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Shame On You, United

I don't often comment on current events, but the story about the passenger that United Airlines beat bloody and dragged off a flight -- for no reason but to accomodate some of their own deadheading employees, and despite the fact that he had a ticket that he'd bought and paid for and was doing nothing but sitting peacefully in his assigned seat -- has me seeing red.

Jimmy Kimmel said it better than I could.

I stand with Jimmy, with Alan Grayson, and with millions of other ordinary Americans from coast to coast who were outraged by these videos, and by the mealy-mouthed corporate bullshit the United's CEO chose to offer afterwards.

One point Jimmy did not raise: in what world does an airline employee's need to get to his next flight take precedence over a doctor's need to return to his hospital?

The "police" who dragged the man off the plane and beat him do not deserve the name of police officers, and should be fired immediately. "They were just following orders" is no excuse.

The United CEO should also resign. He's a disgrace.

I am old enough to remember when airlines were regulated, and passengers had rights. But we deregulated the airlines, and now passengers are cattle. The present rule seems to be just what Kimmel says: do what we say, or else. You may have given us your money, but we owe you nothing.

And here's the cherry for your (bloody) sundae: United has also announced plans to begin charging passengers for carry-on luggage.


Apr. 11th, 2017 09:24 pm (UTC)
This what happens when
you have a society that has been force-fed the idea of respecting and supporting men/women in uniforms to an unhealthy extent. Politicians, corporations, businesses big and small have all tried to garner positive public relations by expressing their support of troops and policeman.

I respect any taxpaying American who is a law abiding citizen, especially those who put their lives at risk by enlisting during a war. But, so many Americans are blind to the fact of a huge population of troubled individuals who join the military and/or police. They--especially the military--often attract insecure young men who come from an unstable homes and have never given any effort in school. That uniform is salvation to them, with it comes power and admiration that they so desperately seek. And their training and experience from the job does not change the person they are, it only increases their authority over the rest of the population.

Here is my solution:

-Every 18-year-old American (the rest of us are grandfathered in) must serve one year in one of the military branches. They can choose which one and then decide whether they want to continue their career in the military. That way, we can end this obsession with the military because it will not be so sexy when every American has experienced the life of a soldier. We can also be rid of these ridiculous recruiters who are too often involved in negligent schemes to raise their quotas.

And I'm not trying to shit all over the military. They do an incredible job instilling discipline and placing individuals in situations where they can only rely upon their training. That is something severely lacking in these safe-space craving millennials.

Edited at 2017-04-11 09:26 pm (UTC)
Teddy Williams
Apr. 13th, 2017 01:38 am (UTC)
Re: This what happens when
An amendment to your solution! Make it so that citizenship is a privilege. In order to gain citizenship you MUST serve in the military.
I think my amendment improves your solution.


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