Politics Makes Strange Seatmates

Politics Makes Strange Seatmates

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United Airlines Pilot Calls For ‘Common Decency,’ Bans Political Rants On Flight

During his announcement, the pilot showed the kind of leadership political leaders should be demonstrating following a post-election surge in hate crimes.

“If you support him, great. If you don’t I understand,” he said in an apparent reference to the president-elect.

The pilot urged passengers to “respect each other’s decisions, and to get along on this three-hour and 13-minute flight so we can have a good time when we get down [to Puerto Vallarta].”  LINK

In case you haven’t heard, we have a new President-elect, if you didn’t know please click HERE. A week later, several of my relatives have come out of hiding only to find that the sun is still shining, they haven’t been deported and we still have high-speed internet.

Buckle up; this post is going all over the road and I’m going to try and stay away from all those internet catch phrases that are floating around….. Hoping for President Trump to fail is like being on the same airplane with everyone else and hoping the pilot crashes.” 

It’s very rare that I talk politics in public, and I’ll never talk politics, religion or sports to a stranger on a plane. I can assure you that my views and opinions on politics isn’t going to change anyone’s mind.

#TBT to January 2016 and a blog post of mine, here’s an excerpt.

Recently I’ve been working out at more commercial gyms, most of the time it’s around 7:00 AM, but yesterday I found myself there at lunchtime and that’s when I met the “Gymocrat”

Full disclosure here, I’m not very political but I do have a few opinions, “Term limits” and “Reelect no one”.

Now back to my “Gymocrat“, we made eye contact while I was warming up on the dreadmill and he was on the leg extension machine. 5 minutes later I nodded my head as I made my way over to the free weights, he was still on the leg extension machine. After the free weights my next stop was the purple machines and that’s when the “Gymocrat” stopped me.
Gymocrat” – Never seen you here before
Me – ( In a prepubescent voice) I ‘m usually here in the morning
Gymocrat” – Me, I’m retired from up North, used to be fireman…blah, blah, blah………couldn’t afford insurance…blah, blah, blah…. I’m a Democrat…. blah, blah, blah
Me – 2 minutes into this and I’m zoned out.
Gymocrat” – Hillary “She should be in jail” Clinton has no business….blah, blah, blah…now Bernie he’s….
Me – Thinking to myself “I thought he said he was a Democrat. Time to do a set of shoulder presses” as I head to another purple machine.
Gymocrat” (Between set 1 and 2 of my shoulder presses) He walks over and says, this whole Obamacare thing total BS…blah, blah, blah….
Me – Thinking to myself, again, “I thought he said he was a Democrat. I’m guessing he’s not the poster child for the party, I’ll do another set”.
Gymocrat” (After set 2 now hovering) You know what else?
Me – (In my mind) No, please tell me.
Gymocrat” – I’m ready to run the place at my part-time job. Been there a month and know the system better than my boss.
Me – (Cleaning off the equipment, fumbling for my keys) No doubt you do, as I head to the exit.

I have a term for these people, “The Expert”. They’re lurking everywhere, from banks to airplanes, you can’t hide from them, and eventually you’ll run into one. During the political season, they are rampant, fueled with internet memes and 30 second political sound bites they set out to trying to convince the world to agree with them.

Traveling as much as I do I’m provided with a unique perspective on how people act, think and live. In case you didn’t know this is a very diverse country.

The one thing I’ve discovered is that people feel need to label others, male, female, Floridian, Texan or “The Expert” those are simple and easy to validate. Assigning other labels isn’t so simple, and can easily turn into bullying. For instance, I have two children so to some that labels me “Pro-Life”, which I’m not, I’m “Pro-Choice”. Oh, so you’re a Democrat. No, I’m a Republican, another label, dammit. Then I must be ecstatic that Trump is the President-elect, no not really. I’m bummed that Hillary and Donald were the best that we had to offer. Seriously, out of all the possible candidates those two are what we had to pick from, sad.

However, am I really a Republican? I believe it’s a woman’s right to choose. I don’t have an issue with same-sex marriages. I believe in drug testing welfare recipients. I don’t feel we should increase the minimum wage. I don’t support the affordable care act. I think common core is a joke. We need term limits. Wait a second; I’m a Libertarian, Nah, but yet another label.

8 years ago, the country voted for change, and we got it. For some it was beneficial, for others it wasn’t. Here are few of the changes I went through in the last 8 years.

  • Got divorced (Not the President’s fault)
  • Got remarried (The President wasn’t involved in that)
  • Watched most of my team get laid off due to the Lehman Brothers debacle (Can’t pin that on the President)
  • My income has increased (Not the President’s fault)
  • Paid more in taxes (Not completely the President’s fault, see above)
  • Bought a new house (Not related to the President)
  • My wife, a teacher, was surplused (Not the President’s fault)

 

Time for a “Frickism” or two. One of the saddest things that I see in the world today is our lack of “tolerance” for anything we don’t support or understand, think Pulse Club or Dylann Roof in Charleston, SC. The other is the dissolution of “it starts in the home“. We as parents are failing these kids; we’re too busy or uninterested in being parents. I recently attended a PTA meeting, in a school of 500+ students there were six parents in attendance, and apparently, this is the norm. Spend a bit of time on William Jackson’s site “My Quest to Teach with SWAG“, many of his posts deal head on what it takes to be a parent, it takes time and it starts at home.

To wrap this up, America will be just fine, despite all our faults we have this ability to move past our displeasures, we just need to post about it on social media first. I hope Trump leads the charge to bring us all back together, I also hope he’s given the chance. Will he be criticized and labeled along the way, of course, this is America after all and we’ve done to every President, it comes with the territory.

Now I can say the one funny aspect of the election is all the Obama-Biden memes.

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