Opinion

Walker is Right: Trafficker Firings Affected Soviets

By – Robert Charles

Make no mistake, Scott Walker is right about Ronald Reagan’s firing of the air traffic controllers, and the sobering impact this one decision – a domestic policy decision – had on the thinking of Soviet leaders. In short, Reagan’s decisive domestic leadership scared the Soviet Union, which was not accustomed to an American President doing exactly as he said he would do. This decision by Reagan, made against the counsel of some of his senior advisors, had enormous implications for the Soviet Union – and their leaders knew it. While Walker’s media critics disparage the comment and Reagan’s onetime Soviet Ambassador blithely dismisses the assessment, Walker is exactly right. Here is the evidence.

For clarity, in 1981, nearly 13,000 air traffic controllers went on strike. They walked off the job for more pay and a shorter workweek. Despite the fact that the union had endorsed Reagan, this was patently against the law. It violated provisions of Title 5 U.S.C. and their contract, which expressly prohibited a strike by government unions. As the Nation worried about air travel – which the strikers knew they would – Reagan took to the air himself, and gave an Oval Office address. He said: If the air traffic controllers “do not report to work within 48 hours, they have forfeited their jobs and will be terminated.” As a young man, I worked in that White House and recall that speech vividly. Roughly 1300 controllers returned to their jobs, while 11,345 ignored the president’s demand.

Against the strikers’ expectations, and most public expectations, Reagan summarily fired the strikers who defied the law. Most never worked in the field again. This was the death knell for the union. It was decertified in 1981. To assure safety in the skies, Reagan deployed the National Guard controllers, swiftly training and hiring fresh talent. The world went on.

But not without notice. Even then, global reaction was a matter of record. There was no question that the Soviets noticed, and within a year were sitting up straight themselves. That was August 1981, and by June 1982, the Soviets were on notice that – against the backdrop of the air traffic controllers’ decision – they were next in line. Reagan gave another speech, in this one declaring before the British Parliament, with Margaret Thatcher looking on, “the forward march of freedom and democracy will leave Marxism-Leninism on the ash heap of history.” The Soviet leaders were on notice.

Nine months later, Reagan said “Communism is another sad, bizarre chapter in human history whose last pages even now are being written.” These were profound words. They sent a chilling message to the Soviets. Why? Because this president was different. He did not waste words, did not say anything he did not believe, and had proven true to his word. He could turn into the wind of contrary expectations, and make real exactly what he believed. They were more than aware of what had happened with the air traffic controllers.

Now move the clock ahead. In 1989, just as Reagan had predicted, the Soviet Union fell. Communism’s stranglehold on a beleaguered people – and suppression of their God-given freedom – was over. In 1992, Ed Meese, Reagan’s thoughtful and articulate former Attorney General wrote of the air traffic controllers’ firing: “The message to the nation was clear and the public response was highly favorable. We are informed, moreover, that this action had a sobering effect on the Soviet leaders, who also had become accustomed to seeing American presidents back down before a serious challenge. The PATCO [union firing] action convinced them that Reagan was someone who had to be taken seriously.”

Meese was hardly alone in his reading of the facts. Meese quoted Harvard Professor Richard Pipes, an expert in Soviet affairs, saying “The way the PATCO strike was handled impressed the Russians … and gave them respect for Reagan. It showed them a man who, when aroused, will go to the limit to back up his principles.”

But the coup de grace is this. At a conference in the early 1990s, held at Hofstra University and celebrating the life of Theodore Roosevelt, Edmund Morris was a speaker. He was already working on the Reagan biography. The topic of Reagan’s firing of the air traffic controllers – and the effect of this decision on the Soviet leaders – emerged. Without presuming to quote Morris or other attendees this many years later, the consensus based on actual conversations with some of those leaders, was that the firing had shaken these leaders. And for exactly the reasons that Governor Walker has recently cited.

