Many Anti-American lobbyists, here in our very own nation, can (and do) easily manipulate the public opinion with the help of several myths and false affirmations.
Let’s review some of the most common myths spread by the Anti-American, and rate them with a “validity index” in percentage.
Validity index is a trademark of USA National and is used to rate the following affirmations based on their validity. Indefensible sophism will obviously hit the score of 0% validity.
At USA National, our goal is to fight Anti-American propaganda, ethno-masochism and antipatriotic disinformation.
I am not arguing that disinformation and propaganda is used by all governments and medias, all over the world, but I must say that I was very surprised when I found out that our government/media are actually not working for the nation, but against the nation. And that is very unique, trust me.
Here are the most commons myths. You can hear them on the news, on the radio and even in the mouths of some particularly prosperity-hating politicians, and they all concern Buying American and economic patriotism.
The Myths of the Anti-American
“Buying American is bad because other countries will start doing the same, and it will start economic wars and conflicts.”
Validity : 0%
Lets start with the first and one of the most common myths about economic patriotism, and buying American.
First of all, the argument “other countries will start doing the same” mostly applies to protectionism which is a Socialist/Statist value, not economic patriotism which is a liberal/libertarian value.
Secondly, it implies that other countries are not already doing the same, which is obviously a lie by the either uneducated or anti-American. Anyone gifted with a minimum of observation can clearly notice that modern economy, under the wing of globalism, is actually a race towards economic patriotism.
The term “economic war” or “economic warfare” is a commonality in the European or most Asian media, or in the mouths of their politicians.
By stating this argument, the anti-American lobbyist want to make you think they are scared of the USA instigating conflicts with other countries, without mentioning that the conflicts are already there.
The American government and their media have mastered the skill of minimizing real problems (while entertainingly parading false problems), and hiding pretty much everything related to them. Latest examples to date, the national debt, the deindustrialization, the loss of competitiveness, the trade deficit.
But once again, just breaking the thermometer doesn’t make the the heat go down, pretending everyone is pro-American and there is no economic war won’t make it reality.
If I were to talk all day about how the sky is actually green, I would probably convince a few people. If you granted me huge mainstream media access like the left-wing extremists and anti-Americans have, I could maybe even convince a majority of American voters (which is apparently all that concerns our politicians).
But at the end of the day, the sky is still blue.
“I don’t support nationalism, so I won’t buy American.”
Validity : 0%
Once again, mass disinformation at its best. Face it, nationalism exists everywhere and much more outside of the USA than inside unfortunately.
Its very funny because what is fascism in the USA becomes no more than minimal patriotism and basic citizenship in other countries.
There is an old political satyric comic strip I once read, that I can’t seem to find anywhere now that I’m looking for it, that is very on point with this fact.
The most surprising is that if I am not mistaken, which I totally could be, it seemed like an old comic strip, as such it is even more interesting because in advance on its time.
Basically, there are five soldiers of different nationalities aligned, all have some stereotypical attributes of each nation (I couldn’t really describe each cause I can’t remember much of it), and all had text captions underneath them.
From left to right :
– A Vietnamese soldier with a cone hat, waving the Vietnamese flag and the caption said “A Brave Patriot !”.
– A Russian soldier with his fur toque and pelt outfit, waving the Soviet flag and the caption said “A Brave Patriot !”.
– A French soldier with his beret and a piece of bread under the arm, waving the French flag and the caption said “A Brave Patriot !”.
– A Cuban soldier with a huge beard and an AK-47, waving the Cuban flag and the caption said “A Brave Patriot !”.
– An American soldier with a Harley-Davidson, waving the American flag and the caption said “A Stupid Redneck !”.
This example serves as an illustration to point out the inexactitude of this argument.
Whatever you do, you will support nationalism, so it might as well be American. The people who intentionally buy from foreign companies are not anti-nationalists, they are just anti-American.
Volkswagen was founded and popularized by the Nazis, Toyota/Honda/Nissan benefited of unfair trade conditions and was financed by national preference campaigns.
So it always makes me laugh when I hear people tell me they buy foreign because they support “free trade”.
On a side note, the USA is the least nationalist country in the world, so accusing American patriots of fascism (the golden world that can make a left-wing extremist win any argument on command) is pure uneducated nonsense.
In America, you can’t even say the n word without being labeled as racist.
And I believe that is a good thing as I don’t support racism or racial discrimination, but that’s very representative of the “hippie” mindset of most Americans when confronted to subjects concerning races/ethnics/nations.
When I tell that anecdote to foreign people I know (not English Speaking), they laugh.
I must also states that as an American patriot and nationalist, I stand strongly against racial discrimination/segregation in our country. Those acts are intentionally obfuscated and confused with nationalism, all that thanks to the obscurantism of the anti-Americans (including those who pretend to be nationalists, while they actually are even more anti-American than most of the population).
