By Michael Reagan
Many Americans have been laboring under a false impression.
If you thought magic words were a plot device in Harry Potter books and other semi-supernatural stories, you’ve got another think coming. As far as the Obama administration is concerned magic words do exist and invoking them forces powerful institutions to bend to one’s will.
Take, for example, illegal aliens. Let’s say you’re a tattooed MS-13 gang-banger who wants to come to the U.S. to enjoy the fruits of El Norte and a larger customer base for your activities. The chance of you getting a green card is nonexistent and with your criminal record, the same goes for citizenship.
You make your way north and cross the border. Instead of dodging the Border Patrol you seek out the nearest officer and as he starts to talk about deportation, you interrupt with the magic words. You declare you’re seeking asylum because of a credible fear of harm back home. It can even be fear of harm from competing gangs or the police.
Presto, you metamorphose from potentially criminal illegal alien to beleaguered refugee yearning to be free from fear. Plus you get to stay in the U.S.
Citizens also have a set of magic words thanks to Obama and his appointees on the National Labor Relations Board.
The Associated Press reports that a Hooters employee who loudly cursed out her colleagues and boss in front of customers had to be rehired. And a Starbucks employee who told his boss to “go [expletive] yourself” also had to be rehired.
Why? Because the employees said they were union supporters and were fired as retaliation. The fact that neither Starbucks nor Hooters has an employee union and the employees weren’t engaged in organizing activities makes no difference. The NLRB isn’t dealing in reality, it’s dealing in magic words.
And to prove just how powerful those words are, the NLRB forced Hooters to put up a sign in California that read: “WE WILL NOT maintain or enforce a provision in our Employee Handbook that prohibits employees from being disrespectful to the Company, other employees, customers, partners, and competitors, posting no offensive language or pictures and no negative comments about the Company or coworkers of the Company.”
Which means it will practically be impossible to fire a Hooters employee for anything that’s not an arrestable offense as long as they invoke the magic words.
Thanks to the Obama administration, the Border Patrol can’t manage the border and California employers can’t manage employees. But that’s what happens when you have an administration that believes in magic.
Michael Reagan is the son of former President Ronald Reagan and chairman of the League of American Voters. His blog appears on reaganreports.com
I'm no Republican or Republican supporter or sympathizer, but Reagan is making sense here. All someone has to do to get into the country is claim he's in danger. All a person has to do to avoid getting fired for cussing out his boss, a fellow employee, or even a customer in public is to claim it's a retaliation for being pro-union. In other words, people no longer have to take responsibility for their own actions is to claim some sort of persecution. It seems they no longer even have to prove these allegations.
Before I was self-employed, I was a teacher. In one case I can remember I knew I was technically in the wrong, but my union protected me. Before that I was non-union. When I screwed up, I had to face the consequences.
I remember one time I was hired to drive a truck. It was non-union. On my first day at my new job I was sick as a dog. You don't call in sick your first day. It does happen sometimes, but you don't call in sick. Another driver was training me. I didn't goof off even though I felt like hell.
On Friday after I finished work, my boss said those words with that tone of voice that every employee dreads, "Dan, can I see you in my office a moment?"
I'm sure you can guess that he fired me. It was not for being sick. To make a long story short, he told me that a 62-year-old buddy of his was being forced into early retirement. Naturally he didn't want to retire early if he didn't have to because it means getting less Social Security than if he worked until 65. My boss told me that he was going to let me go and give his buddy my job. Well, at least he was honest about it.
I had done nothing wrong. I was sick but worked my butt off anyway. As I needed a job I wasn't particularly concerned about his friend's situation. I was so angry I paid a $50 non-refundable consultation fee and spoke to a lawyer. The guy told me that my ex-boss was within his rights. It seems that in California (in the 1980's) a boss can fire you for any reason whatsoever as long as it doesn't violate the Civil Rights Act. In other words, I had NO protection at all. I worked at the whim of my employer.
Now it seems that today all you have to do is claim "persecution" in some form and PRESTO-CHANGE-O! You have your job back. No proof necessary. It doesn't matter what you did. You can cuss the boss out, be nasty to your fellow employees, be rude to the customers and can get out of it by saying you're being persecuted.
As Al Pacino said in the movie "...and Justice For All.", "Something's REALLY wrong here!"