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Since 2000, more than six million manufacturing jobs have been lost, and 50,000 factories closed. Among jobs now being outsourced are customer complaint specialists, medical records transcribers, phone operators, telemarketers, and even newspaper copyeditors.

More than 500,000 call center jobs have been outsourced. This past week, hyper-patriots in the U.S. House of Representatives, voting largely along party lines, blocked a bill that would have barred American companies that outsourced call center jobs from receiving federal grants and loans and would have given further protection to Americans from identity theft by overseas companies.

These hyper-patriots readily buy products made outside the United States, proudly proclaim the great bargains they just scored, and somehow believe they are still patriots.

But here are two statistics hyper-patriots might wish to reflect upon during the three weeks between Flag Day and Independence Day. About 99 percent of legal fireworks used during July 4th celebrations are made in China. The second statistic is that during the past decade, Americans paid more than $93 million for U.S. flags made overseas, most of them from China. Many of those flags are proudly waved by hyper-patriots.

[Walter Brasch was recently honored by the Pennsylvania Press Club with its lifetime Communicator of Achievement award for journalistic excellence and community service. His latest book is the critically-acclaimed novel, Before the First Snow, a look at the American counterculture, including the media.]

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Walter Brasch is an award-winning journalist and professor of journalism emeritus. His current books are Before the First Snow: Stories from the Revolution , America's Unpatriotic Acts: The Federal Government's Violation of Constitutional (more...)

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that I should have written... by bogi666 on Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 7:18:24 AM
click here... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 1:18:34 PM
Mark Twain nailed it. He eloquently states the dif... by Bob Gormley on Saturday, Jun 23, 2012 at 7:23:04 AM
"American Exceptionalism"  is the delusion th... by WayneSL on Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 1:42:14 PM
Yes, some things made elsewhere are superior. But ... by Walter Brasch on Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 3:32:09 PM
  Blind patriotism is usually a trait of non-... by Bob Gormley on Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 5:49:50 PM
Your hyper or what I call jingoistic patriotism = ... by Gary Brumback on Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 8:24:07 PM
because I have no doubt this really goes on.Video... by 911TRUTH on Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 11:59:01 PM
George W. Bush no doubt proud of Barack Obama... by Lance Ciepiela on Saturday, Jun 23, 2012 at 9:15:22 AM
I agree with the charge of hyperpatriotism and the... by Joe Honick on Saturday, Jun 23, 2012 at 3:14:28 PM