Wednesday, January 21, 2009
AND SO'S HIS LITTLE ASS-KISSING FRIEND DOWN AT THE BANK.
Back in the mid-Nineties, the Vice President of Sales of the company I worked for met with agents of the local office of the FBI to discuss whether or not I should be fired because of my political beliefs and militia activism.
That is as much as I know about the meeting. I do not know who solicited the meeting, nor who brought up the subject. It could have been the VP as much as the FBI. The VP was an obsequious toady who had hated my guts since my first day at the company when I refused to blame mistakes on my people, but rather took responsibility for them myself. "You'll never get ahead in this company or in life, Mike, until you learn how to delegate blame." Needless to say, he was not popular with the other employees.
I do know that I wasn't fired -- not just then, for not just that reason. Other friends at the time lost their jobs at other companies because of their political opinions or because it was discovered that they were members of a militia. Harrassment came with the territory.
After 11 September 2001, I joined the Alabama State Defense Force's Second Brigade. I was given the rank of Staff Sergeant and wrote their first-ever training plan, something that I had more than a little experience with from my militia days. After a while, it was made clear to me that new friends I had made in ASDF were being punished, theatened by the FBI, for associating with me. I resigned rather than see them hurt.
All these memories came flooding back when I heard that a man who had simply read this blog from his computer at work and who had emailed me with questions was fired this week for doing so. He'd been with the company almost seven years, working his way up. He's a young guy, college-educated with a wife and two beautiful young daughters. They will all now suffer. It is not exactly full-employment city out there, so he's filling in with pizza delivering.
I hate it when people are punished in my name. They told him, "We know WHO you've been emailing," apparently referring to me. He had started out working the call desk for a large bank with operations all over the southeast. In time he rose to the job of planning analyst, responsible for the direct scheduling of over 300 Birmingham contact center employees. No doubt they have other employees who "misuse" their company computers for personal interests. But they chose to fire him, now.
Of course Alabama is a "Right to Work" state. They can fire him at any time for the flimsiest of reasons. But I haven't seen this sort of stuff in a decade, so it surprised me. I don't know why. I should have seen it coming and warned y'all.
Look, guys and gals, don't make it easy for the government ass-kissers in private industry to fire you in order to curry favor with their regulatory masters. If your company has a policy about private use of company computers, follow it. If you've got a hostile work environment, keep your political opinions to yourself.
Never cease to prepare, to train, to be watchful, but you don't have to advertise your presence to our enemies. They'll find out soon enough, if they continue to try to rob us of our property and our liberty.
In the mean time, if you know of a job for a bright young professional guy somewhere in the area between Birmingham and Huntsville, let me know.