When Dr. David Dao was dragged down the aisle before a United flight from Chicago to Louisville and forcibly ejected, several items were locked and loaded:
* a lawsuit
* a MSM feeding frenzy
* a lame apology by United - excuses, excuses
* Elected Tormentors run another Airline Passengers Bill of Rights up the flagpole
* This rant about Special Rights
Ironically my brother had his own United adventure concerning a Chicago to Louisville flight:
A couple moons ago, OK make that decades, I flew from Louisville (herein after L'ville) to Chicago on United Express. I was there for a couple days and slated to return to L'ville on the 2230 flight of the third day.
However when my appointment for that afternoon was cancelled I went to the airport and ask to fly Space A on any earlier flight. This was maybe around 1400. After three (3) flights left for L'ville with no seats available I queried the main gal at the United desk. She told me I had booked on United Express and all flights had been regular United which I was not qualified to fly on. I told her I had booked with United and they put me on the Express flight, a prop aircraft.
I called United Hq and was told this was not correct and they would contact the Chicago desk and square them away. Maybe 10 minutes later I was called to the desk and told they had been contacted by United Hq but they go by local policy and do not have to adhere to guidance from above. She added I was booked to leave at 2230 and that was it. I called United Hq back but heard no more. At 2130 all L'ville bound pax were told the scheduled flight had been cancelled and we were re-booked on the next American Airline flight which left o/a 2115. The next day I sent United a letter outlining the above. I never got a reply.
I never flew with United again and based on what happened this past weekend doubt you will either.
One inescapable feature of every post election cycle session of each new Congress is a familiar Elected Tormentor canard called the "(Name Your Poison) Bill of Rights". The year, due to the United debacle, a recurring theme has resurfaced: The Airline Passenger Bill of Rights. It, the Airline Passengers Bill of Rights, got shot down in a federal court, a few years ago. Another, the Home Buyer's Bill of Rights, has reared its head on Capitol Hill, numerous times. Big, big, fun.
By now, you should know - we've told you often enough - that these targeted "special" Bills of Rights are a load of Nanny State Nitwit crap.
SPECIAL RIGHTS, n.
Invariably called 'A [name of victim group] Bill of Rights' it infringes on rights of capitalists [airlines, for example] to give special rights to whiners [airline passengers] whose real problem is heavy-handed regulators.
Before I wander off, here's some pertinent airline prose posted by Dr. Hurd:
Here are comments from a major airline pilot that I know, posted here with permission, in the wake of the predictable "there awwta be a law" hysteria following the United Airlines fiasco:
It kills me when people think that the government should step in and "do something" about the airlines, but I'd like to see one aspect of the airline industry that isn't tied hand and foot by regulations, from the material in the seats to the fares to the licensing of the pilots, dispatchers, and mechanics to the way they produce and deliver weather information to the cockpits. Health care regulation is nothing compared to the regulation already in place at the airlines. Anyone who doesn't believe that is welcome to read through my Flight Operations Manual, because every single word in there has been vetted by lawyers at [my airline] and the FAA. That's one manual. They all get the same treatment. When do you need to file a destination or takeoff alternate? There's a rule for that. There's a rule for what the weather has to be forecast to be at those alternates and for what time period, and when a second alternate has to be designated and how much more fuel has to be carried to reach it, and where that information has to be recorded. If you take a pilot from one airline and drop him into the seat of an aircraft at another airline, with the exception of some callouts and the way some items are listed on checklists he probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference. Everything that happens, happens because the airline's complying with FARs [regulations].
"There awwta be a law," you say? There already IS a law…in fact, tens of thousands of them!
The only way the all powerful Nanny State can confer new "rights" on airline passengers is by repealing the inalienable rights of the capitalists who run the airlines. That's a given, but, for the rest of this rant, we're going to throw that element of objective reality under the Election Cycle Bus and channel our elusive, but theoretically possible, sensitive side.
For some egregiously victimized alleged individuals, there's a fatal flaw when it comes to 'rights' as envisioned by the Founding Fathers. For these tragic 'victims', the original Bill Of Rights wasn't good enough. Why? America's one-size-fits-all Bill of Rights isn't custom tailored to their particular brand of Victimhood. The problem is that certain oppressors, the whiners insist, have too many rights. Therefore, certain oppressors should no longer be allowed to exercise given elements of their inalienable individual birthright. In order to lift the oppressive yoke of self-induced misery from the shoulders of these tragic victims of unbridled inalienable liberty, a new Bill of Rights that recognizes their "specialness" needs to be formulated.
With the Capitol Hill Clown Posse much too busy turning this land conceived in liberty into a third world pesthole, your friends here at the Free State Of PIG have decided to pick up the ball where James Madison dropped it, and carry it across the goal line of 21st century victimhood.
