By Rick Oltman, February 28, 2017
On Monday, the Justice Department withdrew its objection to Texas’ voter ID law, which was passed in 2011. The effect is that the federal government will now support Texas’ claim that the state’s intent was not to target minority voters, reversing the previous federal government’s previous position. The Obama Administration’s Justice Department had joined the opposition to the law, one of the toughest in the nation, on the basis that it was passed with discriminatory intent.
The arguments on “discriminatory intent” are scheduled to be heard in federal court today.
Well, the fact is that the law actually was passed with the intention of discriminating, but against those not eligible to legally vote in our elections. That isn’t what the previous administration meant, of course.
And, the intent here is obvious on both sides. Those who want voter I.D. want to protect the integrity of our elections and those who oppose I.D.s want to perpetuate voter fraud. It’s just that simple.
In many jurisdictions in the country, voter registration and the process of voting is as leaky as a sieve. And the oft made argument against voter I.D. that some minorities cannot get an I.D. card, is laughable on its face.
Besides illegal aliens, who in our country does not have some kind of government issued I.D.? Heck, even Mexico requires voter I.D. cards to vote.
You can’t enter a Federal or State building without an I.D. You need an I.D. to purchase alcohol or tobacco, and now “medical marijuana.” You can’t get food stamps or welfare or sign up for disability or Social Security without an I.D. card.
And, for a little added security, a friend of mine has written “Ask for photo I.D.” on the back of her credit cards where her signature should be.
- At the airport.
- When you want to see certain movies.
- When making a hotel reservation.
- To enter a bar or night club.
- To show your residency when traveling abroad.
These days, you need an identification card even to purchase cold medicine!
Everybody who is eligible to vote in our country should be required to have a voter I.D. And since our elections are so important to our way of life, the government, that is the taxpayers, should bare this particular cost.
My guess is the cost will be small, but the effect on making our elections more honest will be huge.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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