William Thien

Recently I’ve found myself in a number of loaded discussions centered on the subject of women in the workplace and how they are not equally paid and don’t achieve the leadership positions that men do on an equal scale.

I wanted to add some visual observations I’ve been making about the matter that I believe dispell most of belief that there is some organized method of inequality taking place.

The day after Thanksgiving I went to the bank to deposit some money and while standing in line I noticed that everyone working in the bank was female. All of the tellers were female. The drive-up people whom I could see from where I stood were females and the loan officers in their offices were female. Everyone working in the bank was female. And when I got to the window I asked and the answer was, yes, hey, isn’t that strange? Strange indeed, I thought.

After that I went to several big box retailers to shop and by taking a visual count of males to females in all of the stores and writing it down I determined that the average male to female ratio was in fact approximately 67 percent female workers to 23 percent male workers, even in the stores that we traditionally consider male dominated such as electronics.

But when there is a grunt job involving heavy lifting or really dirty work, it’s mostly occupied by men. That means that women are positioned better to take the leadership jobs in the first place because they are there in the office or making the sales while the men are holding the door for them and pushing in their chairs.

And in fact after 2008 when the economy took a nose dive more women for some time were working than men and it may still be that way, I don’t know.

My point is, to me the gender inequality is not visible. I don’t see it. I see more women working than men.

These of course are just visual observations, but at the very least I can say that to me when I consider where I myself work and where I shop and the places I frequent, more women work in those places than men and in fact in my place of work a woman runs the operation.

So, I just don’t see the gender inequality. To me, from what I can see, it doesn’t exist, unless you are talking about dangerous work or grunt jobs, there appear to be more women than men working.

This is just an observation. It may be that it’s just a damn good one is all.

If you have some stats you’d like me to see that aren’t put together by our government, I’d love to see them, by the way.

And all of this raises a serious question about the relationships of men and women in the workplace and have some workplaces just become too contentious for men to work in with all of the laws that govern their behavior and interaction with women that weren’t there just twenty years ago.

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Now that the holiday season is upon us I want to remind you not to forget the less fortunate, those who serve, and also to consider the natural future of our planet and its environment. The following are some organizations that I donate to regularly or volunteer with that could use your support.

You may donate by clicking directly on the link in this text.
In no particular order, here they are:

The USO https://secure.uso.org/?sc=WEBDONTRIL

Paralyzed Veterans of America http://www.SupportVeterans.org

Disabled American Veterans http://www.dav.org

Audubon http://www.audubon.org/

The International Crane Foundation
https://www.savingcranes.org/

And don’t forget about your local food pantry. There is one in every town.

William Thien

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Given the current political climate there is no time like the present to address the socialist condition of the country. I know this because this particular observation has brought considerable consternation from the collective. It’s one thing to create social programs to ensure a social safety net. It’s another entirely to enslave the common working person to the yoke of taxation to pay for such programs such as those that cover the cost of paying for women having substantial numbers of children out-of-wedlock (over half of all babies born last year were born to single mothers). Clearly I fall on the side in favor of protecting the taxpayer from the burdensome nature of such social programs that enable what I call the government sponsored “sex for money” social system. Whether the fairer sex, if we can call them that anymore with any accuracy that describes the entire population, favors the de-socialization of such programs or not is not my concern.

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I believe conservatives are in a particularly advantageous position to make changes to the socialist structure of the country and some have been saying “not so fast.” Really? Not so fast? This opportunity has been a long time coming and was hard-fought.

As a result, I sent this letter to my Congressman and Senator:

Now that the Republicans did so well in the mid-terms there has been talk, even on conservative talk radio that the Republicans should not proceed so quickly with plans to make the changes many conservatives have been hoping for, that the Republican majority should wait before taking any action.

In my opinion nothing could be further from the truth. Rather, there is no time to waste and it is the Republicans in name only and Democrats that are suggesting the delay, not true conservatives. Conservatives have been waiting, working for this opportunity for decades and now…

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I recently became involved in a debate regarding commuting via train or automobile into and out of urban areas from surrounding suburbs and here is some interesting math. The numbers are averaged but they tell us quite a bit.

