Junk Mail Express!!!

"I think this would be great," writes a reader from Witts Spring about the pass-along email he sent to me. "Imagine... we could keep the postal service in business!!!" The balance of his email contains this: 

When you get those pre-approved letters in the mail for everything from credit cards to 2nd mortgages and junk like that, most of them come with postage paid return envelopes, right?

Well, why not get rid of some of your other junk mail and put it in these cool little envelopes!

Send an ad for your local chimney cleaner to American Express.  Or a pizza coupon to Citibank.

If you didn't get anything else that day, then just send them their application back!  Just make sure your name isn't on anything you send them.  Heck, you can send it back empty if you want to just to  keep 'em guessing!

Let's turn this into a chain letter!  Eventually, the banks and credit card companies will  begin getting all their junk mail back.

Let's let them know what it's like to get junk mail, and best of  all... THEY'RE paying for it!  Twice!  

Let's help keep our postal service busy since they say e-mail is cutting into their business, and that's why they need to increase postage again!

Now my personal opinion on this subject is that no one should ever do anything that they are unwilling to take credit for, so... The part about making sure that your name does not appear on any of the... er, ah, "useful enclosures" that would be delivered to the providers of the "cool little (postage paid) envelopes" does rather go against my grain. 

Yet there are times when some small measure of (what could be interpreted as) "civil disobedience" is called for and appropriate -- so long as it's done in a peaceful-protest kind of way. And this junk mail issue may be one of those times. 

But hey, when it comes to claiming our freedom, asserting our independence, and polishing our own grain of sand on life's eternal beach, it may be good for us to ponder the fact that the founders of our democratic republic made sure to boldly affix their names on the little note (called the Declaration of Independence) and pay the all the  postage due when they sent their junk mail (ie: taxation without representation) back to England (ie: the monarchial company store).

Christine :-)