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Buy American by Robert Flores

Two Hundred Thirty-Three years ago, there were thousands of entrepreneurs in this country. If those entrepreneurs were worshipping their bottom line back then, this great country would never have been founded in the first place. Chances were taken. Lives and fortunes were spent on the Revolutionary War. It was Americans helping Americans that made this country come into existence. The entrepreneurs and the common folk worked to for the greatest county on earth. Yet, that isn’t the case today. Today, entrepreneurs end their manufacturing jobs overseas. They buy other coutnries’ products and labor. They don’t help their fellow Americans.; they only help their pocketbooks.

This issue of outsourcing jobs is a personal issue with me. Over the years, my dad has hopped from job to job, from industry to industry, because of outsourcing. He has done whatever he could to provide for his family. If the American dollar stayed on American soil, then maybe all of my dad’s engineering jobs would not have gone to India or China. But because people don’t buy American and the entrepreneurs don’t buy American jobs, people like my dad have to survive any way they can.

I’m no economist, but even I know that the American dollar cannot continue to be sent overseas indefinitely. Whenever I have printing needs, I always buy American printing services. It’s true, that if I sent my jobs overseas to China or Canada, I could save hundreds of dollars on printing my books… but why? So I could help support a communist or a socialist state? Outsourcing will never help pay Americans’ bills. It will never put food on Americans’ tables. I’m an American. I buy American when I can. (Unfortunately, I’m also poor, so I have to buy China-made goods from Wal-mart).

What happened in 233 years? What became the problem? Covetousness became the problem in America. These capitalists began caring only for their bottom line, and were are willing to hurt their fellow Americans to do it. They care only for saving a buck (and buying inferior quality products and labor) at the expense of their neighbors. Money became their god. And the true God of the Bible and the words of St. Paul were ignored: “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:10). God specifically said to help your brother first, then to help others. It’s a shame that the Bible that founded the laws in this country has been ignored.

“But what about helping the poor worker in India?” someone will ask. To that I ask, “What about helping the poor American in California?” Define the word “help”? When people say “help” it usually means to give a fair wage and bring someone else out of poverty. Not so when capitalists use it in conjunction with overseas labor. When they “help” the poor workers overseas, it is only relative. They are not paid fair American wages; they’re barely paid enough to get by. No insurance. No worker’s compensation. Slave labor. Is that truly “helping” the poor workers in other countries?

And, lest anyone think that a socialist state is the way to go, let me just say that communism is the same as capitalism. Both have at their heart the worship of themselves, coveting others’ goods and the rebellion against God. Both communists and capitalists covet their neighbors’ goods. But, what did God say about treasures here on earth? “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.” (Exodus 20:17)

In short, I will continue to buy American when I can, regardless if it saves me a few extra bucks, because it’s the right thing to do. I’m helping the neighbor closest to me, not my neighbor furthest away. My God will judge all those who covet and steal from their neighbors. And I’m proud to serve my God.

Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble? The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined. For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth. The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them. He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity. His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity. He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor. He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones. He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it. Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble. Therefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it. Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless. Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none. The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land. LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear: To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress. —Psalm 10

January 19, 2009