Left’s se­lec­tive OK of ID

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - STEVEN DONNELLY Cowansville, Penn­syl­va­nia

With the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion ap­proach­ing, Democrats’ at­tempts to re­store vot­ing rights for con­victed felons and dis­man­tle voter-ID laws ex­poses a dis­cred­ited left des­per­ate to in­crease turnout by racially man­u­fac­tur­ing and ex­ploit­ing the “voter sup­pres­sion” fal­lacy.

The Supreme Court’s 2008 Craw­ford v. Mar­ion County Elec­tion Board de­ci­sion found lib­eral Jus­tice John Paul Stevens writ­ing the 6-3 ma­jor­ity opin­ion up­hold­ing voter ID — and it in­fu­ri­ated the left. Pro­gres­sives love to lec­ture us that Oba­macare and abor­tion de­ci­sions are “the law of the land,” yet they scoff at rec­og­niz­ing voter ID as equally set­tled case law.

Like Supreme Court rul­ings, photo-ID re­quire­ments for cer­tain amend­ments in the Bill of Rights are hyp­o­crit­i­cally pred­i­cated on what Democrats fa­vor or ab­hor. Photo ID for our 12th Amend­ment right to vote is oner­ous and dis­crim­i­na­tory. Yet photo ID, back­ground checks and wait­ing pe­ri­ods are “com­mon-sense” bar­ri­ers to nav­i­gate prior to ex­er­cis­ing our Sec­ond Amend­ment rights.

Mi­nori­ties col­lect­ing var­i­ous gov­ern­ment hand­outs with ID are ca­pa­ble of en­sur­ing their votes’ sanc­tity by pro­duc­ing thaeir ID prior to vot­ing. An Aug. 22, 2016 Gallup poll found that 77 per­cent of all mi­nori­ties fa­vor us­ing photo ID to cast bal­lots, while 80 per­cent of all Amer­i­cans sup­port photo ID to pro­tect the in­tegrity (not ubiq­uity) of the fran­chise.

If the GOP aban­dons the ma­jor­ity and sur­ren­ders to the in­evitable Demo­cratic and me­dia race bait­ing, a spir­ited Repub­li­can bid for the dead vote — mo­nop­o­lized by the left since Tam­many Hall — must im­me­di­ately com­mence.

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