Letter: 'It doesn't matter'

Truth 'doesn't matter' to the Democrats

Once again, that character called "Scrawls" misrepresents (no, actually, he lies!) the Republican Party's position on the voter ID controversy/law. The theme in his latest political cartoon fiasco printed in the Citizen is that Republicans don't want poor blacks to vote only if they're going to cast a vote for Obama, and that somehow, requiring photo IDs may prevent that from happening. The Repubs are drawn as mean-spirited elephants wearing gestapo-like military uniforms, who are checking the IDs of blacks who are characterized as 3-foot tall teenagers.

The fact of the matter is that in every case brought before a federal court dealing with the requirement for some sort of legitimate identification in order to cast a vote, the courts have upheld that requirement as constitutional, and that includes Georgia. Ironically, the Democrats are requiring all the delegates attending their upcoming National Convention to show ... guess what ... a picture ID! Can anyone deny the hypocrisy?

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairman of the Democratic National Campaign was interviewed on CNN by Cooper Anderson on Thursday evening, Aug. 23, during which he asked her about an LA Times article regarding a plank on the Republican platform, and the fact that she deliberately misquoted and lied about the intent of what the Times was reporting. In a heated exchange, she finally said that "It doesn't matter" (that her representation was a lie).

So the Democrat approach in this presidential race will have as its political centerpiece, an approach that promotes any distortion of truth because such a distortion (lie) will be supported by their principle that "It doesn't matter." Scrawls can center his future cartoons around more lies. "It doesn't matter." Joe Biden can make threats that Republicans "Will put y'all back in chains" to a mostly black audience, and "It doesn't matter."

I had an uncle who, during the course of his whole adult life, voted a straight Republican ticket until the day he died. Now he votes Democrat. But: "It Doesn't Matter!"

-- Vince Przybyszewski



jjhayden3rd 3 years, 3 months ago

There are two competing issues tied up in the voter-ID issue: the right to cast a vote in an election and the necessary requirement that only registered citizens have that right to cast a vote. The Patriot Act of 2002 eliminated several of the rights U.S. citizens once had and has put us well down the road toward a police state. One of the requirements of the act is that we must all show proof that we are U.S. Citizens, born in the U.S. or naturalized to get a government issued ID. As a result we now are required to present our papers to authorities on demand. This is wasn’t the case before 9/11 and the U.S.A. Patriot Act. When it comes to elections the real question is what are the problems? Is voter fraud a real problem? The G.W. Bush Justice department studied the matter and found fewer than 100 instances of illegal voting across the entire U.S. and the majority of such votes were for voting in the wrong polling place. The study ignored the fact that where voting is computerized, there is no way to verify that the numbers in the computer match up to real votes. On top of all of this is the history in the south of denying the vote to anyone not deemed to be worthy of voting such as too poor, illiterate, or the wrong skin color. This denial was part of state laws and enforced by terroristic actions. Today the Voter-ID law will effectively eliminate those who cannot afford to collect the required papers and then spend the time and expense to travel to the government office to get the mandatory ID. The real issue is should we deny the right to vote in U.S. elections to millions of citizens in order to try to stop 100 illegal votes.


John 3 years, 3 months ago

Let's see, I had to show proper ID to enter kindergarten, get a drivers license, social security card, buy a beer, rent a car, register with the Selective Service to get a "draft card", get a pass port, enroll in college, register to vote, take materials to a recycle center, etc, etc. Having the required papers to prove who you are is a personal responsibility and should not be a major event in ones life. If one really wants to vote, the time & expense to go to a government office to get and ID should not be a major burden to anyone - having a valid photo ID would have other benefits than just voting. Don't really think anyone is "denying" the right to vote to any eligible voter - just prove you are eligible with a valid ID. Finally, there have been elections decided by less than 100 votes.


John 3 years, 2 months ago

In 2005, the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that up to 3 percent of the 30,000 individuals called for jury duty from voter registration rolls over a two-year period in just one U.S. district court were not U.S. citizens.


dennistay53 3 years, 3 months ago

I for one appreciate what George Bush did to protect us after 911. If it helps to catch one terrorist that intends to kill thousands of americans than having to show proper ID is well worth it. Terrorists don't care if you are a Democrat or Republican when they go to kill you. They proved in 911 they don't even care if you are American. I'm betting as many Democrats were killed as Republicans.


Frustrated 3 years, 3 months ago

In this day and time you cant conduct much if any business without a proper ID. If I charge something on a credit card I have to show ID. If I cash a check I have to show ID. Its not that much of an inconvienence these days, especially with all the special interest groups that go around and make sure people are registered to vote. And jjhayden, does the word ACORN have any meaning to you?


Billy 3 years, 3 months ago

The people that oppose this sensible law want to be able to have the option to cheat in an election, if not now then in the future, or they want the millions of illegals to be able to vote. It's one or the other. There is no legitimate argument against this law. I'm a 50 year old political science major, and have been involved in politics since the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979. In other words, I've heard all the false arguments on other issues before and this is no different. You can beguile some kid with empty accusations about how "unfair" the law is, but not me. As long as you can vote "provisionally," (allow an election day vote but the vote must be later verified before it can be counted), then the only reason to oppose this is for illegal opportunity or to incite people with falsehoods for some dishonest end...


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