Liberals Looking For Donations to "Overcome Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law", Meanwhile Photo ID’s Can be Obtained For Free
An e-mail from Daily Kos Campaign Manager, Chris Bowers announces ‘big news’ regarding voter ID laws in Pennsylvania. Bowers explains:
A huge coalition of 100+ labor and civil rights groups has come together to do the door knocking, phone banking and voter education necessary to make sure everyone in this must-win swing state can still cast a ballot.
At Daily Kos, we’re helping out by running online ads in Pennsylvania to sign up more than 1,000 volunteers so that this coalition has the people power it needs. Please, click here to contribute $3 to Daily Kos so that we can sign up the thousands of volunteers needed to overcome Pennsylvania’s voter ID law.
First off, if you live in Pennsylvania, please put your money back in your pocket. Instead of attempting to ‘overcome’ a law, put forth the effort to actually follow said law.
Second, why not sign up an army of volunteers to assist the citizens of Pennsylvania in obtaining their photo ID, as opposed to fighting a law that requires it?
Third, instead of donating $3 to the Daily Kos to fight an alleged effort at voter suppression, I’d like to offer better advice on how to fight that suppression … and it’s free.
Here it is – head down to your local DMV in Pennsylvania and obtain your very own photo ID for voting purposes. It is of no cost to you, and the turnaround time for obtaining such ID is estimated at 10 days. This gives one plenty of time to receive their ID to use legally in the November elections.
Voila! No more suppression. (If you still fill the need to donate, please consider a contribution to the Mental Recession as a show of appreciation for such sound advice).
The entire process is outlined on the PennDOT DMV website, which concludes with the following statement:
“… to receive your free photo ID for voting purposes. This verification process will take about ten days and does not require the payment of a fee.”
Claiming that a law requiring a person to prove the legality of their vote is voter suppression, is akin to calling laws against bank robbery a form of financial suppression.
The folks over at the Daily Kos and other liberals in general have long complained that the concept of a voter ID law would disenfranchise the poor. For example, this entry cites statements from an advocacy group that claim the Pennsylvania voter ID law hearkens back to the ‘Jim Crow’ era, and would ‘keep the working poor … away from the polls’.
What better way to come to the rescue of the working poor than by asking them for money, as opposed to showing voters how to comply with the law for free?
Democrats are aware of a little thing called the internet, right? They lie with seemingly no concern that the American people can check the tape to see if, in fact, they lied.
Here’s Debbie Wasserman Schultz on June 5th, 2011:
“Now you have the Republicans, who want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws…”
And here she is on March 21st, 2012:
MRC Reporter: You said that the GOP’s trying to turn back to the days of Jim Crow – about the voter ID laws?
Wasserman-Schultz: I didn’t, that’s not what I said.
Here’s the video of the exchange via the Media Research Center…
Perhaps Debbie Downer needs a history refresher, as her party supported the Jim Crow laws for at least 75 years. This report from Peter Roff at U.S. News & World Report explains:
Leaving aside the idea that she perhaps does not understand what the word “literally” means, the “Jim Crow” laws were a whole series of measures indented to keep blacks and whites apart, living lives that were “separate but equal” in all kinds of ways. They were not, as Wasserman Schultz inferred, simply about keeping blacks from voting.
On the books from the end of reconstruction until the U.S. Supreme Court began to chip away at them in its landmark 1954 decision in Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, the “Jim Crow” laws were a stain on our national character, one put there—and here is why the subject is dangerous for Wasserman Schultz to bring up—by the Democrats.
The fact that the Voting Rights Act was pushed through Congress by a Democrat—Lyndon Johnson—does not erase the party’s history of support for institutionalized de jure racism. LBJ was only able to get the bill through with the support of Republicans, led by Senate GOP leader Everett McKinley Dirksen of Illinois.
The Democratic Party’s longtime love affair with segregation is undeniable. Who stood up for “Jim Crow” when President Eisenhower tried to enforce desegregation at Little Rock, Arkansas’ Central High School? Democrats like Arkansas Gov. Orvall Faubus, who called out the state’s National Guard to prevent black students from entering the school. It was a Democrat, Alabama Gov. George Wallace, who famously proclaimed “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” And it was a Democratically-controlled Georgia legislature that picked nationally-known segregationist Lester Maddox to be their state’s 75th governor in 1966.
These are all facts that Wasserman Schultz conveniently seems to have forgotten.
And now, she’s forgotten that she ever made the statement in the first place…