I should add to the heroes list the governors of the states that are challenging the Justice Department over blocking their voter ID requirements as well, but Scott is a worthy representative. His law suit is a little different than theirs, but the principle is the same, the target—Eric Holder’s politicized and incompetent Justice Department—is the same, and the objective, ensuring the integrity of elections, is also the same.
The Department of Justice, of all institutions, shouldn’t be adopting the sadly popular phisosophy, growing like mold on a large segment of progressive America, that it is wrong to enforce legitimate laws if doing so risks having disparate impact on particular groups. It certainly shouldn’t be using its power to join in the desperate race-baiting that seems to be part of the desperate Democratic game plan for President Obama’s re-election. Attorney General Holder has been making the rounds of African-American groups, rattling the civil rights sabers and proclaiming that requiring voters to show proof of identity and citizenship is a racist plot. This is either cynical politics or proof of intellectual deficiency, and since it is Holder, telling which is difficult. Holder, after all, requires identification to get into his building, his office, and his public appearances, but presumably nobody would accuse the first black and most race-conscious Attorney General in the nation’s history of being anti-black. Yet I submit that the importance of ensuring the integrity of elections in a democracy is rather more important than ensuring that only citizens get to hear Holder make speeches accusing states of racism and voter-suppression for attempting to enforce the law.
Gov. Scott’s law suit involves Holder’s Justice Department obstructing his efforts to purge the voter rolls of felons and illegal aliens, of which, perhaps you have heard, Florida has many. This is the state’s job, and a necessary one, as anyone who has checked their fundraising list or Facebook friends knows. Lists get corrupted. People end up on them who don’t belong there because they are dead or not who you thought they were, or some other reason. Florida’s plan includes reasonable safeguards, and the contention that voting rolls shouldn’t be checked and purged of illegal voters because some legitimate voters might erroneously be cast off as well is so logically and ethically bankrupt that it should require no rebuttal. It is also, coming from the U.S.government, and a government run by a party that advocates more and bigger government, hypocritical. Yup, you’re right, Eric, government can’t do anything without screwing it up. If it collects taxes, some taxpayers get unfairly harassed. If it enforces criminal laws, some people end up in jail who shouldn’t. It it has a space program, a couple of space shuttled blow up. If it lets guns get smuggled into Mexico, people get killed. Since when was the response to imperfect execution of governmental functions to argue that the government shouldn’t do its job at all? (I mean, other than when Republicans are talking?)
I can answer that: when blocking state governments from ensuring that only citizens can vote simultaneously allows the Obama Administration—you recall, the one that wa supposed to be neither black nor white, and bring us together?—to feed racial distrust of whites and Republicans, and as a special bonus, also panders to illegal immigrants, and, by extension, the arge Hispanic voting bloc.
The Feds won’t enforce immigration laws, is blocking the states from enforcing them, and now says that the efforts of states to try to make sure all those illegal immigrants aren’t going to vote is racist and attempted voter suppression.
I’ll say this: it is audacious. And like so many of recent campaign-based tactics, it counts on the inattention of the public. The vast majority agree that requiring IDs to vote is fair, responsible and necessary, which it is. Only Obama partisans, and Holder is certainly one, desperate to turn the election into race-, gender-, class- warfare can have the brass to argue that what is fair and necessary is also racist. Although, starnge as it seems, there are judges who adhere to the bizarre notion that enforcing reasonable laws equally on all citizens is still discriminatory, I am confident that Holder’s cynical ploy will fail. In the meantime, it’s embarrassing…much like Holder’s tenure as Attorney General.
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