Monday, January 03, 2011

How About Putting Our Money Where Our Mouths Are?

Our country is quite an interesting place these days. The rest of the world has called us rude for years, but with the advent of technology, we've outdone ourselves in the area of rudeness. We also seem to have "progressed" to the point we are able to separate our firm convictions from our actual lifestyles. I hold to the old adage, that we actually live what we believe and it's time to put up or shut up! Just where would the economy of the world's largest democracy be without communism? Or for those that prefer to split hairs and insist this is a capitalistic republic, even better. Just where would America's capitalism be without the imports made affordable by China's communism? I know a number of people that will not contribute to the United Way, because it is claimed to fund Planned Parenthood and yet those same people will go to Wal-Mart and buy items marked "made in China," where abortion is not a choice, but mandated. That's right, here in America, the anti-choice people who do not want to fund the choices of women here in our country, will subsidize the loss of choice for women in another country. I'm not telling anyone even what view they should have on any of the topics mentioned in this blog, I'm just saying folks need to actually back their view. China also censors their media, and has rampant child labor. Why do we support the way of life that we claim to find abhorrent? Has anyone considered when the lack of pollution control in China's industry renders that country uninhabitable, China just might decide to foreclose on us? Do we really need so many trinkets from China that we are willing to sell out our values? Or do we just not really mind what happens to the money if we get something in return? Clearly, right now, we produce so little in this country, we'd have to make everything at home to avoid financially supporting things we do not believe in or condone. I'm not suggesting a full retail boycott, but we can start somewhere.
. . . but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation. New Testament
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