Take The Buy Virginian (Or Your State) Challenge
I hereby challenge Mr. Erwin, a resident of Arlington, Virginia to take the "Buy Virginian Challenge" to save jobs in Virginia (or even better yet, I challenge him to take the "Buy Arlington, VA Challenge" to save jobs in his local community). Based on the Buy American Challenge (if you're not a resident of Virginia, substitute your state below), here are the guidelines to the Buy
"Keep in mind these are just guidelines, not hard-and-fast rules. These guidelines are just here to give people who want to begin buying
- Buy only
American-madeVirginian-made finished products or American-grownVirginian grown or -raised foods.
- Items you buy may have parts, materials, and content that is not
American-madeVirginian-made, -grown, or -raised.
- Items you buy may be made in
AmericaVirginia by foreign-owned or multinational corporations.
- This challenge applies only to one’s own personal purchase decisions, not those made for households, groups, businesses, associations, or for one’s profession.
- Embarking on this challenge should be done willingly. No one should ever be obligated or forced into buying
- One, of course, may buy a specific
foreign-madeout-of-state product if a doctor, dentist, or other medical expert prescribes or recommends it. Example: If your dentist says you need a fancy foreign-madeWest Virginian-made tooth brush, don’t worry about it, just get it.
- One may buy a specific
foreign-madeout-of-state product if the item is simply not made, grown, or raised in the United StatesVirginia, and the item does not have a suitable replacement that is made, grown, or raised in the United StatesVirginia. Example 1: A lot of electronicscars just aren’t made in the U.S.A.Virginia anymore. If you can’t find what you want American-madeVirginian-made don’t worry about it. Example 2: There is no such thing as an American-grown banana. Virginian-grown oranges. No worries, you can still eat them.
- One may buy a specific
foreign-made or -grownout-of-state product if one is for some reason required to buy a specific item. Example: If your professor assigns a specific foreign-madeTexas-made TI calculator to use for a class, don’t worry about it, just get it.
- One may buy a
foreign-madeout-of-state item if it is urgently needed, and time or proximity preclude one from buying an American-madeVirginian-made version of the item. Example: You are really thirsty, and the only water available is bottled in FranceWest Virginia. Don’t worry about it, just get it.
- If one has a kinship with another
countrystate other than the U.S.A.Virginia, he or she should feel free to buy items made, grown, or raised in that countrystate as well. Example: Let’s say you have IrishMinnesotan heritage and like to buy things madewild rice harvested in IrelandMinnesota from time to time. Go right ahead continue doing that.
- One is allowed five “cheat items” (or more if you really need more). These are items that one may have an existing attachment to. If you simply can’t live without a specific
foreign-madeout-of-state good (oranges, grapefruit, avocados, computers, cell phones, automobiles, potatoes, etc.), you can continue to purchase it. Example: Let’s say you just love Swiss chocolatesalt water Taffy from New Jersey. You can, of course, continue to buy your chocolatetaffy as often as you would like.
Update: If Mr. Erwin and his followers find the "Buy Virginian Challenge" to be successful at creating jobs in Virginia, then they should next consider narrowing the geographical area for their "buying loyalty" and job creation to smaller and smaller areas, which would eventually end up with them taking the "Buy From My Own Household Challenge" (see below).