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Save the US Postal Service. Buy some stamps.

The postal service is written into the Constitution.

Section 8

1: The Congress shall have Power …

7: To establish Post Offices and post Roads;

I guess that if you’re a libertarian type captured by the Trump contingent, you could parse that section as being something the Congress could do but isn’t mandated to do. But I wouldn’t recommend that argument because there are a bunch of other powers in that section that you really don’t want to cede like the power to declare wars, set up courts below the Supreme Court and most importantly, pay our debts. If we can’t pay our debts, we can’t borrow money. No one will lend it to us.

So letting the postal service go hang itself is the proverbial slippery slope. Do not take this bait. That way madness lies.

Slightly off topic: does anyone remember the mailboxes everywhere? One of my most special memories is walking to the mailbox on a rainy day in San Pedro, California with my see through umbrella and raincoat to mail a letter to my dad on a ship somewhere off the coast of Vietnam. I remember the smell of the rain and the squish of my wet tennis shoes.

Anyway, there are parts of the country that rely heavily on the USPS, like rural areas of the country. Does FedEx deliver everywhere through all kinds of weather? I don’t know. But I do know that eliminating the post office suddenly due to Trump shaking his tiny fists and shrieking about voter fraud and Jeff Bezos is going to have some unintended consequences. Can we really afford more unintended consequences this year? Shouldn’t we have as much stability as we possibly can get right now? This is not the time to fire Mr. McFeely.

I know I’m preaching to the choir here. If you have a few moments today, like at lunch, go buy a book of Forever Stamps from your local post office. Mine is in Verona, PA, 15147.


And now something different for the skin-to-skin deprived: