Evening Edition - August 23

August 23, 2020 |

ICYMI: GOODYEAR JOINS THE CORPORATE PC CROWD, WON'T ADMIT IT

Earlier this week, you may have heard a dismaying story about Goodyear’s saddeningly-PC diversity training. It seemed pretty outrageous, so we wanted to verify the original story and see how it played out before commenting on it. Turns out, the story was real...Goodyear denied it...but then, it was shown to be true after all. This may not be such a good year for Goodyear.

Sara Carter has a recap.

The original story, reported by WBIW in Topeka, Kansas, was that Goodyear corporate executives at a training session were warning employees during diversity training that, although “Black Lives Matter” T-shirts, face coverings and other accessories were permitted, similar items that said “Blue Lives Matter” or “All Lives Matter” would NOT be allowed and would result in a reprimand. Likewise, any “Trump” or “MAGA” items would be prohibited.

The source of this information was reportedly a photo posted on Twitter of a slide reproduced as a page in the Goodyear company training manual, which comes from their training center in Akron, Ohio. The page had a list of “acceptable” expressions in the workplace that included any “Black Lives Matter (BLM)” or “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)” messaging. But they would have “Zero Tolerance” for “Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, MAGA attire, and Political Affiliated Slogans or Material.”

The photo is included in this story from THE FEDERALIST.

According to THE DAILY CALLER, President Trump was sickened enough by this that he had the Goodyear tires removed from his Presidential limousine and replaced with another brand.

Trump also tweeted, “Don’t buy GOODYEAR TIRES – they announced a ban on MAGA HATS. Get better tires for far less! (This is what the Radical Left Democrats do. Two can play the same game, and we have to start playing it now!)”

The problem isn't simply that MAGA hats are not allowed, as the company should be able to prohibit electioneering by its employees during working hours inside its own stores. What's "troubling" (to use one of the leftists' favorite words) is the subjectivity, the double standard they've adopted; Black Lives Matter, yes; Blue Lives Matter, no.

It occurs to me that there are a lot of truck drivers rolling on Goodyear tires who might not be buying any more of those for a long time. It’s appropriate that the symbol for the Republican Party is an elephant, because an elephant never forgets. And the story gets worse.

Goodyear denied the reports of this discriminatory training. They put out a statement on Wednesday saying that the slide did not come from their corporate headquarters and that it was not part of their diversity training class. I would note the weasel-ly nature of this statement: They said they “ask that associates refrain from expressions in support of political campaigning for any candidate or political party, as well as similar forms of advocacy that FALL OUTSIDE THE SCOPE OF RACIAL JUSTICE AND EQUITY ISSUES.” (Emphasis mine.) They seemed to be trying to let themselves off the hook for permitting BLM and LGBT slogans while prohibiting others. (If "Blue Lives Matter" isn't within the scope of "equity" issues right now, I don't know what is.)

They also denied that they are anti-police, saying that at Goodyear, “we have the utmost appreciation for the vital work police do on behalf of our shared communities. This can’t be said strongly enough.”

That part is true...they haven’t come close to saying it strongly enough.

Oh, but here’s the kicker: on Thursday, after their denial, an audio recording leaked of that very training session. And, lo and behold, it does back up the original story about what’s permitted and what is not.

Here are the words of the unidentified executive, saved for posterity: “If any associate wears ‘All,’ ‘Blue,’ ‘White Lives Matter’ T-shirts or face coverings, that will not be appropriate...The rules now around what you can wear, let’s try and comply with these so that you know everybody feels good in this factory...I want to make sure, guys, think about what we do.”

But, hey, it’s okay to wear your support of Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ issues. As the executive says, “Some people may wish to express their views on social justice or inequality issues such as Black Lives Matter or LGBTQ pride on their face coverings, shirts or wristbands. THAT WILL BE DEEMED APPROVED [emphasis mine] because it applies with a zero tolerance stance.”

So, they have zero tolerance for what? All lives mattering?

If they were to have a zero tolerance policy against potentially divisive social/political messages in general –- which would be even-handed and might be sensible –- then NONE of this type of expression would be permitted in the workplace. But to make an exception just for Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ is to single out the others for censorship and condemnation. For some reason, we’ve had to go along with the idea that Black Lives Matter –- not just the phrase but the organization that adopted it –- is exempt from the slightest pushback, which would, of course, be...racist! Why, Black Lives Matter protests are even immune from the virus --- we know this because rioters aren’t required to wear masks and “distance” the way we are when we're sitting quietly in church, spaced six feet apart in the pews, dutifully wearing our masks.

