Behind progressives’ fixation with easy voting

A state judge has temporarily struck down parts of a Pennsylvania law requiring voters to show approved identification at their polling places. The state law requires all voters to show a picture ID prior to voting. This new court decision is allowing the law to stand but is mandating a “soft rollout” that would permit voters to cast ballots without a picture ID in the presidential election this November. In addition, the law states that anyone wanting to cast a vote without ID must use a provisional ballot, meaning a ballot that can be cast but not officially until the voter returns within six days to show proper ID. But the judge got rid of that provision as well.

Voter ID has been a huge issue for the progressive left in America. Progressives, of course, want anyone to be able to vote at any time. The progressive standard is to make voting easy. Just walk in and tell the polling registrar your name and you have your ballot. Others know this method of citizenship as the Chicago-style: “vote early and vote often.” Voter fraud is rampant under these schemes, but progressives choose to err on the side of democracy, even if democracy isn’t really democratic due to voter fraud.

America’s progressive left also has this fixation on racial discrimination at the polls. It’s as if they’re still living in 1950 wondering if blacks will be disenfranchised. But, honestly, the last report I heard of poll blocking and intimidation was in 2008 when Black Panthers hovered around polling places to ensure Barack Obama was well represented. In other words, it’s not Mitt Romney Republicans trying to intimidate voters today; it’s the progressive left! And, just to set the record straight, voter intimidation always has been a hallmark of Democratic politics, whether post-Civil War southern Democrats or modern Chicago-style Obama Democrats. It hasn’t been Republicans historically blocking the entrances to polling booths.

So we should ask ourselves what is this controversy is all about. Why does the Obama left obsess over easy voting? The answer is pretty simple: The traditional Democratic base has been shrinking for decades and the new Democratic base is inexperienced in citizenship. That inexperience needs an “easy button” to push when it comes to voting. Accountability measures, such as ID, and restrictive voting hours mess with the undisciplined lives of youth. Young people are very spontaneous and do things at the last minute, so laws that allow people to register to vote at the polling place, the day of the election, are ideal for progressive candidates like Obama.

Of course, another progressive argument favoring easy voting is that a large bloc of Democratic voters tends to be lower on the socioeconomic scale, and these working folks need as much flexibility to vote as possible. And that seems reasonable to me, which is why polling hours have been extended from the very early morning into the early evening. But in a day and age of Obama’s America, there’s very little difference between the middle class and the poor, meaning those citizens who can’t always find the time to vote are a nice mixture of Republican and Democratic bases, so hours alone can’t explain why progressives are so adamant about easy voting.

I honestly believe that it all comes down to a very ugly reality: Obama’s growing base of support comes from his ideal nation of takers – the jobless, the homeless, those citizens living off of entitlements or special dispensations such as government employees and union workers. It’s ugly to hear and it’s ugly for me to say, but I believe that’s the ugly truth as to why progressives obsess over easy voting. I don’t think it has anything to do with the good merits of citizenship. I think it has everything to do with political power.

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  • rmwarnick

    There have been no documented instances of voter fraud in Pennsylvania, a fact that has been established in court testimony. Voter fraud is practically nonexistent nationwide. OTOH the right to vote is well established in the Constitution, and attempts to deny the right to vote constitute voter suppression aimed at changing the outcome of elections.

  • Isaac Hoppe

    “I think it has everything to do with political power.” Liberals feel the same way when they see attempts to restrict or control voting.

    • Duane

      So, if conservatives engaged in voter fraud, you would still oppose any “attempts to restrict or control voting?”

      An identification card is $25 in Utah and similar in other states. Most people, regardless of their employment status, spend that much on soda pop or beer in one week. If your right to vote doesn’t mean more than one weeks worth of pop, you don’t deserve to vote.

      Liberals are totally hypocritical about this issue. Delegate identification was VERY strictly enforced at the Democratic National Convention.

  • Thomas Fritz

    The homeless, the joblesss, and so on. Paul Mero can barley disguise his utter contempt for anybody who doesn’t think like him, or who may have fallen on hard times due to circumstances beyond his/her control. if he had lived in the 1950s, he would have screamed to ban blacks from voting. Now that this is no longer acceptable speech, it’s other undesirable elements of society that he disdains and hates. he would put them all against the wall or just let them rot in hell.

    • Duane

      You don’t know your history, do you? Democrats tried to block the Civil Rights Act. Republicans passed it over them. In the ’50’s. And Democrats were big into the KKK starting right after the Civil War. And one of the reasons the NRA started was to provide freed black with the ability to defend themselves.