U.S. Justice Dept lawsuit vs. N. Carolina attacks a straw man

The requirement for identification is a necessary factor for those who live in America. Photo: AP

WAKE FOREST, N.C., October 7, 2013 — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has filed a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina’s new voting law. The law restricts early voting and establishes a requirement for photo identification for those wishing to vote. The new requirements are set to take effect in early 2016. 

According to Holder, the pivotal argument is, “The Justice Department expects to show that the clear and intended effects of these changes would contract the electorate and result in unequal access to the participation in the political process on account of race.”

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The requirement for identification is a necessary factor for those who live in America. It is not racist or discriminatory to apply equal application under the law by requiring identification to purchase airline tickets, alcohol, cigarettes, firearms, M-rated (or higher) video games, nail polish remover and numerous other items. 

Identification is also required for blood donations, electronic bank transfers, use of food stamps, opening a bank account, obtaining a marriage license, obtaining a fishing license, and even adopting a pet. If they ever reopen the White House to tour groups, do not even think of visiting without your ID.

The legislative majority and Governor in North Carolina made a campaign promise to enact a voter identification law, and they have kept their promise. At no time did the state’s General Assembly or Governor Pat McCrory conduct clandestine meetings for the purpose of devising and crafting a law that targets disadvantaged citizens.

Despite the Justice Department’s lawsuit, the North Carolina Governor is not retreating. He believes he is on solid ground with the state’s new voter ID law. Said McCrory, “I believe if showing a voter ID is good enough and fair enough for our own President in Illinois, then it’s good enough for the people in North Carolina,”

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Not only do the governor and legislative majority believe in the principles of the new law, but grassroots organizations have chimed in to underscore the fact that the intent of the law is to ensure integrity of the voting system, not racially-motivated objectives. In Durham County, which has a black population of over 100,000 — 38 percent of the county — and an Hispanic population of over 36,000 — 13.5 percent of the county — these two demographic groups comprise more than half of the county’s population in the 2010 U.S. census.

This obviously makes those classified as Caucasian or white another minority in the county. Yet, the president of the Durham County Republican Party announced that the Durham County GOP will provide free transportation to any county residents who need assistance in obtaining a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) ID card. There is no fee for the card.

A number of states have current or pending voter identification laws. 

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Holder wants to make it clear that he is in lock step with the black community across the United States of America. But is he a genuine advocate for the promotion of indiscriminate treatment of all Americans, or is there another motivation that does more to undermine civic harmony while sowing seeds of division?

When asked in 2008 how actions by the New Black Panther Party at voting stations in Philadelphia differed from actions by some whites in the Deep South in the early 1960’s, Holder said:

“When you compare what people endured in the South in the ‘60s to try to get the right to vote for African-Americans, to compare what people subjected to that with what happened in Philadelphia … to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line for my people.”

Excuse me, but as U.S. attorney general, what is this “my people” stuff?

The issue of the constitutionality of the North Carolina law appears to be on solid ground. Given the track record of Attorney General Holder, it is not unreasonable to question whether or not the head of the U.S. Justice Department has ulterior motives behind this lawsuit.

Is the issue about preventing discrimination and disenfranchisement of voters, or is it about the preservation of the main vehicle for perpetuating voter fraud: no requirement for validation of the person casting a ballot, or multiple ballots.

My dad voted Republican all his adult life until he died. From that point on, he voted Democrat.” (E. L. Rapp)

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Bill was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the neighborhood known as the Lower Ninth Ward.  His U.S. Navy career spanned from August 1974 through December 2001, during which he had a decorated and distinguished span of honorable service.  His profession and specialty was Earth Science (Meteorology, Oceanography and Geodesy).  After retiring from active duty on January 1, 2002, he entered the private sector as an Independent Insurance Agent (AFLAC) and garnered recognition as a top performer as a new member. Shortly thereafter he earned his B.S. degree in Business Management, and later earned his MBA degree.  He has also earned Information Technology (IT) Certification from Wake Technical Community College (May 2013).  Bill worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs at the Milwaukee VA Pension Center (2002 –2005), processing hundreds of benefits claims for veterans and their family members.  Bill subsequently relocated and served on the staff of a local church in Pensacola, FL (May – Dec 2005), and then accepted a business opportunity as a Generalist with a major Management Consulting Firm (2006 – 2008).  Bill now owns a private Management Consulting company based in Wake Forest, NC.  He and his family relocated to North Carolina after his wife, Wendy, accepted a job offer in there.  He once ran for Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party (June 2009).  He has also twice run for U.S Congress (NC-13th Congressional district), winning the GOP nomination in the 2010 Primary, and losing in the GOP Primary in 2012.  He is an author and a Community Chaplain.  Bill and his wife have resided in Wake Forest, NC since October 2008.  Bill has a son and four daughters.

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