Personally, I have no argument about requiring that people who vote in American elections should damn-well have to prove -- at registration, at least -- that they really are American citizens, they really are who they say they are, and they really live where they say they live. In fact, I think that voter ID is the only ID that the govt. has any right to require of the citizenry. Therefore, I have no basic argument with various states passing laws that require proof of citizenship and photo-ID, with address, of anyone registering to vote.
No, I'm not at all surprised that everyone from ACORN to Al "The Mouth" Sharpton promptly howled that all these laws are "racist"; after all, 'tis a sorry fact that the majority of Welfare recipients and illegal immigrants vote Democrat -- and everyone assumes that the majority of Welfare recipients are either Latino or Black. In fact -- and I learned this when I worked for Welfare in Michigan and Illinois -- the majority of Welfare recipients (like the majority of Americans in general) are White, but that doesn't match the stereotype.
I also learned, in Chicago, that Democrat local party-machines are past masters of vote-fraud. The only Republican technique that can in any way match the Democrats' methods is the use of Diebold vote-tabulating machines, whose inventor promised that his machines could deliver the vote for any Republican candidate he chose. There was enough outcry about the 2000 and 2008 elections that various state prosecutors went after Diebold with hamnmer and tongs, obliging the company to change its name three times, and various county election boards are divesting themselves of Diebold tabulating machines as fast as they can afford to.
So now it's the Democrats' turn to have their best vote-fraud techniques counter-attacked (hell, I haven't set foot in Chicago in 20 years, but I'm probably still voting there -- Democrat), and oh, but they're howling. I've seen celebrity-led protest marches parading around state and county buildings, complaining that poor folks, old folks, and of course Blacks, are being "robbed of their votes" because they often don't have photo-ID.
I felt like yelling at them: "Then what are you doing here, you fools? Why aren't you trudging door-to-door in poor/old/Black folks' neighborhoods, showing them how to get photo-ID? How do you think Civil Rights activists got Blacks registered in the '60s?"
Really, there are several legal ways to get photo-ID, let alone proof of citizenship: birth certificate, baptismal certificate, tribal ID card, authenticated entry in a family bible, sworn statements of midwives, relatives, neighbors and fellow church-members, and of course a military ID card -- military service being the classic quick path to citizenship -- among others. All it takes is a little legwork, patience, and a few dollars worth of stamps. That's how the Civil Rights movement did it, 50 years ago. Surely Democrats haven't forgotten that particular historical triumph. Have they just grown unconscionably lazy since then?
Nah, they're just whining because these anti-vote-fraud laws will rob them of perhaps as many as 12 million illegal votes in the next election.
Well, pity-pity-pity. My heart bleeds. Not.
--Leslie <;)))>< )O(