Here in North Carolina, our resident VETO machine, Governor Beverly Perdue (yes those Perdue’s), has been on a bit of tear lately. It seems that since the North Carolina legislature took a decidedly GOP turn in the last election, the staunchly Democratic Perdue has found that her only recourse against laws that the Democrat party deems unacceptable is to VETO them and then pray the Republicans don’t have the votes to overturn. There were a couple more Perdue VETO’s last week, but one in particular caught my eye and, in my opinion, show that the Democratic machine prefers that the election system remains open to fraud and illegal voting. It is apparent that the success of the Chicago machine had a dramatic effect on the party of Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and of course, Perdue.
The history of voter fraud is extensive in the United States. As long as there have been elections to be won, each side has been willing to take whatever steps necessary to ensure that their side was victorious. From an outside perspective, the lines appear to be drawn at the Republicans fight dirty (Swiftboat for example) while the Democrats excel at rallying people to the polls, both by legal and illegal means. Since the days of the Chicago machine, voter fraud has been synonymous with the Democrats. I know that our resident lefties will have their panties in a wad over that statement. From Kennedy’s election with help from Chicago through massive amounts of voter fraud by ACORN on behalf of our current President, voter fraud goes with Democrats just Mickey Mouse goes with Minnie (who both vote Democrat, for the record).
And let’s be honest, we can see the difference in core principle around voting in the base stance of the Democrats in nearly every contested election in America. Democrats demand that every single vote get counted, regardless of what would be disallowed according to the law. To do otherwise would be disenfranchisement of voters according to Dems. Republicans want every vote counted so long as the law is followed. The fact that Democrats are more concerned with winning than obeying the law in the most open arena of a contested election says a ton about their view of the election process.
Which leads me to my point: Democrats have consistently opposed any legislation that would require voters to show some form of state issued identification when voting. It is a core Democratic platform principle. I think that it is Commandment IX: Thou shalt not support positive identification of voter’s legal voting status. It could be Commandment VIII, as my access to the Democratic platform website was suspended for breaking Commandment I: The first rule of the true Democratic platform is that you don’t talk about the true Democratic platform. And why do you think that Democrats are so opposed to legally identifying which voters are or aren’t voting legally?
The claim from Democrats is that enacting voter identification laws will disenfranchise the poor, the elderly, minorities, and those who are newly married. Before I go into debating their position I will go on record and say that I have never heard a bigger crock of bullshit as “reasoning” in my life. On second thought, I take that back. I write about politics. I have seen plenty of whoppers offered as reasoning from both parties that is worse than this. But I don’t think that there are many that have been as transparently dishonest as this claim of “disenfranchisement.”
First and foremost, the claim that it will take away anyone’s ability to vote is blatantly false. Unless, of course, you are talking about the ability for illegal voters. Let’s look at the recently vetoed NC bill as an example of what would happen. In the North Carolina bill, the requirement would be that you show one of 8 approved NC issued identifications in order to vote. One of those was a new Voter ID card that would be free to anyone who desired one (is free cheap enough that we aren’t disenfranchising the poor? ). So much for the “disenfranchisement of the poor” claims.
Not good enough say those pesky Voter ID opponents. After all, this is just a move to ensure that people are involved in a “gotcha” moment when they show up to vote. Unaware that they are required to have an ID, people will show up and miss the chance to vote because the ID’s can’t be issued that day. Not so fast… The North Carolina bill also made sure that if you showed up to the polls without an ID, you can still cast your vote as a provisional vote, and you can then provide your ID later so that your vote is counted. So much for the “gotcha” claims.
Reading many of the anti-voter ID websites and blogs out there I was struck at how the issues were framed as racial in nature. I understand, though, as the race care is to the Democrat party as drinking in excess is to the College experience. The most quoted statistic from NC: “According to a NC board of elections study, of the one million voters in NC who do not have a state issued ID, 26.8% of them are African-Americans.” Clearly the Voter ID bill is aimed at keeping African American voters from the polls when you look at such a high number, right? Wrong. What not a single of those websites or blogs mentioned was that blacks make up 25.7% of the population in North Carolina. So the percentage of voters without ID that are black is nearly identical to the actual demographics of the state. So much for the “disenfranchisement of minorities” claims.
There are also claims about the elderly, disabled, and infirm. Surely we can see that this is a move designed by Republicans to ensure that the old folks don’t get to cast their ballot. However, it is widely understood that as a general rule, older people tend to vote Republican. While the numbers aren’t as overwhelming as they once were, the reality still holds true. So why would the Republicans want to thwart the population where they have the advantage? As for the disabled, my belief is that if they can arrange to get themselves to the polls in order to vote, they can arrange to get themselves to the equally available state identification offices. And by the way, how is it that they are able to use Medicare, Medicaid, and do all the other things to get their medication without an ID? Exactly, this is another trumped up claim. So much for the “disenfranchisement of the elderly and disabled” claims.
Finally, there are the claims that since America’s young people vote for Democrats, this is an attempt by Republicans to silence the vote of America’s youth, hence strengthening the GOP positions. While I certainly agree that far too many young people vote based on emotion and too little facts (for that matter too many Americans period do this), we certainly don’t want to see young people stripped of their right to vote! But this is another BS argument. The vast majority of teenagers cannot wait to attain that holy grail of teenage desires, the driver’s license. They get it as quickly as possible. The number of teens who don’t have their license at 18 is microscopic at best. And for those who don’t have it, is it really asking too much of our teens to go through the steps to get a Voter ID card that is free? After all we are talking about giving them the right to determine political fortunes and economic futures! So much for the “disenfranchisement of young people” claims.
So there you go. Nearly every one of the false “reasons” offered on the left for why we should not allow those nasty Republicans to pass something as oppressive and disenfranchising as a piece of legislation that requires that you show an ID to prove that you are really the person who’s vote you are casting.
But let’s just think about the reality of the situation instead of trying to have some partisan debate. The reality is that I have to go through testing and pay a fee every four years in order to get a license to drive my car. I have to show identification if I want to buy cigarettes or alcohol to prove my age. I have to show ID to use my credit card to make a purchase at a local store. I can’t drive my car, board a plane, or make a purchase without a government issued identification card that I had to pay to get. It is really so much to ask that we require people to take the steps to obtain a FREE voter ID (and only if they don’t already have one of the other 7 types of ID) before they cast a vote that has the potential to cause so much chaos and damage? I mean look at the results of the last two Presidential elections. The results can be pretty powerful. Is it too much to ask that we make sure we are taking every precaution to limit voter fraud?
And amid all of this discussion, we have the prevalent statement from Democrats out there that Voter fraud is a trumped up issue anyway. They claim that the minimal amount of voter fraud doesn’t begin to warrant any attention being given to the issue. We don’t need to change a thing according to them, because the system is working exactly as its supposed to work. Funny, I seem to recall them having a bit of a different perspective back when a certain election was a hot issue in 2000. Democrats sure thought that voter fraud and faulty electoral processes were a problem then.
At a time when ACORN and other Democrat 527 groups like them are spending ten to fifteen times as much per election as similar GOP groups, it has become clear that we have to do something to stem the tide of gaming the voting process. We all know the game is rigged. And it’s time to do something about it. We cannot continue to hold elections without voter ID cards. No longer should dead people be voting or cartoon characters be casting ballots. No longer should the 100% crooked politics of Chicago be the mainstay of national electoral processes.