From time to time in the past, some proposed that people carry some sort of national identity card. Some even speculated that a computer chip could be implanted into flesh identifying them forever. The aid to law enforcement would be great indeed. But many opposed such ideas claiming that it was unnecessary and an invasion of rights. Many on the right and left joined in this with many in the middle.
Then the Census revealed our future in two or three decades. We looked into the future and discovered that white people would no longer be the majority. White voters would no longer be the majority. The party which depends on the white vote for its survival - the Republican Party - stands to be the big loser in this unless they modify their positions to appeal to various races and ethnic groups. Sadly for them, this would mean moderation at the very time they swing further and further to the right as personified by the tea party faction.
So how does the GOP survive to win elections in the future if it will not modify, insists on staying to the far right, and still wants to be the white conservatives party? Simple. Disqualify lots of those voters who you see as The Other. Change your position on immigration. Change your position on voting rights. Change your position on anything that will allow you to restrict the franchise to avoid your future doom that the demographics predict.
So we get things like Michigan's new Public Act Four taking away the right to vote for local government and imposing dictators over municipalities. And once people get used to that - who knows? The sky is the limit. And we get things like allowing no path to citizenship for people who have been here for decades even though Ronald Reagan supported such efforts in decades past. Of course, that was before the white as minority demographic projections. And we get things like demanding photo ID which very likely will decrease the anti-GOP voters and help them stay competitive or in the majority in decades to come.
And in the meantime, we are suppose to not look at this wider and larger imperative and motivational fact. We are suppose to dwell on the nuances and details of if ID's are free or not, or if they have to be one official ID or not, or if they are Constitutional or not.
The frog is half boiled if we do that instead of looking at what is motivating and propelling these attacks on voting rights at this time in American history.
Just pointing out the real time fiscal results of dictatorships.