From the “I can’t believe we’re having this conversation” category: Voter ID opponents

If an alien came to earth it would be shocked to discover that anyone would oppose voter identification laws.  What could be more simple and foundational to the integrity of the voting process?  Yet here we are, with countless Liberals opposing this most common sense of measures.

They really tip their hands with their opposition to voter ID.   What other motive could they have but trying to remove one of their barriers to committing voter fraud?  We shouldn’t even have to provide examples of other places where ID is routinely required, but the list is long: Buying anything with a credit card, at the bank, getting a driver’s license, air travel, and so many more.

There is a reason for the truism that Republicans have to win elections by a large enough margin that the Democrats can’t cheat to win.  See Pajamas Media » Every Single One: The Politicized Hiring of Eric Holder’s Voting Section.

Recently released documents — disclosed by the Obama Justice Department only after a court battle — reveal that the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice is engaging in politicized hiring in the career civil service ranks. Typical Washington behavior, you say? Except the hiring in question is nearly unprecedented in scope and significantly eclipses anything the Bush administration was evenaccused of doing. And the evidence of the current political activity is far less impeachable than what was behind the libelous attacks leveled at officials from the Bush years.

For nearly a year, the Civil Rights Division rebuffed Pajamas Media’s Freedom of Information Act request for the resumes of attorneys hired into the Division during the tenure of Eric Holder. PJM was finally forced to file a federal lawsuit earlier this year. Only then did Justice relent and turn over the documents. The result leaves little wonder why PJM’s request was met with such intense resistance.

The Department’s political leadership clearly recognized that the resumes of these new attorneys would expose the hypocrisy of the Obama administration’s polemical attacks on the Bush administration for supposedly engaging in “politicized hiring” — and that everyone would see just how militantly partisan the Obama Civil Rights Division truly is. Holder’s year-long delay before producing these documents — particularly when compared to the almost-instantaneous turnaround by the Bush administration of a virtually identical request by the Boston Globe back in 2006 — also shows how deep politics now runs in the Department.

As Richard Pollock of Pajamas Media observed in an article, none of this should surprise anyone even remotely familiar with Holder’s highly partisan nature. Indeed, Holder boasted to the American Constitution Society (an organization started as a liberal counterweight to the Federalist Society) back in June 2008 that the Obama Justice Department was “going to be looking for people who share our values,” and that “a substantial number of those people would probably be members of the American Constitution Society.” The hiring records from Holder’s initial thirty months in office underscore how serious he was about this mission.

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But don’t just take my word for it. Let the resumes speak for themselves.

We start today with the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section. This Section is responsible for enforcing, among other things, all aspects of the Voting Rights Act. This includes reviewing redistricting and other pre-clearance submissions under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act that covered jurisdictions throughout the country must submit to the Justice Department for approval. Redistricting maps, voter ID statutes, citizenship verification laws, and a host of other politically contentious election issues rest in the hands of these Voting Section bureaucrats.

Long a refuge of partisan activists and ideological crusaders, the Section has been filling its ranks over the last 30 months with like-minded liberals ready to do the bidding of left-wing advocacy organizations. Sixteen attorneys have come on board in this hiring binge. Who are these new radicals?

Bryan Sells: Mr. Sells was recently hired as one of the Voting Section’s new deputy chiefs. He comes to the Department from the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, where he worked for nearly 10 years as a Senior Staff Counsel. During his tenure, his organization strongly opposed all voter ID laws, and challenged the right of states to verify the U.S. citizenship of individuals seeking to register to vote. He also characterized state felon disenfranchisement laws – which are expressly authorized in the Constitution — as a “slap in the face to democracy,” and consistently took the most aggressive (and generally legally unsupportable) positions onredistricting cases throughout the country.

Read it all.  It gets worse.

If anyone opposes voter ID, you can be sure they are highly disingenuous or truly lacking in critical thinking skills.

2 thoughts on “From the “I can’t believe we’re having this conversation” category: Voter ID opponents”

  1. Very curious how the left opposes voter ID policy. More curious is how, with the attitude, they would deny Desmond Bishop a meeting with the president simply because he left his ID at home. And this guy has not only some celebrity of his own, but would have been surrounded by a whole NFL football team, many of whom are recognizable to most sports fans. Apparently they couldn’t vouch for Bishop. Apparently an ID was an absolute in this case. But any schmuck can walk in a voting location and say he is anyone he wants to say he is and still vote. Makes perfect sense to me.


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