Skip to comments.Resurrecting Jim Crow for Political Gain Voter fraud is also a threat to minority voters
Posted on 08/22/2005 8:06:07 AM PDT by AliVeritas
The Voting Rights Act, whose 40th anniversary we celebrate this month, has helped minorities elect 81 sitting members of Congress and thousands of local officials. But the rally civil rights groups held in Atlanta earlier this month to push for extension of the act's key temporary provisions downplayed those gains and instead pushed wild claims that some state laws requiring an ID to vote are the functional equivalent of Jim Crow poll taxes.
Both Judge Greg Mathis, the star of a syndicated courtroom TV show, and California Rep. Barbara Lee claimed that the last two presidential elections had been "stolen." Judge Mathis told the rally Republican leaders "need to be locked up because they're all criminals and thieves." Other speakers claimed Georgia's new photo ID law would suppress poor and elderly minority voters who might lack such a document. When the bill passed the Georgia House in March, black legislators sang slave songs and one even slammed a prisoner's shackles on the desk of the sponsor.
Juan Williams, a National Public Radio correspondent and author of "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years," is "stunned" by such vituperation. He told Fox News that it is "reacting to devils that have been slain 40 years ago." He says that "in service to having no fraud elections, I think you could say to people, go and get a legitimate ID. I don't think that's too much to ask."
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It might be said that 1 demographic drives cars more than another, but drivers licenses and state ID's have the same role as identification. Virtually everybody rents movies, which you need to give identification for.
We view voting strictly as a right. A "right" that some people in other parts of the world aren't afforded. Maybe people need to quit thinking that this country always owes something to us for nothing. People need to view voting as an obligation as well as a right. Rights come with obligations, and freedom isn't free. Our military men and women understand true freedom, and realize that freedom comes at a cost. For most that cost is brutal conditions, away from family and friends, at very low pay, with the possibility of getting seriously injured or killed.
When people like Pat Tillman and Casey Sheehan volunteer to fight, and end up dying for our freedom. I don't want to here about inconveniences or "supposed disenfranchisements" in producing ID to exercise your right, and moral obligation, to vote.
(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)