Assertion of things “Made in U.S.A”: An observation
Anchor for Allvoices
There is a news circulating and now an established uproar against US Olympic uniforms labeled “Made in China.” The uniforms inspired kerfuffle or commotion because of the psyche “why aren't the uniforms made in America, goddangit?”
The usually-temperate US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sounded radical who has a pragmatic solution: burn the uniforms. He was highly passionate further saying, "I think the Olympic Committee should be ashamed." And he followed up his bonfire suggestion with another: "If they have to wear nothing but a symbol that says USA on it, painted by hand, that is what they should wear."
There must have been failure to appreciate and understand the imports of Senator Reid’s weighty words when the Olympic Committee still claims to be “proud” of the uniforms deal with, the “iconic American company that owns the design of the China-made uniforms.
The pragmatic solution to burn the China-made uniforms as the US Senate Majority Leader had proposed was to assert the power and prestige attached to products Made in USA. Senator Reid must have noted and been alarmed with the scarcity if non-existence of commercial products Made in USA. However, Made in USA may be abundant only in military hardware and supplies.
Senator Reid issued a very important call with “burn the uniforms solution.” The call was addressed to American manufacturers of consumer goods who are no longer located at home but overseas like in China and other countries. Those giant American companies pull-out capital from home and bring mostly to Third World nations which consequently deprived Americans of the jobs they need.
Indeed, Senator Reid rekindled the flame of American patriotism and nationalism with the end in view for national survival during the present trying and difficult times.