The Ballot Box Assault on our Republic Continues

The assault on our country continues.

According to a report released yesterday by the Associated Press, Barack Obama’s Department of Justice has quashed efforts by the state of Georgia to ensure that all voters are U.S. citizens and therefore able to vote. The system in question made use of social security numbers and Department of Motor Vehicles data to verify citizenship, and therefore eligibility.

It was rejected, according to the report, because it placed an improper burden on minority and Hispanic voters, and therefore infringed upon their right as American citizens to participate in the electoral process.

The decision stems from a lawsuit filed in federal court by the Southeastern Regional Counsel of the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. A representative of the lawsuit expressed, in the AP piece, the group’s satisfaction with the DoJ’s decision.

“It vindicates our filing of the lawsuit,” the woman says.

What nobody either at the Southeastern Regional Counsel of the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational fund or the Department of Justice seems to realize is that rights are accompanied by responsibilities. I have a right to keep and bear arms, but I have a responsibility to do so in a responsible manner. Religious and other groups have the right to peaceably assemble, but also have the responsibility to ensure that the assembly is peaceable. And, yes, American citizens of all colors, races and national origins have the right to participate in our electoral process, but along with that right comes the reponsibility that they do what is necessary to ensure that their eligibility is proven.

I can understand why written tests in various states to prove voter eligibility were shot down over time; obviously, the burden on the functional illiterate outweighs any protection provided by written eligibility tests. The burden of requiring proof of identification–as to basic citizenship–is remarkably small when balanced against the ramifications of allowing people to vote regardless of eligibility to do so.

Enforcing such a requirement does not infringe upon the right to vote, as the DoJ and Mexican-American group contests. Instead, requiring that voters produce identification showing that they are indeed eligible to vote protects the right to vote — for all. Lack of enforcement will lead to voter fraud–especially in the age of ACORN–and will dilute the votes of each and every eligible voting American citizen.

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  1. elspeth says:

    Jeff,

    You make more and more sense every day.

    Somehow we need to spread that common sense all over Washington. How soon will you be running for public office?

    Thanks for keeping us posted!

    elspeth

  2. Gail B says:

    Thank you for “doing” this story! We Georgians are really upset over this.

    I’m coming back to it and relish in your words like a kid rolling around in a pile of golden fall leaves!

    If you were standing here, I’d hug your neck. I might anyway: OOO XXX!

  3. sharon says:

    Is this final?

  4. Chuck says:

    As usual, You only are giving one side of the story. A photo ID is required under this law and only one third of GA counties have offices where a photo ID can be obtained. If you don’t have a car it can be quite a burden to travel to another county in rural GA. I know you think its a great idea to keep poor and minority (especially minority) voters from voting by establishing barriers. I for one think every citizen has a right to vote and that it is unconstitutional to deny legal voters that right because they are too poor to own a car. In Ga blacks are four times less likely to own a car and you have to be delusional to think they would have a passport.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Whoa, Gail. Jeff’s a married man. If you keep that up, his wife may put the hook on him, and then where will we be?

    On the subject of the piece, we’re absolutely determined to self-destruct. Not only does a person not have to properly prove that they are elegible to vote, they also can vote on issues and persons of which/whom they have absolutely no knowlege.

    Under such conditions, demography says that it is inevitable that we will be taken over by the most ignorant of the population. Hey, come to think of it, I think that has already happened.

    The data shows that the birth rate of the least productive and educated is several times greater than the more producitve and highly educated so the outcome is a foregone conclusion. Now you know why the drive by the Democrats to have “open borders”. The well educated, productive, individuals do not come to America via “coyotes”. They arrive with visas through legal immigration avenues.

    If I owned the world, to vote you would not only have to have bullet-proof evidence of your elegibility, but you would also have to take a Constitutional literacy test but also a test on current events. Otherwise, leave the voting to folks who know what’s going on.

