A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
I'm a Tar Heel and I am fed up with the unadulterated crap, and that's what it is -- crap -- being spread by the Democratic Party and the Mainstream Media about NC's newly passed Voter ID law.
At first their idiocy was almost funny, but no more. Now it is vicious and hurtful and condescending and designed to show North Carolina in a bad light and I will not sit idly by and allow it to pass without challenge.
Leftists have come to the WRONG state looking for a fight, for it is here, rest assured, that you WILL find one -- and find one quickly!
The first thing you need to know, dear reader, is that the democrats are out of power in North Carolina after having had their way and ruling the state for a hundred and thirty some odd years. And it's not looking REAL good for them in 2014, or 2016, either.
THEY ARE LIVID!
They feel betrayed by the Tar Heel voters and they are flailing about much as a drowning man will do when faced with imminent death.
The displays of their infantile behavior is an embarrassment to a conservative state. And, YES, North Carolina IS a conservative state. Even the bulk of democrat voters in NC are conservatives. Heck, even my own Congressman is a conservative democrat!
You also need to know that we have a mainstream media here in North Carolina allied closely with the National MsM which, as everyone knows now, is the propaganda wing of the Democratic Party.
North Carolina is also the home of the university known as the "Vatican of Liberalism" in the USA. Their journalism school produces some of the finest liberal-minded media people in the world. They march out each spring determined to save the world FROM itself and FOR progressivism/socialism and, well, just plain ole Marxism.
So, now, along with Texas, NC has a huge target painted on its back and is preparing to defend itself from all the Democratic Party venom that is already spewing from that leftist political "brood of vipers."
Oh, for the record -- there really are only 50 states in the union, contrary to what our President might think, and 34 of those states already have some type of Voter ID laws. That is nearly three-quarters of the states!
So, what sort of ID must one have to vote in North Carolina in 2016? "The bill will require voters to show photo identification -- a driver's license, passport, veteran's ID, tribal card -- beginning in the 2016 elections. Student IDs are not an acceptable form of identification." SOURCE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/12/north-carolina-voter-id_n_3745253.html
Oh, and the HuffPo did thoughtfully add this: "The bill does provide for a "free ID" to be offered at DMVs, though the state estimates that between 203,351 and 318,643 voters registered in North Carolina lack ID, and that providing them with one would cost $834,200 in 2013 and 2014, and $24,100 every two years after that."
I'd like to thank the HuffPo for including the paragraph concerning the free Voter ID's provided at taxpayer expense to those who don't have them. Many reports have left that little bit of important information out of their reporting. I can't imagine why? Must have something to do with the template of their narrative.
"The bill also reduces early voting by a week, eliminates same-day registration, ends pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds and a student civics program, kills an annual state-sponsored voter registration drive and lessens the amount of public reporting required for so-called dark money groups, also known as 501(c)(4)s." SOURCE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/12/north-carolina-voter-id_n_3745253.html
Nearly all the reports fail to mention that if a voter turns up at the polls without a valid Voter ID, he/she will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot, and they almost always fail to mention that the hours available to cast an early ballot remain the same as they are currently, and voters will have ten days in which to vote early.
Personally, I don't think the law is nearly strong enough. Heck, I'd like to see requirements that a voter must have an IQ of over room temperature, be able to read and write, be able to prove citizenship in both the USA and in North Carolina, be fluent in English, cast all ballots between sunrise and sunset on one day -- Election Day. And that's just off the top of my head.
In my, ahem, highly exalted, unassailable, opinion, casting a ballot is not nearly difficult enough. Men and women died to preserve that privilege for us. To lie, cheat and/or steal in an election is blasphemy, or ought to be.
The lawsuits coming North Carolina's way were expected. That accounts for the law being so carefully written.
When listening to (or reading) all the polling out of the Tar Heel state purporting to show how unpopular the new Voter ID law is, first we ask that you determine who the polling company is, whether it leans right or left, and who paid for the poll. You will be surprised.
And remember this, dear reader. When a majority of the voters of North Carolina elected a majority republican General Assembly (state legislature) and then turned right around and elected a republican governor, that meant the voters wanted a change. That is exactly what Tar Heel voters did. And, so far, the majority of North Carolinians like it. I'd go so far as to say a heck of a lot of NC democrats like it, too, but as the democratic party is an authoritarian organization, those democrats supporting the new Voter ID law will be compelled to hold their peace and keep their own counsel.
Either elections have meaning or they don't. If they have no meaning -- then what's the point?
Look, I am convinced that anyone who really is interested in the future of North Carolina -- and America -- will WANT to vote. And, if they really WANT to vote they will make sure they have the proper identification. It ain't rocket science.
Consider this: " ... some seem to think that asking for a photo ID for voting purposes is somehow a violation of civil liberties or an attempt to prevent people from voting. The really interesting part is that it is usually liberals claiming that it is conservatives attempting to prevent people from voting when a photo ID law would apply equally to both liberals and conservatives. Heck, they would apply equally regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, weight, sexual orientation, income, health, disability, race, wealth, intelligence, marital status, attractiveness, employment status and everything else. Is there something wrong with preventing the dead, the illegal aliens, the young (under the age of suffrage) and other non-qualified people from voting ... " SOURCE: http://www.usmessageboard.com/politics/212534-list-of-things-that-require-photo-identification.html
Indeed! What IS wrong with wanting, yea, demanding fair and honest elections? And who, save for those whose intentions are unscrupulous, unlawful, and those who are morally defunct, would dare oppose a form of identification by which the people of a state can be sure the person seeking to cast a ballot is who he/she says he/she is -- and -- is, in fact, qualified to vote.
Everyone, and I mean, EVERYONE knows there is far more to the democrat's opposition to voter ID than their plaintive cries of disenfranchisement. It is pure superficial sympathy.
They are crocodile tears designed to elicit an empathetic response.
It is simply another tool they use in manipulating the "useful idiots" who parade around on sidewalks allowing themselves to be humiliated and arrested -- making fools of themselves while the democrat bosses receive the accolades of the party hierarchy.
No. Here in North Carolina, this is about power: Those who won it, those who lost it, and those who want it back.
It's about power. It's ALWAYS about power.
© J. D. Longstreet
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