Wednesday, April 19, 2017

... and the Bullshit Award goes to....

This whole United Airlines dragging incident has really been something. I totally support #BoycottUnited. Liberals tend to believe that conservatives want big business to always win. First, let me address that misconception.

Conservatives believe in getting people jobs. When a very large company folds, like an airline, that means a lot of people are going to be out of work. Taxpayers cannot afford to pay unemployment to thousands of extra people in one fell swoop. It affects local economies and so forth. Conservatives will usually prefer to spend money to keep a business afloat because it's cheaper than paying for unemployment for all those people. It's a simple thing to understand but liberals can't seem to figure out how a checkbook works.

Another misconception that liberals spread is that conservatives aren't interested in personal rights. Au contraire. In fact, we exceptionally support individual rights. What liberals don't seem to understand is that we believe all people are created equal. What we don't believe is in group rights. For example, we don't believe a group should have more rights over any individual. Let's take Affirmative Action, as our best example. We do not believe that a hispanic female should get a job with less qualification than a black female, or a white female or a hispanic male or a black male or a white male. Whomever is best qualified, period, deserves the job. It's equality for each person, not a group of one race and gender or simply race.

Now that you understand, it should be simple to understand why - despite what liberals are saying - conservatives are supporting #BoycottUnited. An individual was beaten. It does not matter what his race is. It does not matter if he is gay. What matters is that a man was beaten simply because he wanted to sit in the seat that he paid for, while United employees stood by and watched.

Oscar Munoz is an ass. It is plain and it is simple. He cannot get away with this. He simply must be replaced and United needs to re-examine its policies and do some special training on how to talk to paying customers. Oscar's excuses have stacked up. First, he blamed the individual. He arrogantly assumed that this would be the end of it. After all, he is the CEO. He is running an airline and his decisions are simply the way it is, or so he believes. Their policy is that if it boils down to it, they can remove anyone if it is overbooked. He is very wrong about it being over.

As the complaints began to swell across the internet, he then stepped back and apologized for what happened, but in almost the same breath says that his employees were not at fault. How does one apologize for an incident that was not anyone in the company's fault? He simply refuses to take responsibility for his company.

Oscar now says that they are reviewing its policies. He goes even further saying that his employees won't lose their jobs and he won't lose his. Well, we'll see about that.

I had my own incident on United Airlines and have refused to use them since. Naturally, #BoycottUnited is in my blood. An employee threatened to call security because I was complaining in line when our flight was cancelled and the ticket agent was spending 30 minutes with one person and there was an entire flight of people waiting in the one line. I was not allowed to complain. A guy behind me took up for me. My hero. They didn't call, but her menacing attitude and threat was enough to make me decide that I will NEVER use United again. They have lost out on a lot of miles and dollars to go with those miles. I boycotted United when no one else cared to do so.

I do not write this article because of my own incident, however, and I am not biased either, I write only the facts here. First of all, as much as that employee angered me and also the United employees who asked for the removal of Dr. David Dao angered me, the blame should be laid squarely upon the shoulders of Oscar Munoz.

It is clear that the training of said employees encourages a heavy hand, with a heavy attitude, when dealing with paying customers. Oscar Munoz is in charge of that and he has clearly failed. He has failed everyone and now those employees jobs are at risk and it isn't because they're going to be fired, it's because United is spiraling down toward bankruptcy.

Fox News reports that United's shares have fallen 4.4% as of yesterday, which is reportedly a wipe out of $1 billion in "market value". The people are speaking and if United wants to get back on its feet, Oscar Munoz must either step down, or be removed. He has failed in his employment with United. 

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