Which Lee Do we Emulate on Southwest Airlines? Spike or Bobby

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Which Lee Do we Emulate on Southwest Airlines? Spike or Bobby

I was work­ing into the wee hours of the morn­ing when I saw this at the Huff­in­g­ton Post

South­west Plane Turns Pink Lights On For Women’s March Participants

The story said the following

Things got lit on a South­west Air­lines plane car­ry­ing men and women to the Women’s March on Washington.

Two women shared pic­tures of their Thurs­day flight, which turned on pink lights appar­ently in sup­port of its pas­sen­gers to mark Saturday’s spe­cial occasion.

“When your South­west flight crew cel­e­brate a plane full of kick­ass women and men going to the Women’s March by light­ing it up #lit #wom­ensmar­chon­wash­ing­ton #lovetrump­shate,” Insta­gram user @kpmagnolia wrote in the cap­tion of her photo of the col­or­ful pink lights.

Now this would seem a bad idea as South­west Air­lines is not a niche mar­ket that caters exclu­sively to pro-​abortion anti-​trump peo­ple who think believ­ing Catholics are Nazis so I wrote the fol­low­ing email to South­west to clar­ify their position.

Hello:

I will be writ­ing a story con­cern­ing the deci­sion of a south­west crew to honor the so called “women’s march” on Wash­ing­ton DC as reported by the Huff­in­g­ton Post here

http://​www​.huff​in​g​ton​post​.com/​e​n​t​r​y​/​s​o​u​t​h​w​e​s​t​-​p​l​a​n​e​-​c​a​r​r​y​i​n​g​-​w​o​m​e​n​s​-​m​a​r​c​h​-​p​a​r​t​i​c​i​p​a​n​t​s​-​t​u​r​n​s​-​p​i​n​k​_​u​s​_​58822​e​01​e​4​b​0​e​3​a​735687​c​05​?​n​c​i​d​=​t​w​e​e​t​l​n​k​u​s​h​p​m​g​00000067

I have sev­eral questions:

1. The so called “Woman’s march” specif­i­cally excluded pro-​life women, does this mean that south­west Air­lines embraces the Agenda of Planned Par­ent­hood and those who oppose this admin­is­tra­tion and reject the hun­dreds of mil­lions of pro-​life peo­ple such as the hun­dreds of thou­sands who will be going to Wash­ing­ton for the march for life later this month?

2. The so called “Woman’s march” was explic­itly anti-​trump. does this mean that South West Air­lines endorses the anti-​trump mes­sage of the so called “Woman’s march” and embraces the des­ig­na­tion of Pres­i­dent Trump and his sup­port­ers as “anti-​woman” and “nazis” by the marchers?

3. Accord­ing to the Huff­in­g­ton post a state­ment by South­west on the mat­ter said this:

While we’re unaware of details sur­round­ing a spe­cific flight, our flight crews cel­e­brate, com­mem­o­rate, acknowl­edge and share in spe­cial moments with our cus­tomers all the time,

That being the case, given the fact that the March for life brings 100,000+ peo­ple to DC each year and the inau­gu­ra­tion of Don­ald Trump brought 500,000 sup­port­ers to the cap­i­tal can you cite a sin­gle instance of a south­west crew cel­e­brat­ing, com­mem­o­rat­ing or acknowl­edg­ing these pro-​life or pro-​trump flyers?

4. Tens of mil­lions of sup­port­ers of Amer­i­cans voted for Don­ald Trump and he won the pop­u­lar vote in 30 US states, what assur­ance can you give votes like myself who voted Trump that this is not a sig­nal by South­west that it will treat those who oppose the pres­i­dent in a more favor­able manor that those who sup­ported him, and given this pub­lic sup­port of those who oppose the pres­i­dent that is now being reported nation­wide what tan­gi­ble proof of sup­port will you give vot­ers Trump vot­ers who like all Amer­i­cans have many choices when it’s time to fly, that fly­ing south­west air­lines does not con­sti­tute finan­cial and moral sup­port for those who oppose this admin­is­tra­tion and those who voted for it? [note the “and” in that last sen­tence should have been vs]

I intend to pub­lish my piece by Mon­day 5 AM EST Said piece will include this email and the ques­tions within. I will be glad to pub­lish your response to these ques­tions with them if I received them by 5 PM EST Sun­day. If I receive them at any later time I will pub­lish their response the fol­low­ing day.

Peter “DaT­e­chGuy” Ingemi
Dat​e​chguy​blog​.com
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P.S. As both a jour­nal­ist who has often used South­west air­lines to go to events I am cov­er­ing and as a voter who voted for Mr. Trump this time around your responses will be instru­men­tal to my choice of air­lines in the future.