    Old Bob

  6. JEFF SCHREIBER says:

    Chuck said…

    As usual, You only are giving one side of the story. A photo ID is required under this law and only one third of GA counties have offices where a photo ID can be obtained. If you don’t have a car it can be quite a burden to travel to another county in rural GA. I know you think its a great idea to keep poor and minority (especially minority) voters from voting by establishing barriers. I for one think every citizen has a right to vote and that it is unconstitutional to deny legal voters that right because they are too poor to own a car. In Ga blacks are four times less likely to own a car and you have to be delusional to think they would have a passport.Who said anything about a passport?

    How much does it cost to get a driver’s license? I had one long before I owned a car.

    Or, how about a social security card and a few utility bills?

  7. Chuck says:

    Chuck responds

    The GA legislature said you need an acceptable photo ID….passport,
    GA drivers license, military ID, county photo ID. A social security card and utility bills are NOT acceptable under the law that the DOJ objected to.

    When you were able to get a driver’s license before you got a car, I believe you took a road test….probably used your parents’ car. I don’t know where you took uour driver’s exam, but as a former resident of GA, I can assure you that the state does not supply autmobiles for road tests. If you don’t own a car, your parents don’t own a car and you don’t have any friends who will loan you a car, HOW DO YOU take the road test? The law is discrimitary to rural poor…who happen to be black…not illegal voters.

  8. DUMB_A**ES says:

    Let me state one more time; This country is S T U P I D.

  9. Anonymous says:

    “Chuck ssid”

    As my father used to say to me when I took transparent positions such as yours in this case, “Any excuse will do”.

    You’re trying to wrap up destructive (to the country as a whole) behavior in the flag of “compassion for the poor”, but you’re not fooling anyone but yourself.

    What you should be insisting on is called “corporate well-being”; rules and requirements that are imposed for the sake of the population at-large.

    In a republic such as ours, there is no justification for allowing those who are either not constitutionally eligible or, in my opinion, intellectually qualified by dint of possessing a basic understanding or knowledge of the issues and the Constitution, to vote in anything other than local elections. Thanks to the Teachers Union, the majority of young people coming out of our public schools have neither. How convenient.

    Economic status or ethnicity has nothing to do with either of these requirements. And didn’t I read somewhere that the state government offered a mobile registration system to accommodate those who were unable to comply on their own?

    Old Bob

  10. Anonymous says:

    Read the last line from the State of Georgia voter website:

    Georgia Voter Identification Requirements
    Georgia law (O.C.G.A § 21-2-417) requires Georgia residents to show photo identification when voting in person. This website is just one part of our comprehensive outreach and education program to ensure that citizens are aware of the photo identification requirement. Electronic versions of publications and press releases pertaining to this requirement are available here, as well. If you have questions, need more information or have difficulty getting a FREE Voter Identification Card, you can contact your county registrar’s office or the Secretary of State’s Elections Division at:

    Telephone (8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
    Atlanta local: (404) 656-2871
    Georgia Toll-Free: (877) 725-9797
    V/TTY: (404) 656-1787
    Fax: (404) 651-9531
    E-Mail

    To view upcoming election dates visit: http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/elections_events.htm

    You are not required to provide identification when you vote absentee by mail.

  11. Anonymous says:

    If the rural poor or other groups are able to get to the voting booth with no means of transportation and have no form of valid ID and valid method to determine their eligibility, how is it that they seem to find a way to get to the voting booth but cannot get a ride to get a valid ID PRIOR to voting? What am I missing here?
    Carolinanan

  12. elspeth says:

    Missouri has a non-driver ID, state issued identification. Doesn't Georgia have something similar?

    Don't need a car for that!

    elspeth

  13. Starys says:

    I don't know what it's like in GA, but here in Ohio you don't have to get a license to have a photo ID.
    I know a few people here that don't drive but have photo ID's. They come in handy for things like cashing checks, and proving your age when buying alcohol.
    Is Georgia really that different where people so rarely have to show a photo ID that many don't have one?

  14. Rix says:

    Jeez, what a big surprise. Wasn't Obama camp making it clear that they want to paint Georgia blue come 2010/2012, laws be damned? The people of America are being had and, judging by the fact that they stick to peaceful protests, they are enjoying the ride.

