If Mahatma Gandhi has access to wi-fi in the afterlife, and is able to keep up with the liberal blogosphere, he must be rolling in his grave this week.
Yesterday, members of the postal workers union ended their four-day hunger strike at a rally in front of the steps of the Capitol. Since it began, the usual lefties have portrayed the strikers as heroic underdogs fighting against an unjust Congressional push to restructure the Postal Service. Some have gone so far as to compare their strike to those of the famed Indian revolutionary.
There is, however, a difference between the effort of more than 400 million oppressed people to end foreign rule and set up the world’s largest democracy on the one hand, and the effort of a group of workers to hang on to jobs being made obsolete by technology on the other.
Via Meadia has been following the train wreck that is the US Postal Service for some time now. It needs sweeping reform, and while the present Congressional budget proposals are flawed — too little real change and too much dysfunctional Congressional micromanagement — they are a lot better than British Imperialism.
At Via Meadia, we don’t hate the postal workers or wish them ill. If it was up to us, everybody in the world would have job tenure and good wages — and magic elves would distribute everything we needed so that we would all be rich to boot. And we’ve got family in the USPS — we know something about the struggles those workers face.
But Gandhi was pushing for progress; the postal workers, regrettably, are pushing against it. Their right to protest is sacred, but society also has rights here, and that means the Postal Service must change.