48. Know Your History, Push Repeat

As consumers, who should we-the-people blame for the feeble state of our economy? It certainly isn't a politician's fault if we-the people don't stand up to him or her. It certainly isn't a politician's fault if we-the-people don’t hold him or her genuinely accountable for his or her actions. It is after all The Media's job to hold our elected officials accountable for their actions--isn't it? Isn't that what we-the-people think? It certainly is what we-the-people do. The Media is a good place to put the blame, so we-the-people don't have to look in the mirror. Who is the mysterious "The Media" anyway? Do we-the-people ever stop to think about who The Media is or what it is trying to accomplish? The Media, as any other business, is trying to make a living for itself--and as it is a high-stakes, high-profit business, they are trying to make as much money as they can. As The Media has become deregulated it has become concentrated into fewer and fewer hands. These hands are among the wealthiest of the wealthy in our society. As I look back over the last couple of decades and see the wealthy hands of The Media gathering together more and more acquisitions, I see the divide between the-haves-and-the-have-nots growing at a frightening rate. It makes me wonder if these-two-things-are-connected. Could it be The Media, because it is in so few hands, is working primarily for the good of The Media and not for we-the-people? Are they telling us what is good for them and the top 1% and not what is good for we-the-people? But at least they keep us entertained--politics as theatre you might say--as they drain our pockets and fill theirs. However it doesn't have to be this way. We-the-people, the US consumer, have lost sight of one of our most potent tools--the art of the boycott! This is in the power of every human being. This is in the power of every consumer. Those who know their history, can certainly repeat it. One of the founding elements of our nation was the boycott--The Boston Tea Party. This was a wholesale rejection of a product the British government forced upon its citizens. We-the-consumers don't have to listen to The Media. We-the-consumers don't have to buy what The Media says we should buy. We-the-consumers don't have to throw any products into Boston Harbor--all we-the-consumers have to do is to not-purchase-any-foreign-made-products.

Note: Be an enlightened and proactive consumer and don't support retailers who stock foreign made products. As long as their cash register is ringing, retailers won't hear a word you say. However, when we-the-consumers boycott these products and the retailers' cash registers go silent--they will finally hear and understand what we-the-consumers are saying. To find what you are looking for, do an internet search for "made in USA" or "made in America" for the products you need to buy and for the products you want to buy--otherwise make a sacrifice for your future and for your children's future and go without.

originally posted October 2015
reposted March 2018

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