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Over the past few weeks President Obama has made a few statements that I am sure made members of his own party, especially those running for the Senate, wish he would shut up and let Joe Biden do all of the talking. One of the more notable comments about voter ID laws came during a radio interview with the not-so-very Reverend Al Sharpton:
"Most of these laws are not preventing the overwhelming majority of folks who don't vote from voting," Obama told Sharpton. "Most people do have an ID. Most people do have a driver's license. Most people can get to the polls. It may not be as convenient' it may be a little more difficult."
And with that the anti-ID crowd got a close up view of the undercarriage of the Obama bus.
Perhaps the President could pass this bit of wisdom on to Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg who, in a dissent on the Texas voter ID ruling said that “The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters”.
As is usually the case prior to an election, Democrats try to stir up racial animosity by citing voter ID laws as a racist attempt by the GOP to keep minorities away from the polls. Apparently Democrats want people to believe that minorities are either too lazy or too stupid, or perhaps both, to obtain a picture ID card. Personally I have confidence in my minority neighbors’ ability to find their way into town and get an ID card; you know, the same ID card they will need to successfully complete many business transactions such as buying cigarettes or alcohol, applying for Social Security, food stamps, and jobs, open a bank account, attend an NAACP rally, or the DNC Convention.
If however, the Democrats are going to continue with their blatantly racist argument, a few questions come to mind. First, who are these people who are so lazy and/or stupid that they cannot obtain such an important part of normal life? If these people exist and they know who they are, would it not be an act of kindness and civic charity to help these people get one? If as Justice Ginsburg says, there are “hundreds of thousands”, it should be a simple matter to find them, right?
Democrats proclaim themselves to be the party of the little guy and protector of the downtrodden, so either these people do not exist or the Democrats want to keep them in their present ID-less condition to justify their political position. If that is not the case, they should immediately take one of the busses they use to haul voters to the polls and load the chronically ID-less up and drive them down to the DMV to alleviate their suffering. If the cost of the ID cards is an issue, perhaps we could redirect some of the funds President Obama is planning to use to provide ID cards to the next wave of illegal immigrants. An even better idea would be for those who are concerned about this issue to donate their own money for such a worthy cause. Unless and until they demonstrate a willingness to do so, the Democrats have no credibility with this issue (but when has that ever bothered them?).
I did some checking and found that I have a right to keep and bear arms that is protected by the Constitution, yet I have to provide an ID to purchase a firearm, and submit to a background check. Additionally, if I want to carry that firearm concealed, the law requires me to provide an ID and submit to a background check to obtain a concealed carry permit that I must produce on demand if I exercise that right (and yes, I have a real problem with that requirement, but I’ll go there some other time). If the Democrats really want to make the case that producing an ID is an unreasonable burden for voting rights, they need to be willing to accept that same argument on the subject of gun rights. Are they ready to go there?