Originally posted by OptimusSubprime
...Sure the airlines could stop it if they wanted to, but why should they? All they care about is profit and they know that the vast majority of
sheeple in this country will shut up and do as they are told...
That's why people need to be woken up. If people DID stop flying, the airlines' profits would be affected, and they would have to get things fixed or
go belly (fuselage?) up.
...I have come to the realization that the constitution is dead and can not be revived via the political process...
Correct. The political process is a sham and has been for quite some time. Action BY THE PEOPLE is what is needed to fix the problem, not more
politicians jabbering away about how they'll fix things if they get elected.
...I think you make a great argument. If everyone stopped flying then the airlines would be forced to put the TSA in check, but I don't know if that
would work. I think the airlines would be bailed out by money that doesn't exist, making our economic situation even worse...
I don't think the airlines would be bailed out if their loss of revenue was due to people en masse no longer flying. Why should they be bailed out in
that situation? The circumstance would (should) continue, which means they would not gain the revenue to "pay back" the bailout.
Also, if they WERE bailed out, and it made our economic situation worse, then so be it. I can't think of a better reason to turn this mess of a
country on its head than to protect our rights to personal freedom.
...Local economies would be hurt as well because less people would be spending money in those local economies due to not flying...
I'm not sure this is really true. While I don't have numbers to back it up, I would venture to say that the majority of people buy their airline
tickets online, which doesn't aid the local economy at all. As far as travelers flying in to other locations, it might have some impact (particularly
for tourist-trap areas), but people can still get there by driving (which brings up the gas/oil argument, but that's for another time). I can't help
but think people might actually HELP their local economies more by not flying...stay local, pay local.
...Besides, it isn't very realistic to think that enough people would stop flying to really make a statement or impact, and even if they did the
bought and paid for media wouldn't cover it anyway.
The first part of this statement is, sadly, probably true, unless there is a solid way to wake people up. I do think the media would HAVE to cover
this issue, though if everyone stopped flying. The revenue loss alone would cause the airline PR firms to want to come on the air, the politicians
would be asking people to fly because if they didn't it would hurt the economy (in their opinion), etc.
Personally, I've flown ONE TIME since 9/11, and I have no intention of doing so again. Enough is enough. Time for people to wake up and
edit on 14-4-2011 by notsofunnyguy because: (no reason given)