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Politicizing USPS is another Andrew Jackson move from Trump

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Politicizing USPS is another Andrew Jackson move from Trump

Jackson also politicized the postal service — to help his chosen successor and to protect slave owners.

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8/16/20
President Trump seems intent on embracing the worst characteristics of the president he has claimed as his own: Andrew Jackson. Nowhere was this clearer than Trump’s admission on Thursday that he opposed aid to states and an emergency bailout for the U.S. Postal Service because he wants to limit the number of Americans who can vote by mail. During the 19th century, Jackson also politicized the Postal Service, in the hopes of advancing the campaign of his chosen successor, Martin Van Buren, and protecting his interests and those of his fellow enslavers. While his cause was different from Trump’s, he too hoped to suppress the will of a segment of the American population for political gain. During Jackson’s second presidential term (1833-37), abolitionists undertook a coordinated mailing campaign to flood Southern states with items denouncing slavery. The campaign prompted widespread public protest and attention throughout the South. Postmaster General Amos Kendall, an enslaver himself, sent Southern postmasters vague instructions that they were to withhold the abolitionist material unless subscribers requested its delivery. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the president — who continued to buy and sell enslaved African Americans to work his Nashville plantation, the Hermitage — assured Kendall that he had made the right choice.

The president concluded by asking Congress to strengthen executive authority by passing a law making it illegal to distribute abolitionist material via the Post Office. After extensive debate, Congress refused, citing in part the stifling of free speech and the expansion of executive authority that would result.Jackson’s willingness to use his power as president to dictate what could go through the mail, in the hopes of advancing his political agenda, grossly distorted the purpose of the U.S. Postal Service. The Founders saw it as a pillar for ensuring free political speech for those in power and their opponents, and as a means of binding the nation together. Congress recognized this tie between free political speech and the Postal Service in rejecting Jackson’s proposal to ban abolitionist mailings. Today, Trump is trying to do something similar. He perceives mail voting as advantageous to his opponents and open to fraud, despite a lack of evidence to support this claim. As such, he’s willing to risk delays in Americans receiving everything from medications to critical payments to advance his political goals. Like Jackson, he’s willing to sacrifice the common good for his personal well-being. Jackson’s strategy worked. Whether Trump will succeed is up to us.

Any sitting president who feels he must resort to such underhanded chicanery to win reelection belongs nowhere near the White House.

If you plan to vote by mail, do so as early as possible in your state.
 

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And then the mental midget requests mail in ballots for him and Melania.

This is lame as the time he took a magic marker to the hurricane map. Or even better this is the idiot who thought what could go wrong with pumping a porn star while his wife was giving birth.
 

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Politicizing USPS is another Andrew Jackson move from Trump

Jackson also politicized the postal service — to help his chosen successor and to protect slave owners.

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Any sitting president who feels he must resort to such underhanded chicanery to win reelection belongs nowhere near the White House.

If you plan to vote by mail, do so as early as possible in your state.



Start thanking the mail-workers. I've always done so, occasionally. But now...
 

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Politicizing USPS is another Andrew Jackson move from Trump

Jackson also politicized the postal service — to help his chosen successor and to protect slave owners.

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Any sitting president who feels he must resort to such underhanded chicanery to win reelection belongs nowhere near the White House.

If you plan to vote by mail, do so as early as possible in your state.

My gosh you people are more paranoid then Stalin.

Just go to the polling place and don’t worry about it
 

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My gosh you people are more paranoid then Stalin.

Just go to the polling place and don’t worry about it

As you and I both know... this is all manufactured outrage.

The Democrats create the chaos, and then they shift the burden to Trump. Dirty politics as usual.
Do you remember if our Democratic leaning posters/anti-Trumps cried over Obama's reforms of our postal service?
Neither do I, but alas here is the proof that Obama tried to stop people from voting when he took their mail boxes away from them. ;)

Note the date of the article; September 2016 (just before the 2016 presidential elections)
Where Have All the Collection Boxes Gone? | USPS Office of Inspector General
 

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My gosh you people are more paranoid then Stalin.

Just go to the polling place and don’t worry about it

If the mail in ballot is good enough for Trump and his wife then I suppose it should be could for us too.

This was just another attempt for a losing candidate.
 

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My gosh you people are more paranoid then Stalin.

Just go to the polling place and don’t worry about it

A mail-in ballot is much safer for an immunocompromised person than a polling place.
 

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That whole "Make America Great Again" things was just ..... "Make America Mediocre"?

Making it "great" should be expecting the best system to vote during a global pandemic and have a postal service to support it, no?

Or is that just expecting too much of a global superpower who was made great again?
 

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I suppose you are happy with sub par, because the USPS has been that way for how long?

Even Obama ridiculed the post office.

When’s the last time a government endeavour turned a profit, or even broke even?
 

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My gosh you people are more paranoid then Stalin.

Just go to the polling place and don’t worry about it

Easy for you to say. You live in Washington, where all voting is mail-in ballots! Hypocrisy! You’re just like your hero, Donald.

Well, your vote doesn’t count anyway. All of Washington’s electoral votes are destined for Joe Biden. So sad!
 

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A mail-in ballot is much safer for an immunocompromised person than a polling place.

Ok, so what?

In the 18th century people only voted in person and diseases far more dangerous then Covid routinely went through society. I don’t think you have a constitutional right to be kept 100% safe from disease.
 

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Easy for you to say. You live in Washington, where all voting is mail-in ballots! Hypocrisy! You’re just like your hero, Donald.

Well, your vote doesn’t count anyway. All of Washington’s electoral votes are destined for Joe Biden. So sad!

I wasn’t given any choice in that. The Democratic Party chose to do that after a Republican won the 2004 Governors race. They had to fix that election and then they chose to rig the system such that they didn’t have to worry about it again.

I want in person voting but the Central Politburo of the Communist party has decreed my county is forbidden from operating a polling station.
 

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I wasn’t given any choice in that. The Democratic Party chose to do that after a Republican won the 2004 Governors race. They had to fix that election and then they chose to rig the system such that they didn’t have to worry about it again.

I want in person voting but the Central Politburo of the Communist party has decreed my county is forbidden from operating a polling station.

You’re right! The Communits did it! Maybe you should move to Mississippi or Bama!
 
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