Your View: Guest Column - Something to ponder on Independence Day

Jul. 02, 2014 @ 07:09 PM

We (America) have arrived again to celebrate our Independence Day. It is a day to cherish our sovereignty.
Albert Einstein is credited with saying, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” That got me to thinking, so I dug deep into my file cabinet and found an old fax dated 2001.
It reads: “Regarding job layoffs in the US: Joe Smith started the day early having set his alarm clock (MADE IN JAPAN) for 6 a.m. While his coffeepot (MADE IN CHINA) was perking, he shaved with his electric razor (MADE IN HONG KONG). He put on a dress shirt (MADE IN SRI LANKA), designer jeans (MADE IN SINGAPORE) and tennis shoes (MADE IN KOREA). After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet (MADE IN INDIA) he sat down with his calculator (MADE IN MEXICO) to see how much he could spend today. After setting his watch (MADE IN GERMANY) he continued his search for a good paying AMERICAN JOB. At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day, Joe decided to relax for a while. He put on his sandals (MADE IN BRAZIL) poured himself a glass of wine (MADE IN FRANCE) and turned on his TV (MADE IN INDONESIA), and then wondered why he can’t find a good paying job in … AMERICA.”
It led me to remember an article from The High Point Enterprise, Oct. 21, 2013. The headline was — “Made in America” looks to make a statement. The closing paragraph was from a gentleman that had worked for years at a large corporation and was involved extensively in offshore production. He now works for a domestic manufacturer. And I quote, “I used to import 300 containers (of furniture) a year, and I’m not proud of that, but that’s just what we did back in the day. … One reason things have changed is that, for people like me, they’re a little older and they see what it does to the country when you buy overseas.”
Do we?
“The wealth … independence and security of a country, appear to be materially connected with the prosperity of manufacturers.” Alexander Hamilton, 1791.
A friend recently said I sounded a little isolationist. I responded, “If you mean putting America first in my decision-making, I’m guilty”.
Happy Independence Day.

Britt Moore is an at-large member of High Point City Council.