Be­trayal by any other name

Com­plain­ing to au­to­crats about U.S. voter laws is per­fid­i­ous

The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion - By Robert Knight

What would you call it if some Amer­i­cans went over­seas to the United Na­tions Hu­man Rights Coun­cil and gave aid and com­fort to some of the most re­pres­sive regimes on the planet?

What if they falsely ac­cused Amer­ica of sup­press­ing the vote of racial mi­nori­ties be­cause some states re­quire voter photo ID and other mea­sures to de­ter fraud?

I’d call it “trea­son,” but you also could say it’s just lib­eral pol­i­tics as usual.

The core ar­gu­ment is that mi­nori­ties are in­ca­pable of get­ting an ID and play­ing by the same rules that all adult cit­i­zens must fol­low re­gard­less of race. It’s the same poi­sonous brew of low­ered ex­pec­ta­tions that lib­er­als have been push­ing on mi­nori­ties in or­der to ex­pand gov­ern­ment and foster de­pen­dency.

On Wed­nes­day, NAACP Pres­i­dent Ben­jamin T. Jealous, who ap­par­ently longs for an elec­toral sys­tem like those in Cuba, China or Saudi Ara­bia, whose rep­re­sen­ta­tives hung on his ev­ery word, trashed his own coun­try. I was not there, but I’m as­sum­ing these regimes en­joyed see­ing a cer­ti­fied “civil rights” leader crit­i­cize the United States.

Here’s some of what Mr. Jealous said, ac­cord­ing to

“These voter-sup­pres­sion laws in­clude so-called strict voter ID laws, cut­ting of Sun­day vot­ing, early vot­ing and same-day reg­is­tra­tion, and the reim­pos­ing of no­to­ri­ously racist bans on for­merly in­car­cer­ated peo­ple vot­ing.” Mr. Jealous claimed that 25 laws passed in 14 states “will to­gether make it harder for more than 5 mil­lion peo­ple to vote.”

It’s true, at least, that Mr. Jealous, a zeal­ous Demo­crat, wants to de­liver more of the ex-felon vote, dis­pro­por­tion­ately rep­re­sented by mi­nori­ties. This is be­cause, sadly, mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties have been tar­gets of lib­eral “com­pas­sion,” and fa­ther­less young men com­mit a dis­pro­por­tion­ate num­ber of crimes. Upon re­lease, ex­cons of any race find a nat­u­ral home in the Demo­cratic Party, which uses taxes to steal in ways that un­re­formed ex-cons can only dream about.

Com­mon-sense pre­cau­tions against fraud, such as prov­ing that you are who you say you are, is not a re­turn to Jim Crow laws any more than be­ing asked to show an ID be­fore cash­ing a check at a bank is “racist.”

I would wa­ger that Mr. Jealous and his en­tourage had to show photo IDS to board their jet to Geneva and to get into the U.N. com­pound. I at­tended a U.N. ses­sion in Geneva in 2001, and it took a her­culean ef­fort to get through se­cu­rity. I’d like to think that’s be­cause I’m a scary­look­ing guy, but I’m not.

Get­ting back to the vote­fraud is­sue: States with pho­toID laws such as Ge­or­gia and In­di­ana re­ported higher mi­nor­ity turnout af­ter the laws took ef­fect. Fed­eral courts, in­clud­ing the Supreme Court, have found no plain­tiff with a plau­si­ble claim to be un­able to get an ID. In lib­eral Rhode Is­land, where a Demo­cratic leg­is­la­ture last sum­mer en­acted a voter-id law, Demo­cratic state Sen. Harold Metts, who is black, co-spon­sored the leg­is­la­tion.

“As a mi­nor­ity cit­i­zen and a se­nior cit­i­zen,” Mr. Metts ex­plained, “I would not sup­port any­thing that I thought would present ob­sta­cles or limit pro­tec­tions, but in this day and age, very few adults lack one of the forms of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion that will be ac­cepted, and the rare per­son who does can get a free voter-id card from the sec­re­tary of state.”

The left is get­ting des­per­ate. It has lost ev­ery fact-based ar­gu­ment about do­mes­tic pol­icy. Its so­cial ex­per­i­ments, along with Hol­ly­wood’s re­lent­less myth­mak­ing about sex with­out con­se­quences, have shat­tered fam­i­lies, left cities in sham­bles and cre­ated a deb­trid­den, mega-nanny gov­ern­ment that is ca­reen­ing to­ward the cliffs of Greece. It isn’t just mi­nori­ties who are vic­tim­ized by lib­eral poli­cies, but they have taken the brunt of the war on mar­riage, re­li­gion and per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity.

The ev­i­dence is all around. Just take a stroll through much of Detroit or through run-down ar­eas of any big city in broad day­light. Detroit, which has tried ev­ery lib­eral gov­ern­ment “so­lu­tion” to poverty, spend­ing tens of bil­lions of dol­lars over the years, has lost one-quar­ter of its pop­u­la­tion over the past decade and is on the verge of bank­ruptcy. Demo­cratic Mayor Dave Bing has just the right medicine for this sick pa­tient — an­other tax in­crease on busi­nesses.

Years ago, be­fore GPS, I got lost in Detroit com­ing from down­town and drove the wrong way for a cou­ple of miles. As the sun be­gan to set, I no­ticed groups of young men gath­ered on cor­ners, giv­ing me puz­zled looks.

At a stop­light, an older man ges­tured for me to roll down the win­dow. “Son,” he said. “you do not be­long here. You can­not be here. You need to make a left at the next corner, turn around and head back in the other di­rec­tion. And do not — I re­peat — do not stop at any more lights.” He shook his head at my stu­pid­ity, gave me a warm smile and walked away.

I did find my way out, and I have never for­got­ten that man’s kind­ness.

The point is, be­fore the Great So­ci­ety, I prob­a­bly would have felt dif­fer­ently about be­ing lost in Detroit, at least in most of it. Ev­ery big city has a rough side, of course. In Detroit, the Great So­ci­ety and the auto in­dus­try’s gov­ern­ment-and-union­man­aged de­cline have man­aged to make al­most the whole city “the rough side.”

Over there in Switzer­land, I hope Mr. Jealous and the del­e­ga­tion had a fine time af­ter dump­ing on their coun­try. They prob­a­bly didn’t bring up the won­ders of Detroit’s en­light­ened path to­ward true democ­racy and so­cial jus­tice.

The U.N.’S cafe­te­ria serves up sub­si­dized gourmet meals and fine wines, even at lunch. It’s a great place to re­lax and plot the next des­per­ate move to hang on to po­lit­i­cal power.



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