Common sense on voter ID

Why do so many people think it's a bad idea to know that the person in the voting booth is who he says he is? Photo: Associated Press

JACKSBORO, Texas, October 28, 2012 — America’s movers and shakers are trying to muddy the water when it comes to regular Americans making decisions. Their goal is to convince us that the issues of the day are far too complex for us to understand. They seem to think that “common sense” must be replaced by highly educated expertise and the wisdom of the day’s elites. To that we should say, “hog wash.”

This election season, the issues of electoral fraud and voter ID laws have again reared their ugly heads. Some heavy thinkers are convinced that voter fraud will run amock without voter ID laws; other heavy thinkers believe that voter ID laws are designed to suppress poor and minority voters, who will find it difficult to obtain the necessary credentials. Whether it makes sense to ask voters, ”are you an American Citizen?” is one area where it seems sensible to try out common sense.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, ”Nothing astonishes people so much as common sense, and plain dealing.”

To this ole country boy’s way of thinking, we need to know who is pulling the lever, making their mark, or punching the button when electing the President of the United states of America, or for that matter any elected official.

On October 2, 2012, Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson, a Republican, cited concerns over “disenfranchisement” when he ruled that there wasn’t enough time for state officials to make sure everyone who needs a photo ID would have one by November 6.

Judge Simpson went on to say that poll workers could still ask for a voter ID, but if prospective voters couldn’t produce one, they could vote anyway. Has common sense gone down the drain in favor of political correctness? Apparently it has.

I know people with ample ID who do not plan to vote; I know others who wouldn’t vote if the ID were delivered on a silver platter. Then there are those who would vote for the promise of a free cigarette. There are are even a few who will vote for whomever they’ve seen on TV, having no idea what the issues are.

Do they have a right to vote? YES. But as Emerson said, something other than common sense that astonishes people is “plain dealing.” Plain dealing means honesty, and honesty should be required when voting.

In Texas, if you wish to drive, you need a drivers license.

If you want to go fishing or hunting, you need a license.

If marriage is in your plans, you need a license.

If you are a plumber or a electrician or a hair dresser, you need a license.

If you want to start a business, you need a license.

If you own a boat and you want to see if it will float, you need a license.

This list could go on and on (there are hundreds of licensed occupations in Texas, and licenses are needed for all sorts of common activities), and getting them requires ID to prove who you are. Beyond that, ID is required for everything from opening checking accounts to getting a job.

If you want to live a normal life, you will have ID. If you want to vote, it shouldn’t be any problem. Some states will even taxi you to get free ID if you can’t afford the gas or the fee. If you are not an American Citizen you have no right to vote to elect any government official. Plain and simple!

The desire to know who’s voting is a straight common sense attitude will astonish many, but common sense today is astonishing!


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