I was recently in a discussion about the financial troubles of the United States Post Office and their plans to save money by eliminating Saturday deliveries being undercut by Congress. I said that personally, I wouldn’t mind if mail delivery went the way of the dinosaur. After all, I get 100% of my bills via e-mail now and I pay 100% of my bills online. Sure, some of the companies insist on sending paper copies as well, but if those stopped coming, it wouldn’t affect anything at all. The world has gone digital and, with few exceptions, I think that daily mail delivery is largely unnecessary in the modern world. The vast majority of mail that people get is junk and packages can be delivered by UPS or FedEx. They already do it effectively and efficiently without having to drive to your house every day.
But no, the liberals don’t want that! They want the Post Office to deliver, rain or shine, no matter how much money they’re hemorrhaging. Why? Because some people just don’t want to keep up with the modern world. The liberals started saying that little old ladies who don’t want to use e-mail would be harmed. Too bad. Everyone needs to keep up with the modern world. E-mail isn’t new, it’s been around for decades, people need to use it or get left behind. It’s not like we’re expecting people to jump on the bandwagon of a new and untested technology, we’re at least 30 years into the Internet cycle, it’s time for everyone to be on the bandwagon or get left behind. It’s like moving from analog broadcast TV to digital. The argument was that some people had old TVs that didn’t support the digital converters. Too bad, so sad. It’s time to buy a new TV or do without. If you’re still using a television from 1968, something is wrong. Time for an upgrade.
But that’s really where this started to go entirely sideways. Every time I addressed a particular complaint, they just kept getting more and more extreme in their examples. It wasn’t long until they were arguing that a bunch of back-woods hillbillies living in the Appalachians, who had no telephones and couldn’t get cell service, were the reason we ought to keep the Post Office open for all. Sorry, a couple of toothless idiots on a hill is not sufficient reason to keep a government entity that is losing billions of dollars a year open. Those people ought to move.
And that’s really the thing that I see a lot, liberals seem to think that if they can find a single absurd example that supports their argument, they win. Unfortunately for them, they’re wrong. Coming up with an extreme example that fits 0.000001% of the population is not a valid or worthwhile example. The truth is, the overwhelming majority of Americans have telephones or access to telephone technology. If you have a phone, you can have the Internet. If you have a library, you can have the Internet. Just because you don’t want it doesn’t mean you can’t have it. If you want to opt out of the modern world, don’t come whining to me when the modern world passes you by.
Then the say that the Post Office is guaranteed in the Constitution. Yes it is. So what? That’s the problem I have with this slavish worship of the Constitution. The world has changed and there’s no conceivable way that the Founding Fathers could have foreseen the way the world works today. I’m sure they didn’t think that the country would still be around nearly 250 years later. They had no idea that we’d have the Internet, any more than they foresaw airplanes and nuclear power. The idea that the Constitution, in it’s original form, was going to live forever and be universally applicable is absurd. We can modify the Constitution but we all know that’s never going to happen again, the country is just too fragmented. Therefore, we have to have the wisdom to understand when some parts are outdated and move beyond them. This is one such time.
Besides, another argument they make is that people who don’t have mail service couldn’t be held accountable for paying their bills. Of course they could. Whether they get a monthly statement from their credit cards or not, it’s still their responsibility to know when their bills are due and how much to pay. If they don’t like that, they’re welcome to pay their credit cards off in full and shred them. Then they don’t have to worry about paying their bills. None of these things are a right anyhow, they’re a responsibility and if you don’t take your responsibilities seriously, you shouldn’t have them in the first place.
It’s about time for the Post Office to either cut it’s costs considerably or close it’s doors. It just isn’t necessary in the modern world. It’s been a government monopoly for far too long and it’s lack of competition has made it soft and flabby. Companies like FedEx and UPS have been legally excluded from operating in the daily mail arena and they could probably do a better job than the USPS, which has sold it’s soul to the junk mail spammers. Most people wouldn’t even receive mail every day if it wasn’t for the piles of crap that get stuffed into our mailboxes. The times have changed. Why should I wait 3 days for a letter to get to it’s destination when I can send an e-mail and have it arrive in a few seconds? Sure, I want my packages from Amazon but they never come from the USPS, they come from a company that can do it better, cheaper and faster and all the extreme examples in the world won’t change that.