In short, here was a president who knew what he believed, could communicate well what he believed, was unafraid to communicate well what he believed, and could bring the world around to his beliefs – in necessary, through decisive, unapologetic action. He had contravened all public expectations by firing the illegally striking air traffic controllers, and he had condemned the Soviet leaders to the ash heap of history.

The connection, depth of conviction and potential implications were too close for comfort. At least some of the Soviet leaders saw the writing on the wall. And it remains on the wall today. Only the Soviet Union – and the physical and spiritual walls, including the Berlin Wall, which held it up – are gone. Thank you Scott Walker, for reminding us – principles count, along with principled actions and long memories.

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Smike
6 years ago

I have to admit, you are as misinformed about the history of the PATCO strike as most of the members were about the real time events in 1981. To find out what actually occurred there are several good books. First off, the strike wasn’t about money or time off. At DFW I never worked within the standards of separation requirements for 4 years. 3 airliners on the runway was normal and expected. St Louis is were I learned to move traffic. I was very good at moving traffic but it could not be done using the separation standards. Safety, equipment, and ending required over time were top issues. We never expected money, it was on the table and was actually given to the non stricking controllers. As it turns out, Regan did actually bargain with the union, not once but several times. Most of the membership didn’t know this. Most of the membership did not know that the major Air Route Centers did not go out, most members did not know we could have returned to work. Most of us were arrogant, naive and just not informed. PATCO’s leadership decided to fight a battle they knew they could not win, they could have taken the offers and returned us to work; they didn’t. They kept us in the dark, mislead us and allowed 13.000 of us to lose the only job most of us ever had or wanted. None of us were eligible for unemployment or other government handouts. Most of rhetoric was just that. Regan didn’t black ball us, imprison us. He did the only thing he could do, he terminated us. He didn’t fire us, as most people think. Big difference, allowing many of us returned to federal employment and applied our time to our new positions. But you need to get the facts straight. Regan did the right thing for the circumstances and I think the Soviets saw the same logic.

Everybody's Shrink
6 years ago

I was a new airplane pilot when Reagan fired the air traffic controllers. I had even been up in the local control tower just weeks before this happened. It was not the end of the world. Airlines must have ATC, and instrument flight requires it, but the rest of us mere mortals could make do going VFR. And we did. Sort of a lesson for today: be more self reliant and responsible for your own actions.

By the way , Scott Walker must gather his history lessons from the same sources that I do; I have long since subscribed to the notion that Gorbachov (sp?) figured out when Reagan took this action, that the prez indeed had a set. Too bad our current prez is such a wuss; what world leader, or American citizen for that matter, can believe anything he says? I am all for Mr. Walker. He seems to have a pair.

Gary
6 years ago

Unions should be disbanded. They served their purpose long ago, but have now evolved into an evil entity of power, money, and government influence. The strike by the dock workers on the west coast is another good example.

We need Scott Walker!

John B
6 years ago

We need a man like Ronald Reagan again. Is Scott Walker the man ? Who knows ? The Obama Media has yet to start the
attacks on him. We know Ms Clinton is the second coming of all saintly women rolled into one. We know this from the
media. We know from the Women’s movement that only a woman can save America. How do we stop the media from
electing the next president ? I for one will not watch nightly news from the likes of ABC, CBS, or NBC. Only read real
newspapers like the Wall Street Journal. You can check the internet and get a good deal on the WSJ. Most local papers are trash, so why subsidize them. The Women’s movement surprises me. We know Ms Clinton would be nowhere without
Bill, a man. We Know she did not leave him when his affairs were made public. She needed him to become a Senator
and his influence with Obama to become Secretary of State. So, apparently, a women making it on her own is not important to the Women’s movement.

I think the ideal candidate for the Democrat Party is an atheist, half black/half hispanic women that had a sex change
from being a man so she could marry a lesbian. Of course if she were dressed in a Santa suit so much the better.

I for one hope someone has a 36 year old Reagan cloned somewhere. It could be the Republicans October surprise this
year.

James
4 years ago
Reply to  John B

Donald Trump JR.?

