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Air Traffic Controllers Can End Shutdown

Posted in On Donald Trump, Playthell on politics with tags , , on January 24, 2019 by playthell

Guiding Aircraft Safely Through America’s Skies

Walkout, Shutdown Air Traffic, Invoke 13th Amendment!

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude,
except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted,
shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

As I write, the government of the United States is paralyzed due to the erratic, reckless, dangerous behavior of Donald Trump; the mobbed up real estate mogul and Moscow Candidate who accidentally became the American president with heaps of help from his shady Russian friends. Trump’s actions are leading many Americans to openly call him “a traitor!”

An increasing number of Americans are saying this in the comment section below the You Tube video’s of news reports on Trump. When I am questioned about the claim that Trump is being controlled by Putin, who they believe is threatening to release the pee pee tapes of Russian whores partying with Trump in Moscow to wiki-leaks, I tell them it doesn’t matter because Trump is behaving like Putin’s pussy hence it becomes a distinction without a difference. If Trump were Putin’s Puppet, carrying out Putin’s policy objectives, what would he do?

Well, he would foment chaos in American society by instigating conflict between different groups of American citizens; use his bully pulpit to undermine the basis institutions upon which our democratic society functions; cripple the ability of the national government to carry out vital functions on every possible occasion, screw up government business, promote the break up of the European Community, and render the NATO alliance impotent. As I write Donald Trump is guilty of all these things.

At this very moment, a member of the FBI Agent’s Association is bitterly complaining, lamenting the fact the government shutdown is beginning to seriously prevent them from carrying out their duties defending this nation from terrorists attacks! Hence the suspicions of some longtime intelligence experts such as the former spy and bestselling author Malcolm Nance, that believe  Devious Donald is being “handled” by the KGB Colonel who presently rules Russia, is not without merit.

Alas, I have long argued that the Republicans – Grand Obstructionist Party – cannot govern. The evidence for this claim is everywhere; it’s omnipresent. This was not always so, but it has been increasingly the case since the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower during the 1950’s. Although some observers will correctly point out that the Republicans were also in power 90 years ago in 1929, when their policies led to the Wall Street crash that initiated the Great Depression which threatened the collapse of the international capitalist system. And despite the fact that scandals, racism, war and incompetence in economic matters have marked Republican governments over the past half century, this Republican Administration is well on the way to becoming the worst ever.

At present Trump has driven the ship of state onto the rocks by shutting down the government, and there is no change of course in sight. Having lived a life of wealth and privilege, Trump cannot relate to the millions of working class Americans whose lively hood he has taken away in a mindless temper tantrum brought on by his failure to persuade Congress to give him five billion dollars to build his vanity wall down on the Mexican border. Trump’s behavior exhibits all the symptom’s of the mental illness he has been diagnosed with by the 70, 000 psychiatrists and psychologists in the “Duty to Warn” group: “Malignant Narcissism and Paranoia.”

This being the case the workers cannot hope for a speedy conclusion to this crisis which the President has inflicted upon the nation, perhaps upon orders from Putin, because one of the symptoms of his illness is an inability to feel empathy for the troubles of others. Hence the workers must take matters into their own hands and by their collective actions force Trump to reopen the government.

Government Workers Assemble in Washington

Dastardly Donnie’s Victims Fighting Back!

In this effort, the group of workers best equipped to force Trump’s hands are the Air Traffic Controllers and TSA agents, who can bring all air traffic in the USA to a halt! Trump has been able to get away with his outrageous, inhumane, actions because most Americans have not been affected by it. Only the stalwart government workers that make our country run have suffered the slings and arrows of Dastardly Don’s scurrilous tactics. To put the matter succinctly, these workers should walk off the job! Those who oppose this course of action are quick to point out that it is illegal for these workers to strike because of their vital role in the American system.

I would argue that these workers are no longer bound by that contract because the government has violated their end of it. Aside from the fact that the government has violated the Labor Relations Act, by forcing Americas to work without pay for a month they are also in violation of the 13th Amendment. As is clear from the epigraph above, “Involuntary labor” is expressly forbidden in the Constitution.

The clarity of this Amendment speaks to it’s origin, which was in the aftermath of the Civil War when slavery had been abolished by executive order but the former slave masters were rapidly creating new systems of forced labor such as share cropping and “chain gangs.” It was clear that they would institute systems which would allow them to exploit black labor under conditions as close to slavery as possible.

That’s why the 13th Amendment expressly forbids slavery and involuntary servitude. Fortunately, lawyers for American Federation of Government Employees, which represents most of these workers, have filed a suit in federal court in which they are seeking relief from involuntary servitude by arguing that the government ordering them to work without pay is a violation their Constitutional rights. However,  union spokesman for the Airline workers are openly warning that the government shutdown is beginning to pose a real and present danger to air travel in chilling language, and some are suggesting that they should all walk out in a general strike!

I agree, let’s see how the public reacts when they are forced to share the pain along with government workers. When they recognize the consequences that has forced the FBI Agents Association to warn the nation that their field agents cannot do their work, of keeping the nation safe due to the lack of funding in a dysfunctional government.  I say to all government employees walk off the job! I say this despite the fact that I need my social security check to arrive on time; but I believe we must fight back against that charlatan and wannabe martinet that befouls the Oval Office. I’m steeled in the fires of struggle, trained for trouble, and ready to rumble!

Let’s see how long the Mango Mussolini can survive a general strike of government employees that he instigated by his reckless ruthless behavior? However we must be aware that Dirty Devious Donald might use the strike to declare a state of National Emergency, which he is itching to do. My next commentary will address the perils posed for the nation should Trump declare a state of emergency.

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Playthell G. Benjamin
Harlem, New York
January 14, 2019