Too much to ask?

U.S. delegation sends wrong message about freedom

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The NAACP told the United Nations this week that voter ID laws in the U.S. are an attack on minority voting rights.

Put another way: The American civil rights group is telling a world in which voting is often only a dream that must be fought and died for that having to prove your identity with a state-issued card that, in many cases, can be obtained for free is too much to ask.

Really? Is that the condition of the American spirit today?

What would our forebears think of this?

That an American organization has ridden this canard all the way to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva is an international embarrassment. How dare they make the claim that African-Americans are so helpless as to be unable to prove their identity?

And how rich that the NAACP delegation no doubt had to do the same to board the plane to Switzerland.

Further, they’re running for help to an organization whose members in some cases don’t allow women to vote at all, identification cards or not. Some moral authority!

The message to the world also is that voter identification is not important. Really? We can get you on the phone to a few dozen despots right now who would love that little nugget!

Combine this shameful episode with the sorry tale of woe told by Sandra Fluke before Democrats in Congress recently – that women who somehow manage to enroll in prestigious Georgetown University can’t manage the task of getting ahold of birth control pills without full insurance coverage for it. This, despite the fact that birth control pills are nearly as ubiquitous as Lifesaver mints, and often cheaper (as in free).

Why not have Ms. Fluke, too, appear before the U.N. to seek reparations for this international outrage? We can’t wait to hear her explain to a beleaguered world – where “women’s rights” more often involve life, safety, basic human decency and a journey out of bondage – that there is a “war on women” in the United States because not all birth control pills are free.

“They won’t pay for us to have consequence-free sex!” she might say.

What do you suppose women around the world might think of that?

There’s a beautiful song by the singer Sade called Pearls that includes these lyrics:

There is a woman in Somalia

Scraping for pearls on the roadside

There’s a force stronger than nature

Keeps her will alive

This is how she’s dying

She’s dying to survive

Don’t know what she’s made of

I would like to be that brave

Didn’t we used to be that brave? Lord, what has happened to this country?

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Retired Army
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Retired Army 03/16/12 - 11:20 pm
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ACES writes"What would our

ACES writes"What would our forebears think of this?"

Why I guess they would have told their women and slaves to stay home while they took their government supplied picture ID down to the local polling station.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/17/12 - 12:15 am
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What do you think of the rest

What do you think of the rest of the editorial, point by point?

faithson
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faithson 03/17/12 - 01:50 am
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No problem with voter fraud

No problem with voter fraud out there, NONE, NADA, NOT EXIST. PERIOD. Anyone who 'fears' you into believing there is, is a charletton, pure and simple. (including you Mike) You repudiate your libertarian ideals by trying to pass unneeded and punitive laws. The only reason voter ID has gained traction is that we are 'feared' into action, there is NO evidence, and fear is a poor motivator to action. bringing Ms. Fluke into this discussion is puerile.

faithson
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faithson 03/17/12 - 01:47 am
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'birth control pills are

'birth control pills are free.' This canard is ludicrous. The argument is your PAID for health care plan... PAID FOR, not free. To suggest this issue is about 'free' is dishonest, it is about 'benefits', pure and simple. Is birth control a women's health issue IS the issue. Argue that, not a something for nothing misleading agenda.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/17/12 - 02:24 am
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faithson,where do you get

faithson,where do you get your facts(the truth) that there is no voter fraud?

copperhead
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copperhead 03/17/12 - 02:43 am
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faithson,will you discard all

faithson,will you discard all of your ID in protest? You seem to agree that ID is needed to get free entitlements but not to vote. Why? Even the james brown give aways require ID and we hear no protests. Why?

Techfan
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Techfan 03/17/12 - 04:06 am
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When did the James Brown

When did the James Brown turkey giveaway become part of the Constitution?

copperhead
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copperhead 03/17/12 - 04:19 am
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Techfan,where is the outrage

Techfan,where is the outrage for requiring ID to get a free turkey?

allhans
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allhans 03/17/12 - 04:20 am
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I have never understood why

I have never understood why the ones who should be the most concerned, all minority groups, would not welcome photo ID to help keep elections honest. Some minorities have complained in the past about being disenfranchised. Photo ID will assure them that their vote will count just as ALL others are counted. If one person can get ID then all can get an ID. Try it, get up, get out, you might just achieve your goal.

