When Trump May Need the U.S.P.S.

To the Editor:

The Post Office represents the hope for the future of a functional republic. It has endured thousands of cuts from so-called “conservatives” in Congress who seek to break the postal union and impose pension requirements that no for-profit business not awash in billions could survive. Withal, the U.S.P.S. continues to link all in our country with excellent service and the best package shipping rates for working schmucks like you and me who don’t have the bucks or volume to wangle sweetheart deals with UPS or FedEx, who are licking their chops at the prospect of devouring the spoils of a broken-up U.S. Postal Service at the hands of “conservatives” who are really lying plutocrats and their flunkies in the GOP. And its union takes care of the health, safety and earning power of its members, unlike the non-union, anti-union private carriers.

No wonder the brooding, addled, orange-tinted, ethically bankrupt business failure in the White House would endeavor to bleed the Postal Service to death and break its union. It’s simply too functional and essential for a President who is neither.

My call: The people of this nation step back, come to their senses, and decide that the old slogan, “Mail moves the country, and zip code (and by extension the U.S. Postal Service) moves the mail.” The U.S. Postal Service, will survive—if barely—even Trump and the plutocrats whose bidding he does, and be standing intact and doing its job for us all, long after the electorate has sent Trump packing out of the White House—and likely into the custody of Attorneys General of several states, and maybe even U.S. Marshals.

Who knows? If he gets his just desserts, he may depend on the U.S. Postal Service for sycophant mail while doing time at whatever country club prison or house arrest the law banishes him to. Who says there can’t be a little poetry in justice in this prosaically ugly quadrennium?

Mark Trafton

Exeter, N.H.


We’re sure you’re familiar with Proverbs 29:18, which, in the King James Version, reads as follows: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Trump, narcissist that he is, sees only his own face—which he somehow finds attractive.

Your vision of his future is exquisite.

The Editor

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