When Thomas Jefferson walked out of the Continental Congress and the reporters asked about the republic, he replied, “Yes, we did produce a near-perfect republic. But will they keep it? Or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom? Material abundance without character is the path of destruction.”
Have Americans grown apathetic? Have we indulged to the point that we are no longer relevant in the world? I would say that for a very large percent of the population this is true. They have lost all sense of concern, interest, and understanding of what freedom means.
As I write this article I am sitting in one of the most amazing places on earth. It is called the Techshop. http://www.techshop.ws There are a few of these amazing places dotting the American landscape. I am sitting in the one in Round Rock, Texas. What’s so amazing about this place? Well it is a workshop with over 1 million dollars in tools. To use these tools you pay a monthly membership and take classes on how to use them. I am talking woodworking, metalworking, welding, electronics, cnc routing for wood and metal, water jet, an industrial quilter, screen printing, $15,000 in computer programs, and on and on.
This place represents exactly what made America great. Every day we lose jobs to overseas competitors. I have heard Texas farmers say that they could not harvest their produce without the help of Mexican workers. Corporations, banks, and politicians are selling our birthright for profit on a daily basis. Yet here I stand in the Tech Shop. Surrounded by people building their dreams with hard work, ingenuity, and tools. I have seen guitars, chairs, bookshelves, racecar engines, portable photo booths, and prototypes of all shapes and sizes come out of here. The potential is limitless. Americans are still amazing. Two weeks ago I learned how to TIG weld from a great man named Keith with over 40 years experience in his field. I am constantly given hope that we Americans have a real future because of men and women like Keith. The right tools in the hands of your average American could produce things we can’t even dream of.
In my hands these tools have built a few life saving devices that I will introduce to you over the next few months. If you have an idea, I encourage you to contact me or come into the Techshop. IDEAS ARE WELCOME HERE!
What made America great? Freedom. Freedom to chase our dreams. Freedom to build, make mistakes, learn, and succeed. Hard work, ingenuity, and patience. The backbone of our nation is the hands that build it. Men and women with vision and real goals.
The Techshop is the result of Americans doing what Americans do best. We build things. We dream big. We hope for the best and prepare for the worst. We are not blindly going into the night. We built LED headlamps that will light our way.
The US government will do what all governments do as they get too big. We Americans will do what Americans who live free do when a government gets too big. We will tear down the old one and build a new one.
If you decide to visit the Techshop, they give free tours. Be sure to give my name Mark Kirkwood as reference, and you will get a $100 class for free if you sign up. http://www.techshop.ws/