Richard
6 years ago

Let’s think about some thing the Washingtonian clan seems to have forgotten on both sides– that honesty and integrity are required as a foundation for character. There seems to be a lack of that quality in the leadership on both sides of the” great gulf” of the aisle and in many of the “Servants” of the People. When the discussion of right and wrong are addressed in session, in meetings, in the press conferences, and private, then character is truly manifested. The real question is who is the real servant?

Bill
6 years ago

The state of affairs today is that the government is pushing and assisting more and more kids to go to college, while decimating the job market where they would be employed after graduation – makes no sense at all. It is too bad that our leaders (pretty much across the board) as they are more concerned with keeping their jobs that doing what is right for the country as Reagan did. After the Mconnell/Boehner act on the funding for the Ob extraconstitutional action on illegal immigrants, I have concluded that no one in power in Washington cares about the future of this country, but rather about their own continuance in office.

Vernon O. Basterash
6 years ago

I’m from Superior, Wisconsin and know only too well how politics are played growing up through the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s before leaving the area. It is about time we have a Scott Walker step up to the plate and show us how the American People can improve themselves and get back to the Constitution governing process. Make no mistake, the Democrats (Progressive Socialists) WILL DO ANYTHING to control the people and keep them in a slave like trance. I can’t impress upon the American People to be alert, become informed and get out to vote for every CONSERVATIVE that is willing to be vetted and proven. DO NOT ALLOW ANYONE TO SAY “TRUST ME AND I WILL PROVE TO YOU THAT I’M A TRUE AMERICAN WITH THE VALUES GIVEN TO YOU AND ME BY OUR CONSTITUTION GOD THAT OUR FOUNDING FATHER’S ESTABLISHED FOR THIS REPUBLIC”. He or She has got to have the background and proven record with a GOD fearing commitment. If you know anything about this Republics History you certainly will know the one’s that have done everything they have tried to destroy the American’s way of life. We can get this country back on track and eliminate the government entities that have pushed us into a state of ignorance. Get with it people and stop allowing those that are leading you around with a ring in your nose and telling you this is the way to go. Know your history or it will keep repeating what we have over and over and over. To keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is just a from of insanity. Think for yourself! DO YOU GET IT!

Steve
6 years ago

To bad more American people are not like that , we would maybe not be in such a mess now .All the hard work Mr. Reagan did is all being thrown away .Eastern Europe is going back into the dark ages . We have career people in office who worry more about themselves than the country who is providing and protecting them . Its disgusting .Where were the leaders from the 90’s on showing all those countries want it is like to be free and make money instead of getting soup from the motherland .Once people taste freedom they may put up a more bloody fight to their comrades .A bad deal is better than no deal , how sad .

WS
6 years ago

Just because you have a college degree, does not mean you are smart. Wisdom comes from life’s lessons not a book. Some of the smartest people I know do not have college degrees and are very successful. Then I know some who have college degrees that are dumb as dirt. You cannot judge people by their book learning, but by their successes. As my mom always said “actions speak louder than words”. Just think how bad the USA would be if everyone did things like Obama.

Arizona Sage
6 years ago
Reply to  WS

WS is correct, a “degree” is merely a piece of paper that was “bought” by attending some liberal university. This is a serious problem being sold to the American public, that EVERYONE must have a college education. Colleges have become an industry, not a place of “higher learning”. Universities have devolved over the years to nothing more than overpaid Leftist propaganda establishments, staffed with radicals of all stripes, and anti-American leeches.

Jim Kempner
6 years ago
Reply to  WS

Scot Walker says what he means and means what he says and he will have my vote if he is a candidate.

Dick Johnson
6 years ago

It is interesting how this discussion morphed into a “union” discussion. President Reagan stuck to his guns and that told the world that he meant business. If only we had someone in the white House today that you could trust and would stick to his statements, ie.”the red line in Syria”. What do you think ISIS would do if O’Blamer would reinstitute the draft to show that he is serious about destroying and degrading them?

