Last week, the private Commission on Federal Election Reform — also known as the Carter-Baker commission — released its report on how it believes election laws and procedures should change to help elderly, poor and minority voters. The report included 87 recommendations for the federal election system. Unfortunately for the Democrats, one of the more 'pesky' recommendations was a requirement that people only get one vote in any given electoral contest and actually have to prove eligibility to vote in said contest by having--now brace yourselves--photo identification! (*gasp*) Say it isn't so Jimmah!
Proponents of this recommendation (aka Republicans) have been arguing for years that Americans are expected to use photo ID for everything--tasks like boarding a plane, driving a car, opening a bank account--even renting videos from the local Blockbuster--all require photo ID.
The panic on the left is palpable. They're tossing around phrases such as "voter disenfranchisement" and "poll tax" (to describe the nominal fee it will cost to obtain a government ID). Puh-leaze. If voter ID becomes the law of the land, the only ones who will be "disenfranchised" are the politicians that rely on stuffing the ballot boxes with the names of illegitimate voters. Or dead ones, for that matter.
Naturally, charges of racism have been levelled. When the left shuffles its deck and plays its hand, it usually plays the race card first. Minorities, it is claimed, will be hardest hit by the voter ID requirements. Why? I've no idea--but that's the mantra being played over and over again. Do minorities not have the ability to somehow figure out how to obtain these picture ID cards? Is that the left's argument? That minorities are somehow inferior in their reasoning skills to do a simple task such as this? This, to me, is the real racist thinking.
Back in April, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue signed into law a bill mandating photo identification in order to vote in that state. The ACLU has already challenged the validity of the law in Federal Court, citing violations of the Fourteenth Amendment and the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Expect this one to make it all the way to the Supreme Court eventually...