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Every other country around the globe requires a government issued ID in order to vote

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Carolyn, a registered Republican and staunch advocate of voter ID, had her shots in March and April, and via email was advising Samantha, a registered Democrat, on what to expect. After describing the procedure and the variety of potential after-effects, Carolyn suggested that Samantha didn’t need to bring any ID to the site on the day of her appointment.

All Will Be Fine

Samantha said, “What do you mean? How can I get the shots without showing ID?” Carolyn said, “You don’t really need any ID. Just tell them who you are, where you live, and your age, and it will all be fine.”

Now Samantha was thoroughly confused. Everything that she knew about the process suggested that one had to show a driver’s license or some other government issued ID. When Carolyn, who had already had her shots, told her that ID was unnecessary, Samantha was skeptical. She wrote back and said, “Are you sure about the no ID requirement? This doesn’t sound feasible or even practical.”

Carolyn again emphasized that ID wasn’t necessary, although it was desirable. You could simply talk to the registration people on site, tell them who you are, and that should be enough.

Now I Get It!

Samantha finally caught on. She had been an advocate of loose voter ID enforcement. She figured, the more people who vote, the better; never mind if they’re actually qualified to vote, are American citizens, or are following the law.

Carolyn’s ruse had worked. Samantha realized that not requiring ID to get the COVID shots made no sense, at all. How could anybody prove anything? Did you already have a first shot? Is this your second shot? Are you really who you say you are?

If you’re beyond a certain age or in a particular profession, you’re likely to be qualified for shots earlier than other people, in many jurisdictions. Without ID there would be complete chaos and no way to track who received what and when.

So it is everywhere. Everyone who has gotten vaccinated for the coronavirus has had to show a government-issued ID. No ID equals no vaccination.

Likewise, elsewhere, no ID, no participation. You want to step on board a commercial airliner? Show ID, and your plane ticket as you’re moving through the Homeland Security checkpoint. Otherwise, you do not pass through, and you miss your flight.

Soft Bigotry

The people who insist that government ID is not necessary, or is discriminatory, when it comes to voting, because some individuals can’t be expected to obtain such ID, are practicing either ‘progressive’ politics, or the bigotry of low expectations. It’s usually one or the other, and sometimes both.

Surveys indicate that among minority voters, the overwhelming majority insist that obtaining and showing a government-issued ID in the voting process does not represent an undue burden. Indeed, many feel slighted that other people, namely white liberals, presume that minorities don’t have the wherewithal to attain and exhibit a government-issued ID.

Do advocates of ‘no ID needed’ further realize that among all races in America, most agree that maintaining election integrity is more vital than making it simpler to vote? Seeking to reduce potential fraudulent voting helps to ensure that everybody’s lawful vote is properly counted. Requiring ID in this day and age is simply not a discriminatory ploy.

To forgo the requirement for voter ID is synonymous with voter suppression. An illegal voter can effectively suppress a legal vote by voting for the opposing candidate. A swarm of illegal voters can change an election.

America, Trailing the World

Who, exactly, are the people who have a keen interest in decreasing the odds of having fair and lawful elections? Might they be members of a political party that recognizes it cannot succeed in elections without cheating? Could it be Democrats?

Every other country around the globe requires a government issued ID in order to vote. The United States, once the beacon of democracy, has now tumbled from its high perch. Requiring voter ID, in every U.S. election at every level, will help to restore us to our loftier plain.

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When the Secret Service agents shielded former President Donald Trump off the stage to a waiting limo, he raised his fist to show that he was all right. As he repeated “fight, fight, fight,” you knew that it would be easy to define his response as a call to take it to his political enemies. Thankfully, his comments since then have focused that word on his desire for America to know that he “fights on” in pursuit of his second term. Commentators are pointing to the iconic pictures of his fist as an indication of how strong and courageous he is as a man; you can’t keep Trump down! The next few days will determine whether he can be “man” enough to tone down the anger and rhetoric that would be so easy to release against his political adversaries. Early indications are that he is asking Americans to give control to the better angels of their nature.

The day after the attack, Melania Trump penned a letter that showed her grace and love for America. She acknowledged the support she had received from Americans across our political divide. She closed her letter with these words: “And let us remember that when the time comes to look beyond the left and the right, beyond the red and the blue, we all come from families with the passion to fight for a better life together, while we are here, in this earthly realm. Dawn is here again. Let us reunite. Now. This morning, ascend above the hate, the vitriol, and the simple-minded ideas that ignite violence. We all want a world where respect is paramount, family is first, and love transcends. We can realize this world again. Each of us must demand to get it back. We must insist that respect fills the cornerstone of our relationships again. I am thinking of you, my fellow Americans. The winds of change have arrived. For those of you who cry in support, I thank you. I commend those of you who have reached out beyond the political divide – thank you for remembering that every single politician is a man or a woman with a loving family.”

Former President Trump echoed that call for unity. In a post on Truth Social, Trump wrote, “Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers yesterday, as it was God alone who prevented the unthinkable from happening. Instead, we will FEAR NOT but remain resilient in our Faith and Defiant in the face of Wickedness. Our love goes out to the other victims and their families. We pray for the recovery of those who were wounded and hold in our hearts the memory of the citizens who were so horribly killed. In this moment, it is more important than ever that we stand United and show our True Character as Americans, remaining Strong and Determined and not allowing Evil to Win. I truly love our Country and you all, and look forward to speaking to our Great Nation this week from Wisconsin.”

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