Article 1, Section 8, Clause 7: Congress shall have the power to establish Post Offices and Roads.
Feb 20, 1792: An Act to Establish the Post-Office and Post Roads within the United States.
The first entry resides in the United States Constitution. The second entry was signed into law by none other than the first president of the United States, George Washington.
The current president of the United States is taking a wrecking ball to this iconic institution, as we speak. For no other reason than to steal his way to victory in the 2020 election.
Yes, national media, he’s trying to steal the election. Please feel free to use this adjective in any future headline because it’s the truth. To describe it in any other way is a complete abdication of your duty to report the facts.
We’ve seen this before, of course. Our national outlets go out of their way to make the current president seem normal. They never like to say he’s an outright liar, even though the sane people of America know precisely who he is and what he will always be. We’re told that he ‘falsely stated’ this or he ‘erroneously’ said that. No, he’s a liar, thank you very much. And a pathological one at that.
And some of the reporting I’m seeing concerning the imminent demise of the Postal Service sound eerily familiar. Today, NPR said that the new postmaster general is ‘shaking up’ the Postal Service—and some workers are alarmed. As Representative Jerry Nadler of New York tweeted, “What the administration is doing to USPS isn’t a “shake-up.” It’s destruction.” Yes, it certainly is.
For those not entirely familiar with this story, it began when the current president installed Louis DeJoy back in June as postmaster general. Apparently, Mr. DeJoy’s top qualification for this position is that he’s a major donor to the current president and the Republican National Committee. At the time of his appointment, the current president was railing against Amazon, and it’s founder Jeff Bezos for ripping off the American people by taking advantage of the post office’s cheap rates.
The sane among us know the real reason for his criticism is that Bezos is also the owner of the Washington Post, a constant critic of the current president and his administration. Remember, it’s never about the American people—it’s always about him.
And as we grow ever so close to the 2020 election, we see the acceleration of the postal service’s demise. Just last Friday, deemed by some as another ‘Friday night massacre,’ twenty-three postal executives were either reassigned or displaced, essentially giving DeJoy immense control over the agency and depriving it of decades of experience and knowledge.
Delivery delays are becoming commonplace, as workers are banned from working overtime or making extra trips to deliver mail. And earlier today, it was reported that mail-sorting machines were removed at some locations.
Congressional and Senate Democrats are furious, of course. They’re demanding DeJoy testify before the various committees. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and HouseSpeaker Nancy Pelosi met with Dejoy last Wednesday and voiced their concerns. Reports indicate that the meeting was contentious. The House passed a $25 billion package in aid for the Postal Service, but the administration objects to any direct funding, preferring a loan instead.
It’s all too familiar. Democrats demand answers, Republicans stay mostly silent, and the current president runs roughshod over our Constitution and our democratic norms. All the while, our 2020 election hangs in the balance.
A recent poll suggested that a majority of the American people are concerned that we will have a free and fair election this year. And why wouldn’t they be? When the current president suggests on a seemingly daily basis that there will be massive voter fraud if we allow universal vote by mail options in every state, of course people are going to have doubts. Doubt over the election’s efficacy and fairness give the current president carte blanche to question the results if he loses, no matter how close or lopsided the results are.
We know what’s going on. Common sense says that in the middle of the worst pandemic in over a hundred years, many people will not want to show up, in person, to cast a vote in this election. So, vote by mail is a necessary and reasonable option for every American. It’s safe, secure, and voter fraud is virtually non-existent in the states that have it.
So he mucks everything up. He sows the seeds of uncertainty and makes it virtually impossible for all the ballots to arrive in time. Screw the Postal Service. He hires a political donor to do his dirty work. Who cares if it’s in the Constitution? He’s Donald Trump, and his reelection keeps him out of the courts—and out of jail.
So the time for sugar-coating is over. The time for tip-toeing around what’s happening before our very eyes has come to an end. The media, and I mean all of it–national and local–needs to step up to the plate and call it like it is:
The current president of the United States is actively trying to steal the election. What the hell are we going to do about it?