 

Let’s do some basic math.

If the monthly payment for a car is let’s say $400 and the insurance is $75 while the car is being paid off, that’s $475 a month. But then if you add $60 per week for fuel to commute into the city, that’s another $240 per month. Now your total is $715 per month.

If your taxes go up $20 a year to pay for the train system and the cost of your fare for twenty rides per month is $3.00 per day, that’s $60 per month times two, there and back, or $120 per month.

Now let’s multiply those numbers by twelve.

By car, your costs are $715 per month times twelve or $8,580 per year.

By train you cost is $20 in extra taxes per year and $1440, or $1460 per year.

Now, subtracting $1460 from $8580 you get $7140 per year.

A person can do a lot with $7140 per year savings if they can take the train. And, businesses who can expect their employees to arrive on time can be more efficient.

If you ask me, there is something substantial to be said for installing trains to cover transportation into and out of the city to the surrounding counties, using the math at least, even with tax subsidies. The rest of the developed world has recognized that fact for some time.

Furthermore, I’m guessing that taking care of dedicated track costs much less than resurfacing these freeways (misnomer) every two years which seems to go on forever and ever and the cost of repairs to your automobiles as well as you run over pot hole after pot hole left over after the brutal winters we have been having year in and year out.

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I believe conservatives are in a particularly advantageous position to make changes to the socialist structure of the country and some have been saying “not so fast.” Really? Not so fast? This opportunity has been a long time coming and was hard-fought.

As a result, I sent this letter to my Congressman and Senator:

Now that the Republicans did so well in the mid-terms there has been talk, even on conservative talk radio that the Republicans should not proceed so quickly with plans to make the changes many conservatives have been hoping for, that the Republican majority should wait before taking any action.

In my opinion nothing could be further from the truth. Rather, there is no time to waste and it is the Republicans in name only and Democrats that are suggesting the delay, not true conservatives. Conservatives have been waiting, working for this opportunity for decades and now some supposed conservatives want to wait and delay the opportunity? That’s the wrong answer.

It’s time for true conservatives to get to work and utilize the opportunity that exists to “de-socialize” the country. With today’s political-military climate and other factors such as terrorism, things can change overnight and who knows who will have a majority in the house and senate? Conservatives might not have another alignment like this for decades. It’s time to take advantage of it.

Added 11/17/14: I would add that it is not something that should be done cold-turkey. I’ve blogged in the past that any de-socialization of the country should be done over a period of perhaps ten years with the laws implementing a gradual weaning from government programs so as not to cause any “socioeconomic shock.”

There is no time to lose. It’s time to get to work.

Sincerely,

William Thien

 

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With the attack on the Parliament Building in Canada and the several random shootings of note lately the pundits have been at it again. A former president’s security adviser said several years ago that the greatest threat to The US now is the “lone wolf,” a terrorist who acts alone and is difficult to identify.

Lately, with the various acts of terrorism and what else they can classify as terrorism, that same description, the “lone wolf” has arrived in the lexicon of the media once again as if appearing from the edge of some socio-psychic forest like a ghost at nightfall.

In one day recently I heard several pundits use exactly the same line again, that the country’s greatest threat is “the lone wolf.” I heard that same comment on several stations and at several different times during the day.

It was like a code word, a propagandistic device of some sort meant to instill fear into the masses, in particular to instill a fear of the individual.

Then something occurred to me. I don’t believe the leadership of the country is afraid of the “lone wolf” as much as they tell everyone. What the country’s leadership is afraid of, what the country’s greatest fear is, it is not the “lone wolf,” the greatest fear of the country’s leadership is a unified and organized disposition of the government.

So, why constantly refer to a person as a “lone wolf?” Why is that term used so frequently? It’s a fearful term to be sure. It creates a defensive posture in the population and makes a distinction between that person and the flock, you could say. Clearly our leadership think of us as sheep.

