WASHINGTON, March 24, 2015 – Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin and likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate, continued to make his political presence felt Monday when the Supreme Court upheld Wisconsin’s 2011 Voter ID Law.
The law requires that voters provide a government-issued photo ID in order to vote. As someone who has gone through the process of applying for multiple forms of identification three times in three states over the past decade, with little to no money every time, this is not an overly burdensome task.
But the Left’s argument does not start there. Democrats would like you to believe that voter fraud doesn’t exist in the first place and that this legislation is nothing more than a ploy used by Republicans to oppress minorities.
This position holds absolutely no water.
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First of all, it’s not at all true. There is no doubt that voter fraud exists. It has been well documented that voter fraud is real, and the ease at which any random citizen can show up at a poll to place a vote for someone else is astonishing.
The New York Times and other liberal outlets will tell you otherwise. Some go as far to say as it doesn’t exist, but most on the left claim that the occurrences are so few and far between that it’s irrelevant. However the notion that only 31 instances of voter fraud have occurred since 2000 is preposterous.
This assumes that the government caught 100 percent of the people who attempted to alter votes.
Arguing against reasonable voter ID laws by saying that voter fraud is rare doesn’t address the fact that any example of voter fraud is enough to justify pushing for increased integrity at the polls.
So what if voter ID detractors are right and only 31 cases of voter fraud happened? Why should that mean we give up on pursuing the goal of 100 percent voter legitimacy?
It is Liberal logic that says every vote is important, except those that are the result of fraud. Furthermore, anyone with even an anecdotal knowledge of Chicago politics knows that those stats are far from accurate.
One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to undress a lefty’s irrational position is to summon the late Andrew Breitbart, a conservative media icon, who used to bluntly respond to illogically biased statements with a simple “So?”
This leads to an “argument” against voter ID law that stems from the idea that there are thousands of citizens, primarily African-American and Hispanic, who don’t have identification and have no way to go about attaining any.
The ACLU immediately responded to Monday’s ruling by saying, “The 300,000 registered Wisconsin voters who lack the limited forms of photo ID needed to vote in Wisconsin — disproportionately African Americans and Latinos — deserve to have their voices heard in our political process.”
This in and of itself is a completely flawed and inherently racist position when you peel back all the layers. It is absurd to assume that all minorities are incapable of getting IDs.
Claiming that minorities are incapable of obtaining ID’s completely misses the mark and ignores the reality that no one is saying that these citizens don’t deserve to have their voices heard. Of course these votes should count, but at the same time it is not at all unreasonable to think that these citizens, perhaps with the assistance of the government, should be able to acquire a photo ID.
We only need to look at immigrants in California who have, some after decades of living in the US illegally, figured out how to obtain Driver’s Licenses despite being poor or even unable to speak the language.
In California, a state ID costs $28, in Vermont it’s $20, and in Illinois you will pay $10 to $20. However, many states offer free ID cards to the elderly and those with disabilities, which significantly discredits the argument that society’s most vulnerable are restricted by voter ID laws.
Regardless of whether an ID is free or $30, what kind of world do we live in where the poor are automatically labeled as incapable of coming up with $30 for an ID that lasts for years? Why do Democrats scoff at the idea of a poor citizen in the inner city being able to come up with $20 but yet readily accept the notion that voter fraud is impossible?
Well, there are a few reasons for that. The primary reason is that Democrats have made it very clear they don’t respect the intelligence of the poor in the inner city. In fact, liberal policies have resulted in a complete infantilization of the poor.
Rather than build the poor up, the Democrats have brought us bankrupt cities like Detroit and Chicago to go along with 46 million citizens on food stamps. African-Americans have fared worse under Obama than any president in recent memory. Black unemployment is nearly double the level of white unemployment.
Rather than direct their efforts to empowering the poor, Democrats fight tooth and nail to increase the minimum wage by $3, which has been proven to not bring the poor out of poverty. It’s hard to not come to the conclusion that Democrats don’t have any faith in poor people; this is proven by the fact that they are not confident in the ability of minorities to come up with $20 or in the government’s ability to produce free photo IDs.
Yet today’s Democratic Party is spending more energy labeling Republicans as racist than than they are pushing for easier access to state IDs.
In fact, this might be the first time in history that Democrats are opposed to more government involvement.
This whole controversy is a perfect example of how Democrats would rather race bait than solve an easily fixable problem. The Left recognizes that by infantilizing the poor they create a narrative that a black citizen in the inner city is incapable of figuring out how to obtain a legal ID.
At the very core of this argument may be that Democrats feel that easing voter ID laws gives them an advantage in manipulating elections and they want to hold on to that at all costs. It’s no secret that liberals want illegal immigrants to become citizens, and now many of them have the ID necessary to vote. The demographic most susceptible to voter fraud is illegal immigrants and those with an unclear residency status.
President Obama’s recent executive action granting legal status to 5 million illegal immigrants, despite his own admission (22 times) that he did not have the constitutional authority do order, speaks for itself. Democrats believe that poor immigrants will vote Democrat.
Showing up to vote in Hamilton County, Ohio, during the 2012 election, all that was required to vote was that I state my address. While standing there, busloads of people showed up to the polling place carrying pro-Obama pamphlets.
There is nothing wrong with get-out-the-vote efforts, and both parties are notorious for it, but there was definitely something not right about the situation.
Fox News reported that there was voter fraud in Ohio, one poll worker being sentenced to five years in jail for voting six times, one of those votes cast for her comatose sisters.
With all that being said, instead of pretending that there is no need to make sure votes are as accurate as possible, why is the effort not focused on promoting legislation that encourages states to provide free photo IDs to the poor? The process of obtaining a State ID could easily be rolled into the process of acquiring a WIC food assistance card, providing the poor with food, but also the dignity to vote.