Jim Kempner
6 years ago
Reply to  Dick Johnson

i agree

Daniel
6 years ago

Ronald Reagan loved God and loved his neighbors like some famous guy commanded us all to do. the Soviets hated God and treated their neighbors with hatred.

So Mr. Reagan hated communism as the godless blight on humanity that it was.

The renewed focus of evil in our times is Islam. Not radical Islam…Islam. Who will stand against this new evil empire that has no visible political center?

Then there is the evil of “government” unions where the negotiators sit on both sides of the table and spend our money. Who can stand up to these thugs?

We need men like Scott Walker who will stand up against the evils in our country and abroad.

Howard
6 years ago
Reply to  Daniel

[” the Soviets hated God and treated their neighbors with hatred. ”

Where about in Russia did you live ?

Concerned Citizen
6 years ago
Reply to  Howard

Howard, Putin is continuing in the same manner – look what he’s doing in the Ukraine now; it was the Russians who starved so many Ukrainians in the 20th century, etc. They watched the Germans roll over Poland and instead of rescuing them, they took over Poland and Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia. Putin is threatening to do that again. The Soviets also turned churches into horse stables, gymnasiums, etc. And yes, I have visited those places, so I have first-hand experience.

E.T.
6 years ago

election campaign reform to assure that the elected have allegiance to the hard working tax paying citizens, and not to
big money and power hungry groups and also voter registration to ensure that the”dead,the dogs and the illegals do
not vote. have you ever wondered why our leaders haven’t already done this?

Fred Ritz
6 years ago

Why do we care about 1981? Is this the type of thing a presidential candidate with no college degree spends time thinking about? If so, why would we waste our vote on him?

PaulE
6 years ago
Reply to  Fred Ritz

Those ignorant of history are doomed to repeat the mistakes of it. Is that reason enough?

Ed
6 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Well said Paule

Howard
6 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Are you of the party that wants to go back into Iraq ?

JC
6 years ago
Reply to  Fred Ritz

Because the greatest president of the United States of America was a self taught man named George Washington. A college degree will not make the man if his heart is not right!

Gary
6 years ago
Reply to  Fred Ritz

Governor Walker has done what he promised in his campaign. We had a former governor Doyle who was liberal puppet of the unions. Doyle did not tackle the issues of the teachers union and moved money from the transportation fund and other funds. He left Wisconsin with a nearly 4 billion dollars deficit. Walker had to clean up Doyle’s mess. The public unions were bleeding the taxpayers of Wisconsin and not paying their fare share. WEA the teachers union insurance was the only one that could bid on the teachers insurance. The teachers union had members with large interest WEA. The teachers have the same insurance at abut a 40% price reduction . When you are paid the by the public you have to keep your prices in line with the private sector. The Democrats and Obama should get a good lesson on finance and balancing a budget

Frank
6 years ago
Reply to  Fred Ritz

With that line of reasoning Fred, why should we care about 1938? (read your history). We have more colleges than any other country on the planet; now with all this fantastic “intelligence” and “insight” of all our college graduates, why hasn’t the college “intelligencia” alumni proactively anticipated the economic, extremist, racial, drug, environmental, security, immigration, and other problems of today and “seamlessly” solved these problems? The “college” educated are supposed to be “superior.” Fact is we have more problems now than ever. College life is about partying your brains out with sex, drugs, and rap music, sometime you ought be at “spring break” in Daytona to see what your college educated darlings are up to when they are on their “well deserved” vacation. College education is no measure of intelligence and many of your favored college educated crowd are “educated” beyond their natural intelligence-and daddy has to pay for it. Your thought processes scares me Fred.

RobertD
6 years ago

Unions are bad!

All they want to do is lift the working poor into the middleclass with decent wages and benefits.

Did you know that Ronald Reagan was President of the Screen Actors Guild union?

Unions are bad!