The term “lone wolf” is used so frequently so as to identify the individual that speaks out, that demonstrates the potential to lead real, true change, and in some cases that demonstration has been with gunfire or some other form of physical action.

My guess is that there are many lone wolves out there and that they are not wolves at all, quite the opposite. Many are probably people just like you and I and maybe they have not been allowed to associate with one another due to some sort of governmental intrusiveness. Perhaps they are singled out (hence, they are made alone, and then branded a “lone wolf” for purposes we may not know). The media is a willing participant in that charade and is more dangerous to individual rights than any other force in America aside from Congress.

In the past I have observed many things about collectivism in the country that only forty or fifty years ago would have been illegal, collective government programs, you name it, communism basically. What changed in that time?

And there is nothing more fearful to a collective, to the communist than the individual, the loner, the freethinker, not one of “the collective,” and that individual in particular MUST be singled out and branded, marginalized or their existence will be empirical proof that the collective isn’t the only way and is likely not the best. That, ladies and gentlemen is the greatest fear of the collective and the government, a demonstration of individuality!

It raises a basic question about our existence here in The United States today. What is worse, a lone wolf or a collective of rat bastards?

I think we all know the answer to that question and however unsettling it may be, it may be one that we must recognize if we want to save what is left of our country.

Note: The term “collective,” a political term used in this context to describe mass political behavior as directly opposed to individuality, is not used here to denote “collective bargaining,” which is a term that describes members of a labor union bargaining for work related issues as one unit.

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I don’t like to file work related complaints. I’d rather work things out. But the story is bigger than most complaints. It’s something else entirely. And this essay doesn’t really pertain to my current position, it is more like a summation of the circumstances of most of my experiences in a work environment from civilian to government and military positions.

I often find myself working in what could truly be called an “Urban Environment.” I am a single, white male and have often felt that I am being treated differently due to the fact that the urban environment is populated to a larger extent by people of another race than white or Caucasian. And I am treated differently. There can be no question. It’s not always that I am treated badly, just differently. Much of it is obvious, often it is very subtle and I don’t even pick up on it until I am somewhere else and it occurs to me.

Frequently in any job I have had my supervisors are of another race and there are no men of any race in my direct management structure who determine the scope of my employment, where I am assigned, that type of thing. I don’t know how that happened, but my guess is it is due to the contentiousness of working in such an environment and all of the racial and sexual politics involved.

Most men, most white men and even most men of other races who would be in a position to manage the situation have already said, “Forget that. This is totally screwed. No wonder they keep cutting our budget. You can’t get anything done here. Too much politics to deal with. You can’t talk. You can’t even look at someone. It’s crazy. I’m outta here.”

Thanks for leaving me standing, by the way.

When I discuss the matter with others, including others of another race, they always tell me that they think I am a victim of “Reverse Discrimination.” They suggest either directly or indirectly that it isn’t fashionable either to bring the matter of discrimination up if you are a white male and that it really only applies to people of other races and women. Really, I usually reply? It isn’t acceptable? Not fashionable? Racism is a fashion statement? OK, then. I won’t file a complaint. I’d hate not to be “acceptable.”

I’ll just do this here.

Now that I’ve thought about the matter for some time, I have concluded they are false in their analysis, that I am a victim of “reverse discrimination.” I am not a victim of “reverse discrimination” in the circumstances I describe or in the various jobs I have mentioned prior, I am a victim of discrimination, plain and simple. I am a victim of both sexual and racial discrimination. “Reverse discrimination” has nothing to do with it. If you read on, you’ll understand why I think “reverse discrimination” isn’t even a real form of “discrimination.”

Why?

I have never had the authority or any job where I could directly discriminate against any other employee. I could insult them, perhaps, but I haven’t and I don’t. White men are in a situation where they always have to let people of other races or women set up all of the social boundaries and it is only people of other races and the opposite sex that are allowed to tamper with those boundaries, to define them. White males aren’t allowed to be involved in any of that because the government has been telling the public that white males have historically discriminated against all other races and women, too. And it’s in the way the laws are written. If a white male crosses the boundary created in a situation, which can often change from month to month and be seemingly arbitrary, the white male is hit with some sort of social infraction.

