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A time to be American
I am a guy that grew up in a household w nothing but American vehicles in my garage, mostly GM cars to be specific. I was taught as a kid that driving foreign vehicles were not even an option. Watching these last 4 months in the Automotive sector has made my stomach turn. I shed a tear the minute I heard John Rich sing that awesome song that captivated my heart. He really brought his life and deepest feelings into that song “Shutting Detroit Down”.
About 4 years ago I bought a foreign car, and it just never felt right. I made that mistake one time and took our American automotive heritage for granted. I repeat, 1 time. The best part about making a mistake is learning from it. It doesn’t matter if its hunting season, fishing season, or just heading to work, I drive American. In today’s climate, I can only imagine the discomfort and embarrassment in someone that loves this country and its heritage must feel when they pull up at a traffic light, or go to park and they are driving a foreign car. That is one type of shame that I will NEVER FEEL again, I drive American!
Nobody can build trucks like the Big 3. Personally, I roll around in a Silverado and my wife drives a Tahoe, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Whether you are driving a Ford, Dodge, or a Chevy you should be proud to be driving American. I like feeling good about the truck I drive, and I like knowing that no matter if its 20 degrees and snowing, pouring rain, or a bright sunny day, my American truck gets me where I want to go every time.
The last thing we can afford is anymore long term damage to our economy. A healthier Auto industry equates to a healthier country. A healthier country is a safer country, a happier country, and a stronger country. It is okay to make mistakes from time to time, heck I owned one of those “other” vehicles like I admitted, however admitting your mistake and accepting it is the start to a better day! Outdoorsmen, non outdoorsmen, it is time to be patriots of this great country, it is time to be American baby!
Three of my brothers worked in the steel industry. In 1984 I needed a new vehicle. To keep my brothers working I went with the latest and greatest.......Chevy Caprice Station Wagon (large family) with a 3.x Diesel.
Paid $13000.00 for it, cash. Over the next year I had another $13K in it due to injector pumps, oil seals etc.
Ran the thing till I was tired of it. Used it to haul my Catahoula Hounds around.
Fuel leaked from the fuel pump to the crankcase at about the same rate as oil leaked out of the seals. I knew it was time to put new oil in when I make a left hand turn and the oil light came on. Turns out diesel ain't a bad lubricant.
Went to the BBB for arbitration. Got screwed there too.
From then on it was Mazda (1), Honda(1) and Suzuki(2 simultaneously)
When I buy a real truck it most probably will be a Chev. Silverado, 4 Door, 4x4, short bed, 3/4 ton.
But no cars.
PS: If it wouldn't have been for some dummy a lap back, a Toyota wooda won the Daytona.
Last edited by royinidaho; 02-21-2009 at 12:31 PM.
Reason: Couldn't resist the PS..........S'posed to be Humorous...
Geargrinder I agree about the bailout not only for auto manufacturers but I do not want to bailout any Company. Let them all fail and restructure. The Government would not bail me or any small Company out. So why should the working tax paying citizens have to bailout any company. The government is putting a burden on our backs that it will be hard to carry. With that said I Drive a 06 Dodge 5.9 Diesel pickup 19mpg on highway. My truck that I hunt out of is a 77 Chevy that I have had since high school. It is on its third rebuilt motor. I will always DRIVE AMERICAN.
I read this post early this morning and decided not to post, but after thinking about it all morning I've changed my mind.
First of all, every car I've ever owned has been from one of the big 3 (I've owned cars/trucks from each of them).
I worked at GM/EDS in the mid-80's. I've had the big 3 as clients off and on for several years.
I lived in Michigan for nearly 10 years, until being laid off (non auto) last summer. I still own an upside-down mortgage on a house in Michigan.
For the last 20 years, I've watched the UAW hold the big 3 hostage. I've watched them play them against each other. I've seen them bankrupt small non-union shops. I've watched the big 3 bow down and cower to the threats. I've said at least 100 times, that until they completely restructure, renegotiate the contracts and/or do it through bankruptcy, it will just get worse.
Now, the auto companies are attempting to hold us (the US taxpayers) hostage, using the same stale arguments and tactics that the UAW has used against them for so long.
My next car will not be from any auto company that accepts 'bail-out' money from the government until it is paid back with interest. If this forces me to buy from other auto companies, so be it.
I mean no disrespect to any of my friends in the unions. I assure you, they already know (and have known for a long time) exactly how I feel.
If some is good and more is better, then too much is just right.
My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought, cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives