Of course, things are bad. Not saying summer is nigh, unless and until Mary acts. Buuuut, this thing, if it has a human ending, will only end when we make it end:
Across the country, in recent months there has been an increasing number of “walkouts” by various professional groups protesting vaccine and mask mandates. These have all been designed to bring attention to the issues at hand. The Southwest action and those that will follow it are fundamentally different.
This action by the Southwest pilots is not designed to attract attention. It is designed to use economic leverage to compel Southwest to change course. The pilots are not saying they want a conversation. They are saying that if Southwest does not change its policy, they will destroy the company.
In 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama Rosa Parks, a black woman, refused to give up her seat on a city bus to a white person. When Rosa was thrown off the bus the entire black population of Montgomery stopped riding the bus. They made up 60% of the ridership at the time.
Within a matter of months, Montgomery’s Jim Crow law about black people sitting in the back of the bus went away. Turns out dollars that come out of the pockets of black people are just the same as those that come out of white pockets. The bus company folded.
This is where we have come to today in America on issues of personal freedom. The Oligarchy thinks it owns us. Our “representatives” seem unable to act on our behalf. Increasingly, it is now up to us as individuals to simply refuse to comply.
Southwest Airlines is on the verge of collapse. We are seeing a glimpse of the future and of hope.