Say, What Did Afghans Use During Their Historic Vote?
Good question, if I don’t say so myself
(IBD) About 7 million Afghans turned out to vote in Saturday’s presidential election, many proudly brandishing a photo ID that our Department of Justice claims is a symbol of racism and voter intimidation.
In perhaps the most ironic tweet of all time, former Obama adviser David Axelrod noted concerning Saturday’s presidential election in Afghanistan: “Afghans defied threat of death to vote. Here’s hoping that Americans vote in large (numbers) this fall, despite efforts to make voting harder.”
Axelrod may not have noticed, but millions of Afghans also defied the threat of death when they lined up earlier to obtain the same photo voter IDs they could carry as they voted in an election that will produce the first peaceful transition of power in that beleaguered nation’s history. Afghans proudly showed their photo voter IDs, just as President Obama did when he voted early in Chicago in the 2012 election.
If people in some countries, as Axelrod notes, will risk death to vote, it is hard to see the intimidation in requiring people who vote to prove they are who they say they are – especially when voting results in America show that minority voters turned out in greater numbers in states that adopted voter ID requirements.
That’s a heck of a thing, eh? The White House praised the Afghan elections, and Allen West had a few choice words
But as you can see in this video, the people of Afghanistan will not be cowed, and will do what they can to ensure democratic elections – even if it means getting a photo for a voter identification. You cannot tell me citizens of the United States face a hardship in getting photo IDs to show at their polling place. How do the people of Afghanistan manage it, when they don’t have a CVS, Walgreens or Duane Reade at every corner?
When liberals in this country talk about “voter suppression” they really mean “fraudulent voter suppression” – yes, requiring a photo I.D. will suppress fraudulent votes. If you don’t agree with me, come on down to Florida and we’ll chat about it. But first, try getting on the plane without your repressive photo IDs.
Boom. Democrats are worried about having to show something that most people in the U.S. already have in order to vote, because they really want to commit fraud.