Capitalism in recent days has taken a beating. The meaning of a capitalist has become someone who is rich and greedy, someone who has gained wealth by stepping on others to achieve wealth and power.
In its purest form capitalism is just a free market system. Based on private ownership, it gives one the ability to make a profit through a place of business. If you ask most people, that does not sound so bad. Small businesses are an exercise of capitalism.
Where many people become upset is when larger companies are buying out smaller ones, basically monopolizing the market. Sadly, this is happening all across America. Many of the mom and pop stores have been bought out or run out-of-town. Many have come to the point where they no longer can make a profit and they give up.
America has wandered far from its humble beginnings where a family owned and ran the family business that passed on from generation to generation. The time when loyalty to your local place of business took precedence over saving a little money. Gone are the days where you were treated with courtesy and respect because of your loyalty, they seem long gone in the distance. In most places today you are just a face in the never-ending crowd.
Support of your local small businesses is important. These are the people who live and work among you. These are the ones who support your local charities and take part in the decision-making of the government in your community. Small businesses bring jobs to your neighborhoods, often times to the young and old.
Support your local small businesses and buy from them. Keep America going strong!