THE VOTER ID hubbub is heating up again due to the upcoming U.S. midterm elections.
This may be about the most boneheaded conflict imaginable. The worn-out phrase “no-brainer” would be hard pressed to find a more comfortable home. Who can logically argue that demonstrating that you are a legal citizen should not be a requirement for voting? Answer: The Democratic Party.
Or, as I prefer to dub it, the NDP, the New Democratic Party, due to its radical departure from classic liberal values.
How anyone can voice the opinion that one must not be required to prove citizenship to vote without breaking out in howling laughter is beyond me. Yet, that is the official position of the NDP.
Why? Because many who favor the NDP notion of the perpetual Christmas stocking are poor, uneducated, in the country illegally, and so on. That the illegals cannot prove citizenship is obvious. That the poor and uneducated cannot is because, usually, they cannot get up the gumption to get an official ID.
And the NDP hasn’t enough carpools to round them up like cattle nationwide so they can get that ID.
Here’s how it works in Mexico, a land where the poor and uneducated are not in short supply: You go to an office of the election agency under your own steam with your birth certificate and proof of residence. You get photographed and issued a voter ID on the spot. It is not complicated. Most people do it.
It also doubles as a national ID for other purposes. I have one. It’s quite handy. Is there even one other nation aside from the United States where you can vote without proving citizenship? I doubt it.
Effectively proving you are a citizen would make mail-in voting difficult or impossible. So be it. It would make my absentee voting from south of the Rio Bravo impossible, but it’s a hit I’m willing to take. You cannot vote by mail in Mexico. On election day, we head to a nearby polling place. It’s as it should be.
That no proof of citizenship is required to vote in many parts of the United States is another tragic indication of the ongoing unraveling of a once-great nation. Another is the deliberate lack of border control.
Let us salute the NDP.