Friday, August 14, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 151: A Bridge Too Far: Trump's Attack On the Postal Service Has Crossed a Line

Dear Diary,

Watching a malicious narcissist melt down in real time is an ugly sight.

Watching the president of the United States, a liar and malicious narcissist melt down and threaten democracy and American lives with his absolute denial of reality, is damn scary!

Trump is in full berserker mode because he sees his re-election efforts crashing under the thrashing the coronavirus reality is giving him. It's all about him. Science is his enemy.

In one of his more risky gambits to suppress voting, Trump has decided to attack - the U.S. Postal Service. By combining his lies about fraudulent mail-in voting, he's doubling down against established facts and historic evidence to the contrary.

By attacking the messenger Trump thinks he can totally discredit one of the few government agencies that was explicitly authorized by the United States Constitution.

Proof that Trump lives in his own little universe is the fact he's actively, and openly, trying to turn an institution that traces its roots to 1775 during the Second Continental Congress, when Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first postmaster general, into a political football.

I admit to being somewhat surprised by how few Republicans are standing up to this unperilled assault against an institution Americans have counted on for 240 years. 

This latest attempt to hamper the Post Office by putting his crony (and major contributor to his campaign) in charge is thankfully being challenged by Democrats in the House and Senate.

They called on Tammy Whitcomb, the Postal Service inspector general to do an audit on Trump's corrupt appointee, Louis DeJoy, who has conflicting interests owning anywhere from $30 million to $75 million worth of assets in competing delivery and shipment services like J.B. Hunt.

Meanwhile, Trump's threats become more ominous every day. He's gone so far as to linking a stimulus relief program to NOT Giving the Post Office and States what they need to handle the expected historic amount of mail-in votes.

"If we don't make a deal, that means they (The Post Office) don't get the money, that means they can't have universal mail-in voting. They just can't have it," Trump said yesterday.

There you have it. He openly admits to attempting to rig the election in order to win in November. That threat is crystal clear.

While DeJoy does everything he can to slow down mail deliveries, even taking away overtime, crucial days are passing as one of the greatest challenges to freedom is being fought.

Quote for the Day: "Do you know why I like killing the messenger? Because it sends a message." -Damon Salvatore 

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