Sun­day morn­ing South­west replied with the fol­low­ing email:

Hi, Peter,

Here’s our state­ment in its entirety; we don’t have addi­tional details to share at this time:

While we’re unaware of details sur­round­ing spe­cific flights, our Flight Crews cel­e­brate, com­mem­o­rate, acknowl­edge and share in spe­cial moments with our Cus­tomers all the time. Some of our air­craft are equipped with mood light­ing and while this was not a com­pa­ny­wide ini­tia­tive, at times, our Flight Crews will adjust the light­ing for a Cus­tomer or group of Cus­tomers trav­el­ing on their flight. For exam­ple, in Octo­ber, one of our Flight Crews changed the light­ing to honor a breast can­cer sur­vivor onboard their flight.

Emily

This is pretty much a reit­er­a­tion of the state­ment already given.

Now I’ve flown South­west & I like them and it’s not out of char­ac­ter for them to accom­mo­date a par­tic­u­lar batch of pas­sen­gers, so to me vital ques­tion of this batch actu­ally is #3 If South­west can pro­duce exam­ples of their air­crews act­ing to sup­port a group of pro-​life or pro-​trump fly­ers in a pub­lic way like this one I and I sus­pect oth­ers will be sat­is­fied that this was the attempt of a par­tic­u­lar crew attempt­ing to inspire a par­tic­u­lar group of pas­sen­gers and give this a pass, but to do so risks the wrath of folks who have already demon­strated a will­ing­ness to retal­i­ate with vio­lence.

So how do we of he right respond?

Do we fol­low the exam­ple described by Shelby Foote of Robert E. Lee who in late 1863 when an angry south­ern woman brought a group of young south­ern ladies before him who had attended a con­cert given by Union Gen­eral John Sedg­wick while occu­py­ing their area responded to both the indig­nant woman and the embar­rassed girls thus:

I know Gen­eral Sedg­wick very well. It is just like him to be so kindly and con­sid­er­ate, and to have his band there to enter­tain them. So, young ladies, if the music is good, go and hear it as often as you can, and enjoy your­selves. You will fin that Gen­eral Sedg­wick will have none but agree­able gen­tle­men about him.

This is the line of Becca Lower a per­son not unfa­mil­iar with the wrath of the left who reacted saying

In other words emu­lat­ing Gen­eral Lee, this is just a South­west crew being nice so she’ll it go. This is cer­tainly a Chris­t­ian approach and con­sis­tent with Amer­i­can Val­ues as they once were in our culture.

Alas another Lee from our mod­ern era named Spike has, this very week, given us an exam­ple that is much less for­giv­ing on accom­mo­dat­ing those who encour­age the polit­i­cal ene­mies of the left:

One singer, how­ever, has learned the hard way that you don’t cross the elite in the enter­tain­ment world with­out pay­ing a price. Grammy win­ning artist Chrisette Michele per­formed at one of the balls last night, report­edly receiv­ing $250K for her efforts and an inter­na­tional audi­ence. But that’s not all she got. She also received what amounted to a pink slip from Spike Lee who was report­edly “con­sid­er­ing” using her music in an upcom­ing project.

Direc­tor Spike Lee has revealed he was con­sid­er­ing using a song by Grammy win­ner Chrisette Michele in an upcom­ing project but has decided not to fol­low­ing her deci­sion to per­form at the inau­gu­ra­tion of President-​elect Don­ald Trump.

Thus fol­low­ing Spike’s exam­ple the response would be: “If South­west wants to accom­mo­date the anti-​trump left and doesn’t do the same for us they can join join the list of com­pa­nies who have decided to take sides in the cul­ture wars and can pay the price as pro-​life peo­ple and Trump sup­port­ers have plenty of other air­lines to choose from.”

This would also be con­sis­tant with what Jazz Shaw calls the new rules of engag­ment in polit­i­cal war­fare:

But as far as I can tell, the gloves are now fully off and there are no longer any rules on the polit­i­cal bat­tle­field. Democ­rats and lib­er­als in vast num­bers are try­ing to destroy the Trump pres­i­dency before it’s even begun and the silence of the Fourth Estate has placed the media seal of approval on the effort. They are hop­ing to shut down the exec­u­tive branch and are clearly will­ing to engage in a scorched earth pol­icy to achieve that goal. So the next time a Demo­c­rat winds up win­ning the White House, you can expect the same in return. I don’t care if they elect a white man, a black woman or a trans­gen­der Latino pirate. I don’t want to hear any kvetch­ing from MSNBC about racism, sex­ism or any other isms. Every­one is free to sim­ply swamp the pub­lic square and reject the elec­tion results if they don’t like them, no mat­ter what the next pres­i­dent has done or, more likely, not even had time to do.

