News that the Post Office of the United States of America is struggling to stay open should break your heart. Like the crumbling of the Fourth Estate or the egregiously humiliating restrictions on travel, it’s a mark of a closing society.
Luckily, the people of America are some crafty, patriotic individuals. And corporations, as “people,” can be picked on — and possibly overpowered — using their own weapons of mass irritation.
So. Two big birds, one big stone:
That junk mail cramming your inbox full of “offers” for useless items, insurances, and credit scams? From now on, don’t toss it in the recycling without another thought.
Instead — and this is satisfying — look for the return envelopes which don’t require postage and mail the junk straight on back to the faceless entities wastefully tearing down trees in the name of soliciting you. That way, they have to pay the USPS for it.
Imagine if we all did this religiously. Talk about a powerful non-partisan action to keep the US Postal Service in business — and to keep the ‘public’ in ‘Republic.’ Plus: Annoy those corporations who annoy you! Win-win.
Imagine a future-world where private companies control all the mail in America and — after continuous service to We the People, through rain, sleet, snow, and hail since 1775 — all the Post Offices are closed.
Packages would eventually be seized, held, and stolen without accountability. Service prices would be jacked up in cartels. All manner of “free” (rigged)-market hijinks would occur; all manner of poor people would be disqualified.
Bully for the surveillance state; bad for those who need a reliable and centralized mail service. Plus, community. And isn’t the Pony Express / heroic mail-carrier image an inexorable part of Americana?
MORE: Petition to save the USPS via Congressional bill HR22 here.
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