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We need ID for a book, why not to vote?

August 10, 2011

Wanna know something that really tees me off? It’s arriving at a hotel with a representative member of the group or organization that has invited me to speak and is in fact taking care of all my guest arrangements, and still having to show my identification – even though someone else is responsible for everything. Another thing that annoys me is having to show identification on those occasions I pick something up at FedEx. I know who I am, and I know what it is I’m there to pick up. It bothers me to no end to have to show ID when I make a purchase using a credit card and I’m fit to be tied when a customer service clerk asks for ID when I’m returning an item for cash as opposed to store credit.

There are any number of other instances that I must show identification, every one of which just bugs the heck out of me. It’s just one of those things (and we all have them), that grates me. But, I understand the need for it, and even though I bristle at it, I do it.

We have to show identification for everything from making purchases, to showing proof of age, to sending and receiving packages, to renting a hotel room, too buying a 20 year old used automobile. How in the world can anyone equate having to show identification to vote as a return to Jim Crow? If I/we must show an identification card to enter the VIP lounge at the casino or membership identification to get into a private club or sportsman association we belong to, how on earth can we expect not to show identification to vote?

Where is the racism in asking a person for proof that they are the person the are representing themselves as? Where is the offense in making sure the person is voting at the right place? I recall when I was in college, going to the wrong poll to vote, and being directed to the proper one which was several blocks away. Where was the racism in that?

People have to show identification to enter some state parks and enter government buildings. I must show identification every time I enter the Capitol or a Capitol office building and I’ve been in and out of those places more times than I care to count. I have to show identification to enter C-SPAN, the FoxNews building, and the first time I entered the new jewelry store I used this past Christmas.

But Bill Clinton, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and any number of elected persons including Obama are going to tell us it’s Jim Crow to show identification to participate in the singularly most important right we have as a citizens. The potential for fraud and corruption when it comes to voting is unparalleled and everyone knows that. Ergo, the only reason to oppose showing identification in order to vote, is to allow and/or encourage voter fraud.

There is ample historical evidence of voter fraud and corruption that changed the outcome of elections. Yet, every election cycle, the same old tired and dishonorable retreads, sans any credibility wheel themselves out and launch into allegations of Jim Crow, racism, racial disqualification, and racial harassment – just because every person must do the same thing over a hundred million others must do.

Do the voting laws or the Constitution say if you are black, an illegal alien, or some derivation of Hispanic you get a pass when it comes to abiding by the laws that govern everyone else? Have you asked yourself why it is that the contentions of racism, pursuant to identification requirements, only surface when it comes to an election? Why isn’t it considered racist to have to show identification to enter clubs, make returns, cash a check, or rent a movie at Blockbuster, or borrow a book at the public library?

The answer is because Clinton and those who are crying foul want corruption to take place. They want groups like ACORN to be able commit registration fraud with impunity. They want corrupt elections as long as they can control the outcomes.

Even worst is the fact that there is a mindset among certain blacks, who embrace the idea that because they are black they need not adhere to the same laws the rest of us must.

It is morally opprobrious and demonstrably dishonest, but obviously not out of character for Clinton, et al, to use those willing blacks who have been inculcated with a mindset of false entitlement. That we are even having this conversation – unambiguously shows the contempt for the Constitution and the sacred expectation of free elections that are also free of corruption.

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Mychal Massie

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Mychal Massie

Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here

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