Here is the problem with that.

Reverse discrimination implies that I, for example, have in fact first discriminated against someone else based on their race or sex or even that others like myself have discriminated against a person of another race or sex when due to the historical context of “today,” none of that is true.

In fact, it’s quite the opposite. But someone keeps telling us, turn the other cheek, turn the other cheek, turn the other cheek. That gets old, especially after decades of it. Oh yes it does.

I haven’t ever had that authority to directly affect another person’s position in any job. Ever. I have always had some position that doesn’t have that leverage, whether it is primarily a creative position or some lower level job that had no authority. In fact, I’ve found that I am almost constantly being discriminated against when I run into a defensive wall that minorities and women put up when I enter the situation. You see it and feel it when they required you to run through their personalized, race or sex specific gauntlet of qualification to determine whether you are racist or sexist. With each new person of another race or sex that you have to deal with, there it is all over again, another set of baited questions and suspicious glances. And if you didn’t answer a question to their liking or if you looked at them the wrong way, off they run. “I knew it. I knew it! That guy is a racist or a sexist!” No, what you WANTED someone to be was a racist or a sexist so you could justify your behavior and the laws that enable it. It really makes working in such a situation treacherous…if you are a white male, that is.

It’s as if somebody has been telling them, look out for white males, they are out to get you. And somebody has been telling them that, the government and even the media, the government through legislation and the media by paying lip service to all of the professional race baiters.

Out of the situation have come all sorts of laws and regulations that when coupled with the “reverse discrimination” I am sensing, it often makes for an incredibly difficult situation to navigate, particularly when it isn’t even necessary.

I do not claim racism does not exist. But it isn’t so prevalent as to require the constant defensive posture, what is really an offensive posture, that many take.

Most laws and regulations governing potential racial discrimination are in my opinion rooted in the false historical context that all white men are the direct descendants of southern plantation owners. You see it in the propaganda films coming out of Hollywood and the words coming out of the mouths of our elected. Nothing could be further from the truth.

This is about the only thing I can conclude on the matter. Most Caucasians, most white people, whatever you want to call us, most of their ancestors came to America, primarily to northern industrial cities as immigrants and to the west to get factory jobs, decades or more after the emancipation of slaves and on up until this day. Most white people, probably the statistical majority of them, a number that most likely approaches 95 percent or more, have never had anything to do with slavery or discrimination of any kind. Most white people have never been in any position to discriminate either.

In my opinion, most of the discrimination in this country is manufactured by the government and the media based on the structure and implementation of various laws and regulations which create an unfair advantage for various races and women who use AND manipulate the situation as leverage against people like myself to accelerate their livelihood at my expense and the expense of others like myself. Why? So people can get elected. Promises, promises.

I do not claim that racism does not exist. But it isn’t so widespread as to require the legislative militancy we suffer and the social affront which one must constantly address.

I’ll just leave it at that for today. So we can get on with it that is.

If you are of another race and are asking, “Well, now how does it feel to be discriminated against? How do YOU like it?”

You should really only be asking me that question if I have been doing it to you and you are getting even with me. But I haven’t been doing that to you and neither have most whites.

My response is, like I said, because I have never discriminated against you, what you are doing isn’t “reverse discrimination,” it’s just “discrimination,” plain and simple.

Do unto others you racists and sexists!

And that is why I don’t think there is such a thing as “reverse discrimination.” That is just a euphemism created by someone to mitigate the response to actual discrimination, so certain people of certain races or women can get away with discrimination of their own. “Reverse Discrimination” is simply just “discrimination.” Let’s get rid of the term “reverse discrimination” altogether.

You hear about people of other races and women filing EO complaints all the time. I hear about it almost every week somewhere or that they are “on the verge.”

So there, how is that for an EO complaint on my part!? OFS.

I’m just saying what many others know needs to be said or done but don’t have the guts or aren’t in a position to say it.

You are welcome.

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