Just 3 days after covering the hype, by the Herman Cain Campaign and the media, over the sexual harassment scandal we now have yet another example of overreaching for political ends. This time it is the NAACP, and the extent to which Ben Jealous goes in his recent email borders on fear mongering.
Benjamin Jealous, the president of the NAACP, released an email today stating,
“Your voting rights are under attack…Our freedom is under attack…This effort is coordinated and targeted, and it is a throwback to a time that no one in our nation will want to revisit…
Today, the target is the voting rights of Black voters, Latino voters, Asian American Voters, Native American Voters, as well as students and young people, working women, and immigrants of ALL colors…
…Attacking voting rights was un-American then. Attacking voting rights is un-American now.” – Benjamin Jealous – 11/4/2011
Yes, that does not sound dire at all.
Let’s think about this. What is the NAACP upset about? Legislation passed in several States that require voters to have photo id to vote. Requiring people to prove they are who they claim to be, apparently in the mind of the NAACP, is tantamount to Jim Crow.
Of course, to our knowledge, in every State there are loitering and vagrancy laws that require adults to provide proof of who they are – which requires photo ID. To get on a plane in most larger airports across the nation photo ID is required. To get a job in the majority of companies across the country photo ID is required.
So the conspiracy is widespread apparently. People of color are being trapped in their local area, without jobs, so they can be arrested easily and denied all manner of rights – voting being on the list. How devious. The NAACP has discovered this plot that has been ongoing for DECADES across the country and now is getting out the word. Aren’t we lucky?
Still there is that little fact that voter fraud has been pervasive in recent elections. There was the voter registration fraud committed constantly by ACORN (which now exists under a host of innocuous names in the same locations and doing the same activities after ACORN came under fire). ACORN workers have been convicted of submitting false voter registration forms in Colorado Springs in 2005, Kansas City, Mo., in 2006 and King County, Wash., in 2007. The Las Vegas office was raided by a state criminal investigator in 2008. ACORN workers were also the subjects of ongoing investigations in Wisconsin, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana. In the Indiana investigation, which started in early October 2008, thousands of fraudulent registration forms may have been involved.
That’s just one organization. Of course there are some cases of voter fraud alleged against the NAACP as well. NAACP official Lessadolla Sowers was convicted on 10 counts of fraudulently casting absentee ballots – April 2011, Mississippi. A man in Ohio who filed possibly 48 phony ballots claimed to do so for the National Voter Fund, and was paid in crack – which the NAACP denied any connection to in 2004. But forget about that.
Forget how often that dead people are regularly counted as voting in elections across the country, via early and mail-in ballots. Forget that there are multiple organizations (Democrat and Republican) that are accused of voter registration and voter fraud each election. Because this is all about race. Or so the NAACP would make it seem.
Forget that getting photo ID is required for almost everything. Forget that the ease of getting a photo ID is about as simple as possible. Forget that for DECADES voting has occured during the work week and yet tens of millions vote each election year. People of color are being discriminated against.
Should America allow convicted criminals, felons like rapists and murderers the right to vote? There are good arguments for both sides, but the overwhelming opinion is no – and has been for decades. It is the price of their crimes and intended as a deterent – until the majority of the nation believes otherwise.
Should immigrants (meaning both illegal and legal since no distinction is made) have a Right to vote? Consider if you think that someone that actively violates Federal law (entering the nation without documentation) and evades justice, is a drain on the economy, and has an active political agenda (receiving a reward of citizenship for their crime) should be given a Right to elect politicians that may provide them with their reward? Does that sound like any ideal found in the Constitution or any law in the nation?
Because the simple logic that someone who is not willing to take the time to get a photo ID is equally not likely to go out and vote – or in the cases where they do it is likely they are voting based on little to no information beyond political party – is not logic but racism apparently. Somehow, to the NAACP, the latter logic is far more real and important.
Perhaps the most infuriating aspect of the spectre that Ben Jealous casts out is the implied thought it contains. That people of color are too poor, too lazy, and/or too diminished in thought to either afford, value, or appreciate the need for a photo ID. Voter laws need to be simplified and standards lowered to ensure that people of color are capable of meeting the bar. Such a thought is sickening.
We reject such a thought. People of color are responsible for almost $1 trillion in consumer spending a year, even in this recession. People of color have been leaders in business, medicine, science, and the nation since before America existed as a nation.
Yes we should protect the people of America from discrimination and disenfranchisement that would restrict their freedoms and Rights. But we should NOT become so frightened or coddled by organizations with political agendas that we overstep and allow fraud and illegal votes to interfere with those same Rights. Indeed we need to protect America from fear-mongering and evocative language which are intended to profit a specific political agenda at the cost of anything else.
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