Now the US Attorney General, Eric Holder, has blocked South Carolina's new law to require voter ID. Expect an appeal, as the issue is contentious.
Then there is this thought and quote from the Instapundit:
I think that right-leaning activists should start challenging other ID requirements on the same grounds. Why isn’t requiring ID to fly a racial burden on the right to travel?I think the point about "gun control" being racist in origin is spot on. Check the history.
UPDATE: Duane Hershberger makes an excellent point: “How about requiring ID and registration to buy a gun? ID to buy guns started out as a way to keep blacks from having them. If voting is the same as owning a gun, Holder should advocate disbanding BATFE, a clearly racist organization.”
This eventually gets down to a question of how much voter fraud there is. That is an almost religious argument in that often facts are not available or not presented—and it is about the facts. And it is about the issue of voter intimidation, although why folks would be intimidated about showing ID to vote is hard for some to imagine. Do these voters neither drive nor fly? Do they not cash checks or do other banking activities? Do they not have a Post Office Box? If whole classes of People, or segments thereof are afraid to obtain and use a government ID we have bigger problems than voting issues—we have sections of the population who are excluded from the American Dream.
If AG Holder's action is upheld, the first step should be to challenge the USPS requirement to show an ID (two, as I recall) to rent a PO Box.
Hat tip to the Instapundit.
Regards — Cliff