Kim
6 years ago
Reply to  RobertD

They are only bad when they break the law in their actions. I was a member of a union for almost 30 years. Indispensable in my former profession. They also brought the company to its knees (because as one union official told me, “they could,” and as a result we lost our pensions. In my opinion, they are a necessary evil.

PeggyP
6 years ago
Reply to  RobertD

The unions that support and push DEMOCRATIC candidates and their agendas ARE BAD. I have lived and worked in two “right to work states”, and two union run states, and my pay and benefits did not vary much, nor were my “rights” tramped on that I was aware of. I once was a member of the AFL-CIO – and they went on strike in November in Detroit……. I lasted on the picket line about 8 days, and “scabbed” and went back to work to support my little girl and myself. My windshield was broken in my car, I was threatened and called names, but I stayed the course — worked and made money while the picketers froze in the snow and cold. The union after 11 weeks – (yes, they even picketed on Christmas!) – settled for 11 cents an hour pay raise. Woo hoo —- and how much money did all those picketers lose????? You can bet the Union leaders weren’t out on the sidewalks in the ice and snow- and they gleaned a whole lot more than 11 cents! We have auto workers with 8th grade educations making upwards and over $30 an hour while they drink and smoke dope on their lunch breaks. Is there any wonder why hundreds of thousands of cars are recalled every year????? Have you priced a basic vehicle lately?????? We used to be able to buy a three bedroom, two bath home for what the average family sedan costs today. Thanks to Unions.

Gerrod
6 years ago
Reply to  RobertD

Having been in a teachers union for over 20 years my colleagues and I were required to pay dues. A large portion of these dues went to political action committees that supported liberal democratic candidates running for office. Funds were also used to bankroll socio-political causes such as abortion on demand, same sex marriage, and the like. As a conservative I chose to resign from the union and go at it union-less, and did so for 5 to 6 years prior to leaving the profession. Unions that support their rank and file with bread and butter issues is one thing, but when unions begin pushing social causes that many members do not morally or philosophically support is an affront to these members. Unions forgot what they were established to do, and if they want to become relevant again they need to go back to that premise–wages and working conditions.

Joe Pere
6 years ago
Reply to  RobertD

A good read for you would be: Reagan’s War: The Epic Story of His Forty-Year Struggle and Final Triumph Over Communism by Peter Schweizer. It began with the battle to get the communists out of the movie industry when he was President of the SAG. Kim is right; unions are a necessary evil because of bad management, people who don’t understand the Free Market or are too greedy to care for others. The idea of “The invisible hand” that Adam Smith wrote about works, but is hard to understand. Maybe that’s why the government hand outs are so appealing. No thinking involved.

Gary
6 years ago
Reply to  RobertD

My nephew is in the trade union, he pays $6000 dollars a year into the trade union. This money only supports the union hierarchy. He told me that when the local pool of money gets too large the national union takes the excess. This money only supports the fat cats in charge. That is why they always stick their noses into local or state politics, They need their gravy train to keep coming in. Ju7st imagine what $6000 dollars invested in a 30 to 40 year career
would amount to?

CAPT Mike
6 years ago

The reason conservatives like myself respect and honor President Reagan so highly is because he absolutely loved and believed in American ideals and the American people, while rightly knowing that government was NOT the answer to most problems and that big government of any stripe was a threat to a free society. He embodied the Navy/Marine Corps values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. Those of us fortunate enough to be alive when he was President miss the unswerving backbone he had in his support of these values. Scott Walker is a similar individual in his conviction, which makes him the most dangerous man to every liberal, left-wing group and the media. He will undoubtably be the first and greatest target of the liberal media, left-wing groups and pundits. I pray he is made of the “right stuff” to withstand this over the next 2 years.

