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This idea really should be filed as ‘’undeliverable’’.

If you operate at all in political circles you are fully aware of the firestorm that is taking place beneath all the other upheavals in this country regarding the shift to full mail-in voting this November. The support is seen as a concession for all COVID-related worrying voters, with those in opposition citing numerous way that fraud will be employed.

Considering that already this has created tension between the political parties, within states, and is involving the courts it essentially means we have already the point of it being problematic. By this stage we can be sure whomever loses in November — be it Trump or Biden — and whichever party sees gains/losses there will be calls going out that the result is invalid, based on whether mail-in was permitted, or not.

Well why don’t we just take this already smoldering dumpster fire of an issue and toss in some napalm?! With tensions over the issue still rising the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) has come out to make an announcement regarding the coming maelstrom.

The American Postal Workers Union’s National Executive Board has voted to endorse Joe Biden for President of the United States. In their decision, the Board recognized his record of advancing the cause of unions, his support for the public Postal Service, postal workers, and his opposition to postal privatization.

The union is very opposed to this concept of selling off the government service to a private sector ownership, as has been proposed. This is resisted, despite the fact that last year saw the agency lose $8.8 billion, a nearly $4 billion growth in losses from 2018. The USPS now stands with over $11 billion in debt. Yea, you’d hate to turn that success story over to a private sector entity.

Considering what a tempestuous issue this is becoming, the idea of the influential workers union lending support behind a particular candidate is more than bad optics. The appearance of possible impropriety is not just the creation of tinfoil hat conspiracies. For those who want to dismiss the possibility of vote tampering just look at a news story from the past week; in Texas a candidate for a Sheriff’s office discovered his bulk campaign mailers were tossed in the trash by a postal worker. The concept of similar scenes playing out across the country is rather realistic.

Apart from unsavory acts being possible there is one other issue related to this — possible illegality in the endorsement. When one goes to the website of the APWU you are greeted immediately with a warning screen. 

Yes, the Hatch Act presents a number of challenges to government workers regarding the expression of political views, but somehow their union is free to endorse a presidential candidate. This is yet another example of the problems caused by federal workers being unionized. Another issue is you have a postal workforce at just about half a million employees, yet the union states that it only represents 40 percent of that figure.

Given that 2020 has been a complete fiasco on multiple levels the upcoming election appears poised to be no less disastrous than any other aspect of our lives. This is likely to create nothing but contempt and excuse-making for years to come.

Brad Slager
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