Too much to ask?

U.S. delegation sends wrong message about freedom

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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