AMY GOODMAN: And they don’t have to pay, of course, when they’re sending in their vote by mail —
MARK DIMONDSTEIN: No.
AMY GOODMAN: — because we have a U.S. Post Office, unlike the private corporations.
MARK DIMONDSTEIN: That’s right. That’s right. It actually saves the cities, states, counties money. It works well. It increases voter participation. And just the opposite of thousands of people getting together filling out each other’s ballots, it actually gives people a chance to make a more informed vote, to think about it, but to have access to the ballot box. The last time I went to vote, last November, was a three-hour wait at the polling place. And, of course, our elections are on a workday, so it’s much more hard — it’s much harder for working people to vote.
So, it’s a thrust towards more democracy, defense of our democratic rights. And obviously, this pandemic has brought home that if we’re going to have true access to the ballot box — or more access to the ballot box, because we really don’t have true access now — vote by mail is definitely the way to go. It was before. Now it’s very, very clear. And postal workers are ready to continue to serve the people of this country in all sorts of ways, including that defense of our democratic right to vote.
“There is no such thing as the open shop, really. There is a union shop and a nonunion shop. Everybody that believes in the open shop disbelieves in the union shop, whatever they say.”
~~Clarence Darrow, The Story of My Life (1932)
At Daily Kos on this date in 2011—Yoo: President can order child’s testicles crushed, not contractor transparency:
Apparently, the unitary executive power begins on the other side of our borders. From among John Yoo’s greatest hits:
Cassel: If the president deems that he’s got to torture somebody, including by crushing the testicles of the person’s child, there is no law that can stop him?
Yoo: No treaty…
Cassel: Also no law by Congress — that is what you wrote in the August 2002 memo…
Yoo: I think it depends on why the President thinks he needs to do that.
On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: COVID v. “the flu.” Greg Dworkin explains where flu data comes from. It’s important, but not as much as understanding that COVID’s way worse. DC Circuit rehears McGahn case. Did Trump’s order to keep meat packing plants open actually do anything?