The American Pickup Truck is more than just a collection of auto parts bolted together. It’s way bigger than that. It’s a concept, an ideal. Why shouldn’t you waste your money on American pickup trucks? Same reason as you shouldn’t WASTE your money on anything. Purchasing decisions are, or should be, based on hard rationality and common sense factors, one of which, undeniably, is pure unadulterated emotion. Is a Toyota Tundra, manufactured solely in San Antonio, Texas, somehow not an American pickup? Is it a Japanese vehicle, even though it isn’t made anywhere in Japan? How about a Chevy Silverado, that’s built in Ontario, Canada? Is it still an American vehicle, or does it class as a Canadian-made truck, by virtue of being, you know, made in Canada? And then there’s the mid-size Ford Ranger (which has a Volvo engine, BTW) – built from scratch in Thailand, in a factory that’s half owned by Mazda. The economic realities of the global supply chain dictate that parts and components for completely different marques of motor vehicles, associated with very different nations of origin, are sourced from any number of suppliers in an...