Do you ever just get sick and tired of all the bad news out there?

I’m in one of those funks, right now.

And that’s bad, given my profession.

So I just wanted to share some exciting, good news – the realization of a dream I’ve had for about 15 years.

It starts with this premise: I love America.

That sounds trite. But it’s not – especially not for me. As a young man, I wanted to destroy America, transform it along the lines of what Barack Obama has in mind. I didn’t like much about it at all.

But slowly I learned to appreciate America as the greatest national experiment in liberty the world has ever known. And now I take it personally when other people want to tear it down.

One of the things that has bugged me in the last two decades is how difficult it has become to “Buy American.”

Go to Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club or other big-box retailers, and what do you find?

You find products made in China, India, Indonesia – everywhere but America.

How are we supposed to maintain America’s manufacturing base when American-made goods are so hard to find?

That’s where my exciting, good news comes in.

I like to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

For about two years, my team has been working on a plan to address this problem in a practical way. I don’t pretend it is the total solution. I don’t pretend it’s a panacea. But let’s call it a first step to empowering Americans to give preference to American-made goods.

Meet the American Made Stores. Today it’s a website – soon the first brick-and-mortar store will open in Blue Springs, Mo., right outside Kansas City, the home of the American Made Stores, a partnership between WND and REKO, WND’s heralded online shopping fulfillment company – the one noted for its top-notch customer service at the WND Superstore.

The concept is very simple. If we sell it, and if you buy it, U.S. manufacturing will return. It’s a ‘Field of Dreams’ vision. ‘If you build it, they will come.’ And we have faith in the American people that they will come – first to the American Made Stores website, later to the brick-and-mortar store in Missouri and, ultimately, to a nationwide chain of retail stores selling only American-made products of all kinds.

This is not just a business for those involved. It’s a mission.

And here’s the mission statement behind it: “To rebirth American manufacturing while educating Americans about the importance of a strong and vibrant U.S.-based manufacturing economy by offering a unique, convenient, cost-saving and fun shopping experience for those wishing to find American-made products in one place. By rewarding companies who employ Americans working in factories on American soil, you can direct your purchasing power in a way that will not only benefit you and your family, but stimulate a manufacturing renaissance that will benefit your descendants and your country.”

The American Made Stores will provide an opportunity to honor companies that have remained and/or are returning to U.S.-based manufacturing. They will be a destination to showcase American ingenuity by displaying new patents and products. They will serve as a launch platform for American start-up companies and products. They will serve as a place to expose companies and individuals who make false claims about American content through fraudulent labeling and claims.

In addition to making it easy to find U.S.-made products of superior quality and with excellent pricing, which is no easy task in most stores today, goods in the American Made Stores are graded and sorted by the percentage of American content, and a manufacturers’ certification standard ensures against false claims. Through customer feedback, testimonials and ratings systems, American Made Stores can provide you with up-to-date consumer reports on American-made goods.

So what do you think?

Will you support this mission?

Will you get on board and check out our initial offerings in the American Made Stores?

It’s the first step to bringing back the jobs.

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