Postcards from the Edge

The news cycle can be overwhelming. The onslaught of conspiracy theories, half truths, and misinformation that comes from social media and not so respectable news sources is a never ending battle. Who do you trust? Who is trying to manipulate? Every day is another issue with the current US president and his cronies. The latest is manipulation of the USPS to negatively effect mail in voting. Is this even for real? Or is this just another way to gain clicks on another bogus headline? With some investigation, I discovered that it is indeed real.

It didn’t take a genius to figure this out, since our fearless leader is quoted as saying, “They want $25 billion, billion, for the Post Office. Now they need that money in order to make the Post Office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots. But if they don’t get those two items that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting because you they’re not equipped to have it.”

For some strange reason, this was my last straw.

I have not been a fan of our current administration from the beginning. I participated in the Women’s March in 2017, have written posts for my favorite political blog https://exjournalistsunite.wordpress.com, called and written to my Senators over issues that have concerned me, marched in a Black Lives Matter protest, donated to causes that I support and generally remain a vigilant, aware citizen.

The perfect storm of a pandemic and an attack on our mail system right before a major election that would affect our right to vote??? That shit put me over the edge. What does one do when they are pushed over the edge? Freak out, rant on FB, punch a hole in the wall, get drunk?

Nope, not me. I’m more punk rock than that.

I brought a shit ton of postcards, addressed them to the White House and every day I write one postcard and mail it.

It is strangely therapeutic. I have a little notebook where I jot down things I want to say. Some are Bible verses, quotes from famous people about leadership and integrity, thoughts about the way the pandemic has been handled, etc. Sometimes, when I am feeling especially punk rock, I’ll mail 2 postcards. Take that you tyrannical oligarch in the White House! This is my form of anarchy. Quiet, small, but fierce, just like Shakespeare said, “Though she be but little she is fierce.”

Or rather in the words of the great Sex Pistols:

I wanna be Anarchy
And I wanna be Anarchy
(Oh what a name)
And I wanna be anarchist
I get pissed, destroy! 

I am especially careful, however, not to be disrespectful, use colorful language or make threats. This is not my intention. I am certainly not interested in any Secret Service visiting my house. I am also not interested in seeing harm come to anyone or intimidate someone. I just want to speak MY truth. THE truth. Hold our administration accountable. Push back against what I see as a culture of half truths, misinformation, and deceit. I figure my little postcards help fund the post office. If they get piled up somewhere and never find their destination, it really doesn’t matter. I put it out there and that’s what really counts.

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6 Responses to Postcards from the Edge

  1. dawnkinster says:

    You are not the first I’ve read that is sending mail daily to the White House. I bet that DOES feel good, though like you I wonder if someday someone will be knocking at your door checking to see how much a threat you are…even if they are all polite. Every 4 years we’re told this election is the most important election of our lives, that the state of our country depends on us voting. This year I definitely believe it. I believed it in 2016 too and was sorely disappointed to wake and find out that the country apprently didn’t believe the threat to our democracy. I hope they have realized it now.

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    • Yes when I started I knew I need to do something to support the USPS and I googled postcards to the WH and found people who were already doing this. Definitely not a novel idea but it feels like the right thing for me to do right now. Here’s hoping things look a lot different in November

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  2. V.J. Knutson says:

    Good for you. I am not American, but I am frustrated that a person in leadership is permitted to lie so openly with no accountability. May your current system review and adjust its expectations that this does not happen again.

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