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Wilderness words (words as seeds)

July 24, 2010

I am going to go back to what I thought was my original purpose for this blog. The mental threads that we all have throughout our daily lives. I think we all have experienced this. You could be working or listening to the radio or someone talking and for some reason what was said stays with you, and for the rest of the day, and sometimes longer, it keeps popping back into our thoughts. Some early postings like; living without oil, the Mexican presidents telling congress what the US is doing wrong and the 4th of July posting are examples of some of my mental threads. Some will deal with Alaska and some just the musings of this ‘old man in the woods’. I will still try and post some strictly Alaskan related stories, and so you my dear readers will know what to expect whenever you see the title of the posting say ‘Wilderness words’, you will know you are in store for a trip through the tangled mind of one who for over a decade has lived off the grid.

Made in America? What is made in America? Have you looked at labels lately on anything you buy? From furniture to food we, it seems, produce & manufacture nothing anymore. Go to Wall Mart or Home depot and look at some of the labels. Most say made in China, I guess we are intent on keeping the workforce in the Far East employed. Oh I forgot we have about a 10% unemployment rate right here. So why have we sent all our manufacturing jobs overseas?

The enemy that is causing this is…we the people of the good old USA. We demand the lowest price on everything we buy so the companies that make the table, chair, cell phone, television, cloths and everything else look to the cheep labor in other countries. We have brought this upon ourselves, and no matter how much we want to go back to the old days, I see no quick surefire way to change it.

When I was just out of the military my father didn’t say get a job he said find a ‘trade’ that you enjoyed doing and do it. We had metal workers, woodworkers, mechanics, machinist all manner of trade occupations, that once you put your time in as an apprentice you could make a good living. I opted to follow in my father’s and my grandparents footsteps and become a printing pressman. Today 50% of that trade is gone, either to the printer in the office or for large quantities overseas printers.

I have taken to reading labels, not for the calories or ingredients but where did it come from. When I am given the choice I choose American made, but that is getting harder and harder to find. America used to be the worlds bread basket with more grain and cattle then we needed. Now I am seeing more and more our meat coming from South America, our fish products from the Far East and our grain now used for expensive gasoline instead of bread and cereal.

I do not have to read the ‘rise and fall of the roman empire’ to know it is happening here. When we combine this quest for the cheapest products with the removal of morality from society, and whittle away at the very foundation of America the constitution… All that is left is time. Time for the erosion of a country that tens of thousands of men died for.

This is happening not only in American but other countries as well. If we do not find a way to bring back the manufacturing jobs we are destined to become a third world country asking others for the products we need to live.

I was told that every good blog posting should have a definitive beginning and ending, well this one is merely food for the mind with no resolution. What can ‘one man’ do to change the course of a country? I guess he can hope his words, like seeds planted in the wild, will flower and spread. And in the end inspire people to realize that there actions have consequences for generations to come.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. AussieAlaskan permalink
    July 24, 2010 2:20 pm

    G’day Pete – I do here and did check labels there when I was visiting and lots of people think it’s funny to check where something is made before you decide to buy – try finding something made in your own country – the western countries are selling less and less of their own products, with more and more old established home brands being bought our by overseas manufacturers – and you’re right – quite often it’s a matter of cost, but after that, it results in availability. And I try to buck the trend but am not always successful – and I do wonder what it will be like in ten years.


  2. xpipelyner permalink
    July 26, 2010 12:22 pm

    Can’t add a thing to your usual words of wisdom, Pete.

    Thanks so much for this.



  3. Daddy permalink*
    July 26, 2010 1:34 pm

    The other day I went to a local town to do some shopping in their town center and found a nice little shop selling local wares. Now, the peanut butter there costs $6 as opposed to the $2 pub at the grocery store. And the $6 jar was considerably smaller, but it was Jalapeño peanut butter. Something you just don’t find in the general supermarket.

    You can find local wares, you can find made in America, but in order to sustain the living wage of the people here in America, the wares have had to be come “specialty items” with premium prices. The same with furniture stores. The big box houses sell cheap stuff made en-masse overseas. But if you want something hand-crafted here, it can be found. But be ready to pay $1200 for a bureau, as opposed to $200.

    Some have called it the wall-mart-ization of America. The downward spiral of prices has forced the downward spiral of quality and things have to be spit out at an ever increasing clip, with more frugal materials, in order to keep pace. You can get a t-shirt that was made in USA, but not for the $4.99 Old Navy sells it for. No the US shirt will cost several times as much.

    So the question then becomes… we we have the pocketbook to support our beliefs?


  4. AussieAlaskan permalink
    July 27, 2010 2:03 pm

    I agree but, unfortunately sometimes the answer is “no”, and sometimes I really don’t think people understand that buying what seems cheaper today will not keep prices down.


  5. Rosalyn permalink
    July 27, 2010 5:19 pm

    Good job, Pete.


  6. Del permalink
    July 29, 2010 2:05 am

    Atlas shrugged by Ayn Rand is compelling reading as well……….


  7. AussieAlaskan permalink
    July 29, 2010 10:11 pm

    Wow!! – can’t believe the reference to Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged – unforgettable to me, but not often seen nowadays. It’s good to see someone else still does remember it!!


    • Del permalink
      July 31, 2010 2:13 am

      How can one not AussieAK. She is amazing! She had such insight as to what IS happening to this country…..More people need to read it. Might wake them up………


      • AussieAlaskan permalink
        July 31, 2010 9:20 am

        I agree Del but it is just too old fashioned now – I recommended it to my adult daughter who is a keen reader and she tried…but couldn’t get into it. Perhaps, it’s not too old fashioned, it’s just society’s expectations are different now. Society’s loss, I’m afraid.


  8. Rosalyn permalink
    July 31, 2010 5:17 pm

    People today don’t want to see themselves as they are, a bunch of self centered rude individuals acting like sheep. I loved that book, LOL.


    • AussieAlaskan permalink
      July 31, 2010 5:53 pm

      Well, another Ayn Rand devotee – this is a first for me in a long time :-)


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