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Playing the Race Card, Encouraging Voter Fraud. by The Elephant's Child


Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States, last Wednesday, speaking to the Council of Black Churches said: “”In my travels across this country, I’ve heard a consistent drumbeat of concern from citizens, who—often for the first time in their lives—now have reason to believe that we are failing to live up to one of our nation’s most noble ideals,” Voter ID laws and white discrimination, he added, mean that “some of the achievements that defined the civil rights movement now hang in the balance.”

The two most powerful men in America are black, the President and his Attorney General.  The last two Secretaries of State were black. Current CEOs of Fortune 500 companies like Darden Restaurants, Merck & CO, McDonalds, American Express,  TIAA-CREF, and Xerox are black, and other executives are black. Blacks are Governors, Mayors and members of Congress elected by both whites and blacks, in states that were once part of the Confederacy. They are Generals and members of Special Forces, Doctors, famous musicians and movie stars, writers and TV personalities and members of the dreaded 1%—the really rich. So the Attorney General is out suggesting that Jim Crow may be coming back?

The Supreme Court has held that Voter ID laws are not an undue burden under the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution.  You have to show picture ID to get into Attorney General Holder’s Justice Department.  You have to show ID to cash a check, fly on a commercial airplane, even people who never drive can get a picture ID from their state.

The Department of Justice has ordered the State of Florida to end its efforts to remove ineligible voters from the state’s voter rolls. States regularly remove from their voting rolls the deceased, non citizens, felons according to the laws of that state. According to the Miami Herald the department’s lead civil rights Attorney sent the state a detailed letter demanding that the state shut down it pursuit  and those “most likely to face being purged from the rolls” are “independent voters and Democrats.”  But no one is removed from the rolls until they are found to be ineligible.

There are declines in Hispanic voter registration -5% across the country, and black registration in down 7% across the country according to the Census Bureau. This may be due to the economy and people moving, mortgage foreclosures, may lead to relocating. No one has suffered more during this recession than minorities. Justice is filing voting-rights lawsuits to block voter ID laws. Voter eligibility is up to the states. Or some minorities may have lost their enthusiasm for this administration. The Attorney General is using his power to rouse racial antagonism, and that is just sad.


The U.N. Will Investigate U.S. Voter ID Laws by The Elephant's Child

Most of us have to show our driver’s license so frequently that we don’t give it much thought — at the bank, the drug store, the doctor’s office, the hospital, to buy alcohol, to fly, to go to an R movie or every time you pay by check, in my state when I vote, but this is not a uniform requirement. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is currently blocking implementation of voter ID laws in South Carolina and Texas.

This is just the latest battle in the fight for voter integrity at the ballot box, and the reason why two supporters of voter ID are launching a robust defense of the laws.

“We believe this offensive by the Justice Department must be met with a counteroffensive,” said Ken Blackwell, Ohio’s former secretary of state. He is working on the project with Ken Klukowski, a fellow with the American Civil Rights Union and faculty member at Liberty University’s School of Law The two will launch their project in the coming days. Blackwell and Klukowski warn that liberals will stop at nothing in their quest to topple voter ID laws.

“The Obama-Holder Department of Justice has launched an all-out war on voter ID and other measures,” Blackwell said. “Although Holder’s actions are purported to prevent African-Americans from being disenfranchised, in reality they serve as a crass political attempt to ensure his boss gets re-elected this year.”

One might conclude that Democrats want to keep their options for fraud open at the voting booth.  ACORN is an organization whose members have been arrested and convicted in several states, and are well known for registration drives that elicited voters named Mickey Mouse, and Donald Duck. The organization has changed its name, but still operates in the  same way. Congress has attempted to eliminate funding for them. Then the Democrats had the “Secretary of State Project” during the last elections that was specifically designed to elect Democrats to the office in charge of voter registration, and the voter rolls, as well as supervising electoral results.

Officials from the NAACP are presenting their case against U.S. voter ID laws to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. They argue that requiring voters to show a picture ID disenfranchises voters and suppresses the minority vote. Saudi Arabia is a member of the Council, and they don’ t allow women to drive, let alone vote. A number of other members have only very recently allowed women to vote.

The civil rights group will present Kemba Smith Pradia, as a witness.  She lives in the Midwest and has a criminal conviction on her record.  She is concerned that if she moves back to Virginia from the Midwest, state law will block her voting because of her record, even though she was granted clemency by President Clinton.

If they can create enough controversy, perhaps they can keep South Carolina and Texas from enforcing their voter ID laws at least until after the election in November.

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