published Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Obama's misguided opposition to safeguarding ballot box

If you have occasion to travel by commercial airline, you know that you are required to present valid photo identification before you may board a plane.

You also must present legitimate photo ID to purchase certain goods or to conduct certain financial transactions.

Why, then, would there be any objection to requiring the presentation of a valid photo ID before a person may engage in the far more important activity of voting?

Several states have enacted laws to require photo ID, as a means to protect the integrity of the voting process. Without such measures, polling place workers often don't have certainty that those who cast ballots are who they claim to be and are casting their ballots lawfully.

Moreover, the states that have begun requiring photo identification have generally bent over backwards to make such identification easily available to legitimate voters who lack it.

Nevertheless, the laws have been challenged time and again in state after state -- though typically those challenges do not yield evidence that legitimate voters were truly disenfranchised by the laws.

Now, the Obama administration has forbidden the state of South Carolina to require photo ID of voters, claiming the requirement is likely to suppress minority voting.

Certainly every sensible effort should be made to ensure the rights of lawful voters. But leaving the voting process open to fraud simply to keep voters from having to go through the slight inconvenience of obtaining valid photo IDs is not reasonable.

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EaTn said...

It's very obvious that the consequences of letting a terrorist on a plane far exceeds that of letting an illegal voter in the voting booth, with both being about the same remote probability.

December 31, 2011 at 6:44 a.m.

I think the problem is your misguided approach. Instead of trying to protect the ballot box, you should first ensure that we, as citizens, are not at the mercy of the state's provision of ID.

They should be required to provide an ID system before they can require it of us before we exercise our rights. Not simply bending over backwards, but outright running out to provide it. I could be wrong, but you seem to resent that effort. You should be cheering it, encouraging it, and demanding it.

But you know what's amusing? That you complain that the challenges don't yield evidence...but so do your complaints about fraud. There is a surprising paucity of evidence that the elections are being warped by fraud that would be reduced by usage of voter ID.

December 31, 2011 at 9:24 a.m.
chet123 said...

WHO IS WRITING THIS STORY??????....IF I COULDNT PERSUADE MY POINT WITH ANY MORE VALIDTY THAN THE WRITER ON THIS ISSUE I ALSO WOULD REMAIN ANONYMOUS....THIS WRITING HAS MORE HOLES THAN A LAS VEGAS STRIP.HA HA HA

YOU START OFF SAYING OBAMA IS MISGUIDED HA HA HA..BECAUSE HE IS GUARDING BALLOT BOX..HA HAHA....MY QUESTION TO YOU IS WHY SHOULDNT HE.....OR WHY SHOULDNT YOU SINCE AMERICA STICK IT NOSE INTO OTHER COUNTRY AFFAIR WHEN VOTING SUPPRESSION IS PRESENT HHHmmmmm...HAVE YOU EVER GIVEN THIS ISSUE A THOUGHT OR ARE YOU INTO RIGHT-WING REPUBLICAN PHILOSOPHY WHERE I WALK ON YOUR RIGHTS BUT YOU BETTER NOT THREATEN MY RIGHTS TO HAVE GUNS OR I WILL GO TO WAR WITH YOU BECAUSE I HAVE THE NRA ON MY SIDE AND I HAVE WEAPONS TO KILL YOU...

I NOTICE A RIGHT-WING TALIKING POINT....YOU COMPARE PURCHASING GOODS AND AIR TRAVEL TO VOTING......THATS NOT COMPARING AN APPLE TO AN ORANGE....BUT THAT IS COMPARING A MUSTARD SEED TO A PUMPKIN..DO YOU IN YOUR PEA-BRAIN THAT PEOPLE DIE FOR VOTING RIGHTS...CHURCHES WAS BOMBED...MEN WAS HUNG FROM TREES.....THE FACT IS THERES IS NO COMPARISON AND YOU KNOW IT.....