DA
6 years ago

Whether or not the firings affected the Sovs and how much can be argued ad infinitum. The thing about Reagan that infuriated his enemies and kept him popular with his base was that he stuck to his core beliefs even if and when he couldn’t get his way. I believe the current presidents approval ratings reflect his strict adherence to his beliefs. The dip in the summer was due to disaffection from the locoweed commies who wanted direct action. Now that he’s doing that his numbers are up and they’ll stay there till the end. The R party in general and the conservatives in particular are starving for someone who can’t be intimidated. At least not easily intimidated. Walker seems to be a good bet in that department based on his track record in Wisconsin. The public unions were set up to be unassailable bastions of D power, fortresses and money machines that would provide an edge wherever they existed. Walker endured their wrath and survived. This indicates the possibility of his garnering some votes from the other side, as Reagan did; Ds who are privately worried about their pensions. I don’t know how else he won so convincingly in Wisconsin. To illustrate the hunger for steadfastness, one need only look at Dr Ben this past week. As soon as the howling began he apologized. This takes him out of contention imo. Either he hadn’t thought this basic theme out or he caved under pressure. Politics is like boxing. We have glass jaws running the show now. What is needed is someone who can stay on his feet and keep punching with one eye swollen shut.

PeggyP
6 years ago
Reply to  DA

Sadly, the coming 20 months are going to be a bloody dog fight. They’re already dissing Hillary out of the race to make it easy for Elizabeth (Commie Princess Pocha-notus) Warren to cruise into the Dem. Nominee’s position. Obama has called her his “mini me” on several occasions, and the younger mouth breathers love her and eat up her every nutso left wing word.

If the Republicans don’t stop fighting amongst themselves and standing around searching for their cojones, we’ll be looking at a worse situation in 2016 than we currently have. Obama has turned this country into one major joke. Iran doesn’t fear us, Russia is laughing at us, ISIS grows bigger by the day, and we have Stymie standing around wondering which “Executive Order” he should shove down our throats next.

Whomever is fit enough and tough enough to withstand the rigors of the campaign on the GOP side will get my vote – but let’s hope it’s someone WE CHOOSE, and not the next Yes Man/Woman chosen by the High dollar donors. I’ve totally lost faith in the election system as it stands — too easy to corrupt and “fix” — as we see by what’s in the White House now. When dead people, dogs and illegals can vote —there’s no honesty involved.

PaulE
6 years ago
Reply to  PeggyP

Agreed PEGGYP. The draft Warren movement is already well underway. As soon as the Dems can throw Hillary over the side, Warren will be hailed as the savior of the Democrat party.

As to the GOP, it will be an uphill battle to ensure we don’t end up with another weak-kneed, Democrat-lite moderate pretending to be a “reform conservative” (the new term for compassionate conservative, i.e progressive Republican). People really have to ignore the massive money campaign TV, radio and print ads and do their own research and vote for the best fiscally conservative candidate.

PaulE
6 years ago
Reply to  DA

I have to agree with everything you’ve stated DA. Walker has not only survived three massive, well-funded national campaigns by the Democrats to get him ousted, but his popularity within his state, by sticking to doing what he committed to the voters he would accomplish, has increased. People in general respect a person who who can not only stand on principle, but actually get things done that have been promised during the campaign. The surest way to lose the respect of the voters is to start vacillating on one’s principles and promises.

As to Dr. Carson, he’s still too much of an unknown aside from his medical background and life story. Yes, both are very impressive, but being president involves a lot more. I’m still waiting to see just what his positions are on the economy, foreign affairs, defense, and many other issues. Not some vague speeches, but detailed positions on a whole host of issues. Every candidate will be required to do this and have to defend those positions not only in the primaries, but the general election as well. He can’t just run on being anti Obamacare and expect to win. We have too many other messes that also have to be addressed going forward. I also want to see who he picks as advisors on all these other areas. The people that he surrounds himself with will say a lot about what he thinks or how he may lean on certain issues. I agree with you that apologizing to hecklers was a mistake. There are better ways to address hecklers.

