The Norman Transcript

Columns

August 17, 2013

Voter ID arguments getting old

NORMAN — Once again, Democrats are claiming that Republicans are trying to prevent non-Republicans from voting.

In North Carolina, where a new law requires photo identification to vote, Democrats and their enablers from organizations like the NAACP and the ACLU contend this is both unconstitutional and prima facie evidence that the GOP wants to disenfranchise registered voters —especially minorities, the poor, the elderly and young people.

This is getting old — very, very old.

If they are really serious, then Democrats, including their dear leader, President Obama, should be protesting and threatening court challenges on a host of other things that require photo IDs.

If they don’t, that is prima facie evidence that they don’t want minorities, elders, the young and poor to be able to fly. They don’t want them to be able to drive, to cash a check, to have a drink after work, to buy a pack of cigarettes, to get the prescription medications they need, to rent an apartment or buy a house, even to pick up a package from FedEx.

But, of course, those groups do all those things easily, because coming up with a photo ID is not even a minor barrier when it involves something they want.

That is not a complete list either. There are dozens of activities —some of the most basic of daily American life – that require a photo ID, which should show how ridiculous and contrived all this white noise is.

Yes, yes, voting is a right, not a privilege. But it is a right limited to citizens who have registered to vote, and it is a right that should receive both zealous protection and strict oversight to eliminate fraud. It is stunning that those who are forever in favor of more government regulation are just fine with little to no government oversight of voting.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Columns
  • Norman Forward builds momentum

    The quiet campaign to build momentum for a citywide public works project is beginning to attract some attention....

    July 20, 2014

  • Tax those trees out of here

    I read your editorial “Pesky red cedars” in the Norman Transcript of Tuesday, July 15, 2014. I have attended two meetings where the problem of the eastern red cedar trees was discussed. Because of the drought conditions in Oklahoma, we ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Make gun safety a health issue

    Quick, are you more likely to die by a bullet or in a car crash? Common sense would seem to suggest the latter. Cars are everywhere. We are an auto-obsessed nation. To be American is to drive — everywhere. Teenagers itch to get behind the ...

    July 20, 2014

  • They just want to be free ... maybe

    Massoud Barzani, president of Iraq’s semiautonomous Kurdistan region, rattled many cages this month when he announced in parliament that the KRG would be moving ahead soon on a referendum on independence from Iraq. If Kurdistan goes ahead ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Congress must accelerate solutions

    Congress has roused itself, at the last minute, and now is scrambling to save the Highway Trust Fund. Better late than never. Better still will be if lawmakers agree to come up with the money to prevent the fund from becoming insolvent. ...

    July 20, 2014

  • The heavy burden of college aid

    Return on investment is a clear measure of what you get for your money. Incredibly, the federal government doesn’t apply that simple concept to the $137 billion a year it spends on college financial aid....

    July 19, 2014

  • James bears weight of Cav’s dreams

    LeBron James has done it all on a basketball court. He’s a great scorer, rugged defender, proven big-play leader and champion. But that might not be enough in Cleveland, where he’ll also need the powers of Merlin the Magician....

    July 17, 2014

  • Steve Boaz.jpg Breathing Rhythm Studio a center for creativity

    Recording engineer Steve Boaz has brought his musical ambitions to fulfillment in a downtown Norman studio.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Matt Lauer is so last century

    How about we rename “The Today Show” the “Yesterday Show” since host Matt Lauer asks questions from 1953? Isn’t what Lauer asked GM CEO Mary Barra about whether she’ll do “well” at being simultaneously an executive and a mom about, oh, 30 ...

    July 14, 2014

  • Religion’s role shrinking

    Surveying the response to last month’s Hobby Lobby decision, I was struck by a comment from progressive Massachusetts senator and possible Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren....

    July 12, 2014