YOU GO ON TO SAY SEVERAL STATE HAVE ENACTED LAWS IN FAVOR OF VOTER ID'S HA HA HA HA HA ...WHY DIDNT YOU MENTION THE FACT THAT ALL THESE STATES HAVE REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR AND REPUBLICAN STATE LEGISLATORS HHHmmmmmm WHY DIDNT YOU MENTION THAT...Hmmmmm I SMELL A CONSPIRACY HHmmmmmm AND WHY DIDNT YOU MENTION THAT MOST OF THE STATE ARE SOUTHERN STATE WITH HISTORY OF VOTER SUPRESSION AND TERRIST ACT......WITH SOUTHERN BAPTIST INFLUENCE(HISTORY OF DICRIMINATION THAT WHY THEY TRYING TO CHANGE THEIR NAME...BUT THEIR HEARTS THE SAME)

YOU SAID OBAMA HAVE FORBID SOUTH CAROLINA TO INVOKE ID VOTING LAWS.....SO WHAT!....SO WHAT!!!...YOU MAD BECAUSE YOU CANT WALK OVER PEOPLE....THIS IS ONE OF MANY REASON I WOULD NEVER VOTE REPUBLICAN.....THE PARTY IS A EVIL PARTY

AND YOU GOT NERVE ENOUGH TO TALK ABOUT EVIDENCE...EVIDENCE ....HA HA HA WHAT EVIDENCE DO YOU HAVE...WHAT EVIDENCE DO YOU HAVE...WHAT EVIDENCE DO YOU HAVE?????.. TO CHANGE THE VOTING LAWS BECAUSE OF VOTER FRUAD...NONE...NONE...YOUR TRUE INTENT IS TO SHAVE OFF MILLIONS OF DEMOCRATIC VOTERS....THE REPUBLICAN HAVE MANUFACTURED THIS LIE OF VOTER FRUAD WHEN THE ONLY CHEATER HAVE BEEN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AS THEY DID IN 2000 AND 2004.

YOU SAY EVERY SENSIBLE EFFORT SHOULD BE MADE......DID YOU USED THE WORD SENSIBLE....DID YOU SAY SENSIBLE.....HA HA HA HA HA...THIS IS THE POLITICAL PARTY THAT HELD THE COUNTRY HOTAGE ABOUT A MANUFACTURED DEBT CEILING PROBLEM AND DEFICIT THAT THE REPUBLICAN CAUSE AFTER BEING GIVEN A SURPLUS BY BILL CLINTON....HA HA HA THIS IS WHY I LAUGH.....

LET CUT TO THE CHASE....STOP PLAYING GAMES....AMERICAN PEOPLE SEE THROUGH THE REPUBLICAN.....THEY WANT OBAMA OUT SO BAD THAT THEY WILL BE WILLING TO STEAL AN ELECTION.....AFTER ALL THEY STOLE ELECTION 2000,2004 AND GOT AWAY WITH IT...

December 31, 2011 at 11:33 a.m.
Plato said...

There is no constitutional right to get on an airplane or apply for a loan - that argument is ridiculous.

When people register to vote in this state they have in the past been given a voter registration card. If the state no longer wishes to honor those ID cards to allow people to vote than the state has a responsibility to notify every voter that their ID is no longer valid and then require everyone to obtain a new ID to comply with the law. The old voter registration card should be the only thing you have to show to get a new photo ID registration card. The state also should be responsible for giving people a smooth timely way to get the ID card, not the 4-8 hour wait at DMV with multiple forms of ID that is being forced now. If that requires spending millions of dollars to do it - that's just too damn bad - they wanted the law they need to pay for enforcing it.

Tennessee's law as it is now written, is a ridiculous burden on people and is designed to suppress votes from certain demographic groups. It's unconstitutional and I hope it is overturned.

December 31, 2011 at 12:13 p.m.
conservative said...

From Obamination's perspective the issue is not about keeping the black folks from the polls but getting the black folks TO the polls! In every election cycle there is a racial issue created to get black turnout. It is desperately needed in the coming election.

Bill Clinton invented the " black churches being burned" when he was a kid. Never happened. George Bush was blamed for the dragging of Byrd behind a truck by the NAACP on radio ads. We also have the enforcement of immigration stopped for the reason of Hispanic turnout.

These come to mind and I am sure there were many others.The national Demoncrats are always scaring their sheep (sheep are dumb) for they are easily exploited. They hope many will write to papers expressing outrage over the burden of getting a FREE ID card and only a whole YEAR to do it.