Ivan Berry
6 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

This string of comments is the most impressive of all, thanks to D.A., Peggy P, and PaulE. Anyone should be able to recognize the critical thinking involved.
Yes, Dr. Ben is an unknown quanity at this time. He needs exposure. His positions should be presented openly if he intends to run.
Rand Paul won at CPAC and it’s hard to disagree with his positions on most things, but the Establishment neocons heading the Republican Party will go great guns to disparage him.
Ted Cruz is a questionable answer at best, and along with all other candidates who are currently in the Congress, his vote on “Fast Track” authority for Obama on trade will offer some answers. “Fast Track” will just allow the President the ability to form Trade aggrements by fiat like his Aministy Fiat on Immigration.
As for a Christy, a Jeb Bush and others of the Neo persuasion, to many of us it will be like the same ol’ same ol’ politics of McCain, Romney, et. al.
With all the potential candidates on the Republican side, the play to the Establishment will be realized by diluting the vote for anyone outside the Establishment. This makes it difficult for anyone like a Scott Walker to prevail. Progressivism is alive and well, even in the Republican Party.
Elizabeth Warren, as a lone Democratic entry would likely win. There are some die-hard Hillary fans still out there, but she has and continues to soil herself. Depends, anyone?

DA
6 years ago
Reply to  Ivan Berry

Yes Ivan, I think Pocahontas is higher on the totem pole than the divine miss H. I believe the main reason is style. The Indian princess is much better at rousing the rabble and H is old news.

Sharma
6 years ago
Reply to  Ivan Berry

Oh sakes H. was bad enough but Eliz Warren is Bamas clone , please get on your knees and pray for our God to be the head of this once great Nation. Scott is a good man from what i have studied. Soros will pay for a dem to try to win. Billons talk;but God is way bigger than anything on this earth, He made it.

Ethan allen
6 years ago

It was a relatively easy decision for a man of conviction. I believe Scott Walker has proved that himself. A lesser person would have caved to the unions.

Peggy Mosley
6 years ago

Thank God for Ronald Reagan, Scott Walker and all the others to have the conviction of their beliefs and not be afraid to implement them!

I vividly recall that morning in 1981…I prepped my Beech Sierra for a flight to the Rogue River for a rafting trip, got my WX briefing, filed my instrument flight plan, hopped in with my friends, had an uneventful flight, spent the day rafting, then filed another flight plan, returned home, watched the news and learned about the PATCO firing!

During both my flights there was never any indication ATC had anything unusual going on! Just demonstrates that people/organizations aren’t as indispensable as they would like us to believe! So…if you refuse to be bullied, you can take charge and make very positive things happen! Hope the Congress is listening…

Paul
6 years ago

What drew the greatest media ridicule was Scott Walkers comment that he standing up to organized labor in Wisconsin has prepared him to fight terrorists overseas. Say What!

In regards to President Reagan, you Mr. Charles as well as Peggy Noonan, Edmund Morris and other Reagan biographers tend to agree that Reagan firing the air traffic controllers demonstrated he (Reagan) should not be underestimated by any of his adversaries, Soviets included or risk the chance of being blindsided time and time again.

Walker said as much however he said there were Soviet documents to prove it.

Fact is there are no documents just people’s observations of those events.

Thank you Mr. Charles for sharing your informative facts and observations during that time period.

Kim
6 years ago
Reply to  Paul

And you know there are no documents? How???

Chuck
6 years ago
Reply to  Kim

Good question Kim, indeed how does Paul know that?? The documents are just like the IRS and Lois Lerner’s Email Magic Show – now you see them, now you don’t…just keep your eye on the little green pea, my friend.

Paul
6 years ago
Reply to  Chuck

Hey Chuck, have your mother read Peggy Noonan’s WSJ blog 2 or 3 times to you, then I think you’ll get it.

Paul
6 years ago
Reply to  Kim

Really Kim?

Read Peggy Noonan’s February 28th 2015 Wall Street Journal blog to you.
Maybe you’ll believe her. I did.

Peggy Noonan was a primary speech writer and special assistant to President Ronald Reagan.

Like Mr. Charles, she also had a close working relation with Reagan.

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