09 Mar 2ndVote Patriot Volunteer’s Priorities When Making Purchasing Decisions
As consumers of 2nd Vote, we want to use our purchasing power to advance the good and thwart the bad in our society. Aside from the 6 issues guiding 2nd Vote ratings, we may wish to consider foreign vs domestic, and small business vs big. Here is what we have chosen as guiding principles, in order of priority:
1.) Buy Ethical
This one is easy. As a reader of 2nd Vote, you already care about buying from companies on the right side of the six issues. But it can be tough to give up our favorite phone or active wear made by companies that use slave labor: are we willing? Whether it’s a coffee or a cookie, it can be tempting to keep buying our favorites.
2.) Buy American Small Business
Small business has always been the backbone of the US economy and is a necessary actor if we are to maintain our freedoms. With the threat of the Great Reset by globalists of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and their partners in government and big business, small business is getting the squeeze in favor of large, woke corporations. With the WEF’s stated goal that the masses of people will own nothing, (all ownership to be among governments and elites) we need to fight to preserve small businesses.
3.) Buy Large Corporations, Domestic or Foreign, Based on Quality and Price.
Although it is widely thought that buying American products as opposed to foreign is always in the best interest of America and Americans, we must differentiate between the freedom to buy American versus the government-mandated policy of Buy American.
Those promoting Buy American mention the creation of jobs, stimulus to our economy, and lesser environmental impact due to US regulations; all good reasons to consider buying American.
Critics of government-mandated Buy American policies, which have been instituted by both Presidents Trump and Biden, point out that these policies cost taxpayers millions and serve as corporate welfare. Forcing the government to buy American, even when the result is the forced purchase of more expensive or inferior materials, may do more harm than good. Mandated Buy American policies can also hurt us if foreign countries decide to respond in kind, decreasing our exports.
We’ve decided that, for our dollars, the large corporations will have to compete by providing the best value, regardless of their being foreign or domestic. As long as they are ethical and there is no feasible small business alternative, we’ll treat domestic and foreign corporations as equals.
Article by Elaine Fields