I'ts not complicated.

December 31, 2011 at 5:18 p.m.
chet123 said...

HEY CONSERVATIVE...YOU SAID THE ISSUE IS NOT ABOUT KEEPING THE BLACK FOLKS FROM THE POLLS BUT GETTING THE BLACK FOLKS TO THE POLLS. SO YOU THINK THAT IS WRONG TO GET THEM TO THE POLLS..(THEY DONT KNOW HOW TO OPERATE CARS)..HA HA HA HA ..THEY SHOULDNT BE VOTING ANYWAY SHOULD THEY CONSERVATIVE(BECAUSE CONSERVATIVE KNOW WHATS GOOD FOR NEGROES)!!!! HA HA HA HA ..BOY I'M GOING TO HAVE SOME FUN TONITE!!! HA HA HA..HEY CONSERVATIVE YOU SAID IN EVERY ELECTION CYCLES THERE IS A RACIAL ISSUE. TELL ME ABOUT IT CONSERVATIVE(DID THEY TAKE THEIR WELFARE CHEESE)...HARD TO SATIFY THEM COLOR FOLK?????

BILL CLINTON INVENTED THE BLACK CHURCH BEING BURNED Hmmmmm..AND GEORGE BUSH WAS BLAME FOR DRAGGING BYRD BEHIND A PICK-UP TRUCK

WE HAVE IMMIGRATION OF HISPANIC FOR THE REASON OF HISPANIC TURN-OUT

THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATS ARE ALWAYS SCARING THEIR SHEEP...AND SHEEP ARE DUMB??? THEY HAVE OUTRAGE OF GETTING A FREE ID CARD AND A WHOLE YEAR TO DO IT

HEY CONSERVATIVE....EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE I LET A MAN OWN WORDS EXPOSE WHAT CAN OF FOOLS ARE POSTING ON HERE....THIS IS WHY I CONSTANTLY CHECK IN...THIS IS AN OLD MAN...I CAN TELL...HES FROM A RURAL AREA(PROBABLY SODDY)...I'M WILLING TO BET IF WE MET HE WOULD FAKE HIS TRUE FEELING....THIS IS HOW HE WAS RAISE..THIS IS WHAT HIS MAMA AND PAPA TAUGHT HIM..THIS IS THE KIND OF TALK THAT TAKE PLACE AT HIS CHURCH AND BARBER SHOP..HE IS PART OF A DYING CULTURE..THE WORLD HAVE PASSED HIM BY....

AMERICAN VOTED IN A BLACK PRESIDENT...AND ITS KILLING THIS OLD FOOL!...WHAT HE REFUSING TO ADMIT IS WHITE AMERICANS VOTED OBAMA IN....AMERICAN ONLY HAVE ABOUT 12% BLACK AND DISPOPORTION OF MALES HAVE FELONIES...TO HEAR THIS OLD FART TALK YOU WOULD THINK AMERICA WAS 30 OR 40% BLACK....HISPANIC ARE THE #1 MINORITY RACE...THIS OLD FOOL IS LIVING STILL IN THE 50'S

THE DEMOCRATS ARE SCARING THEIR SHEEP HA HA HA HA....THIS OLD MAN REFUSE TO ADMIT THE RIGHT-WINGS REPUBLICAN SCARING THE WHOLE NATION SAYING OBAMA WAS BORN IN KEYAN,AND HE IS COMMUNIST,SOCIALIST,ARAB,TERRORIST,ISLAM,THE BOOGIE MAN WHO WILL EAT YOUR CHILDREN HA HA HA

DID CONSERVATIVE SPEAK ABOUT DUMB.....WHERE DID HE ATTEND SCHOOL...HARVARD???BERKLEY???YALE???MIT???VANDY?? OR STANFORD HA HA HA.....DO HE KNOW THAT HE IS APPALACHIAN/CHEROKEE BLOOD LINE...Hmmmmmmm...

