25 August '20

USPS & Corruption

As a Brit who consumes (maybe too much) American media, has American family-in-law, and has an interest in American politics, I like to think of myself as reasonably well-informed when it comes to that great nation: the US of A. However, I have found myself perplexed of late. Why aren’t average Americans on both sides of the political fence up in arms over the “restructuring” of the USPS?

So I hear that some people believe Trump’s statement of cost-cutting reorganisation to stabilise the postal service. I hear that.

But how can you ignore his politically-motivated hiring of “Trump campaign megadonor” Louis DeJoy to the role of US Postmaster General? In a vacuum, this is shady but not enough to be up in arms.

But how can you ignore the many times Trump has asserted his distrust of postal votes and his outright lies about voter fraud to support a reduction in postal vote numbers? In a vacuum, this is shady but not enough to be up in arms.

But how can you ignore widespread denial of access to a public service? Post boxes and sorting machines are disappearing nationwide. In a vacuum, this is shady but not enough to be up in arms.

Thankfully, we don’t live in a vacuum. Yet, where are the arms I expected to be raised to the sky? Put all together, this smacks of corruption and feels a hair away from dismantling not only the USPS, but US democracy. Democracy. That institution every patriotic American is so proud of and so eager to tell the world about.

As a Brit, I’m confused. Is the American media environment so loud that the details are too hard to hear? Can Americans not see the corrupt trees for the Fox News wood?

Sam