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  An 'American' Tale
by Mr. Ed
Monday, July 05, 2010
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-The Sad State of Our Holiday, Today-


He jumped out of bed at dawn on Sunday

It was after all America’s ‘Independence Day’

He had to rush out and purchase some more items

For his family’s gala Fourth of July Celebration today


“Don’t forget to pick up DIAL Soap!” his wife yelled out

“And, all the kids are craving some GOOD HUMOR Bars!

We also need mustard, and you better buy some more beer!”

As he rushed off, he noticed he needed gas, he wouldn’t get far


He quickly decided to pass up the BP gas station nearest his home

Since British Petroleum was responsible for America’s Oil Disaster

So he drove all the way to the other side of town, to the SHELL station

But now he was running extremely late, so he’d have to shop much faster


Luckily, he soon spotted a 7-11 Convenience Store on that side of town

So, he rushed in to buy DIAL, GOOD HUMOR BARS, and BUD Beer

As he paid for his purchases, he remembered to buy FRENCH’s Mustard

Now, he rushed back on home, to celebrate U.S. Independence Day Cheer


And soon, he and his family, friends, and neighbors, were all in his backyard

Enjoying hot dogs and ice cream, and celebrating the Fourth, with ice-cold BUD

And as darkness descended on this very typical, festive Fourth of July celebration

He proudly shot off some sky rockets, lighting up the night with a boom and a thud


But alas, neither he, nor his family, nor his celebrating neighbors, even had a tiny clue

That none of the places he shopped, nor any of the items he purchased were ‘American’

Although we as a nation all love to celebrate our freedom and independence, on this day

We as a nation, now patronize foreign owned businesses, and buy their items, without end


SHELL OIL is a Dutch Owned Company

The 7-11 Corporation is Japanese Owned

DIAL SOAP is made by a German Firm

GOOD HUMOR Ice Cream – British/Dutch

French’s Mustard – is also a British Owned Co.

Good old ‘American Budweiser’ – Belgian Owned


And, of course, the Fireworks that they so proudly watched,

To Celebrate Our Independence Day, Were All Made in China.


The Good Old Fourth of July,

Just Ain’t What It Used To Be;

So Many American Companies,

Now Gone, From Sea to Oily Sea



©July 5, 2010, Mr. Ed






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Reviewed by Georg Mateos 7/6/2010
So sad that I can't buy candy to my great-grandchildren at the Mom & Pop convenience store...oops! they are a Mall parking lot now!


Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 7/5/2010
What's strange...Italy always took pride in "Italian Made,", more and more things are coming in from China, Peru,'s happening everywhere.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 7/5/2010
So sad, that we can't hardly find anything made in America ... I refused to buy a shirt because it was made in Honduras. No way!! I will buy American only!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(

LOVE the picture!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/5/2010
Sadly, Sir, you are correct. American made? Karen refused to buy a patriotic shirt at WalMart, because it was made in Honduras. Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 7/5/2010
You're so right bro Ed,and we never give it a thought! Glad you did!Jasmin said it best!
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 7/5/2010
Such a business eh..???
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 7/5/2010
The greedy Bastards, sold national pride along with the trade marks that's why. We should start building Rickshas to pull the fat cats around. Bless you! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Donna Chandler 7/5/2010
Very true and thought-provoking words.

Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 7/5/2010
Well they sure as hell didn't USED to be foreign owned, well except for Shell who manages to supply us with the Arabian Peninsula's finest. I am still in proverbial shock over the sale of my beloved Anheiser Busch, but I don't like Miller and I don't care for Coors. Oh, the inhumanity! Patrick
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 7/5/2010
I hear ya, bro' but what are we going to do...we can't take back what has already been bought away...& where were the invitations to that back yard bbq for the 4th? Surely not in the mail as I stopped at the post office on Saturday, the last day they were open before the don't blame it on the post office this time...ed
Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/5/2010
Yes as Anna pointed out we have the same thing in Canada lol but also noticed we have more American companies in Canada of late...My daughter had to work our 1st of July because her office is American oowned and closed on the 4th lol and thankfully we still have our beloved Keiths beer made in Halifax and our good old Captain Morgan rum.
I do know what you are saying though my friend.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 7/5/2010
Reviewed by Lew Duffey 7/5/2010
Maybe we are a little too proud. We should be celebrating independance for not only Americans but for all mankind.
God bless America but may he also bless a whole world in trouble.
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 7/5/2010

This is such a commentary. One day I went around looking at the products in my house...not one was made in the U.S.A. How sad to go around the other side of town to your things. Things was excellent and tells and unfortuante story.

Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 7/5/2010
I hear you, Ed! It's the same here in Canada.But knowing this makes me look more closely at labels now. When I can, I buy "made in Canada"....

Reviewed by D Johnson 7/5/2010
Thank Mr. Clinton for NAFTA...

Cheers...oh btw, did you know that Oregon has some really great brewries, all American made.


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