Pro­gres­sives started this phase of the war

Per­haps almost as impor­tant, we must remem­ber that if we emu­late Robert E Lee’s for­giv­ing and under­stand­ing response, no mat­ter how proper it might sound to us as Chris­tians, we are by emu­lat­ing a Con­fed­er­ate Gen­eral which by our cur­rent media tem­plate would make us all slav­ery sup­port­ing racists.

While if instead we emu­late Spike Lee and retal­i­ate against South­west and any other com­pany that serves the gen­eral pub­lic giv­ing notice from this point on if they aid the ene­mies of this admin­is­tra­tion they are our ene­mies and we will no longer patron­ize them, we are emu­lat­ing a per­son who is con­sid­ered a black pio­neer for equal­ity in cul­ture by that same media template.

So if the end result is that employ­ees of busi­ness all over the nation are ter­ri­fied of say­ing or doing any­thing that could be con­strued as being sup­port­ive of one side vs the other, (Can you imag­ine the result if Pres­i­dent Trump tweets on this to his 20 mil­lion fol­low­ers?) I’m sure our media and cul­tural bet­ter will tell us that’s cer­tainly a small price to pay to avoid emu­lat­ing a rebel gen­eral sug­gest­ing rec­on­cil­i­a­tion even if it means that the right now has the same power to intim­i­date busi­ness that the left enjoyed in the past.

Isn’t it?


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I was working into the wee hours of the morning when I saw this at the Huffington Post

Southwest Plane Turns Pink Lights On For Women’s March Participants

The story said the following

Things got lit on a Southwest Airlines plane carrying men and women to the Women’s March on Washington.

Two women shared pictures of their Thursday flight, which turned on pink lights apparently in support of its passengers to mark Saturday’s special occasion.

“When your Southwest flight crew celebrate a plane full of kickass women and men going to the Women’s March by lighting it up #lit #womensmarchonwashington #lovetrumpshate,” Instagram user @kpmagnolia wrote in the caption of her photo of the colorful pink lights.

Now this would seem a bad idea as Southwest Airlines is not a niche market that caters exclusively to pro-abortion anti-trump people who think believing Catholics are Nazis so I wrote the following email to Southwest to clarify their position.

Hello:

I will be writing a story concerning the decision of a southwest crew to honor the so called “women’s march” on Washington DC as reported by the Huffington Post here

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/southwest-plane-carrying-womens-march-participants-turns-pink_us_58822e01e4b0e3a735687c05?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067

I have several questions:

1. The so called “Woman’s march” specifically excluded pro-life women, does this mean that southwest Airlines embraces the Agenda of Planned Parenthood and those who oppose this administration and reject the hundreds of millions of pro-life people such as the hundreds of thousands who will be going to Washington for the march for life later this month?

2. The so called “Woman’s march” was explicitly anti-trump. does this mean that South West Airlines endorses the anti-trump message of the so called “Woman’s march” and embraces the designation of President Trump and his supporters as “anti-woman” and “nazis” by the marchers?

3. According to the Huffington post a statement by Southwest on the matter said this:

While we’re unaware of details surrounding a specific flight, our flight crews celebrate, commemorate, acknowledge and share in special moments with our customers all the time,

That being the case, given the fact that the March for life brings 100,000+ people to DC each year and the inauguration of Donald Trump brought 500,000 supporters to the capital can you cite a single instance of a southwest crew celebrating, commemorating or acknowledging these pro-life or pro-trump flyers?

4. Tens of millions of supporters of Americans voted for Donald Trump and he won the popular vote in 30 US states, what assurance can you give votes like myself who voted Trump that this is not a signal by Southwest that it will treat those who oppose the president in a more favorable manor that those who supported him, and given this public support of those who oppose the president that is now being reported nationwide what tangible proof of support will you give voters Trump voters who like all Americans have many choices when it’s time to fly, that flying southwest airlines does not constitute financial and moral support for those who oppose this administration and those who voted for it? [note the “and” in that last sentence should have been vs]

I intend to publish my piece by Monday 5 AM EST Said piece will include this email and the questions within. I will be glad to publish your response to these questions with them if I received them by 5 PM EST Sunday. If I receive them at any later time I will publish their response the following day.

