From the ‘Enough Said’ department.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Sep 20, 2008
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USA flag lapel pin is made in China.

“Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” ~ George Washington

With thanks to Aimee Snow for the above.

I’ve long been of the opinion that the American flag is a wonderful thing, as is patriotism. Why? Because America is more or less unique in our country being an idea—about freedom of speech, press, dissent, government by for and of the people. My patriotism, however, is not your flag-waving, I-have-no-idea-what-makes-the-USA!-USA!-special, I-just think-of-national-pride-as-a-deadly-serious-version-of-loving-your-local-sports-club. USA ruuuuules!

So I decided to get me an American flag, and make myself a big flagpole. Only, shopping on Republican-addled ebay, all the flags were…you guessed it? Made in China.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


5 Responses to “From the ‘Enough Said’ department.”

  1. Chinese Overlords says:


  2. daniel says:

    Dear Sir / Madam :

    Higher efficiency, higher quality but lower working hours, lower price is what you want, and this is exactly what we offer you! As a manufacturer with many years experience devoted to producing and making various types of lapel pins, medals, badges, hope we can establish a wonderful business relationship and friendship as well.

    Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. FREE SAMPLES and ARTWORKS will be sent for your evaluation! Thank you!

    Sincerely Yours,


    Cheaperpins China CO., LTD.

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  5. Katherine says:

    …and why does everything! need to be wrapped in plastic?!? Ugh!