By Jon Dougherty @TheNatSent
(TNS) Whenever you hear a Democrat claim they are ‘concerned’ about ‘election integrity’ and are ‘working to ensure’ that our ‘democracy is protected,’ dismiss that the same way you would if someone told you they had the inside line on a winning horse at the racetrack.
Because it’s patently false.
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The party demonstrated that again in recent days when Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear of Kentucky vetoed a voter ID law for the usual talking points: Such laws are ‘racist,’ they ‘stifle voting,’ they ‘harm our democracy,’ and so forth.
None of these things is true, mind you, but Democrats are not a party built on truth, justice, and the American way. Today’s Democratic Party is built to win elections at any cost, no matter what has to be done up to and including massive vote fraud, as we’ve seen many times in the past.
But the good news is, we have a Republican Party that still believes in the ballot integrity and that elections should not be stolen using fraudulent ‘mail-in’ ballots or by allowing people to vote who should not be doing so.
As such, the Kentucky GOP did the right thing and overrode Beshear’s veto, as The Associated Press reports:
Republican lawmakers in Kentucky swept aside the Democratic governor’s veto of a bill to require the state’s residents to show a government-issued photo ID in order to vote.
Votes to override Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto easily cleared the GOP-led Senate and House as lawmakers reconvened Tuesday for a wrap-up session amid the coronavirus outbreak. …
The measure would require Kentucky residents to produce a photo ID when voting, with limited exceptions, starting with the November election.
The bill’s supporters have noted that a photo ID already is required for many other transactions, including opening a bank account, cashing a check or picking up sports tickets at will-call. …
The bill’s opponents pointed to the absence of voter impersonation cases in Kentucky. They said the photo ID requirement will reduce turnout among minorities, the poor, the elderly and disabled voters. Currently, Kentucky voters are asked to show identification but it doesn’t have to be a photo ID.
So, the bill’s opponents are certain there are no ‘voter impersonation cases’ in the state and that it will ‘reduce turnout’ among the usual suspects — poor people, minorities, the elderly, etc.
No, they don’t. “Opponents” don’t know any of these things. But even if true, imagine forcing someone to show a photo ID to buy liquor and a pack of smokes, but not to determine who they want to represent them in government or what measures they do or don’t support.
It’s absurd. Because the fact is, if people want to participate in our democratic institutions, they’ll find a way to do so, regardless of what it takes.
Kind of like when illegal immigrants come ‘out of the shadows’ to line up for driver’s licenses in states like New York…so they can obtain a ‘photo ID’ which allows them to ‘participate in our democracy.’ Without any fear of being deported, either.
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Requiring people to prove they have a right to choose their representatives and the way they are governed is not unfair, racist, or exclusionary, it’s a benefit of citizenship.
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