It seems that the Pentagon has taken its first baby steps back towards American principles.
Washington is normally slow to move on reversing any real problem that’s festering in America. The over-dependence of imports and deliberate off-shoring of US jobs will be difficult, if not impossible to undo any time soon.
Yet, of all the imported items which Americans purchase and depend on each and every day, the symbolic aspect of American flags ‘Made in China’ is probably to biggest sore on the ego of the United States.
As of this week, as far as the Pentagon is concerned, the stars and stripes will be returning home…
American flags purchased by the U.S. military must be completely made in America. As of Friday.
It’s the sort of thing that seems like it would have been formalized already. There’s a rule that governs what the Pentagon can purchase and where these things must originate, a rule that didn’t use to cover American flags.
The new policy says that American flags, “including the materials and components thereof,” have to be made in the United States.
Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), who is running for a ninth term in Congress, said on Friday that he pushed for the change because he thought it was just common sense that American flags be made in the United States.
“American flags are something we can all agree on should be made in America,” he said. “I don’t think it’s right that our military service men and women should be fighting under flags made in foreign countries.”
So he wrote a provision that puts the American flag under the aegis of the the Berry Amendment. That amendment, passed in 1941, restricts the Defense Department from buying food, clothing, fabrics, textiles or tools that aren’t grown or produced in the United States. American flags had previously not been included among that list.