Skip to comments.NY TIMES: VOTE FRAUD IS NO BIG DEAL, BECAUSE FREDERICK DOUGLASS
Posted on 09/10/2012 5:34:24 PM PDT by neverdem
The intellectual bankruptcy of vote-fraud defenders knows no bounds. They have absolutely no rational argument against common-sense voter ID laws, so theyre forced to concoct increasingly tortured, emotional arguments, in which the notion of asking a voter to show the same kind of ID for voting that he routinely presents for the purchase of alcoholic beverages is magnified, through the magic of shrill hysteria, into an act of brutal Klan-style racism.
A very long-winded example of this nonsense ran in the New York Times last Friday, penned by David Blight. Blight thinks we have to put up with unlimited voter fraud because Frederick Douglass changed his name over 170 years ago.
No, seriously, thats his argument. Douglass was born into slavery as Frederick Bailey in 1818; in 1840 and 1841, he had to pay a $1.50 tax to register to vote, after changing his name. By the mid-1840s, he had emerged as one of the greatest orators and writers in American history, Blight tells us. But legally, Douglass began his public life by committing what today we would consider voter fraud, using an assumed name.
Sure, thats exactly the same thing as Mississippi NAACP official Lessadolla Sowers getting five years in prison for pumping out fraudulent absentee ballots. Why, shes just like Frederick Douglass! I dont know why black voters put up with this kind of nauseating insult to both their historical pride and intelligence. Can the opponents of voter identification produce any arguments grounded in the current century? Usually it’s always 1965 to them, but now they’ve got to set the Wayback Machine to the 1840s in order to make their case?
After a few hundred more words of Frederick Douglass trivia that has absolutely no relevance whatsoever to contemporary discussions of rational voter identification techniques, Blight gets around to his jaw-droppingly stupid and insulting conclusion:
Todays Republican Party seems deeply concerned with rooting out voter fraud of the kind Douglass practiced. So, with Douglasss story as background, I have a modest proposal for it. In the 23 states where Republicans have either enacted voter-ID laws or shortened early voting hours in urban districts, and consistent with their current reigning ideology, they should adopt a simpler strategy of voter suppression.
To those potentially millions of young, elderly, brown and black registered voters who, despite no evidence of voter fraud, they now insist must obtain government ID, why not merely offer money? Pay them not to vote. Give each a check for $711 in honor of Frederick Douglass. Buy their freedom, and the election. Call it the Frederick Douglass Voter Voucher.
Give people a choice: take the money and just not vote, or travel miles without easy transportation to obtain a drivers license they do not need. Its their liberty; let them decide how best to use it. Perhaps they will forget their history as much as the Republican Party seems to wish the nation would.
Reality check, since Blight seems uninterested in it: not a single state in the Union requires a driver’s license as the sole form of acceptable ID for voting. In addition to various other forms of identification, all of them offer free ID cards, which require no more “miles without easy transportation” to obtain than voting itself does. Or is asking people to haul themselves to the polls on Election Day also an act of “suppression?”
Whos David Blight? Oh, hes just a professor of history at Yale. People are paying a fortune to subject their children to this crackpot ideology. Out here in the real world, no American of any color with a shred of self-respect thinks the great causes of justice and equality before the law are furthered by indulging ballot theft.
Prof. Blight, eh? Some people just have appropriate names.
I live in WiscOnsin where we have 75,000 illegals residing in the state. I want someone to tell me how we prevent them from voting in our election and changing the course of events in our state and our country. Where do I go for that protection if we don’t have voter ID.
Thank you for posting this. Thank you to John Hayward for writing it.
Is it just me, or is our side getting better at mocking the stupidity of the left? We’ve always had a few good writers like Mark Steyn and Iowahawk, but there seem to be more and more and they seem to be getting better all the time.
Or maybe the left is just getting stupider and easier to ridicule.
Bottom line...my vote must not be worth much to the GOP if they won’t even defend it.
They also do not suspect that THEY will most certainly want a free and fair vote at some point in the future, however once it's gone...
“Or maybe the left is just getting stupider and easier to ridicule.”
Well, it’s as certain as the sunrise they ain’t agittin no smarter. I often wonder how much of their own BS they actually believe, I find it hard to imagine that anyone who really thinks that way would be able to walk and talk.
And, by the way, Frederick Douglass was a Republican!
Partisan Media Shills ping.