re the Persian Postal System / Courier System,
Histories c. 450 BC
- Herodotus, ancient greek historian
"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds", inscription, James A. Farley Post Office, New York City, NY circa 1912 (no, it is not the official motto of the U.S. Postal Service - they don't have one; however it could very well be considered an unofficial motto, considering how widely it is known)
I'm sick of hearing about the tea partiers and other right wingers who claim to LOVE the U.S. Constitution; most of them either know very little about it, and/or what they know is inaccurate. Rather, these people would like to end our government, would like to privatize our government services so as to loot the resources of this country, and to exploit our citizens. An example of that is the efforts to promote the privatization of the United States postal service.
The U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, the Enumerated Powers states
The Congress shall have power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;It was always, from the beginning, the intention of our founding fathers, that we have a national post office servicing this country, as a function of government. They were clear in their understanding of the importance of doing so, and especially the importance of this NOT being exploited by private business which could exercise a kind of control, restriction and limitation on our freedom of communication.
To establish Post Offices and post Roads;
To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;—And
To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.
It is a project of the political right to destroy that historic, and essential postal service. They wish to privatize it, to sabotage it, to destroy it. This is an effort which is profoundly UN-American, which is potentially terribly dangerous to real freedom of communication, of commerce. It is potentially destructive to the function and stability of our nation. It is about greed, it is about a deliberate effort to restrict our national and individual liberty. It is a dishonest action, and we should all be pushing back, hard, against it. If there was ever a clear indication that the conservative political machine is against the citizens of this country, that it is corrupt and in the sole service of those who have money, to give them more money, at the expense of the rest of us, by exploiting all of us, this is the clearest example I could provide.
This is the occasion where we are commemorating the events of September 11, 2001, when we were attacked by terrorists from outside the United States. Ten years later, this is a deliberate, calculated effort to attack us from within, to stage a private take over of essential public assets and services. It is a maneuver by conservatives, people who are anything but the kind of patriotic Americans they claim in their lip service to our founding fathers and core values. This is in the service of greed, and nothing but greed, and a blatant, shameful grab for power.
Don't be a low-information voter. Don't be misled or disinformed, don't allow yourself to be manipulated or exploited, or to have your lawful government bought and sold to benefit a few at the expense of the many.