Peter “DaTechGuy” Ingemi
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P.S. As both a journalist who has often used Southwest airlines to go to events I am covering and as a voter who voted for Mr. Trump this time around your responses will be instrumental to my choice of airlines in the future.

Sunday morning Southwest replied with the following email:

Hi, Peter,

Here’s our statement in its entirety; we don’t have additional details to share at this time:

While we’re unaware of details surrounding specific flights, our Flight Crews celebrate, commemorate, acknowledge and share in special moments with our Customers all the time.  Some of our aircraft are equipped with mood lighting and while this was not a companywide initiative, at times, our Flight Crews will adjust the lighting for a Customer or group of Customers traveling on their flight.  For example, in October, one of our Flight Crews changed the lighting to honor a breast cancer survivor onboard their flight.

Emily

This is pretty much a reiteration of the statement already given.

Now I’ve flown Southwest & I like them and it’s not out of character for them to accommodate a particular batch of passengers, so to me vital question of this batch actually is #3  If Southwest can produce examples of their aircrews acting to support a group of pro-life or pro-trump flyers in a public way like this one I and I suspect others will be satisfied that this was the attempt of a particular crew attempting to inspire a particular group of passengers and give this a pass, but to do so risks the wrath of folks who have already demonstrated a willingness to retaliate with violence.

So how do we of he right respond?

Do we follow  the example described by Shelby Foote of Robert E. Lee who in late 1863 when an angry southern woman brought a group of young southern ladies before him who had attended a concert given by Union General John Sedgwick while occupying their area responded to both the indignant woman and the embarrassed girls thus:

I know General Sedgwick very well.  It is  just like him to be so kindly and considerate, and to have his band there to entertain them.  So, young ladies, if the music is good, go and hear it as often as you can, and enjoy yourselves.  You will fin that General Sedgwick will have none but agreeable gentlemen about him.

This is the line of Becca Lower a person not unfamiliar with the wrath of the left who reacted saying

In other words emulating General Lee, this is just a Southwest crew being nice so she’ll it go. This is certainly a Christian approach and consistent with American Values as they once were in our culture.

Alas another Lee from our modern era named Spike has, this very week, given us an example that is much less forgiving on accommodating those who encourage the political enemies of the left:

One singer, however, has learned the hard way that you don’t cross the elite in the entertainment world without paying a price. Grammy winning artist Chrisette Michele performed at one of the balls last night, reportedly receiving $250K for her efforts and an international audience. But that’s not all she got. She also received what amounted to a pink slip from Spike Lee who was reportedly “considering” using her music in an upcoming project.

Director Spike Lee has revealed he was considering using a song by Grammy winner Chrisette Michele in an upcoming project but has decided not to following her decision to perform at the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Thus following Spike’s example the response would be:  “If Southwest wants to accommodate the anti-trump left and doesn’t do the same for us they can join join the list of companies who have decided to take sides in the culture wars and can pay the price as pro-life people and Trump supporters have plenty of other airlines to choose from.”

This would also be consistant with what Jazz Shaw calls the new rules of engagment in political warfare:

But as far as I can tell, the gloves are now fully off and there are no longer any rules on the political battlefield. Democrats and liberals in vast numbers are trying to destroy the Trump presidency before it’s even begun and the silence of the Fourth Estate has placed the media seal of approval on the effort. They are hoping to shut down the executive branch and are clearly willing to engage in a scorched earth policy to achieve that goal. So the next time a Democrat winds up winning the White House, you can expect the same in return. I don’t care if they elect a white man, a black woman or a transgender Latino pirate. I don’t want to hear any kvetching from MSNBC about racism, sexism or any other isms. Everyone is free to simply swamp the public square and reject the election results if they don’t like them, no matter what the next president has done or, more likely, not even had time to do.

Progressives started this phase of the war

Perhaps almost as important, we must remember that if we emulate Robert E Lee’s forgiving and understanding response, no matter how proper it might sound to us as Christians, we are by emulating a Confederate General which by our current media template would make us all slavery supporting racists.

While if instead we emulate Spike Lee and retaliate against Southwest and any other company that serves the general public giving notice from this point on if they aid the enemies of this administration they are our enemies and we will no longer patronize them, we are emulating a person who is considered a black pioneer for equality in culture by that same media template.

So if the end result is that employees of business all over the nation are terrified of saying or doing anything that could be construed as being supportive of one side vs the other, (Can you imagine the result if President Trump tweets on this to his 20 million followers?) I’m sure our media and cultural better will tell us that’s certainly a small price to pay to avoid emulating a rebel general suggesting reconciliation even if it means that the right now has the same power to intimidate business that the left enjoyed in the past.

Isn’t it?


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