It makes you proud to be an American.

They are bringing back what people were already calling the Old Coke.

A national roar of outrage against the New Improved Coca-Cola has actually stopped a mighty corporation in its tracks.

Do you realize what this means?

If we make enough fuss, we could get them to stop making cars with voices in them that tell you what to do.

We could bring back the '65 Mustang. The Volkswagen Beetle. The Corvair. Convertibles.

"The '49 Chevy!" someone just called out.

Come on, citizens. Let's put up some placards. Take out some ads. Nail some theses to the door.

Peanut butter without sugar in it. You have to go to a health food store to find it. Heck, we shouldn't have to have health food stores in the first place.

How about salt without sugar in it? You didn't even know it was there, did you?

There's a lot of stuff we could get back. Vinegar that is vinegar. And beer -- we shouldn't have to import the real thing from Holland. In long-necked bottles, too. Milk that comes in bottles with the cream at the top where you can see it and know it hasn't been siphoned off for some other, more expensive product.

And why did they stop putting those little buttons on the back of the collars of button-down shirts? They kept your tie from slipping down nerdily.

What happened to white chinos? To sneakers? Ordinary sneakers. Tennis shoes. You have to have a degree in engineering to buy these New Improved things, one kind for jogging, another for running, still another for walking on a boat deck. You could spend your whole weekend tying laces.

And let's take a hard look at these New Improved banks, with their prepackaged traveler's checks and managed customers. There used to be a whole row of nice gray-haired men in pin stripes at the windows. Now you're lucky if you don't get a robot teller.

And someone should demand that cartoon characters not be allowed to become commercial products before they are decently out of the ink bottle.

Well, maybe we can't do much about terrorists who kidnap Americans.

But it sure is good to know that when we set our minds to it, we can get a soft drink that tastes exactly the way we want it.

Now, that's democracy.

Bring back AT&T!