Ask Jesse Episode 14: Public Services Vs Public Perception

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Show Notes by Victoria Lynn Hall

My frustration with the recent public discourse surrounding events relating to the United States Postal Service is indicative of my frustration with that of our politics in general these days. Once again, a well meaning but under informed faction of citizens is focusing on the symptom (Trump) and ignoring, even facilitating, the disease (corporate power).

As someone who has been married to a postal employee, I speak from personal knowledge and experience when I say that government attempts to sabotage the USPS are nothing new. Legislation such as the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006, which required the USPS to pay in advance for the health and retirement benefits of all of its employees for at least 50 years, was not intended to improve this service but to undermine it. That unprecedented and damaging provision was demanded by the administration of president George W. Bush – the same George W. Bush that many liberals are applauding these days for saying that he won’t back Trump in the upcoming election.

Trump winning the election in 2016 activated a lot of previously politically disengaged people, including myself. Yet, many people were disengaged not just because they were disillusioned with the political process but because they weren’t affected by it in any significant, visceral way. Because of this, it seems to me that there is a lack of knowledge of the understanding of the injustices that occurred before Trump and how removing Trump is not going to solve them.

Unfortunately, there are people who do understand this who have given up on the system altogether or who have gone over to Trump out of misguided hope or miscalculated revenge. These are the voices we should be listening to now but in many cases they are being shunned and ignored. They certainly were not represented by anyone speaking during the recent Democratic National Convention and I don’t believe they will be represented by a Biden Administration any more than they were by Trump, Obama, Bush, Clinton…

As I try to bring awareness to this I often encounter people who accuse me of being negative and “not offering solutions”. I think what that really means is these people don’t want to accept that removing Trump is not the solution or perhaps, just as with the elite Democrats and Republicans who spoke at the Democratic Convention, Trump is really the only thing standing in the way of them living their best life.

What I want to say to those people is this: don’t preach empathy to me or tell me that you are serving democracy when all you are really interested in is serving yourself.

As far as real solutions go, here are some links to a couple of things I mentioned in this episode:

Lauren Ashcraft’s plan for saving the USPS

Video clip of Candidate for Senate in Delaware, Jessica Scarane, talking about community organizing.


Watch the full episode below or on YouTube where you can subscribe to all of our video content. We would also like to thank Kim D. for contributing her fabulous song, “Corporation Coup” for use as a theme for our videos, you can find the full recording of this song at: https://soundcloud.com/wondergalaxy13/corporation-coup

Episode 14

Jesse Crall

A Los Angeles native, Jesse Crall graduated from UCLA’s English Department before working as a copywriter, script reader and project manager for an engineering firm. Now pursuing a master’s degree in writing at NYU, he splits his time between Studio City and Manhattan. https://linktr.ee/jessecrall

A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.

linktr.ee/victorialynnhall

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