Unfair Burden

Recently Attorney General Eric Holder spoke before the Congressional Black Caucus about all of the work that still needs to be done in civil rights enforcement.  He quickly came to the fact that the Justice Department had recently not allowed approval of changes to voting laws in Texas and South Carolina.  Specifically the Justice Department has stopped changes to each state’s laws that would require picture ID’s in order to vote.  He proceeded to make his case for the idea that these laws are discriminatory in their nature due to the unfair burden that the laws put on minorities.  What he did not say is that these laws simply equalize the treatment of all citizens in regards to proof of identity for voting.

Despite his law enforcement job description, the Attorney General is not beyond acting based on politics.  If there are, in fact, valid reasons for being against these types of laws, we must put aside those fears.  Mr. Holder spoke about both laws.  In regards to the Texas law he said, “the law would have a disproportionate impact on Hispanic voters.”  On the South Carolina law he said “The proposed change would place an unfair burden on minorities”.  As further proof of the problem he referenced the South Carolina data that showed more minorities will have to obtain picture ID’s than their proportion of the population.
http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/FaithLe (about 15 minutes in)

If there are a disproportionate amount of minorities who don’t have a picture ID, of course laws like this will affect them more. Does that make the law an attack on civil rights?  These laws do not ask more of these minorities, just that they come up to the same level of proof of identification as the rest of society.  His protest of these laws is like complaining that a job that requires a high school diploma is discriminatory because there are more minorities without a diploma. “Unfair burden” does not seem like an appropriate phrase to describe the impact on minorities.

Laws like this should actually help those who are legal members of society in additional areas.  There are many facets of day to day life that a picture ID makes simpler.  It is easier to get prescription drugs, travel, or even get a job with a picture ID.  It is rather ironic that the very people who the Attorney General is purporting to help, may actually be kept from an opportunity to fully participate in society.  Laws similar to this have been passed in Indiana and Georgia, and it has been reported that minority participation in voting has increased since their passage.

Given the fact that the laws in question do not ask more of minorities but simply require equal proof of identification as the rest of the citizens, we are left to determine the true nature of the protest to these laws.  Many people believe that the real resistance that the Democratic Party has to picture ID’s for voters is due to the idea that they want illegal aliens to have the ability to vote.  It is generally thought that these voters are likely to vote for Democrats.  There is no doubt that laws like these make it more difficult for illegal aliens to vote.  One can draw their own conclusion, but when the chief law enforcement officer in the country puts forward an argument that doesn’t pass the smell test we should all keep sniffing.

Author Bio:

Michael has been an editor and contributor at the website www.freemarketsfreepeople.net for over 2 years. He has over 20+ years of diverse business experience, from running complex operations where he managed hundreds of people, to starting and running small businesses such as www.realinterestfund.com. He is blessed, or perhaps cursed, with a logical mind which he uses to analyze government, media, politics, and culture. He believes that his life experiences help him bring a unique perspective to the issues of the day.
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Walters/100003306925750 Jim Walters

    Althouhg I am certain that most if not all of the readers of this blog will agree, I cannot for the life of me understand how showing a photo ID is an undue burden on minorities in this country.  There are a great many times when I am asked to produce an ID for actions that are have far more immediate consequences to myself and my person than voting, such as cashing a pay check, obtaining certain presription drugs, and dealing with numerous government agencies at all levels.  If the persons who are trying to convince the rest of us that this is an especially onerous burden on specific groups of minorities in their effort to vote, perhaps the focus should be on giving assistance to those people who for whatever reason still do not have a state-issued driver’s license to get a proper ID so they can join the rest of us in the 21st century.  The only reason I can see that a person needs to vote without being able to produce a photo ID is because they are voting under someone else’s name in the voter registration system.

  • http://shawmut.blogspot.com/ Dave O’Connor

    But, he has enough man-power to legally assist and advise Muslims putting up Mosque.  The municipalities in these issue have to raise money for their own legal representation, DOJ provides them free (Well, on your bill.) (And that’s before there’s a case.)
    Like his boss, it’s not, as Reverend King might reference, “the color of one’s skin”.
    It’s a case of the skin being thin.

  • mch

    Society becomes weak when people are left out for selfish political reasons.  If  Americans need picture I”D”s for  proof of who they are   why does  Eric Holder want to deny the new imigirants  rights that  they gain with a picture I.D.       I have to use my I.D. many times a month to get access to shows, coupon offers, state park enterance, casinos,doctor etc. etc..  Let the new comers to our country  enjoy it with a lovely picture and get them out of the shadows of their new life  and let them be  an American .

  • Grandmarie

    Agree with the article  .  How many people  are left out and can lose out on things that are available to  them   because they don’t have a picture  I.D..    When in Rome do what the Romans do.

  • dlr

    It is amazing to me that the “left” expect double standards in so many things.  Hate crimes, apply different laws to one class of society as opposed to other classes.  People in poverty should receive lesser punishment for crime because they are driven to it by the unfairness of their life.   As soon as you stop applying the law equally to all people and “justice” is no longer blind, then you simply don’t have justice anymore.  And why is that such a great thing?