[Note: As of fall 2007, Ron Paul has switched suppliers on caps and shirts and is relying solely on American Apparel, which manufactures in downtown Los Angeles. This makes the following article one of historical, not current, relevance.]
Notice to Americans who support Ron Paul because of his purported stands against international trade agreements that he says threaten American sovereignty: You have been cheated.
When it comes to Ron Paul’s positions on international free trade agreements, Ron Paul is a phony. The truth is that the Ron Paul for President 2008 campaign uses sweatshop labor made possible through those trade agreements. The Ron Paul 2008 campaign gets its message out by selling t-shirts that are made in sweatshops in foreign countries, by workers who have taken outsourced jobs that once were held by American workers.
Don’t believe me? Go ahead and have a look for yourself. Go to the Ron Paul for President web site and look up in the upper lefthand corner. You’ll see a link there that says “store”. At that store, the Ron Paul campaign sells shirts through CafePress. A few of those shirts are made in the USA by American Apparel. However, most of the shirts that Ron Paul sells are made by companies with a history of using factories in foreign countries that abuse workers and pay shamefully low wages.
Ron Paul is able to sell these t-shirts at low prices because of the international trade agreements that make the garment sweatshops in foreign countries possible. On his campaign web site, Ron Paul calls these international trade agreements “a threat to our independence as a nation.” However, Ron Paul turns right around and sells items, using the very same international trade agreements to do so at a low price!
Does Ron Paul have no shame? Did Ron Paul really think that we wouldn’t notice? Does he think the American people are that stupid?
It gets worse. You know what motto the Ron Paul campaign puts on those shirts made in sweatshops by underpaid foreign workers made available through international trade agreements? He uses the motto “Hope for America”.
Apparently, Ron Paul thinks that hope for America lies in sending American jobs overseas. Apparently, Ron Paul thinks that hope for America lies in factories that abuse their workers and evade environmental protections. Apparently, Ron Paul thinks that hope for America lies in international trade agreements.
If that’s really Ron Paul’s agenda for America, he ought to just come out and say so.
If that isn’t Ron Paul’s agenda for America, then he ought to stop being a hypocrite, and stop selling foreign-made sweatshop shirts on his campaign’s CafePress shop.