The Constitution (Article 1, Section 8) authorizes Congress to create and fund a Post Office. The Founding Fathers foresaw the usefulness of universal, publicly owned mail service. Letter carriers have become some of the most trusted members of our communities.
We all know the traditional pledge of the Post Office. “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”
Donald Trump is threatening that tradition. Donald’s handpicked Post Master is ripping out the familiar blue post boxes as well as the behind the scenes mail sorting machines.
Reports are coming from all over the country. The mail is slowing down. Seniors and Veterans are missing their mail order prescriptions. Businesses can’t deliver products on time.
What’s next? Social Security Checks?
The big question is “why?” Donald has made it clear. He sees voting by mail as a threat to his reelection. Just like Donald did with Covid 19 testing, when he sees something directly threatening his reelection, Donald moves to shut it down. He doesn’t care who he hurts.
Donald has turned to conspiracy theories to justify his destruction of this cherished American tradition. He has fabricated a false story of voter fraud. No one has ever found evidence of wide spread voter fraud.
Who else is going to get hurt by this reckless selfishness? Two groups use mail in the ballots the most in Texas: Seniors and Active Duty Troops. Seniors don’t need to stand in long voting lines to have their say. Troops can’t leave their duty station to exercise their rights.
If you need to vote by mail, here is how you can protect yourself from Donald’s destruction.
1) Apply for your ballot now. The deadline is Friday, October 23, 2020. Don’t wait. You will need to submit a form to your local Elections Administrator. 2) Vote and return your ballot as soon as possible. Don’t wait. Vote. Sign it. Check the proper postage.
If you still don’t trust the Donald’s mail, you can deliver your “mail in” ballot to your local Elections Administration. The voter will need to show a photo ID and sign a log.
Donald swore an Oath to Defend and Protect the Constitution of the United States of America. He swore to faithfully execute the laws of the United States of America. Donald J. Trump is violating his oath by attacking the Post Office and our right to vote. Will you defend America?
Grayson County Democratic Chair and the SDEC 30 Committee Man
As an “Army Brat” Glenn Melançon [pronounced Mel-LAWN-sawn] learned the value of public service. He was born in Heidelberg, Germany, on January 24, 1966, and is the youngest of four children. His parents, Yves “Buster” and Anna Mae Melançon, had committed to a career in the US military, Buster as a combat engineer and Anna Mae as a military wife. Their sacrifices and examples provided the foundation for Glenn’s firm belief that serving others can make the world better one day at a time.
Glenn and his wife Jackie moved to Sherman in 1995 after he completed a Ph.D. in History from Louisiana State University. He had accepted an appointment to teach history at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, while Jackie became a special education teacher at Denison ISD. They are proud of their two sons, Christopher and Alexandre. Christopher is following in his grandfather’s footsteps as a combat engineer. Alex attended Sherman High School where he enjoyed soccer and the University of Louisiana–Lafayette. He is now a proud member of the United States Airforce. While Glenn advanced in rank to become a Full Professor in July 2005, he made time to serve the local community. He served as the Cubmaster and Committee Chair for Pack 9, Wakefield Elementary School. He is also a volunteer at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.