Goodyear wants to make sure “everybody feels good” in their factory? Well, here’s something I’d like to ask them: How about the employee whose family member works on the police force or maybe was even killed in the line of duty? How is Goodyear’s policy going to make THAT person feel? And how about the employee who really believes “ALL lives matter” is an important statement to make but has been bullied into silence by other employees who are free to speak their minds?

Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia tweeted: “Hey, Goodyear – the people that nearly beat a man to death in Portland the other night weren’t wearing blue lives matter shirts or MAGA hats. The Left is ruining this country.”

Sadly, the left has ruined the laudable sentiment that “black lives matter" by enabling it to be co-opted by a violent Marxist organization. Thanks to them, it is now a strong anti-capitalist and anti-Trump political statement. It had better not be allowed at polling places, as it should be considered politicking every bit as much as a MAGA hat is. And it shouldn’t be permitted for Goodyear employees if other political views are not tolerated as well.

Ha, it just occurred to me, what if a Goodyear employee showed up to work wearing a hat that said "BLACK FETUSES MATTER"? His poor supervisor's head would explode.

UPDATE --- FRIDAY MORNING

After the White House urged Goodyear to “clarify” their policy...

...Goodyear issued another statement Thursday clarifying its position on what employees can and cannot wear at work. Rich Kramer, president and CEO of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., said this, in part.

“Goodyear does not endorse any political organization, party or candidate. We have a longstanding corporate policy that asks associates to refrain from workplace expressions in support of any candidate or political party. Goodyear strongly supports our law enforcement partners and deeply appreciates all they do to put their lives on the line each and every day for our communities.”

He also said that Goodyear will be allowing employees to wear attire that supports law enforcement but will not allow them to express support for any political candidates while on the job.

Well...good. As it should have been in the first place. It would be a shame if we had to keep going round and round with Goodyear on something this basic.

MY SHOW MONOLOGUE

Well this week, I watched the Democrat Convention so you didn’t have to. Of course, maybe you WANTED to watch it. If so, we’ll find an 800 number you can call and get help.

It was 4 nights of like watching a zoom call of an insurance seminar trying to sell dental insurance to meth-heads who didn’t have any teeth. After it was over there was one clear message—they don’t like President Trump. Not even a little bit. But the other clear message was that they didn’t really seem to like Joe Biden either. In many of the big speeches by their biggest personalities, little was mentioned of Joe. Other than an occasional and obligatory acknowledgment that he was the guy running AGAINST President Trump and several references to his being a nice guy, he wasn’t referred to a whole lot. If the Democrats had a vision for America, they kept it better concealed than the 80 million lawful gun owners of the country keep their guns hidden since the Democrats have made it clear they’d love to take those guns from us. Their convention had a recurring theme, in the same way, one has a recurring migraine, or a recurring bout of nausea-they can’t stand Donald Trump.

They were creative in why they don’t like him. Mostly stuff about his abrasive NY personality, his willingness to fight back when ruthlessly attacked, unlike the wimpish Republicans the country is used to seeing who at the first hint of a battle, tucked tail and ran. Trump doesn’t just fight back but does it with force. So why did even some Republicans go to their own little zoom cams to trash the 45th President? Jealousy? Hurt feelings? Somewhat. But a lot of it is simpler than that. It’s money. Elite, establishment Republicans have lived in DC for decades, whether in or out of power. And gotten rich doing it. Trump came in and has really messed up the game. He doesn’t depend on them; doesn’t do things the good ol’ boy way that kept them all employed in either government, media, or think-tank jobs, and had the audacity to fight for the folks the elites of neither party ever cared about except to get their votes—the working-class men and women of America whose jobs were lost to China or Mexico and whose country was sold out to Hollywood, Silicon Valley, Wall Street, or DC lobbyists.

What the Democrats didn’t do was lay out what they would actually do if given the power. But they have already told us during the debates, in their platform, and in their speeches to their activists. They WILL raise your taxes—a LOT. They will open our borders and look the other way when people enter illegally and then want YOU to pay for their education, healthcare, and housing even while they take your job. They want to defund the police and replace them with social workers and empower those who riot and loot our major cities like abused wives who stay with their abuser. They WILL allow abortion for any reason at any time, regardless of if the baby is an innocent person, and they want YOU to fund the destruction of it. They do want to get rid of our natural energy sources of oil, coal, and gas which means your electric bill, gas bill, and cost of gasoline will likely triple. And they will tell you where your kids can and cannot go to school even if the school and your child is failing.

I was hoping that the Democrats would at least try to tell us what they would do FOR America, but they didn’t. They only told us what would do TO America, and that they sure don’t like Donald Trump!

