Dec 10, 2008

Bailout Motor City


My brother sent this to me. Wished I'd seen it in a magazine.

You might not be able to read the text at the bottom, but it says:

You probably thought it was smart to by a foreign import of superior quality, with better mileage and resale value. Maybe you even thought that years of market share loss might prod us into rethinking our process and redesigning our products with better quality in mind. But you forgot one thing: we spend a shitload of money on lobbyists. So now you're out $25 billion, plus the cost of your Subaru. Maybe next time you'll buy American like a real man. Either way, we're cool.

I was raised being told that America was the country of virtue and freedom. Alexis DeToqueville wrote in the 1700s, "America is great because it is good." We loved to quote that. But the other part of the quote was, "once she ceases to be good, she will cease to be great." I think maybe we reached that "cease to be" phase.

So when did you first have that rude awakening that America was no longer good?

5 comments:

Kim Gottschild said...

When I moved abroad, and then back, eight years ago....there was this nagging feeling that things could, should be different.

Steve said...

Each of the last 6 presidential elections. And plenty of times in between. The "goodness" has been replaced with meanness.

Steve in Central CA

Erik said...

You know, thinking back, I feel like America was no longer good from September 12, 2001. I remember that day all too well. I woke and instantly felt like everything was going to be different. It has been and it has never been better that September 10, 2001. In my opinion of course.

Maureen said...

I'm not exactly sure WHEN it was...but I'm fairly certain I was in a Walmart at the time.

Amy said...

Hmmmm....good question....I think it was when my children first went to school and I met my first PTO mom. Yes, it was definitely at that moment. Just found your blog after finding your upcoming book...looking forward to checking it out! Blessings!

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