An extensive investigation operating quietly outside the limelight of round-the-clock news coverage on Capitol Hill has conclusively vindicated the Opposition Media. There was official government interference in the 2016 presidential contest that elected Donald Trump.
It’s a story that has everything: Secret coordination, baggy uniforms with funny hats, lists of hand-picked operatives embedded in the campaign and nationwide scope. Even worse, these blatantly illegal activities involved official collusion at the highest level of government.
Only it wasn’t the Russian government interfering in the democratic process. It was Democrats in the Obama government!
In a story that must have caused much anguish at The Washington Post, we discover "the US Postal Service engaged in widespread violations of federal law by pressuring managers to approve letter carriers’ taking time off last fall to campaign for Hillary Clinton and other union-backed Democrats."
A total of 97 "dedicated public servants" were given time off from delivering the mail to try and deliver the country to Hillary. And we’re not talking about closing a few extra customer service windows on Election Day and taking some time off to hand out sample ballots at the polls.
These government workers were going door-to-door, where your mailbox used to be. They were also making phone calls and participating in other activities associated with Hillary’s massive and expensive "ground game." Ground game in this instance doesn’t refer to preventing Hillary from collapsing on the ground. It means "Get Out the Vote."
Here’s how the collusion worked. Hillary met with union officials of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) for an endorsement interview. Presumably she promised to guarantee the USPS’ shaky pension fund, keep every Podunk post office open in perpetuity, and euthanize annoying dogs at taxpayer expense.
In return she gets the NALC political action committee donation, the union endorsement, free union labor and a promise to slow-walk Trump direct mail.
After smiles, handshakes, and a chance to touch the hem of the pantsuit the meeting adjourns.
If the NALC had confined itself to informing members the union was supporting Hillary and urging them to help her in any way they could in their spare time, I wouldn’t be writing this column. Of course that’s not what happened.
Instead the union gives USPS management a list of employees they want given no-questions-asked time off so they can, wink, wink, "do their duty as citizens." Here’s where the collusion begins to escalate. D.C. bureaucrats forwarded the list of the favored employees to their respective offices and instructed local management to grant the leave.
In many instances these managers objected, since covering the vacant slots would require paying the remaining employees overtime, at additional taxpayer expense. Those objections were ignored. As the acting director of the Office of Special Counsel testified, "The culture and practice was, ‘It’s mandatory, it’s the directive’" to ensure employees got time off."
So far we have government collusion at the highest level, facilitated by defrauding taxpayers, all in an effort to elect Hillary. That’s offensive enough, but the excuse given by the swamp creature in charge — Postmaster General Megan Brennan — after the USPS was caught red-handed is an insult to any citizen that can lick a stamp.
She claims, "senior postal leadership did not in any way guide union leadership in selecting the candidates for whom NALC employees could campaign" and USPS "did not approve or choose candidates for the unions to support" or "ask the union to advocate for political candidates on behalf of the Postal Service."
That sort of slimy statement is technically a lie by omission.
Senior USPS leadership, including Brennan, was well aware NALC had endorsed Hillary so any employees given leave were ipso facto going to help with Hillary’s campaign. The only thing NALC would’ve sent Trump was hate mail.
The conclusion of an investigation by the Office of Special Counsel was USPS "engaged in systemic violations of the Hatch Act," which was specifically written to prohibit political collusion on the part of the federal government and its employees.
Now that the USPS has been caught red–handed what is to happen? Indictments? Firing? Suspensions? Nasty letter in the personnel file?
You guessed it, absolutely nothing! Instead swampette Brennan will send a memo ordering management to take a "hands-off" approach to union political activity.
Fortunately for Trump USPS political activity is as incompetent as its stewardship of the mail. The political operatives spent weeks working in Florida, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Ohio. Every one of these states was carried by Trump. In Wisconsin it was the first time a Republican had won since Reagan was re-elected.
Frankly, it’s too bad the Posties didn’t target a few more states. Trump might have won the popular vote, too.
Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.
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