The USPO was begun in 1775 by our founding fathers. The first Postmaster General was Benjamin Franklin. The USPO is legally obligated to serve all Americans, regardless of geography. It has provided service to all Americans since its founding, even in the Civil War and 2 World Wars.
Over the years it has worked to improve its reliability, efficiency and speed of delivery. Before trains, there was the pony express. When trains became available, there were postal train cars where postal workers would sort mail and pickup and drop off mail at the towns they passed through. When cars, trucks and planes became available, they became used to speed up delivery to the millions of Americans who depend on the mail.
All Americans, regardless of location, class, race, and economic status are served equally by the USPO. It is as if every individual American is a member or part owner of the USPO. The American people own the USPO and those who run the USPO are given the responsibility to serve the American people in the best way possible. This is how the USPO has functioned until the Trump sabotage began.
Trump has slowed or crippled the delivery of mail to give him a chance to win the upcoming election. If mail in ballots can’t reach their destination on time, they can’t be counted. Trump thinks this will help him win. This is the first time in history that the USPO has been given orders to slow the delivery of mail rather than speed it up. There is a saying “rain or snow the mail will go through”. This may need to be modified to “rain or snow the mail will go through, except if Trump is President”.
Trump’s sabotage of the USPO is and assault on our democracy and on each and every American who are the real owners of the USPO and our democracy. America comes first, not Trump.
18 U.S. Code§ 1703.Delay or destruction of mail or newspapers
Whoever, being a Postal Service officer or employee, unlawfully secretes, destroys, detains, delays, or opens any letter, postal card, package, bag, or mail entrusted to him or which shall come into his possession, and which was intended to be conveyed by mail, or carried or delivered by any carrier or other employee of the Postal Service, or forwarded through or delivered from any post office or station thereof established by authority of the Postmaster General or the Postal Service, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
Whoever, being a Postal Service officer or employee, improperly detains, delays, or destroys any newspaper, or permits any other person to detain, delay, or destroy the same, or opens, or permits any other person to open, any mail or package of newspapers not directed to the office where he is employed; or
Whoever, without authority, opens, or destroys any mail or package of newspapers not directed to him, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.