“The fact is that a man who wants to act virtuously in every way necessarily comes to grief among so many who are not virtuous.” – Niccolo Machiavelli
Doing what is best for yourself is rarely easy; doing what is best for others is almost impossible. It’s not a lack of drive which compels one to abandon the desire to do good for others, but the negative response which inevitably hits back so hard that one simply let’s go. Often, perceptions are manipulated to make the doer of good things look like a menace. The fault is rarely with the virtuous, but with those who despise him and want his power.
All of that is to say that being conservative in a culture dominated by the left is sometimes so difficult that we hide to protect ourselves and our fellow conservatives from attack. Sometimes, because the left has poisoned the culture, we become completely discouraged in our pursuit of the truth.
I am a very ardent supporter of voter identification laws. With the Democrats cheating at every turn, I believe it’s important to have safeguards in place to protect the integrity of the voting process. The Democrats, however, fly into a wild rage whenever voter ID is brought up. They claim that it amounts to voter suppression. They claim that because many minorities cannot obtain state issued photo ID, they would be kept from having their voices heard. I’ve written numerous times about how absurd that notion is, so I’ll just lay out a brief overview of my thoughts.
Photo ID is required to open a bank account, buy a house, rent an apartment, buy a car, rent a car, board a plane, stay at a hotel, buy alcohol, buy tobacco, and much more. Am I supposed to believe that minorities don’t do any of those things? Are they all homeless? Do they not have bank accounts? Additionally, the cost of a photo ID ranges from $6 to $10. That’s extremely affordable. I’m even in favor of issuing free photo IDs, if that would solve the problem. But that’s not what liberals want to hear, because their opposition to voter ID laws is not the result of compassion for minorities, but of a greedy agenda.
We need to fight for these laws. Unfortunately, some Republicans are caving. Most notably, Rand Paul. According to The New York Times:
“Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky broke Friday with fellow Republicans who have pushed for stricter voting laws as a way to crack down on fraud at the polls, saying that the focus on such measures alienates and insults African-Americans and hurts the party.”
Paul was quoted as saying:
“Everybody’s gone completely crazy on this voter ID thing…I think it’s wrong for Republicans to go too crazy on this issue because it’s offending people.”
Let me be clear, I understand the place from which Paul is coming. However, he is woefully off track. First, what Rand Paul doesn’t seem to understand, or care about, is what’s causing people to become offended. Second, he’s failing to see who is causing people to become offended.
The reason this issue is so hyped is because the Democrats want it to be. They use the media to broadcast the lie that conservatives don’t want black people to vote. The repeat it over and over again to the point that it becomes fact. It’s a classic propagandist move. The truth is far from the narrative created by the Democrats. The Democrats are perpetuating a lie, and it is because of that lie that people have become offended. They are not offended by the truth, but by an untruth.
If we stop promoting voter ID laws, we will be surrendering unnecessarily. Rather than giving up, or pulling back–as Paul suggested–we need to pull back the curtain on what we know to be reality. We need to make it known that what the Democrats claim about voter suppression is a blatant lie, and that the Republican Party is not the Party of discrimination. If we articulate the facts well enough regarding the Democrats’ history of racism, and reveal the Republicans’ history of civil rights championing, we can win the voter ID argument.
We cannot retreat simply because the Democrats have brilliantly manipulated a segment of the American public, we must strategize more effectively. Pulling back is giving up on a conviction, and I refuse to do that.