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Actually!
(Voting Integrity)

Actually! <br> (Voting Integrity)

Our cherished right to vote in America is under attack! President Obama issued this dire warning in a speech last April 11th, to the National Action Network (led by Al Sharpton). He vowed to stand up against this heinous threat.

Horrors! What is this country coming to? Voting is a defining building-block for freedom. What repressive force would do this? Who hates freedom that much? Who would seek to undermine the foundations upon which America stands? Tell us who these seditious enemies of freedom are, Mr. President!

He did! “Across the country,” our president warned, “Republicans have led efforts to pass laws making it harder, not easier, for people to vote.” He added that minorities, women and senior citizens are most threatened.

    Actually, he was misrepresenting what Republicans want—which is to require valid identification to vote. Republicans want to make it harder to vote illegally.

The president continued, “You would think there would not be an argument about this anymore.”

    Actually, there is no serious argument about this. It’s partisan slander. Republicans actually want every legal citizen in America to be 100% free to vote.

The president asked his audience, “What kind of political platform is that? Why would you make that a part of your agenda, preventing people from voting?”

    Actually, that’s not the Republican platform at all. The president was lying.

Would a politician lie? Would he or she actually tell people they could keep their health plan and doctor under a new law knowing this was not true? How about inventing a false cause for a terrorist attack to divert criticism three weeks before an election? Would a political party actually misrepresent their opponents as racists, anti-women, haters of the environment and heartless to the point of wanting grandmothers to die? Unthinkable, right?

How’s your memory? During the 2012 presidential campaign, Vice President Biden told a predominantly black audience in Danville, Virginia, that his Republican opponents wanted to “put you all back in chains.” He actually said that! Decent Americans were outraged. President Obama was not. Given a chance to pull back on this hideous accusation, he actually backed his VP with agreement. Moreover, the 2012 Obama re-election campaign repeatedly accused Republicans of waging a “war on women.” And Democrats actually used an ad that portrayed a well-dressed Republican (VP candidate Paul Ryan) throwing a helpless grandmother in a wheelchair off of a cliff.

You cannot make this stuff up. And I didn’t!

If the Obama administration felt strongly about voting integrity, then Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department would not have dismissed a solid case for voter intimidation in Philadelphia against New Black Panther Party members. But they did.

An honor system for voting is not a reasonable option. Sorry. We are a culture awash in fraud–identity theft, plagiarism, performance boosting drugs, computer hackers, IRS scandals, cover-ups, legal shakedowns, infidelity, academic cheating, cheap diplomas, immigration fraud, false campaign promises, journalist forgeries, FBI leaks, “anonymous” sources, resume’ enhancement, tax avoidance, insider trading and more. We are required to show a valid ID just to board a plane, drive a car, buy alcoholic beverages, enter federal office buildings, sign up for Obamacare, receive food stamps, pick up a government check or validate a personal check. Why not for voting?

Regardless of party, race, gender, creed or age, reasonable people agree that asking citizens for verifiable identification to vote is legitimate, especially when such identification can be freely and easily obtained by any citizen prior to voting. In fact, in states that require a valid ID, those without them can still vote and are given 10 days to validate their identity. Voter impersonation is much easier where valid ID requirements are waved. That’s obvious. Yet, the president not only disagrees, he maliciously distorts the facts to outrage people on false pretenses.

In 2011 and 2012, the IRS was used to target and harass conservative organizations. Since then, an IRS official has taken the 5th, countless computers have “crashed” (all unrecoverable), two full years of e-mail communication vanished, and all back-up record-keeping systems broke down. All this at the very institution that punishes citizens like you and me if we fail to provide records. Holder’s Justice Department is doing nothing serious to seek truth or justice. This is every bit as egregious as voter fraud.

    Actually, one of the groups the IRS persecuted was called “True the Vote.” Their “crime” was to dare to work honestly to prevent voter fraud.

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About the Author:

Joel graduated from Pepperdine University with a B.A., completing two majors: Art and Religion. He went on to earn the Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. The views expressed on this blog are personal and belong to Joel Solliday unless otherwise stated. They are not, intended to characterize the views of the Lewiston Church of Christ or other organizations to which I may refer.