Tuesday was voting day throughout New Hampshire and like many of my fellow granite-state brethren, I dutifully headed to the local high school early in the morning to make my voice heard.  As was the case during Primary voting earlier in January, I stepped up to the table and pronounced my name to the matron stationed at the “K” through “Q” line.  “Here you are Dear,” she intoned and I was off to the little cloth booth with my state and local ballots, ready and eager to practice democracy.  As usual, I was never asked to prove who I was.  Later after work, I happened to be listening to the local chatter on the drive-time station and heard that Project Veritas had struck again, this time in Vermont, trying to prove that we aren’t really protecting our sacred right to vote as well as we ought.  And of course, only a few minutes later in the broadcast Vermont Secretary of State James Condos hyperventilates, calling on the State Attorney General to investigate whether Veritas had committed a fraud on the people of Vermont.  Odd, Mr. Condos calls for an investigation into fraud, concerned that a crime may have occurred but is quite sure it never, ever does other wise.  Even though dead people are registered to vote in his state.  Well, I guess as long as they vote the correct party line, dead folks are entitled to practice democracy like the rest of us.

No pulse, no ID, no problem...

After Veritas had posted their expose here in New Hampshire, Governor Lynch was just as outraged, calling for an investigation and possible prosecution, absolutely sure that there is no voting fraud going on in New Hampshire.  Since then, the New Hampshire senate has passed a voter ID bill that will now go on to the house.  I can’t wait to see what Mr. Lynch will do when it gets to his desk.  There seems to be a great deal of whining and gnashing of liberal teeth over this issue, always trying to assure us that there is no voter fraud, all the while doing absolutely anything they can to stop measures to ensure that’s the case.  They get real pissy too as in “we’re going to prosecute,” yaddi-yaddi-yadda.  Great.  I want to see how that plays out in the real court of public opinion while it winds through whatever jurisdiction it ends up in.

But it’s not just state laws.  The Department of Justice recently blocked the voter ID law in Texas, citing that it will disproportionately affect Hispanics.  When the DOJ blocked an earlier law in South Carolina, it posited that the law there would disproportionately affect minority voters.  And my favorite line from democrats is that voter ID laws make voting harder for minorities, the elderly and other groups who tend to back democrats.  Hey, with that line they got the friggin’ trifecta.  Bullshit.

A couple of thoughts here.  People fought and died for the right to vote in this country.  Is that phrase too cliché?  People are still dying for it today, all over the world.  Whether the democrats like it or not, it’s a right that we sorely need to protect, although how one would expect democrats to protect this right while they’re busy encroaching on others may just be plain silly to begin with.  And frankly, I’m not sure how this impacts the elderly.  My aging mother has so many forms of ID it’s almost obsessive compulsive.  You know, the ID she needs to get her prescriptions filled, her Medicare checks, checks cashed at her bank and the one she uses to drive.  I’m also a little concerned about the fact that so many minorities seem to have a hard time getting some form of local ID, since that’s the argument presented in Texas.  Why might that be? Is it too far for them to walk to get one?  It must be, as they obviously can’t drive because they don’t have licenses either.  And have never cashed checks.  Or bought beer at the local 7-eleven.  Or went to a library.  Ever.

Of course, anytime the democrats want to win any argument, it’s always key to point out how someone is infringing on a minority.  Again, I find the logic a little fuzzy here.  If we start with the term minority, we can all agree that they make up a smaller percentage of the general population.  Duh, Sounds simple.  Voter fraud has a far greater impact on the smaller segments of the mix.  Well, that is assuming of course that the minority voting position is opposite to that of the illegal voter; otherwise, the illegal vote enhances that position.  Protecting minorities’ rights with voter ID laws would negatively affect those that tend to vote democrat, as the democrats insist, only if the democratic positions fail more often due to the loss of the fraudulent component.  I just don’t see how campaigning against voter ID laws, or lawsuits by the federal government against states who seek to enact them, enhances minority positions at all.  Let’s face it, unless we protect our right to vote, it loses its value for us all, majority, minority, regardless of party.  One would assume that would be the highest priory of the United States Department of Justice.

Unfortunately, we are blessed with an administration who feels that showing an ID to exercise one of the most cherished rights in the world infringes upon that right; but jamming their hands down the front of our trousers before we get on a plane is perfectly acceptable.

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