“National preference is useless, because each time we import a product we also export one.”
Then how do you explain the trade deficit ? The deindustrialization ? By the way, I’m not only talking about physical product exports/imports, but all sources leading income/outgo of money.
There is national preference in every country in the world. We can’t really define or calculate the amount of economic patriotism in one country, but there are some signs that are evident to those who chose to pay attention to them.
No doubt, the USA are one of the least nationalist or patriotic countries in the world, especially when it comes to economics. Breaks most stereotypes huh ?
There is also no doubt that economic patriotism has a huge positive impact on the economy of the countries that know how to use it, without the negative side effects of protectionism.
From those two facts, there is also no doubt that this argument is false and held mostly by the ignorant (and anti-Americans since they are everywhere).
“Buying American kills the competitiveness of our companies.”
Once again, intentional confusion with protectionism (a socialist theory). Buying American, aka national preference, is what creates competitiveness, or more precisely what helps creating it.
The reason why it is hard to understand is because this theory is far too simple for most of us to relate to. Especially in economy, we often expect (and use) complicated theories that most people don’t understand quite well either. But sometimes the simple solutions are the effective ones.
It’s kinda like when someone learns the rubix cube algorithm, they are expecting something insanely complicated at first when in fact the algorithm behind is of the most simple. The human mind by default doesn’t like simple solutions as they don’t flatter our egos as much as the complicated scientific and intellectually challenging ones.
But should we stop eating, drinking and sleeping because those tasks are too simple ? Sorry for the insomniacs 😛
Those three tasks are the simplest and most natural and at the same time the most beneficial for us, there is no twist.
PS : By simple I mean simple not easy. A simple task can be hard to execute, while a complicated task can be very easy to deliver.
The same is for the economics benefits of buying American, not only for the competitiveness of our companies, but also for the wealth of our country in general.
Most of the big foreign companies today, the same ones that operate in America and make a big income here, benefited of gigantic boosts due to economic patriotism.
Toyota and all the Japanese car manufacturers, as well as the South Korea ones, only became competitive and started to export when they advertised and publicly assumed their national preference.
“Ne laissez pas l’agroalimentaire aux Américains”, a famous nationalist and anti-American slogan that was launched by an association of French companies that I won’t quote. Most of them were already exporting to the USA when they launched that advert.
“I am not in unemployment, so I don’t see the use of buying American.”
A common myth once again, popularized by the anti-American, and destined to convince most Americans of the uselessness of economic patriotism if they were themselves in a more or less wealthy condition. This myth was illustrated by the image of typical unemployed “Rednecks” being the most patriotic class.
This image couldn’t be further from the truth as studies have shown that the more wealthy are often the more responsible in their purchases.
Once again, the mass disinformation and obscurantism of the anti-American has worked because the nationalists and patriots of America are now associated in the mind of most of our citizens with the bottom class, living off unemployment compensations.
Real studies on the other hand, have shown that this particular type of population is far from being patriotic, especially economically. Funny because they are, and will continue to be, the first to suffer when our economic situation gets even worse.
A quick reminder that proves that the anti-American don’t even care to be coherent anymore.
To dismantle this argument, you must first understand that American consumerism is way above what is allowed. Our spending, whether from the citizens or the government, is way to high (the worst is that they’ll buy foreign crap).
There are two types of spending, earned spending (through the exports and incomes of money), and borrowed spending.
Our borrowed spending is money our government loans from foreign country in order to stimulate consumption and purchases nationwide. The money they borrow, obviously they have to pay back to the lenders with high interest rates.
So why do they do that ?
Another “breaking the thermometer” tactic. You will see them often in the hands of politicians.
If Americans only relied on earned consumer spending from the start, they would have learned the virtues of economic patriotism (the hard way, I admit it) amongst others.
The government is borrowing trillions of dollars to mask the fact that we have a huge trade deficit, and the effects of this “strategy” are only to increase this deficit even more.
“Buying American is bad because it deprives foreign countries from the USD (dollar), and it will lose its influence overtime.”
… and I’ll stop here for today. You can leave a comment with your suggestions of other arguments used by the anti-Americans, I will review them in a second edition if there is enough material.
This is the only argument against buying American with some valid points in it, unfortunately not enough to pass the status of mere sophism at best.
True the theory of “beneficial imports” has been evoked (evoked, not proven !) by several liberal economists, especially in the case of countries mastering their own currency like the USA with the dollar.
The only problem with this, is that the country that sell to the USA are accumulating huge reserves of USD themselves.
So either they acquire American business, of which they can then dispose as they want to.
Either they keep the huge amounts of USD in their reserves, and the Fed has to print bills again which causes inflation and monetary instability.
In either case, it is bad for us. However, as this argument is a little more enlighten than the traditional “u proamerican u racist !”, it will maintain its validity score of 50%.