Let's See Some Real Corporate Patriotism

Corporate America has been running a blizzard of patriotic ads since September 11, wrapping their corporate corpus with our flag, shouting "God Bless America," and declaring "United we stand!" But are they really with us?

Some of today's most ostentatious corporate flag-wavers are the very global giants that just weeks ago were insisting that they owe allegiance to no nation, but instead are "borderless" entities that rise above America's national interests, with loyalty only to their multinational investors. For example, in The Nation magazine, investigative journalist Bill Greider tells us that Colgate-Palmolive, which grew to enormous prosperity in our country, now says: "The United States does not have an automatic call on our resources. There is no mindset that puts this country first."

Where do you suggest that Colgate-Palmolive take its mindset?

For the past two decades, the corporations now energetically draping themselves in bunting have been abandoning America's workers and communities, hanging such self-serving, job-destroying, sovereignty-busting albatrosses as NAFTA, WTO, and the new Free Trade Area of the Americas around our necks. General Motors, GE, Boeing, Motorola, and Dell are among the brand-name, global hot shots who have shucked the red-white-and-blue and moved their capital, jobs, and loyalty offshore. Some, like GE and Boeing, have not only offed America but have demanded that their suppliers also abandon our country.

These corporate empires have moved millions of jobs out of our country, but now, America is hurting. We've lost some 700,000 more jobs since September 11. Our economy is tanking. Now is the time for these giants to put their muscle behind their patriotic rhetoric.

This is Jim Hightower saying ... Come home, Corporate America! In this time of crisis and hurt, don't just fly the flag, bring jobs back to America ... and give us a reason to be proud of you.

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