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The new Voter IDs -- with photos


I watched news show on what is asked to get a Voter ID in Pennsylvania. Veteran's IDs are not permitted. Why? many people (black too) have them. The places you can get an ID in Pennysylvania are in the suburbs. Vast areas in Pennsylvia are not covered.

The central point to remember is that everyone is supposed to have the right to vote from the time of the 15th amendment (passed after the civil war) for men and since 1928 for women. There is no voter fraud such as is alleged by republicans. The Pennsylvania attorney general came up with not one. That an ID is hard for other things does not matter. That IDs are required for getting on planes is irrelevant. No one has the right as part of his humanity or place in the republic to get on a plane. In the US no one has the right as yet to health care: Obama's act only makes it affordable for most.

To put a diffcult and for some impossible criteria (as for example black people in the south were regularly not registered when they were born so have no birth certificate) as necessary for voting is to stop people voting. It is to make them feel tehy are powerless and not equal to others, inferior, terrible about themselves too. It is shameful, shameless, ugly.



Sep. 17th, 2012 10:55 am (UTC)
Italian customs versus what's happening in the US
In response to Anny,

Given the modern use of computer, it is probably so that was the gov't in states or on the federal level even (states more likely) desirous of helping people to maintain their registration (you did always have to register to vote and there you showed lesser IDs -- no photo required, a driver's license), they could put information in a computer which would turn up when you came. US people might object to this: it's an obvious big brother is watching step.

But that's not what's being done. What the republicans are doing is putting things in the way they know poor, elderly and black people can't match. They put the few places in Pennsylvania where you get IDs outside the cities, just. They won't allow veterans IDs! people who risked their lives? why? they are often poor and black. I have but two IDs and one is dated 1989 (when I started teaching at GMU). They have a date beyond which you need a new ID.

It's transparent cruelty -- for it make the person feel terrible about themselves. And it's done to make the rich and powerful and white win. The self-complacent who identify with them are being seen as people who really don't think blacks, poor people, hispanic are American quite and have the right to vote. I realize the whole nonsense about Obama's birth certificate is a way of saying he cannot be a legitimate president because he's not a legitimate American because his skin does not register as white.


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