It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.
I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.
This week I am designating The United States Postal Service (USPS) as the winner of Who Won the Week.This may seem counterintuitive because the USPS is under siege by Donald Trump and his former major campaign donor in 2016 and handpicked Postmaster General Louis DeJoy in an effort to sabotage mail-in voting for the upcoming presidential election in November.
DeJoy, a former Republican National Committee chairman, has taking steps that are causing dysfunction in the mail system and could wreak havoc in the presidential election. He has banned postal workers from making extra trips to ensure on-time mail delivery and cracked down on overtime hours. He has consolidated executive power at the USPS by removing or reassigning nearly two dozen experienced postal service executives. And he is directing the removing of 671 high-speed mail-sorting machines nationwide this month, a process that will eliminate 21.4 million items per hour worth of processing capability.
And Trump, himself, has openly admitted that he’s trying to hamstring the USPS so it can’t handle the influx of ballots. “They need that money in order to make the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots,” Trump said, referring to funding requests for vote-by-mail and the postal service that he and congressional Republicans have stood against in the coronavirus relief negotiations. “But if they don’t get those two items, that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting,” Trump added.
So why, if the President and congressional Republicans are trying to hobble the United States Postal Service, did I designate it as this week’s Who Won the Week recipient?
Two reasons. First, the USPS is an independent agency of the executive branch of the federal government and it’s is one of the few government agencies explicitly authorized by the United States Constitution.
Second, most Americans love the U.S. Postal Service. An overwhelming 91 percent of Americans, across all demographics and party affiliations, have a favorable view of USPS, higher than any other federal agency.
This assault on the highly regarded agency — by both Democrats and Republicans as well as urban and rural voters — and Trump’s efforts to hobble the agency in order to improve his re-election hopes will, I believe, backfire “bigly.”
Now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?
Photo credit: Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post.