Legislation which passed in Minnesota now requires all US flags sold in the state to be of American manufacture. Violations of the law, which comes into force at the end of the year, will be punished by a $1,000 (£495) fine or 90 days in jail. The bill was written by Rep. Tom (the drunk) Rukavina, DFL-Virginia.
“The biggest honour that you can give the flag is that it be made by American workers in the United States of America . . . Nothing is more embarrassing to me than a plastic flag made in China. This replica of freedom we so respect should be made in this country . . . I think this Bill is about jobs, jobs for Americans.”
How do you take these people seriously? This is the very same Tom Rukavina who, in 2004, was arrested for Drunk Driving. In 2002, prior to the arrest, here is what he had to say about the government intruding into his world of booze:
“I don’t think there would be one person saved by a .08 law . . . All we would have is more arrests.”
Representative Rukavina was against the law before he was exposed to the law…
This bill is statist logic fully consistent with government schools, government healthcare, government guaranteed retirement, government subsidies, and worst of all government “controlled” markets. Democrats love this sort of stuff – it gives them and their ilk power. What this sort of idiocy will lead to are flags of lower quality, at a higher cost – economics does not stop at either the U.S. border OR the door to your Ben Franklin Store that used to exist (you remember, those shops that sold too little and charged too much for it now fully replaced by Wal-Mart which provides millions jobs and far more goods at far lower prices).
This legislation must be viewed as a quick moment to reflect on the nature of money as illustrated by Ayn Rand in her novel, Atlas Shrugged. This is all so marvelous and alarming at the same time; it is tough to keep a straight face, but let me restate the matter:
Rand in Atlas:
Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion—when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing—when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors—when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you—when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice—you may know that your society is doomed.
This Minnesota law is precisely an example of what Rand was speaking about. Look around, society IS doomed if morons with rediculous ideas such as Rukavina become the status quo.
I don’t really care where you buy your flag. I will continue to buy the highest quality at the lowest cost – regardless the location of the plant. I would much rather buy a higher quality flag, at a lower cost, from a Taiwanese manufacturer engaging in a free market effort than a US maker employing 50 illegal aliens benefitting from a government protected market! Yet, Rukavina would say that buying from the US maker was righteous and patriotic – virtuous he would swoon, then utter some gobeldeegook regarding government health care for the flag maker’s employees.
Folks, the flag is a symbol. What it represents is liberty and freedom, and the profound struggle to obtain it. Using state power to force people to buy flags from government authorized manufacturers is an insolent slap in the face of the spirit of this country.