Techfan
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Techfan 03/17/12 - 04:23 am
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Turkeys are protected by the

Turkeys are protected by the Constitution?

copperhead
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copperhead 03/17/12 - 04:23 am
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Techfan,shouldn't the james

Techfan,shouldn't the james brown turkey give-away be boycotted because they require ID to get FREE turkeys?

Techfan
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Techfan 03/17/12 - 04:43 am
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Who care? It's a private

Who care? It's a private group. They can have jump up and down on one leg if you want a turkey. Voting is protected by the Constitution. What's with this whole fascination with the turkey thing?

copperhead
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copperhead 03/17/12 - 04:51 am
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It's about the equirement of

It's about the equirement of ID. Techfan,do you think person should be a citizen to vote? If so,how to determine citizenship? If not,why?

copperhead
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copperhead 03/17/12 - 05:04 am
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The constitution applies to

The constitution applies to CITIZENS! How can you determine who it applies to without ID? Do you just take someone's word? Should someome from greece or iraq be allowed to come here on nov.3 and be allowed to vote? If so,why? If not,how do we determine their eligability to vote?

copperhead
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copperhead 03/17/12 - 05:13 am
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Techfan,since you and i seem

Techfan,since you and i seem to disagree on every point,would you accept my word that i am a citizen and allow me to vote?

desertcat6
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desertcat6 03/17/12 - 05:24 am
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Voter ID is based on the

Voter ID is based on the concept of one vote per citizen. A valid government issued ID or DL would ensure fairness for all citizens.

Techfan
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Techfan 03/17/12 - 05:27 am
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Unless someone could prove

Unless someone could prove otherwise.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/17/12 - 05:43 am
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Techfan,i asked nicely. Why

Techfan,i asked nicely. Why no answer?

Shademaker
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Shademaker 03/17/12 - 05:55 am
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Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/17/12 - 05:55 am
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If we want to do away with

If we want to do away with all forms of ID I'm with ya. No social security number, tax numbers, no licenses, not even an address on my house. Show up and vote and an ink stamp is put on your finger.

Techfan
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Techfan 03/17/12 - 06:11 am
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copper: See 5:27am

copper: See 5:27am

Techfan
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Techfan 03/17/12 - 06:14 am
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I'm sorry General Washington,

I'm sorry General Washington, but unless you can show us a picture ID we can't allow you to vote.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/17/12 - 06:19 am
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George washington is dead but

George washington is dead but there are still dead people voting. ID would put a stop to it!

copperhead
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copperhead 03/17/12 - 06:24 am
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Tech,you didn't say whether

Tech,you didn't say whether you think a person should be a citizen to vote. Or how their citizenship should be verified.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/17/12 - 06:29 am
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Tec,if you were in charge of

Tec,if you were in charge of allowing access to voting and i walked up and told you that i am george washington and go by copperhead,you would allow me to vote for president of the U.S.?

Techfan
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Techfan 03/17/12 - 06:42 am
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Inane comments don't merit a

Inane comments don't merit a reply.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/17/12 - 07:14 am
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It's a simple question.

It's a simple question.

Haki
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Haki 03/17/12 - 07:17 am
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ACES, as much as things

ACES, as much as things change, some things stay the same.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 03/17/12 - 07:38 am
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I loved Retired Army's first

I loved Retired Army's first post!
To tell you the truth I don't know how anyone gets by in this world without an identification card. I've had one since I was 15 and if I hadn't had one my life would have been one hassle after another.
Are you telling me that some folks go through life without a form of ID?
How?
Do they never ever leave thier homes? Do they live under a rock?
My dang DOG has more ID than the people the NAACP is protecting.
In this day and age it is not too much to ask to be able to prove who you say you are.
Attack on minority voting rights is the biggest crock of nothin' I've ever heard.
Get off your lazy behind and go get an ID.
Then you can get Medicaid and food stamps too.
What do you mean you already have medicaid and food stamps? How did you gert those without an ID?

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