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March 22, 2012

Voter ID … Third World Countries adopt it but American left says NO!

Filed under: Voter ID — questiondc @ 12:14 pm

The AFL_CIO, ACLU and NAACP have all made concerted efforts to invalidate Voter ID laws that have been adopted by, at last count, 32 States.  Couching the issue as one of “Voter Suppression” and even prompting Debbie Wasserman Shultz, DNC Chair, to make this statement:

“[I]f you go back to the year 2000, when we had an obvious disaster and – and saw that our voting process needed refinement, and we did that in the America Votes Act and made sure that we could iron out those kinks, now you have the Republicans, who want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws and literally – and very transparently – block access to the polls to voters who are more likely to vote Democratic candidates than Republican candidates. And it’s nothing short of that blatant.”

Ms. Shultz was then captured denying the comment:

“The Media Research Center’s MRC TV caught Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz in what may have either been a case of selective memory or a simple lie when they caught the Florida Congresswoman at the Rayburn House Office Building.”

She later issued “sort of” an apology:

Jim Crow was the wrong analogy to use. But I don’t regret calling attention to the efforts in a number of states with Republican dominated legislatures, including Florida, to restrict access to the ballot box for all kinds of voters, but particularly young voters, African Americans and Hispanic Americans.

Eric “Fast and Furious” Holder has used the power of the Office of Attorney General to bring lawsuits in States that have passed such laws, but the most ironic twist of all is that the NAACP has gone to the United Nations Human Rights Council to protest the enactment of these laws.

“The NAACP is calling on the United Nations to intervene as it claims state governments are colluding to “block the vote” for minority communities ahead of the 2012 election — a charge those governments vehemently deny. “

Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski authored a piece in the Huffington Post which highlights many of the actions taken and make a strong argument in favor of Voter ID laws.

“Protecting the integrity of the ballot box is essential to our democracy. Laws requiring voters to show identification at the polls are commonsense measures to prevent fraud and corruption, and ensure that each year’s election returns accurately reflect the will of the people.”

The irony is that Mr. Blackwell was the former US Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Commission and Mr. Klukowski is a fellow with the American Civil Rights Union.  The irony doesn’t end there.  Sierra Leone, a small West African nation, has decided that Voter ID will be implemented and a portion of the funding for this implementation will come from, wait for it, the United Nations Development Project.

President Koroma says, Sierra Leone will use Biometric Voting System in the 2012

Sierra Leone is not implementing a photo ID requirement. The method of voter ID adopted is biometric fingerprint scanning.  More irony; Sierra Leone is not the first country to adopt this ID technology.  Ghana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria (famous for the e-mail scams) and Kenya!  Yes, Kenya.  They have all seen the necessity of a fair election process that reduces the opportunity for fraudulent votes being cast.  The United Nations has taken a roll in the implementation of these measures while our own Attorney General takes an active role in attempting to strike down efforts to ensure fraudulent votes are not cast.  {Insert conspiracy theory here}.

There is a War in this country, or at least it would appear so given that Al Gore’s Current TV program “The War Room” has focused on this issue using the typical emotional appeal that the Cloward-Piven strategy lovers are famous for:

“The AFL-CIO’s executive vice president Arlene Holt-Baker gets to the heart of voter ID issues. Republicans ask, what’s the big deal? Here it is: “In this country, 11 percent of Americans who would be eligible to vote do not have voter ID,” including 25 percent of African Americans, she says. Laws requiring ID disproportionately impact people of color, the elderly, and young people.”

So here’s the question: If Obama’s third world ancestral homeland of Kenya can adopt Voter ID laws to ensure fair election, why is it such taboo for this great Nation?



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