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One of my biggest problems with liberals is their predilection to manufacture phony, if not downright absurd, political arguments. Today's post is about one of those phony arguments, the left's outrageous phony outrage over state voter ID laws.
President Obama's Justice Dept. has blocked the state of South Carolina from implementing it's voter ID law, which would require voters to present photo identification at the polling place prior to voting. This is a pretty curious move, seeing as how 31 states already have some form of voter ID law in place, and seeing as how the Supreme Court has already rejected a challenge to the Indiana voter ID law, with the liberal Justice Stephens writing the majority opinion in that case. Here's what Stephens wrote about the reasons for voter ID laws in the Indiana case:
...flagrant examples of such [voter] fraud in other parts of the country have been documented throughout this Nation's history by respected historians and journalists, that occasional examples have surfaced in recent years, and that Indiana's own experience with fraudulent voting in the 2003 Democratic primary for East Chicago Mayor - though perpetrated using absentee ballots and not in-person fraud - demonstrate that not only is the risk of voter fraud real but that it could affect the outcome of a close election.
There is no question about the legitimacy or importance of the State's interest in counting only the votes of eligible voters. Moreover, the interest in orderly administration and accurate recordkeeping provides a sufficient justification for carefully identifying all voters participating in the election process. While the most effective method of preventing election fraud may well be debatable, the propriety of doing so is perfectly clear.
That's it in a nutshell. Voter ID laws help prevent voter fraud, and we all want our elections to be honest...or at least most of us do. Many liberals, in their typical phony manner, attempt to redefine the issue and cast it in racial terms. Here's one example, from that left-wing rag, The Nation. Listen to how they recast the issue:
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) took an important step in combating the epidemic of Republican vote suppression efforts on Friday. DOJ blocked a South Carolina law requiring voters to present photo identification, because the law would disproportionately disenfranchise minority voters.
Notice how The Nation magically transforms "voter ID" into "voter suppression". Presto Change-o, and Voila!, with one misleading liberal sentence we now have a phony liberal manufactured controversy.
There are so many things wrong with the liberal stance here that it almost isn't worth listing them, but I will anyway. First of all, the voter ID laws don't apply only to minorities. They apply to ALL VOTERS, thus they are not discriminatory. Second, the voter ID states offer the ID's for free, thus there is no poverty excuse for liberals to cite. Third, we show ID's for all kinds of things, and no liberal groups are raising arguments of discrimination or disenfranchisement in these other areas. Here are some examples of when Americans are required to show ID - when cashing a check, when opening a bank account, when purchasing alcohol, when purchasing cigarettes, when purchasing a firearm, when using a credit card, when entering a nightclub, when going to an R-rated movie, when renting a DVD, when boarding a plane, when applying for a passport, when entering government buildings, when picking up a package from the Post Office, when renting a car, when receiving a driver's license, when buying a house, when going through Customs, when entering the White House...
Are minorities being "disenfranchised" in all the above instances I cited ? Of course not. Only a nut would think so...so why all the liberal hullaballoo over voter ID laws ? There is no rational explanation, but there are some explanations, albeit dark and ugly ones. Because voter ID laws are not in the least discriminatory, despite the phony claims of liberals, there must be other reasons for liberals to detest them. Here's the list of possibilities I came up with...
1. Liberals are afraid they will lose the illegal votes that usually go to Democrats.
2. Liberals want to rig elections by sending illegal voters to the polls. They are angry that their attempts at voter fraud are being thwarted.
3. Liberals think minorities are inferior, and cannot be held to the same standards as others.
4. Liberals will never miss a chance to cast Republicans as racists, no matter how baseless the charge.
Sick stuff, but these are the only explanations for the phony liberal outrage that I can see. All other liberal excuses are as thin as a reed, and the real outrage here is that the U.S. Justice Dept. is actually trying to block states from preventing voter fraud. And what a coincidence it is that Obama's Justice Dept. is acting now, when our very next election decides Obama's future as President. Welcome to the Obama-nation, kiddies, where up is down, fair is unfair, and division is unity. The Great Prevaricator has struck again.