I’ve noted before that we have greatly cheapened the value of U.S. citizenship. If anyone from anywhere can sneak into our country with a reasonable expectation that if they “hide in the shadows” long enough for another amnesty, then our birthright citizenship means nothing — or nada, if you must. That should be completely unacceptable to any citizen already here.
One particular aspect of that citizenship that is clearly neglected is our voting process. There should be absolutely no opposition to requiring photo I.D. to cast a vote — but the soft bigotry of low expectations (plus a desire for a fraud-conducive system) in the Democratic Party keeps claiming there’s no need, and that it’s an undue burden on minorities.
That’s a load of Donkey manure. One already needs a photo ID to do all sorts of everyday things. But the Left says there’s no indication enough fraud exists to require such documentation.
Well, how about this:
Voting machines in more than one-third of all Detroit precincts registered more votes than they should have during last month’s presidential election, according to Wayne County records prepared at the request of The Detroit News…
“There’s always going to be small problems to some degree, but we didn’t expect the degree of problem we saw in Detroit. This isn’t normal,” said Krista Haroutunian, chairwoman of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers… (emphasis added)
Republican state senators last week called for an investigation in Wayne County, including one precinct where a Detroit ballot box contained only 50 of the 306 ballots listed in a poll book, according to an observer for Trump.
Detroit has not had a Republican mayor since 1962. It’s safe to say there’s a well-oiled Democratic political machine in that city now, and that the Democrats have run everything as Detroit went from being a high-flying manufacturing center to a broken shell of its former self. As for the comment above “this isn’t normal,” I’d say it applies more to getting caught than to having such irregularities. What’s amusing is that this came to light because Jill Stein and her Green Party demanded a recount that spent a boatload of money in Michigan and Wisconsin only to find Trump had 131 more votes in Wisconsin than originally recorded on election day.
Everything today revolves around convenience, which is why the arguments against voter I.D. have traction. Simply put, a lot of people don’t care if a lot of their neighbors are too lazy to take the few required steps to participate in what should be a secure voting process. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: in order to vote, you should have to pass a basic civics exam on how the Constitution sets up our government, you should have to have photo I.D. to vote, and your finger should be dipped in a Red, White or Blue ink (your choice) that doesn’t wash/rub out for a couple days. (I also believe that if you’re on public assistance, your voting rights should be temporarily suspended. Make sure you can take care of yourself before you start impacting others.)
I was in Iraq when they held their first post-Saddam election. From what I saw, they took their process and its security much more seriously than we do. That should shame us into action. Iraqis went to polling stations even with the threat of terrorist activity across the country (something that, thankfully, we only know a little about… for now). And we can’t be bothered to get an I.D.? Give me a break.
Clean up the voter rolls, pass the photo I.D. requirement nationally, and start making people demonstrate knowledge of the system and its history before letting them participate in it. Compared to how many have died or been wounded over the decades to give us the space and freedom to even hold elections, is that really too much to ask? Some things worth having are not convenient to maintain…
“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.”
— Thomas Paine, from “The American Crisis,” written when protecting freedom (during the American Revolution) was a lot more inconvenient than it is today.