Posted 6 months ago on Aug. 10, 2020, 9:32 a.m. EST by agkaiser
from Fredericksburg, TX
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The Trump administration continues the privatization frenzy started during Milton Friedman's sojourn with Nixon and put on steroids by Reagan. The Republican pre-election strategy is to further weaken the post office, which was strong until "The United States Postal Service and Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act" of 2006. That was during the reign of George II. Today they're making more costly demands of postal services, while denying the funds to support them. This is also a point of penetration of voter suppression. The cons know if voter turnout is high, they will lose. They can't depend on an electoral college inversion again. They must suppress the vote, inspire more corruption like the hacking of Ohio voting machines or hanging chads in Florida or they will lose. Republicans can't win a fair fight. And of course, while discouragement of mail in votes, which might encourage intelligent voters by offering some protection from the virus, is their immediate objective. privatization resulting in increased investor profits, at our expense, is always the final goal.
The loss of our common heritage to private individuals, cliques, classes and corporations has been going on for a long time now. Hear Ye this 17th century English folk poem:
The Goose and the Common Authors unknown
The law locks up the man or woman Who steals the goose from off the common But leaves the greater villain loose Who steals the common from off the goose
The law demands that we atone When we take things we do not own But leaves the lords and ladies fine Who take things that are yours and mine
The poor and wretched don't escape If they conspire the law to break This must be so but they endure Those who conspire to make the law
The law locks up the man or woman Who steals the goose from off the common And geese will still a common lack Till they go and steal it back [Seventeenth century protest against English enclosures] https://unionsong.com/u765.html
I would change the final line: "Till we go and steal it back!"