The Department of Justice, presided over by Eric Holder, is filing a lawsuit against the state of Texas alleging that Texas’ new voter identification laws stand in violation of the 14th Amendment and 15th Amendment. Let’s take a look at those Amendments:
Section one of the 14th Amendment states:
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.“
Section one of the 15th amendment states: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”
The official complaint filed by the DOJ outlines Texas’ voter ID law:
“SB14 requires nearly all in-person voters in Texas to present following forms of government issued photo identification in order to vote: a driver’s license, personal ID card, or election identification certificate. All of which are issued by DPS. A license to carry a concealed handgun, U.S. Military ID card, a U.S. citizenship certificate with photograph, a US. passport.”
The law goes on to say that ID’s that have expired more than 60 days prior to an election may not be used, but anyone who does not have a viable ID can apply for an EIC (election identification certificate) at no charge. In addition, to apply for a photo ID, all you have to do is go to a DMV. It costs $16 dollars.
The 14th and 15th Amendments state that the government cannot deny a citizens’ Right to vote based on race or gender. The Texas voter ID law does nothing of the sort. The Left just wants to score political points and keep voter fraud alive.
In addition, it seems to me that Democrats are being a bit racist here. Given the ease with which one can obtain either photo ID or an EIC (for free), what are the Democrats saying with this lawsuit? According to the DOJ:
The Texas law “was adopted with the purpose, and will have the result, of denying or abridging the right to vote on account of race, color, or membership in a language minority group.”
1. The DOJ can’t know the intent of the law.
2. You need a photo ID to board an airplane, buy a car, rent an apartment, buy a house, get a job, open a bank account, see a movie—among numerous other things. Am I supposed to believe that minorities don’t do any of these things? Do they just sit in an empty field? It seems that’s what the Democrats think.
3. Do the Democrats truly believe that minorities are too stupid and too incapable to drive, take a bus or walk to a DMV to obtain a photo ID? Do they believe that minorities are helpless, unable to figure out how to obtain a free EIC?
4. If the Democrats aren’t, in fact, extremely racist, then the only other option is that they want voter fraud to continue.
Here are the facts: Voter fraud is real. It helps Democrats win elections. Why else would they fight so hard against voter ID laws? Because the only other option is that the Democrats are extraordinarily racist. Come to think of it, the two may not be mutually exclusive.