    PS: I do not call for and do not condone physical violence, even though it will eventually come to blows anyway because the other side is clearly prepared for it. I insist, however, that the only way to extricate the country from the smelly organic substance it now sinking into is an open tax revolt, a.k.a. well organized, politically supported refusal to pay and/or transfer federal tax by both businesses and individuals.

  15. Lightning says:

    If you live in Georgia and are a citizen, you are entitled to obtain a Voter ID with your photo on it at no cost to you. You need not obtain a bonafide Drivers License. If one finds this to be too much of a challenge, then one prolly will find the responsibility of competently casting a vote to be overwhelming. In this case, there are two options: a) Stay home and don't vote, or, b) Get out of Georgia.

    Karen Handel, the GA SOS, is going to challenge the Holder ruling. My guess is that she will win the challenge. The implications of her losing are far reaching.

  16. JEFF SCHREIBER says:

    Well said.

  17. La Muse Poetique says:

    Does anyone have a link to the actual text for the requirements they were trying to establish?

  18. Anonymous says:

    It is practices like this in the Obama administration that leave me with a disturbing picture in my head. It's a scene from the old,origional Titanic movie it's the final moments of the ship going down and the huge brass propelers about to go under only this time the stern does not read "TITANIC" it reads "America" and when she is under and on her long journey to the bottom the calm and silence is scary.Much like todays media!

  19. Anonymous says:

    I am all for everyone who is eligible to vote be able to vote. However, I do not believe in favoritism and we are now playing favorites with immigrants. It is an honor to be a citizen of the United States and it is a privilege to vote and should not be taken lightly. When my grandparents came to this country there were no "press the button" for whatever language you needed. They learned English. They walked miles to register to vote. They learned about the candidates and they participated in local government. They voted with pride to be a part of this country and raised their children to feel the same. Now, we require little or no responsibility to vote so voting has become a duty (check the turn out for local elections)or something you can sell rather than a privilege. It does not have the value my grandparents and parents placed upon it. We have made it so easy to register – with your driver's license application, in the library, in malls and shopping areas, and if you can't get there most party members will take you there especially to vote – it is just a phonecall or request away. I believe the privilege of voting requires responsibility regardless of who you are. I worked for social services for years and know the immigrants have their own network for seeing they get what they want – voting included. I believe this last election proved that fact. Just because you have the right to vote doesn't mean you make an informed decision. A lot of people in this last election are seeing that now.

  20. THIS!, IS American Election! says:

    It's gonna end up just like American Idol…. anybody can CALL in and vote at least 10 times. Oh, BUT WAIT, some poe people don't have phones….. tho all the poe I see nowadays have a cellphone to their ear.

  21. Anonymous says:

    YA! If you don't believe the homeless have cell phones, check out "Barack Obama's Teleprompter" TOTUS for a picture of Michelle Obama serving food at a homeless shelter and them taking a picture of her from their cellphone!

  22. STRUGGLING COMEDIAN says:

    Arrgghhh, Jeff has to censor some my funniest stuff!

  23. Linda says:

    I agree with "elspeth" above, Jeff. Forget that law firm thing (trust me, it's not worth it despite your struggles to get there) and think about public office. We need more people like you and Devon Generally.

  24. Gail B says:

    Linda and elspeth,

    We need at least a dozen more of Jeff himself. He himself could spend more time with his daughter, writing, sleeping, taking care of Joanna, and maybe one to enjoy the life that the other Jeffs are fighting against.

    When he graduates from law school, the big rush of wind will be from his rapid exit from PA to SC! But, just wait until he finds out about the no-see-ums in the summer! (Tiny, bothersome gnats)

    My guess is that he will set up a law practice in SC, wait to see which political offices are vacated, and start his campaign for hopefully the SC House or Senate, then….

  25. DUH says:

    INTEGRITY OF ELECTION vs. 100% INCLUSION

    I'll go with integrity of election

  26. Gail B says:

    DUH said:

    "INTEGRITY OF ELECTION vs. 100% INCLUSION

    "I'll go with integrity of election"

    Not in Georgia, you won't, unless SoS Karen Handel can win her challenge in a lawsuit. Georgia is a REPUBLICAN STATE, ready to be taken over by ACORN!

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