I'M WILLING TO BET CONSERVATIVE BLOOD LINE GOES BACK TO THE PENAL COLONY BRITIAN ESTABLISH IN AMERICA AS A PLACE TO DUMP THEIR HUMAN SAVAGES..AND HIS GREAT GRAND PARENT WAS THE UNDESIRABLE PEOPLE OF EUROPE...THE THEIVE, MURDERERS, RAPIST, THUGS, LOW LIFE....A DESCENT MAN WOULDNT THINK THE KIND OF MANURE HE HAS IN HIS HEAD...

CONSERVATIVE IS THE SCUM YOU WIPE OFF YOUR SHOES WHILE WALKING BEHIND REX THE DOG.....HE IS EDUCATED BY FOX NEWS AND RUSH LIMBAUGH,,,,,HE SEE THE WORLD THRU A MILK STRAW.....THINK HE IS RICH....HA HA HE THIS MAN IS NOT A THREAT!!!! HE IS TOO STUPID TO HAVE ANY INFLUENCE...

December 31, 2011 at 7:18 p.m.
chet123 said...

REPUBLICAN STOLE PRESIDENTAIL ELECTION 2000,2004 NOW THEY ARE TRYING TO STEAL 2012...

AND WHY THEY ALWAYS MAKE THE RULES....WHY THEY ALWAYS HAVE THEIR WAY.....I THINK THEY WILL BE SUPRISE THIS TIME!!!!VERY VERY SUPRISED!!!!

December 31, 2011 at 7:21 p.m.
conservative said...

Hey CHET--

I have to admit, you represent the liberal position very well. You are right out there in the open, not hiding your liberal beliefs. As a Conservative, we are the opposite of each other in just about everything. However, I am all for liberals who are not ashamed to display their liberalism. I am quite sure you're fellow liberals look to you for guidance and leadership. I also am quite sure that those liberals who comment here are envy of you, so stay humble and don't get the Big Head.

You are the best representative for liberalism on this site!

December 31, 2011 at 8:37 p.m.
chet123 said...

WELL CONSERVATIVE......WE CAN NAME CALL UNTIL THE COWS COME HOME....I'M ONE OF THE BEST.

I'M A PROUD DEMOCRAT...BUT ITS ALRIGHT IF YOU WANT TO CALL ME LIBERAL...MAYBE THAT MAKE YOU FEEL SECURE.

I HAVE SOME CHOICE NAMES FOR YOU TOO...BUT I REALLY SEE YOU AS SIMPLY A NUTTY RIGHT-WING REPUBLICAN.

THE ADVANTAGE I HAVE OVER YOU IS THAT I WORK AND LIVE WITH REPUBLICAN NUTS CASE LIKE YOU FOR ABOUT 100% OF MY PRODUCTIVE LIFE...I KNOW YOUR CULTURE....KNOW WHAT YOU ARE THINKING...KNOW YOU NARROW MINDED PHILOSOPHY(NOONE ELSE IN THIS WORLD BUT ME PHILOSOPHY HA HA)I HAVE ASSIMILATED INTO YOUR RED-NECK WORLD....HAVE DATED YOUR SISTERS AND DAUGHTERS....AND THEY HAVE EDUCATED ME ALSO ON THE FAMILY DINNER CONVERSATIONS....THE BRAIN WASHING YOUR FORE-PARENT WAS OBJECTED TO WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO THEM BEING MIX-UP IN THE HEAD....

CONSERVATIVE...I CAN TELL FROM YOUR CONVERSATION THAT YOU ARE NOT A PURE REPUBLICAN...ACTUALLY YOU ARE A DIXIE-CRAT.....YOU DONT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO BE A ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICAN..YOU ARE JUST A HATER...YOU ARE MOSTLY UP-SET ABOUT HAVING A BLACK PRESIDENT....GET OVER IT CONSERVATIVE.

ITS A FUNNY THING...PEOPLE LIKE YOU NEVER EXPRESS THEIR POLITICAL POSITION FACE TO FACE.....BUT THEY HIDE THEIR FACES AND MOUTH-OFF!!!

YOU ARE NOT BY YOURSELF CONSERVATIVE...THEIR ARE MANY MORE LIKE YOU....THIS IS WHY I POP IN AND OUT OF HERE TO GIVE ANOTHER VIEW.

TAKE CARE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR CONSERVATIVE!!

January 1, 2012 at 9:04 a.m.
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