Every Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day, America celebrates itself. From our declaration of political independence from Great Britain, to the sacrifices of servicemen and servicewomen, we’re annually grateful for the actions of Americans that have helped to make this country better. At least that’s what we said in our fifth grade essay about these holidays … Mostly, we just take a break from work, to lounge around, eat too much, drink too much and, if we’re feeling enthusiastic, attend a parade, then continue with the aforementioned activities.
Labor Day is perhaps the most slighted of American holidays. It is the perfect example of our gluttonous and sloth-like tendencies on days of supposed conscious celebration. This also marks the day after which one is no longer supposed to wear white clothes in accordance with seasonal fashion rules. Completely disregarding the aesthetic delight of winter whites is not as absurd as our disregard for the economic and social contributions of American workers, which this day is supposed to celebrate. America isn’t what it used to be, and many wonder why. It’s as simple as this: Americans have forgotten about Americans.
Way back when America was relatively unpopulated, Americans had to care for each other. The joint efforts of people helped to establish the nation and make it strong enough to successfully rebel from the most powerful empire on earth, Great Britain. Sure, during our years we did some terrible things, like steal the lands of Native Americans, slaughter millions of animals and our Northern or Southern brethren for stupid reasons. From there, we continued to work together to establish the nation economically, and, up until the 1950s or ‘60s, we were economically strong because we were self-sufficient. Most importantly, Americans were happy.
The biggest issue of the 2012 election questioned how we should restore the economic strength of our nation. I’m not one much for politics, nor do I know very much about economics system. But, I would bet that the key to increasing the number of jobs and improving the quality of life in this country is to bring American back to itself.
Think about images or notions of the American dream. Kids respect their parents. Everybody has a nice home, and they might not have a lot, but they have enough to be happy and comfortable. Kids and teenagers head to the corner drugstore for a chocolate malt, and Christmas presents are classic bicycles, roller skates or a Boy Scout knife. Those presents were quality items, lasting for years. These things have become symbols of golden age Americana. Where did that era go?
The stories I’ve heard of my parents’ and grandparents’ lives growing up illustrate mostly everybody being employed and products being made right down the street or maybe a couple hundred miles away. Many Americans were skilled craftsmen or, at the very least, they played an integral part in the manufacturing of goods, right here in the U.S.A. Things were built to last. These companies grew, though. The few at the top realized they could sell a product manufactured overseas more cheaply than one made here. Not only that, but they could make more money in this way. Americans thought they were doing something good. In the truest definition of tragedy, they forgot about their neighbors and helping them with their livelihood. We’ve all come to suffer the consequences.
To get American back on track, we need to start helping each other out again, bringing our sufficiency back to the our hometowns. Success lies not in quantity but quality, a principle which has fallen to the wayside.
It is refreshing to find that some have realized this strategy and the prosperity that a resurgence in American manufacturing can bring. In the front-range of the Rockies, in Boulder, Colorado, the Made Movement LLC was started.
“Made Movement is a marketing agency dedicated to supporting a resurgence in American manufacturing.” This e-commerce company seeks out the finest products made in America, forming the Made Collection. Amazing things are made in America, and good things happen when one purchases these products. Every item on their website shows how many people work at that given company. Also, as one buys things from Made Collection, “Boom Points” are accumulated. These points represent the economic impact of each transaction. The more boom points accrued, the better deals one gains access to. From axes, to beard conditioner, to olive oil and oysters, Made Collections accumulates the best of America and encourages Americans to support each other. This is only one example of the projects going on around the country to restore America to its former glory.
Help yourself by helping America.