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To the editor;
This letter is addressed to my fellow citizens, regardless of political affiliation and involves our country’s oldest institution, the U.S. Postal Service.
Are we going to stand by and allow Donald Trump to destroy the U.S. Postal Service by withholding funds to boost his reelection effort?
In an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox, Trump said, “They want $3.5 billion for the mail-in votes–universal mail-in ballots. They want $25 billion–billion–for the post office. Now they need that money in order to have the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots–But if they don’t get [it] that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting.”
From his viewpoint, suppressing the vote, [voter suppression is clearly unethical and illegal], is a way to win the 2020 election. A poll from Monmouth University indicated that just 22% of Republicans expect to vote by mail in this year’s election—Donald and Melania Trump in that number having already applied to the state of Florida for a mail in ballot. But, hey, the rules don’t seem to apply to the Trumps who see themselves as above the law.
Democrats expect 72% to post their ballots.
Faced with a possible defeat in the 2020 election, Trump turned to his favorite play book–cheating. His plan, “put plainly: Bottle up the post office in an effort to disenfranchise many who intend to cast a ballot, by mail. . . .”
So, let’s get this straight, Trump is willing to destroy the post office and throw almost 500,000 hard working Americans out of a job so voters don’t mail in their ballots a system that has worked very well in states like Iowa for years.
The second Constitutional Convention established the U.S. postal system on July 26, 1775 with Benjamin Franklin as the first Postmaster General. Franklin put in place the foundation for many of the aspects of today’s postal system.
Current Postmaster General Louis DeJoy owes his position to large campaign donations and support for Trump’s views and he is no Benjamin Franklin.
Contact Senators Ernest and Grassley to demand funding for the U.S. Postal Service so “they can complete their appointed rounds.”
Mary Kathryn Gepner