In a viewing of PoliticsNation on MSNBC (Yes I know that no one actually watches it, including your’s truly, but I catch the internet recaps), Al Sharpton and Debbie Wasserman Schultz talked briefly about voter ID laws. What’s interesting is Al tries to paint himself as “non-partisan” on the issue. Oh really?
The dialogue goes like this:
DWS: “The Democrat party is going to do everything we can to make sure that regardless of whether you speak English or Spanish, regardless of where you live, if you are eligible to vote and lawfully eligible to vote, we are going to do everything we can to make sure you can cast that ballot. The Republicans are doing everything that they can to prevent it.
Sharpton: “Now Congresswoman you know I’ve spent some time in florida lately with National Action Network around voter ID and it’s been non-partisan, not for either party. I’m going back with Bishop Victor Curry next week.”
Ok so we have the Democrat Chair putting all sorts of things up on the chopping block here. First she at least does say that she wants those “lawfully eligible to vote to be able to vote. I agree and so do Republicans. In fact, all Americans want this.
However, the flaw in this is how does one go about proving they they are legally eligible to vote? Well that is the entire purpose of Voter ID laws. The intent is to make sure that the person who is voting is who they say they are and checked against voter registration. This prevents fraud, not legally eligible people from voting.
She is right though, the DNC will do just about everything to make sure all kinds of people vote, even send a bus to pick them up in many cases, but the question is always who are they picking up? Are they picking up eligible voters or are they picking up ineligible voters. Well we don’t know because they don’t want people to identify themselves. By the way, I reporting on the NAACP’s attempt to bring this issue before the United Nations (Yes they did that) I pointed out their utter hypocrisy when the issue of IDs come up in regards to purchasing firearms. They practically want a blood and urine sample and prostate check if you want to purchase a weapons to exercise your Second Amendment rights.
The Republicans are not trying to prevent anyone from voting who is legally eligible. They are simply guarding against people who are ineligible from voting. That is the entire point of the Voter ID laws. It makes perfect sense too. You have to show an ID for all sorts of things in everyday life. When giving your voice in electing public officials you should also have to prove you are who you say you are and a photo ID is a good way to do just that.
But then Sharpton come in, and honestly the voice gets on my nerves, but that is beside the point. He then tries to say that his work alongside the National Action Network involving voter Id was “non-partisan.” What a crock! It’s completely partisan. I don’t see him having Republicans on TV with him advancing against Voter ID.
The fact is that nearly 70% of the country stands opposed to Al Sharpton, DWS and the Democrats on this one. According to Rasmussen,
Attorney General Eric Holder signaled last week that the Justice Department will be closely examining new state laws that require showing a photo ID before voting for potential racial bias, but voters nationwide overwhelmingly favor such a requirement and reject the idea that it is discriminatory.
Seventy percent (70%) of Likely U.S. Voters believe voters should be required to show photo identification such as a driver’s license before being allowed to cast their ballot. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 22% oppose this kind of requirement.
So I suppose that Sharpton must be at odds with even some of his own base with numbers like these. The only people being non-partisan on voter ID laws are those in favor of them.