No proof, just feel­ing

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

If you went to your doc­tor and, after glanc­ing at you for a mo­ment, she said, “I’ve got a feel­ing you have brain can­cer. I’m go­ing to sched­ule a biopsy ASAP,” how would you re­spond?

“Sure, what­ever you say, Doc. Drill away!” Yes?

Or, just maybe, you’d pre­fer a lit­tle more con­vinc­ing?

“Did you see some­thing wrong with my eyes?”

“Not that I can tell.”

“Are my hands trem­bling?” “They seem to be work­ing nor­mally.”

“So is my speech slurred?” “Nope.”

“So why do you need to take a piece of my brain?”

This is the same po­si­tion Pres­i­dent Trump has put states like Arkansas in with his de­mand for voter in­for­ma­tion. He has a feel­ing that he ac­tu­ally won the pop­u­lar vote in 2016. He has a feel­ing that mil­lions of people voted il­le­gally in that elec­tion. But he has zero proof to back these feel­ings up. And un­til Trump can pro­vide the Amer­i­can pub­lic with some tan­gi­ble signs of voter fraud, we should refuse to let him “drill” into our per­son­ally iden­ti­fy­ing vot­ing be­hav­ior.

This is big govern­ment at its worst.

JOHN AGEE BALL Lit­tle Rock

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