Buying Stamps Won't Save The Post Office; Here's What Will
Last week we talked about how Donald Trump, in plain language, admitted to sabotaging the United States Postal Service to apparently kill mail-in voting. Here's the quote one more time:
"They need that money in order to make the Post Office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots. But if they don't get those two items, that means you can't have universal mail-in voting, because they're not equipped to have it."
It's a terrifying reality because not only does this threaten the fabric of our democracy, but also our fitness as the trip to the mailbox is about as close cardio as we're willing to do. So how can we save the USPS? Well, you might have heard that we need to start buying and collecting stamps en masse like an army of dads going through a mid-life crisis who are too scared to get a motorcycle.
This is sorta helpful, but unless your last name is Bezos or Gates, and you're looking to build a new fleet of voice assistants made entirely out of stamps, then it won't be near enough to save the Post Office. Even then, it's a short term solution because whatever stamps you buy now are just going to remain in your home until you use them. (Unless you're buying and throwing out stamps like some kind of deranged lunatic.)
What we need is legislative action, and, in order to get legislative action, we need to call our Representatives and Senators. As this Twitter thread explains, texting a bot or signing an online petition essentially sorts your message right into the trash bin. (Hey, it's kind of like our current mailing system!)
Remember, you have to call because even though we live in the year 2020, Congress processes constituent feedback with rules more arbitrary than a witch's curse. But call anyway. Urge them to provide emergency funding for the USPS and that Postmaster General Dejoy offers full transparency for any changes he makes regarding the removal of mailboxes and sorting machines.
Get creative and colorful with your messages. Treat it like posting on a website's comments section, just minus the part where you tell your representative that they take showers with their brothers. It's the least we can do.
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