Cutting back the U.S. Postal Service would hurt the lifeblood of democracy

John, Richard R.; Turow, Joseph

Critics of President Trump’s repeated denunciation of the U.S. Postal Service — and his unwillingness to adequately fund it — fault him for trying to rig an election in which public confidence in mail-in voting may well determine the margin of victory and the public’s acceptance of the results. This is certainly true.

But something even more fundamental is at stake. By attacking one of the nation’s best-loved and most admired organizations, Trump is putting the circulatory system of the body politic in a potentially lethal chokehold that could threaten our future long after the election — no matter who wins.

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August 24, 2020