One Angry Man writes that you need a valid photo ID to adopt a pet, buy a gun, create a bank account, get a credit card, write a check, obtain a passport, apply for a loan, build, buy, and close on a house, get married, buy beer or cigarettes, drive, get on a plane, get insurance, get a job, legally hunt or fish, rent a car, rent an apartment, rent a hotel room, get welfare, get Medicaid or Medicare, receive Social Security, buy a bus ticket, buy antihistamines at a drug store, walk into a bar, go to college, have your utilities turned on, get cable, pick up a package at the post office or from UPS and Federal Express, and have a prescription filled.
There are other things.
The mantra that “Republicans don’t want you to vote,” that actually showing a photo ID is some nefarious form of voter manipulation, is the slogan of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. That’s right: An organization whose goal is to “keep a Democratic majority in the Senate” actually believes that showing a valid photo ID at the polls is an attempt to stop Democrat voters from casting ballots for Democrats.
We really ought to ask ourselves why that is. The party made famous for its attempts to throw out military ballots (because military voters were more likely to vote for George W. Bush), the party that made courtroom manipulation of elections its stock in trade (yes, Al Franken, this means you) wants vote fraud to be easier, not harder.
The website dmv.org, “a privately owned website that is not owned or operated by any state government agency,” describes its mission as “aiming to simplify the lives of the online community. … [We] leverage what’s cool about the Web to create a community of drivers willing and wanting to share useful knowledge about DMV-related topics.” The site has collected a complete list of requirements for obtaining a photo identification in the United States, region by region.
“State-issued identification cards are a handy resource if you do not, or are not old enough to, carry a driver’s license,” reads the site. “Having some form of photo ID is critical in our world today; you need to be able to prove you are who you say you are in many situations. You’ll need a picture ID to board an airplane, get a job, set up bank accounts, and in order to make certain purchases.” The website even goes on to point out that several states allow you to renew your identification online.
What are the requirements for a non-driver’s license, a simple state photo ID, in New York, one of the most bureaucratic and controlled of states in the union? You need to fill out a form, then show a Social Security card and a birth certificate.
In California, you’ll do much the same. You’ll get your thumbprint taken and, in addition to your birth certificate, you’ll need to prove you’re in the state legally. There’s a long list of documents you could use to do this.
In the middle of the country, in Kansas, the requirements are again the same, although they sound less stringent. You must present two proof of identity documents and pay about $22 in fees (unless you’re a senior citizen, in which case the fee is $18, total). Your ID is then valid for six years and can be renewed at any driver’s license exam station. There’s a $12 fee for replacing a lost card.
Any reasonably productive, contributing member of society looks at these requirements and is wholly unimpressed. It’s EASY to get a photo ID. It’s inexpensive to get a photo ID. It’s even simple to get a photo ID … and this is a process governed by your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles, an institution whose methods and demands are almost never characterized as simple, easy, or cheap.
Despite this, Barack Hussein Obama’s racist, recklessly murderous attorney general, Eric Holder, believes voter ID laws – laws whose ONLY goal is to prevent voter fraud – are some form of Jim Crow. Mewling that “both overt and subtle forms of discrimination remain all too common and have not yet been relegated to the pages of history,” Holder pandered to a black audience late last month by telling them that voter identification “threatens” blacks’ right to vote across the country. The imagery is clear enough: We are expected to picture a bunch of white racist officials peering haughtily over tall tables at impoverished voters-of-color. Said voters probably have tattered hats in hand; they want nothing more than to engage in the democratic process and fulfill their civic responsibilities. Our fictitious officials will smile at them with reptilian menace before saying, “Why, of course you can vote. All you have to do is … show us your photo ID.” Thus foiled by corrupt and hateful people in power, our disenfranchised voters run, tears of disillusionment streaming down their cheeks, from the polling place.
How dare those monsters demand voters produce, on request, something those voters already use every day?
There is no functioning American citizen who does not have valid photo identification. The only people who can’t get such identification are those people who don’t have birth certificates and Social Security cards, which are also very easy to obtain if you were legally born in this country and thus eligible to vote. This begs the obvious question: If photo ID is easy and inexpensive to acquire, which it is, and if the only obstacle to getting it is the fact that you are not an American citizen, how could anyone conceivably consider voter ID racist or a tool of vote suppression?
The answer is simple. The Democrats are the party of vote fraud. They believe voter ID interferes with their frequent attempts to encourage felons, illegal aliens and dead people to vote for liberals. They also believe that persons of color are too stupid to obtain valid identification.
There is no other explanation. There is no other possible interpretation.