I want to change the world. Or at least make it easier/faster/cheaper to send my niece and nephew, currently living
, a flipping Christmas package. Who should I bother to help get this done?
(the first two paragraphs consist of a rant with illustration; you can skip to the first bolded line for the actual questions.)
Okay, fine. We live in a stupid bureaucratic nightmare world, where lines on maps create major hassles. I accept that mailing
is a royal pain
, as a general concept. Languages, treaties, blah blah blah, whatever.
But this is Canada
and the United States
. We speak the same language, and have a VERY long mostly-undefended border (and nearly everyone in Canada lives really close to that border,) and we signed a treaty
(way back when Bill Clinton was less than halfway through his first term
,) saying that commerce should be significantly easier
in North America already. These are post-industrial countries! You can drive to Toronto from here in less than two days, and bring all kinds
of gifts with you! So, why is it still
so flipping hard to mail
the junior members of my family some stickers and fake tattoos and Christmas cards - let alone books and toys?
This is the question part - What I want to know is, who do I bother to get some progress on this specific issue?
Should I set up a petition on WhiteHouse.gov? Send emails to members of the Senate and House foreign relations committees/Western hemisphere subcommittees? Write to the Postmaster General? Harass the Universal Postal Union
? File some kind of statement with the State Department? Rail about this in public and hope the media notices?
What I really want
is for it to be much easier/faster/cheaper for a normal human being in the United States, Canada, or Mexico to send a package with not-dangerous stuff in it to other normal human beings in one of the other two countries.
I'm not even sure exactly who makes things this way, where the problem(s) is/are, or who could change the way it all works. Does the President of the United States even have any power over this at all? The US Postal Service is a relic of a bygone era mixed up with bizarre early twentieth century standard operating procedures, and apparently everyone and no one is in charge of this kind of policy
stuff. I don't know a thing about Canada Post
, and I had to go look up who does mail in Mexico just to finish this sentence (Correos de México is apparently the answer, and the article listing postal entities by country needs a lot of expanding.
Anyway, again: I want to take some constructive action, and vent my spleen to persons in authority, and maybe help in actually improving this situation. Who do I turn to in my hour of need?
I am prepared to devote at least 10 hours of my time this year to the effort, BTW, and spend upwards of 20 first-class stamps on a letter-writing campaign, if necessary.
(If there is an advocacy organization already devoted to this issue, I will quite possibly espouse you for sharing it with me, unless that disturbs you or I decide it's too creepy once I calm down. I'll heart you forever
no matter what though.)