But I actually like the guy. He’s nothing like the media has portrayed him. I’ve known him for about 12 years and he’s actually very down to earth and incredibly funny with a great sense of humor.

TO WATCH MY UNCUT, EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP, PLEASE GO HERE>>>

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  • Beth Moore

    08/25/2020 01:16 PM

    I have contacted Goodyear and let them know that FREE SPEECH MATTERS. I’m also going to my local dealerships and asking them to drop Goodyear as a vendor. They have no right telling their employees how to think or what to wear. Hope that deflated their BLIMP !!!

  • Vernon Hinz

    08/25/2020 11:54 AM

    My prediction has come true. I said almost 4 yers ago when Trump got elected that the Democrats would be after him with every thing they could dream up, which they did. I also said that the 2020 election wouldbe the most crooked, dirty, corupt election in the history of the country, which it is. Rhe Demorats are creating every means they can come up with to win the election. I don't care but there is no way this mail in ballot feasco can be kept honest, too many ways it can be gamed

  • Carl "T" Smith

    08/24/2020 11:19 PM

    I guess Goodyear thinks they are NIKE? When any corporation leases a vehicle they can and will DEMAND NO GOODYEAR rubber on our vehicles.

  • Carolyn Clark

    08/24/2020 05:10 PM

    Happy Birthday!
    My husband and I both love you. Keep up the good work!

  • Richard Box

    08/24/2020 03:48 PM

    On the General Flynn matter; This applies to the former administration:
    “Don’t be surprised if you see a poor person being oppressed by the powerful and if justice is being miscarried throughout the land. For every official is under orders from higher up, and matters of justice get lost in red tape and bureaucracy. Even the king milks the land for his own profit!”
    ??Ecclesiastes? ?5:8-9? ?NLT??
    https://www.bible.com/116/ecc.5.8-9.nlt

  • sharon stilp

    08/24/2020 03:24 PM

    You nailed it perfectly again today. Thank you for common sense reporting. Not much of it these days.

  • Floyd A Unger

    08/24/2020 12:34 PM

    Boy oh boy......but I do believe that we’ll win and reclaim our country.....I hope.??

  • Allen Downs

    08/24/2020 11:29 AM

    Why hasn't the "Oath of Office" been enforced. What is the penalty?

  • Ann Gunter

    08/24/2020 11:26 AM

    Thank you Mike for you breaking it down of what truth is and with your humor?? I love reading your newsletters and watching your program on TBN (we record so don't ever miss show). And we love you??? TRUMP/PENCE 2020????????????????????????

  • Dusty

    08/24/2020 10:37 AM

    Appears the head of Goodyear is trying to make it like this should not have been said on giving to BLM and the LGBTQ group is okay? Did they lk into the Real BLM organization and what they expect and are doing to destroy our cities? That ones sex is put above anything else has become ridiculous. That one group over all others has this attention is not what we are as a country? We are every race in the world here I say Heinz 57. One of my own family in Denver at her job in a bank worked with one guy Jamaican, a girl Trinidad, a lady India and another lady Pakistan and two Hispanic people . Who is next to start this rioting and looting . Who else feels like their race is not being treated fair? Sad time for this country and all of the immigrants who have come here. Who wanted to do this and divide us for what purpose?

  • Jerry Korba

    08/24/2020 10:19 AM

    My comment today is the more we learn about the China Virus and BLM. My comment is the name the organization uses Black Lives Matters is hijacked from the Black Community using its members to push what I believe an agenda to abolish Capitalism. Why would any body blow up buildings that create jobs, Commerce, Business that pay taxes to enhance property value, help pay for education and the chance for people to create prosperity? The organization BLM is a form of Marxism created by a German Philosopher Karl Marx his plan was to implement a Socialism plan that thru out the world has brought misery to most of society. I don't believe the Black community embraces that. Riots thru out our cities are not the plan of most Black people but by people that want a Marxist society. The Germans thought it was a good idea Jewish people thought different and so do. My thought isn't against Black people their lives are important to our country as they work as hard as anybody and want a good standard of living as people of all sorts head out of the cities to seek the American dream this is not a myth this is for real, cities produce cultural entities that are beautiful who is going to view them if they are burnt to the ground or boarded up I have advocated the Black community to look at a Conservative form of leadership because what the leaders of major cities like Portland Seattle NY LA SF Mlps. Baltimore you know the theme by now is just not working well I would want the people of our cities discard DNC leadership give your cities a chance to be the American Dream give Conservatives a chance to MAGA is doesn't happen over nite you have 50 years of DNC rule to overcome escape the DNC give Trump 4 more years it was coming together before the virus, together we can rid ourselves of the Organization of BLM and its Marxism plan also we need to rid ourselves of ANTIFA and make all lives matter for a great society.

