Great stuff as usual, Clay! Keep it coming!
My boss is a conservative Republican and I am a liberal (I don't even try to use the current politically correct term "progressive") Democrat, which makes for some interesting times at work. The other day, we got into a discussion about voter ID laws (of which he, obviously, approves, and of which, I, obviously, disapprove) and we had a very interesting, enlightening, bottom-line experience. Turns out he would agree to have 100 duly qualified in every sense of the word voters turned away from the polls and denied their experience of voting if that would prevent one unqualified, whatever that meant, person from voting. I, of course, think just exactly the opposite. I would rather see 100 unqualified, again, whatever that means, persons vote than have 1 qualified voter turned away. Now, I know that all this business about what "qualified" means is so much razzmatazz, and Republicans are really just trying to stop those who are statistically more likely to vote Democratic from voting, and I know that "voter fraud" is not even an issue whereas election fraud as practiced by present-day Republicans is verging on being rampant and I know that Republicans are using their made-up "voter fraud" issue to distract attention from their election fraud, but nonetheless, I thought our discussion was enlightening. I wonder which you all would choose. At the end of the day, my boss thanked me for helping him define and articulate his position. (For a Republican, he's not bad, and he really believes all this Republican nonsense about voter fraud. Too much Fox News!) I felt exactly the same. What would you choose? Is that really the bottom line? What do you think?
As anniebelle has so correctly pointed out, voter fraud is not an issue. However, there is an issue here and it's election fraud, to call it by it's true name. Election fraud, as when the Supreme Court steals an election and installs a non-elected President. As when legistative districts are gerrymandered to take or retain control by a particular group. As when particular groups of citizens are systematically prevented from voting. I could cite other instances, but you get the point. That is election fraud and it is plainly and simply un-American. To call it anything else is nothing but obsfucation.