Fw: Fwd: Fw: Locked out?

date:19 April 2015 at 19:22
subject:Fw: Fwd: Fw: Locked out?

Subject: Locked out?
>From a former Navy fighter pilot and a retired UAL Captain

          We are all flying on the Germanwings plane, with a twisted pilot at the controls.  Will we just wait, and assume the "Crash Position"? 

          The 'real' pilot was locked out of the cockpit. 

          That set of circumstances finally revealed the full horror of the crash of Germanwings flight 9525.  Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz waited for the pilot to leave the cockpit, then locked the door to prevent his re-entry.  Then Lubitz, for reasons unknown and perhaps unknowable, deliberately steered the jet into a harrowing 8-minute plunge ending in an explosive 434 mph impact with a rocky mountainside.  150 men, women and children met an immediate, unthinkably violent death. 

          Lubitz, in his single-minded madness, couldn't be stopped because anyone who could change the jet's disastrous course was locked out. 

          It's hard to imagine the growing feelings of fear and helplessness that the passengers felt as the unforgiving landscape rushed up to meet them. 

          Hard ... but not impossible. 

          Because America is in trouble.  We feel the descent in the pits of our stomachs. 

          We hear the shake and rattle of structures stressed beyond their limits. We don't know where we're going anymore, but do know it isn't good. And above all, we feel helpless because Barack Obama has locked us out. 

          He locked the American people out of his decision to seize the national healthcare system.  Locked us out when we wanted to know why the IRS was attacking conservatives.  He locked us out of having a say in his decision to tear up our immigration laws, and to give over a trillion dollars in benefits to those who broke those laws. 

          Obama locked out those who advised against premature troop withdrawals.  Locked out the intelligence agencies who issued warnings about the growing threat of ISIS.  He locked out anyone who could have interfered with his release of five Taliban terror chiefs in return for one U.S. military deserter. 

          And, of course, Barack Obama has now locked out Congress, the American people, and our allies as he strikes a secret deal with Iran to determine the timeline (not prevention) of their acquisition of nuclear weapons. 

          Was Andreas Lubitz depressed, insane, or abysmally evil when he decided to lock that cockpit door and listen to no voices other than those in his head?  Did he somehow believe himself to be doing the right thing? 

          The voice recordings from the doomed aircraft reveal that as the jet began its rapid descent, the passengers were quiet.  There was probably some nervous laughter, confusion, a bit of comforting chatter with seatmates, followed by a brief period in which anxiety had not yet metastasized into terror. 

          It was only near the end of the 8-minute plunge that everyone finally understood what was really happening. Only near the end when they began to scream. 

          Like those passengers, a growing number of Americans feel a helpless dread as they come to the inescapable conclusion that our nation's decline is an act of choice rather than of chance. The choice of one man who is in full control of our 8-year plunge. 

          Lubitz was a nutcase.  But now we are on a ‘plane’ piloted by a narcissistic megalomaniac who has locked everyone out of his cockpit.  END


gruaud said...

"The choice of one man who is in full control of our 8-year plunge."

Right. Because 2001-2009 was our absolute peak.

Selective amnesia has no cure, unfortunately.

Anonymous said...

And you remember how this maniac took control of the country by merely winning clear majorities of the electoral vote, unlike Bush who won the 2000 election unanimously.
I have these conversations with people on occasion, and I always ask "just what is so bad about what's going on in the country? The economy has recovered, unemployment down, deficit down, etc." Their answer is usually a combination of Obamacare (which usually covers some of their family members) and ISIS, which was a result of the BushCheney invasion of Iraq.

CharlieE said...

He locked the American people out of his decision to seize the national healthcare system.

Ah, yes. I remember that well. Democrats wanted to expand Medicare to cover everyone, but Obama insisted that we come up with a bipartisan solution, and the only solution the Republicans would agree to support was the plan first proposed in 1989 by the Right Wing Heritage Foundation.

Obama went along with that, and "seized the national healthcare system" by signing into law a bill that requires that everyone do business with the private sector.

The horror!

Actually, we have no "national healthcare system." That's something that is found only in civilized countries. We have private healthcare, and we suffer greatly for it.

ferschitz said...

In response to CharlieE: we don't even have a private health care system. We have a private health insurance scam system. A lot of people who have health insurance may find that they still cannot afford adequate health care.

But this mangled, behind closed doors giveaway to the Bigs - BigIns, BigPharma, BigHospital, etc - was and is the result of rightwing pressure to NOT create an adequate health care system.

Also recall all of those Town Halls in the summer of 2009 when the mega-rich Koch brothers funded the astro-turfed Tea Party, and all those WHITE people raised a huge stink about having a national health care system bc the dog forbid some dusky-hued people got "free" care.

Buncha drongos.

So this is what we get: a nationalized giveaway to the private sector. WHY are conservatives whining about that anyway? I thought conservatives only want the "Market" to take care of everything, and that's what "Obamacare" is all about - having the private sector "take care of" health care via forcing everyone to buy health insurance.

Heaven forfend we have an expanded Medicare system! That's only for WHITE retirees, apparently.

What a load of crapola this is, and it does a HUGE honking disservice to those poor people who had to live through and die in that crash.

Mr_Creosote said...

Great posts so far. The utter chutzpah of the right wing astounds me all the more every day. I mean, this is a level of batshit crazy logic that would make a fundamentalist christian blush.

What level of reaching ( leaping! ) logic devoid of critical thought could conflate politics with the Germanwings air crash? That's the sloppiest and epic fail anaology....Ever.

Then they trot out the usual name dropping ( appeal to authority ) in the form of a navy pilot and a retired commercial pilot. What, they couldn't find their usual and ubiquitous retired colonel this time?

Mike Hawk said...

I have to agree....this sounds as though it was written by a friggen' 6th-grader.

Moronic and juvenile. As a matter-of-fact, downright pathetic.

Mike Hawk

Anonymous said...

Not a single person cares what you think, Mike.

CharlieE said...


Not a single person cares what you think, Mike.

On the contrary, I'll give Mike credit for an on-point comment, rather than an ad hominem attack on a commenter.


Noted. We have private health care, paid for by either private or public insurance. By any definition, what we have is woefully inefficient.

gruaud said...


Nah, Mike changes positions constantly, either to provoke a negative response or get agreement or even praise.

He's not remotely sincere about anything. That's what trolls do.

Anonymous said...

Why are you so cynical and jaded, Mr. gruaud?

gruaud said...

Why are you so jejune?

See what I did there?

Mike Hawk said...

What a hoot this guy who lives near SF Bay truly is.

Buddy gruaud, your middle name is "insipid", amigo.

I like your m.o., though....and thankyewverymuch for da' laugh. I needed 'dat, amigo.

Mike Hawk

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