Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville
It appears that "your state" of South Carolina is the one with the history of cheating.The Justice Department must approve changes to South Carolina's election laws under the federal Voting Rights Act because of the state's past failure to protect the voting rights of blacks. It is one of nine states that require the agency's approval.
South Carolina Voter ID Law: Justice Department Blocks Controversial Legislation
Last edited by Karl; 03-03-12 at 05:56 PM.
Face if, the cons are so intent on imposing unnecessary laws despite lack of evidence of a reason, it lends credence to the thought that they can't win an election unless they cheat.Originally Posted by j-mac
So much so that a former Republican official admits it.
Royal Masset, the former political director for the Republican Party of Texas said, in a 2007 Houston Chronicle article, that requiring photo IDs could cause enough of a dropoff in legitimate Democratic voting to add 3 percent to the Republican vote.
“I’m worried that I will be the last Republican president.” - George W. Bush
Maybe it does, but that doesn't mean that carrying ID at all times is required by law. If you think it should be...well, maybe I don't feel that I need the government telling me what to do. That would be an interesting turn about if you're in favor of government intrusion and I am not.
I guess I just can't figure this out. The economy is still in bad shape, and instead of taking measures to improve that, Republicans are focused on this and on who pays for contraceptives. WTF?
Next, the right thinks that you should be able to prove that you are a citizen. My question is, what happens if you cannot? Or will not? Based upon right wing positions in the recorded past, if you are not a citizen (or cannot prove you are a citizen) then you don't have any rights. As we've seen in Gitmo (and elsewhere), the right wing position is that if you don't have any rights, then you can be imprisoned and tortured (or at least, aggressively interrogated) indefinitely.
At this point, let's all remind ourselves that the right calls themselves patriots. While they are torturing -- sometimes to death -- citizens that refuse to produce a government issued identity document. Granny came to vote, and Paul Ryan shoves her off a cliff . . . .
Last edited by Karl; 03-03-12 at 07:57 PM.
Besides, Libertarians in general are very opposed to all such legislation.
I think everyone is making this more complicated than it needs be. We can argue all day about whether an ID is needed to prove your identity to prevent fraud, but regardless of what you believe on the subject, I wish we could all just get together and acknowledge that it's ridiculous to liken this to Jim Crow laws or state sponsored racism.
If you see an ID requirement as "blacks can't vote", then maybe you should check out your own prejudices or do something yourself to help break down the racial barriers.
"If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life - and only then will I be free to become myself." ~ Martin Heidegger