United Airlines Leadership or Just Following Rules?

How in the world does a huge corporation, like United Airlines, faced with eager competitors engaged in the sole business of public transportation, believe it somehow has the inalienable right to club some fellow who bought their product, over the head, and drag his bloody body, inchoate and screaming, out of the seat he just purchased and down the aisle with dozens of onlookers, with iPhones I might add, as witnesses, and think they are doing a good deed? It has nothing to do with leadership because their is no leadership, just a rule book!

Good intentions are the opiate of the Progressive/Socialist class empowered by a pre-developed mind-set that does not allow for individual reasoning, decision making or accepting responsibility for mistakes. All responsibility now lies in “books of rules,” tomes of ‘one size fits all’ command and control, relegating no authority to anyone to say “Stop it already, enough is enough!”

Progressive-Socialists always mean well regardless of the unintended consequences of their actions. As they intend only the best for their customer(s), employees and the general public, they should be forgiven. Schedules have to be maintained, crews returned to their home bases, that sort of thing. It’s what Progressives do. It’s how they live, work and operate. It’s how they’ve screwed up America. It’s polite evil!

It is exactly the same level of time warped leadership that allowed the government of Bill Clinton to drag a screaming, fearful little Cuban boy, Julian Gonzales, at gun point, out of the closet of a relatives happy home in Miami, Florida to be forcibly returned to a despotic communist regime for a proper readjustment of his values. It’s what makes fools like Obama think that by opening doors to that failed communist state, America will be the better for it.

What was the point in both cases? Is it the same level of leadership that operates in that liberal/progressive/fascist climate of management that ignores the rule of law, abandons the rule of common sense and forsakes the rules of good manners? For United, it could not have been for the bottom line, could it? Was it a power play? No, it was inviolable, pre-ordained policy.

As far as United Airline’s problem is concerned, hundreds of cheaper and understandable  remedies have already been posited on the social media sites so I’ll not add my views here, but, I’d  rather focus on why leadership has failed. It’s an easy study; we have failed because we have over burdened ourselves with rules, thousands of rules, books of rules, and have given the power to enforce those rules to people who apparently have little or no foundation into the constitutional reasons why those thousands of rules are generally archaic, invalid, and legally unenforceable, but are enforced anyway. It’s a subject that is rarely ever discussed. Where has American leadership gone awry? Where are the examples of the leadership that was once Americas? There are none. Progressivism has seen to that.

For example, “Gun free zones!” Only a rabid do good’er could think of such idiotic nonsense.

Zero tolerance gun zones, have left the streets of our cities, the floors of our classrooms, and the crowded dance floors of night clubs littered with the dead and bleeding bodies of innocent people because Progressivism demands “zero tolerance gun zones.” Where have most of America’s gun violence occurred? In Zero Tolerance Gun Zones. The whole city of Chicago is a gun free zone and the death count there, by guns alone, is absolutely staggering.

Hopefully, not too many public companies, like United Airlines, entertain clumsy business models that permits the clubbing of customers, but, as they are corporate entities that follow unbendable rules, they will pay the penalty in lost ridership, rotten PR and declining stock values, and worse, possible bankruptcy, throwing hundreds of employees onto the dole.

For companies like these, apologies from top managers, ”we re-accommodated him” are laughable and meaningless. Unless corporate structures change to the point that any employee, at any grade, is empowered to fearlessly call a halt to such stupidity when they see it, the carnage will continue. That’s the problem with zero tolerance rule making. There is no longer any wiggle room so, blame the rule book.

For most Americans, the biggest offenders are the bureaucracies’ of the Federal Government, the IRS, EPA, USDA, BLM & etc. who use their own little made up rules as clubs against citizens simply trying to learn an decent living. For example Obama’s health care rule book demanded all citizens, except Congressmen, to enroll in a wealth redistribution plan or pay a financial penalty. EPA steals a ranchers inalienable right to use his property because, the EPA say’s, such use could adversely affect a tiny fish a thousand miles down stream. We can all recite similar atrocities from our own experience, United Airlines simply revealed them.

That, we hope, will soon be ending. America is under new leadership. Until Trump, there was little evidence of leadership at any level, corporate or government, only the rule book, The inviolable rules of engagements. The pre-ordained mind-set. Screw up and blame the rule book. Beat up somebody and blame the victim.

In the United Airlines case, any one of the cabin crew should have had the authority, right then and there, to stop the assault and battery on a customer when other cheaper remedies were so easily available. The unhappy lesson of a mind-set that draws its actions from an inflexible rule book, that denies authority and decision making to employees to make spot decisions, is soon to be realized by the coming massive lawsuit, and will hasten a reevaluation of the unintended consequences of strict management by the no tolerance book of rules. Stupidity is the handmaiden of indecision, when the lack of apparently simple decision making is denied to the very employees who could have stopped it, then “stupidity” becomes the norm.

Last question, who thought it was important enough an issue to call the Airport Police to physically remove the customer from his paid seat? As a result of such stupid thinking, there are now, additionally, three police officers on the dock for taking action not there’s to take, by enforcing some idiotic rule of a private corporations decisions to ruin their public relations.

The good news is that United has decided not to club their passengers any more.

Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em!

George G. McClellan, a California native, was a Regular Army veteran and served a tour in post war Korea. His post army professional career covered 43 years in law enforcement including the California Highway Patrol and the US Naval Investigative Service (NCIS), among others. With the latter, he became a world traveler visiting and working in many countries from the Philippine Islands to the United Kingdom, Asia, the Middle-East, Bosnia, all of Europe, Russia and India. He retired from the NIS at Naval Air Station, Atlanta, Ga. and has remained in the north Georgia area since 1990 as a co-owner of a Security Consulting company. He earned a Certified Protectional Professional (CPP) certification from the American Society for Industrial Security, as well as a Fraud Examiner certification (CFE). He has published a historical biography on a namesake, a member of the John Jacob Astor Fur Company who explored a route west, and back, after Lewis and Clark. Early American history, Celtic influence on America and conservative politics, remain his greatest interests. He is also a bagpiper since 1975. He and his wife since 1965 now resides in Gilmer County, Ga.