We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I can remember buying a Kawasaki in the mid 80's and having people tell me about "japcrap" and how "un-American" I was. They got quiet when you pointed out the bike would embarrass their Harley in any category; price, performance, reliability etc and that it was made in Lincoln Nebraska. Then they puffed out their chests and circled back to "un-American"
The same folks shut up fast when you point out that the Honda A.C.E (American Classic Edition) is the only TRULY American bike, as Honda Built it in their Marysville Ohio plant and took pains to make sure EVERYTHING down to the nuts and bolts was sourced from the US. Your average Harley being composed of something like 40% parts produced OUTSIDE the US. (Not to mention what a large stake the Chinese have in the company.)
Chevy had a relationship with Isuzu as far back as the late 70's (remember the Chevy "LUV" truck?) and the Ford Ranger and the Mazda B2000 are identical, save for badging. GM had an entire line of cars called "Geo" built for them by Toyota, Suzuki and (briefly) Isuzu. This was back when Detroit felt they could simply co-opt every other manufacturer, rather than try to compete.
How we went from the undisputed #1 to just another player in the auto biz should serve as a warning to all. It seems we are following Detroit's lead as a Nation.
From number one to also-rans in less than a generation; weep for what we once were.