Ernest Hemingway's statement that good writing requires the writer to have a 'built-in automatic crap detector', is a fundamental principle which can be applied with equal accuracy to any action or endeavor, especially political discourse. While there have been any number of things from varying factions on the Left which didn't pass my smell test, my attention today is on broad based, party platform ideas, behind which an entire Party, either Party, unites. The Republican Party will almost always get the heat from this because we all know that the Democrat Party won't unite behind a good idea, much less an idea which has no basis in reality. Voter I.D. legislation that is so championed by the Republican party is a perfect example. This is part of their platform. Republicans at the State and Federal level are actively pushing for, or have succeeded in passing, legislation requiring Voter I.D's.
There is only one problem. There is no problem. There are no statistically significant examples of voter fraud to be found that would have been PREVENTED by the requirement of a photo I.D. None. Zero. Here is a column by Michele Malkin where she slams the Left for silence on the subject of voter fraud. She cites a number of alarming statistics to support her call to arms over voter fraud. Here is an article which lists a number of other claims of voter fraud by the Right. But when the statistics and legal records are examined, when one looks at the issue seeking actual, statistically significant evidence of ANY voter fraud that would have been prevented by the requirement of a photo I.D., one simply finds nothing. Here are links one, and two, for examples of the kind of research upon which the results of my smell test were/are based.
The emperor has no clothes, folks. There has been no voter fraud which would have been prevented by a requirement for photo I.D's. With no fraud to prevent, is there any reason to legislate a voter I.D. requirement other than to keep those least likely to have a photo I.D., i.e. Democrats, from voting?
With NO FRAUD TO PREVENT, I can not discern any other reason.
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