Our starting point is obvious. We've decided that some groups are being picked on and the Nanny State Nitwits are ignoring their special needs. The first group that comes to mind, one that has been under unrelenting assault by the Fat Nazis, are this nation's rapidly expanding (pun perpetrated deliberately) wide loads. We think it's time to make life easier for them, by giving them some Wide Load Bill of Rights covering fire.
A Few Wide Load Rights
1) Food purveying capitalists must move all those wide load favorites to the front of the store, to liberate these plodding human hippos from walking those extra steps. Let those scrawny twerps search the back of the store for yogurt, veggies and all that 'healthy' crap.
2) Grocery store aisles must be widened. All favorite wide load grazing grounds should have a 'high occupancy lane' to give the wide loads ample room to load up on Fritos, Lays, Ding Dong's, Ho Hos, Twinkies, cakes, pies, candy and ice cream.
3) A system of tonnage credits must be established, allowing wide-loads to purchase the unused pounds allotted to each individual by the government's height - weight charts. This system will allow the wide load to buy their way into the 'normal weight' range cited by health insurance providers, without being forced to go on a diet.
4) Deliberately, willfully, removing transfats, sugars, and calories from favorite wide load eats will be considered a hate crime.
Another group that is vilified mercilessly by the rational motorists on America's highways and byways are those individuals who are maligned as Bad Drivers.
Some Bad Drivers Rights
1) Car makers should be forced to include a telepathic interface in every car. This would absolve the differently-adept road warrior from such mundane tasks as turning on AND OFF their turn signals.
2) There should be a mandatory 5 minutes, minimum, wait imposed on each car that approaches a 4-way stop.
3) All highways in America must be equipped with a triple-wide, padded on both sides, lane for those drivers who can't motor in a straight line while they read, send text messages, or put on make-up.
4) A system of sobriety credits should be established for differently-sober drivers. When a drunk gets stopped for motoring while gunned to the gills on adult beverage, this sobriety credit system could save the day. These sobriety credits (purchased from avowed non-drinkers) will be deducted from the gassed driver's drunk-o-meter reading, rendering the drunk as a skunk driver sober, in the eyes of the law.
Are you feeling left out, Sparky? Fear not, we've got your back, so don't get your butt in an uproar, Cheeto's breath.
A Couch Potato Rights Trifecta
1) "Honey do's" are an AUTOMATIC death penalty offense during 'the big game'.
2) All entertainment technology remote controls must be NUCLEAR POWERED.
3) If there's a power outage during prime couch spud viewing hours, the egregiously maligned victim is entitled to grab Old Betsy and execute at least one public utility 'suit'.
Something for Everybody?
In addition to some badly needed 'protection' from such hate crimes as I.Q. Testing, and jobs that require regular synaptic firings, Intellectual Flat-Liners would have the following item on their "I'm Not a Smart Man" Bill of Rights: Since they are egregiously under-represented in certain well-known Egghead infestations, the synaptically-challenged must be given a place at the table in American think tanks.
Border jumpers, those selfless individuals who are doing the jobs that Americans won't do, would have the following item on their Border Jumper Bill of Rights: A stretch limo must be made available for their use to drive them from the place where they invaded the USA to the nearest welfare office.
In certain occupations - subprime lending specialists, lawyers, politicians, journalists, salesmen - success is directly proportional to their skill at prevarication. Therefore, anyone in these occupations should be automatically absolved/shielded from any legal ramifications for the whoppers they spew while taking care of business. To git 'r done, any Prevaricating Punk Bill of Rights must include the following item: As long as they display a government-issued image of bovine butt-bullets in their place of business, these professional prevaricators can say anything they want, or need, to conclude their transaction, and not be held accountable for the predictable results.
Nobody needs a special Bill of Rights more than those tortured souls we call 'the Beautiful People'. Here's an item for their I'm Hot, You're Not Bill of Rights: Hotties who cannot find, or afford, one will be assigned a genetically-challenged wench for her exclusive use when she needs a butt-ugly best friend to enhance her own beauty while going out in public.
Had enough? Tough darts. This session of 'let's pretend' is over and we're back to business as usual in the Free State of PIG. We had our fingers on the pulse of victimnood to make a point. Mission accomplished!
When it came to our rights, the Founding Fathers created the ultimate level playing field, because they recognized that there is one, universal, set of rights that applies to every individual on this planet. There is no provision in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights for the "Special" Rights based on 'need' that thrill Je$$e, Sharpton, Allred and the rest of these Korrectnik asshats spitless.
The Free State Of PIG does not now, and never will, advocate the creation of special rights that repeal the rights of others. Each of us was born with all the rights we need. A whiner's unrequited 'needs' don't give him, her, himher or it the 'right' to infringe on another individual's birthright of Inalienable Liberty.
Special rights are an unwarranted, unconstitutional, downright un-American assault on our liberty and we think it's time to put an end to it. It's not the Nanny State's job to protect you from life's magic moments. It's your life, Sparky, and you're the one who needs to man up and deal with its speed bumps.