Born in the U.S.A., but made in Mexico.

The other day, quite innocently as I was getting dressed, I noticed that the cami top I was preparing to put on was made in Honduras.  I own about two dozen color selections in this cami style (from Maurices) and have worn these camis for years and just yesterday for the first time I noticed the label – Made in Honduras.

Typically I am quite the label reader – at least as it applies to food labels.  Yet it never once occured to me to read my clothes labels to see where they were made; but, after that first cami I just kept going – my tops, my underwear, my jeans, my bras, my scarves – everything I could find with a tag.  And oh the places my clothes took me – Thailand, Israel, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, India,  and Mexico.  There may be more places I could have gone, but it was Mexico that stopped me in my tracks.  The Made in Mexico designation was on, of all things, my Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. t-shirt.

Now, I hate to be overly dramatic, but isn’t it per se anti-American to have a t-shirt with a classic Springsteen song cover like Born in the U.S.A. made in Mexico?  What are you going to tell me next, that the Buy American shirts are made in China?  UGGGH.  I am all for globalization and I realize that we have become a world of imports, but some things must be held sacred…things like my Born in the U.S.A. shirt.

Seriously, I will attire myself in the global bazaar that is in my closets and dressers without barely an utterance, but I refuse to acquiese to The Boss and his trademark Americana hit being sent off to Mexico to be mass produced on t-shirts.  I have to draw a line somewhere and if it happens to be across Bruce’s blue-jeaned fanny – then so be it. ;-)

One thousand and eleven of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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2 Responses to Born in the U.S.A., but made in Mexico.

  1. Alyosha says:

    I do agree with you when you say that lines should be drawn, especially when it comes to American things advertising America made in other countries.

  2. Avatar of Schurkey Schurkey says:

    Why would you be “all for globalization”?

    It’s the favored tool currently used to strip us of our standard of living; and by extension, our rights.

    When our economy is in the toilet, does it make sense to export money to other nations?

    YOU are part of the problem.

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