  • John Myers

    08/24/2020 09:54 AM

    I have bought Goodyear tires for years but no more.... i am done with them. I need tires now but will be shopping elsewhere.

  • Melinda Long

    08/24/2020 09:36 AM

    AGREE 100%---
    I was hoping that the Democrats would at least try to tell us what they would do FOR America, but they didn’t. They only told us what would do TO America, and that they sure don’t like Donald Trump!

  • Linda Sandel

    08/24/2020 08:41 AM

    You don't need a political reason to boycott Goodyear ties. In the RV community some refer to them as Chinese Tire Bombs. We had a blowout on nearly new tires on our RV so can attest first-hand.

  • Donald Nutter

    08/24/2020 08:35 AM

    I will not be buying anything that has a title Goodyear on it. I will not be watching any tv shows where goodyear ads are shown.Such as NASCAR!!!! I'm sick and tired of companies bowing down to 10% of the people who want to destroy America. It is time to stand up and be counted for what America stands for.

  • PAUL SCHABER

    08/24/2020 08:28 AM

    If is true in North Korea, his sister is now the charge. If you live on the West Coast or Hawaii or any of the other countries we are allied with or have American Citizens living there should be careful. She has a total hate for the U.S. and has no fear of using conventional or nuclear weapons.

  • Stephen Russell

    08/24/2020 08:24 AM

    Expand your base, see LaConte News for more readership link 2

  • Jack macdonald

    08/24/2020 08:04 AM

    PC is like a cancer spreading thru our society and has replaced common sense. It allows the do gooders to exercise faux moral superiority. Secondly, liberals/communists should never be allowed near the levers of power. Recently obama used that position to weaponize the IRS against the Tea Party and the CIA/FBI against citizens. The latest abuse is their attempt to weaponize the post office so they can raise havoc with the election. Nancy pelosi and schumer are more dangerous to this country than Vladimir.

  • Patsy Liner Weaver

    08/24/2020 07:57 AM

    I don’t know anyone else to give me the answer to this, so, why can’t Antifa be completely obliterated??? They seem to be able to do anything at all and get away with it. WHY???

  • William Fuhrer

    08/24/2020 06:14 AM

    President Trump MOST PRO LIFE President EVER. President Trump SHOULD have the vote of every person who believes life is SACRED. Public schools have been morphed away and I would slam more the curriculum than the teachers dedication and the absense of 10 commandments and prayer. President Trump tried to be the GREAT MOTIVATOR some person look at an insult and looks at the insult and sees if there is any validity to it and seeks to improve. Ellis Island had a strong vetting system as checking health and ability to work.

  • Fred A Rawls

    08/24/2020 04:15 AM

    Get woke go broke. Bye, Bye Goodyear.

  • Laurel Barden

    08/24/2020 01:43 AM

    Keep up the good work.

  • Cheryl Breon

    08/24/2020 12:41 AM

    I am reading a book called "Undercover Epicenter Nurse" by Erin Marie Olszewski, BSN, RN who tells the real story of what happened in NY at the Elmhurst Hospital. She also cites studies in the preface and many things learned from them, one big one was that asymptomatic people DO NOT spread the virus to other people. They traced 455 people from one asymptomatic person who happened to be in the hospital for something else and was positive with no symptoms. The vents are a main problem. They are not meant for Covid; it's too much pressure on the lungs. Then on top of that, they are given heavy sedatives to tolerate the vent!!! One 37-year-old died from this treatment and the nurse was horrified at the neglect he was given and how she was told they are not allowed to resuscitate even without a DNR oder!!! People were making up rules as they went along. Nurses were freaked out at the doctors and the hospital 18-wheeler freezer trucks just kept stacking up the body bags outside the hospital. It was a horrible messy situation and she believes many, many unnecessary deaths almost as if they were trying to get more deaths to make it scarier to keep the lockdown to keep the economy sluggish. This is PURE EVIL!!

  • Linda Wolfe

    08/23/2020 11:26 PM

    Hey, Mike
    This is a little off the subject but very important. I would like to know, since it is common knowledge that george soros (lower case intended) Why doesn't someone freeze the assets of soros in the USA ? It looks like that would stop his dishing out money to his professional thugs.

  • Elton Turner

    08/23/2020 11:26 PM

    President Trump should furnish all the employees with shirts that either say blue lives matter and all lives matter and trump shirts and if all of them will wear them then Goodyear could not discipline the entire plant as it would seize operations