Home of the brave, land of the free?

30 Aug

America, my heart goes out to you. Just after the second world war you showed the world how to celebrate, how to pull yourself up by your bootstraps. While the allies were suffering under rations, you created a paradise.

Then, you stalled. You got so involved in rights, rule of law, political correctness, health and safety and all the litigation that came with it. Your constitution got in the way of common sense, because you allowed the legal fraternity to interpret it to suit their own greedy intentions. You need to overhaul the entire system and allow common, decent people to restructure it to bring it back to mean what the original authors intended. You use modern language to corrupt one of the most honest documents ever created.

You have created a nation of money grubbers, snake oil salesmen. How many Americans actually create goods, consumer items (you invented them) and sweat of the brow craftsmanship. You have sold your birthright for a mess of beans. Even your iconic tradenames are being outsourced to other countries. You should be proud of your achievements. Inventors of heavier than air flight (thank God Boeing is still made in America), the assembly line, the first affordable motor car, the personal computer. But you don’t employ Americans to produce the goods, you allow your goods to be made elsewhere.

How many engineers are produced by your universities? How many lawyers (shame!)? How many bankers and stock traders (again – shame!)? How many doctors and scientists?

How many tradesmen actually create your great heritage – and how many just repair the (American branded) goods that are produced by other countries?

You have also allowed the patent laws to become ridiculous – patenting computer code is like patenting language. This has resulted in Apple fighting about patents that they stole from Xerox in the first place. Why does Austin not demand royalties for the positioning of the accelerator, brake and clutch pedals? (Oh, damn, they went out of business in the UK because of poor management.) They did not because it resulted in standardisation of motor vehicle controls. Apple are complaining that Samsung looks like their “invention”. Can shapes now be patented? (I think I will patent a triangle – then every time it is used, I get some money.)

Copyright I understand, but patenting was introduced to allow an inventor to protect his INVENTION, not some obtuse use of already existing technology.

You can reduce your unemployment figure overnight by bringing back at least some of the manufacturing of AMERICAN goods to your own country.

The most revered technology institute in the world is MIT. Who is the head of engineering? Is he/she a native-born American?

Yale, Harvard and Princeton are known throughout the world as centres of excellence. How many Americans have tenure? How many of the lecturers are American?

It’s time you restored your faith in Old Glory and induced your population to “BUY AMERICAN” and with that I mean buy goods actually made in America, by Americans, not some slave working in the east.

You have ostracised a democratic nation to please a communist nation (who have more American dollars in their banks than you do.) It is so sad that self-serving politicians will bend over backwards for a few dollars.

Americans, it’s time to take your country back!

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