Trump’s Ban Recalls Reagan Call

A week that ends with Chuck Schumer in tears has got to be a good week for Americans.

The so called Muslim ban, which isn’t a ban on Muslims per se, nor on most of the Islamic nations of the world, brought on his tears and has caused uproar across the nation.

Even in Memphis, our mayor has called the decision by President Trump “unwise.” It’s a word choice reflecting his lawyer side. I think most Memphians would believe Strickland’s handling of our crime problem unwise, as murders have mushroomed under his stewardship. Were Strickland successful at governing this city, I’d pay a little more attention to his opinions. Right now, I think him highly unwise if he wants a second term. Mr. Mayor, I think we’ve been a little too “welcoming” to loose laws in this city.

And so with the uproar over the Trump ban. Incidentally, a Rasmussen poll shows Americans agree with Trump’s move 2 to 1. SAG people objecting at their awards ceremony last night – you’ll watch your paychecks and movies sag a lot if you keep up the lecturing. No one cares.

This flight into insanity by the Left reminds me of Reagan’s first encounter with a press bent on manipulating him. I am old enough to remember the PATCO business. For the unaware, PATCO stood for Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization. From Buy and Hold website comes this summation:

The American aviation system employed some 17,000 air traffic controllers, organized under PATCO. The members were upset that the wage increase they had been offered was below what they sought. They also argued that the stress of the job demanded a shorter workweek and earlier retirement options on top of the extra cash. Some of their grievances were legitimate, such as the plea for a more modernized air traffic control system. And, since earlier in the century the American people had a sympathetic ear when it came to union matters – after all, at one time over 60% of workers in this country were part of organized labor – it was assumed by PATCO that they would win over the peoples’ support…

And so it was that on August 3, 1981, 13,000 of the 17,000 controllers went on strike. In the immediate aftermath of the strike announcement, there was bedlam in the entire U.S. transportation network. Management scrambled to fill the slots (controlling air traffic themselves, in most cases) and the airlines were able to operate at only 70% capacity. But if PATCO thought they were going to have their way with President Reagan because he would be too concerned about the financial impact a prolonged strike could have on the American economy, well, they were about to find out otherwise.

PATCO’s members were in total defiance of federal law as there was a ban on strikes by government employees. In fact, each PATCO member had taken an oath not to strike when they were first hired. It was Reagan time.

Reagan’s hero had always been Calvin Coolidge.

In his meetings with advisers, Reagan quoted Coolidge, “There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, any time.” With the backing of transportation secretary Drew Lewis, Reagan gave the controllers 48 hours to return to work. 48 hours later most of them were fired. Reagan observed in his memoirs that his action “convinced people who might have thought otherwise that I meant what I said.” Just as importantly, on a far bigger stage, Reagan’s decision also helped show the Soviets that he was a decisive, no-nonsense leader.

The press, like today, went nuts. It’s unAmerican, not safe, they cried. They bashed Reagan at every broadcast. He held firm. The world didn’t end, people didn’t die and he prevailed.

In this travel ban by Trump I see the same Democrat playbook. I also see Trump prevailing as Reagan did. The only difference now is that people have lost faith in the media. We won’t go back to believing them. Our own eyes tell us better.

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