Americans today are a bunch of babies. They bitch about everything and offer no solutions to the problems they are so quick to point out. Our ancestors, as we know it, did not have this mentality toward being an American. They were willing and able to do their jobs, provide for the members of their families and volunteer their lives for their country. They respected the freedom that they were granted by our forefathers’ hard work. They did not have excuses and they weren’t willing to accept mediocrity. They did it themselves no matter what the cost, and they stuck to their guns.
In popular American culture, the best example of the do it yourself and stick to your guns mentalities is Clint Eastwood. Clint Eastwood is the good guy with the bad guy image and the bad guy that everyone routes for as the good guy. The characters he portrays don’t take shit from anyone and they complain about nothing. Clint Eastwood characters solve problems, no matter what side of the law they are on in the storyline. Therefore, the items in this section of the Matix Capital Collection, which is 100% made in the United States, are named after the best Clint Eastwood characters from the past 50 years.
Americans today want their piece of the American dream handed to them. They don’t want to work for it, and that is a travesty. It is always someone else’s fault and we are criplpled by the fact that this mentality is held by the majority in our country. So, rather than rant about the problem, we offer everyone a solution. America can be fixed… and it can be fixed with the duct tape, vise grips and WD-40 of Clint Eastwood’s Walter Kowalski character from the movie “Gran Torino”. Our country will need to be fixed by individual Americans who are willing to set great examples for others. We can tighten America up with the vise grips of that good example. We can hold it down with the duct tape of shutting our mouths and doing the right thing. And, we can make it happen faster with the WD-40 of doing it ourselves.
As skateboarders, we know how to work for every accomplishment that comes our way, and we feel that the rest of America (and the world over) can learn from this example. The recipe for change is simply setting a good example and continually doing it ourselves. We also have to pride ourselves on sticking to our guns and being willing to be on both sides of the law for the greater good. Most importantly, the fact that we must shut our mouths to think about a solution before we voice our complaints lies in the culture of skateboarding because bitching about tricks doesn’t land them. All of these virtues are the real American way, and the more people who adopt them and become living examples of them, the closer we will get to fixing America.
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