hair. Men and women tried to look neat. If someone went out half dressed they would be shunned for it. Now I am not saying that the American dress of today is wrong but it has definitely changed. Men of the old days wore long sleeve shirts. Women covered their breast. They were neat. They had pride. Today people will go into public with shorts so short their butt cheeks hang out. I don’t want to see that. The older I get the more I pay attention to the way parents dress their children. Young girls dressed like street walkers. Young boys with shorts that are shorter that some boxers. Where has the pride went. The dignity. Tattoos everywhere. Now I am not saying tattoos are bad. If you want one then it is your choice. Your freedom. Go for it. Some people though go so overboard. You can’t tell where skin stops and tattoos start. How do you get a job like that? Piercings, once again, your choice. Your freedom. But do you think ears, nose, tongue, and eye brows with a big bolt through it looks presentable. How will you explain that to your grandchildren? I once talked to a Korean War vet that was drafted to the army. He said everyone should go through the military. I asked him if he liked it that much. He responded by saying he hated it. Leaving home and giving two years of his life to the country. He hated it. So why would he want everyone to go through it? He told me the pride it gives you. The dress. The class. The respectfulness. You even had to make your bed up perfect every morning. Shoes shined. Beard shaved. I know every generation is a little different or we would all be dressed like George Washington. Where does it stop though? In another fifty years will we all just go naked because it is easier? Will we all have our hands out for the next government program because we don’t want to work? Land of the free and home of the brave. Did we get this way by being slobs? No. America, let’s get it together and stop this down  hill spiral and reinstall the pride of the human race.



Buy American Be American

I am like most people I try to buy as cheap as I can. This is a smart practice if you are buying personally or are running a business. As I reflect on my buying habits I start to think, just how much do I buy that is American? Nope, not this. Nope, not that. Sorry this isn’t either. They were such good buys though I think. This is the problem with American buying habits. We are hooked on cheap stuff. We will boast with our friends about the cheap buy we made at lunch and complain with them mid evening about the local factory that just announced it was headed for Mexico. Five hundred jobs gone from our town we will complain, not stopping to think that the decision to close that factory lies on your shoulders and mine. Companies big and small has got to have sales to survive. Higher the product equals less sales. Cheaper the product equals more sales. This way of buying and thinking is what has brought us to where we are. We must as a society change our buying habits. How many of you have complained in the last month “ things just aren’t made the way they used to be.” How many washing machines have you had in your lifetime? My grandmother used to brag that she bought a new washer and dryer in the early sixties and it lasted forty five years. I can’t get one to last ten years. You and I have caused this decline in quality. We want cheap! As American factories close their door and move out of this country so does the quality. If they are trying to cheapen their product with cheap labor it goes hand in hand with quality. We want American high quality products at a cheap price. This is like two opposing magnets. It does not happen and most of the time we go for the price. Let’s say we start small. Ten percent. Let’s shoot for ten percent more American made products in our buggy. One in ten items. Go with the smallest items to start your habit. The five dollar item you need that is made in Bangladesh can be bought with a Made In USA tag for seven dollars. Buy it. If you need to get that two bucks back cut out your afternoon soda and candy bar for the day. ( If you are like me you don’t need it anyway). There is 324 million people in the USA. Just think if all 324 million increase their American product by ten percent. Just ten percent. That factory in town that is leaving would remain and add another five hundred jobs. It can happen. It must happen. As this buying practice becomes habit new business and factories will start to go up. Wages will increase but we have got to kick the habit of buying cheap. Buy American. Be American.