The debate over laws requiring a photo ID to vote has been contentious lately, to say the least. Texas recently became the next state to be thrust into the conversation. Representative Trey Martinez Fischer, who currently serves as the Chairman of the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus within the Texas House of Representatives, traveled to the nation’s Capitol recently to argue against voter ID laws.
His reasoning was based on an absurd observation, claiming that the lack of transportation posed a serious problem for many individuals. “In West Texas, some people would have a 200-mile round-trip drive to the nearest state office to get a card,” he exclaimed.
This sentiment was echoed by Attorney General Eric last week at the NAACP Convention in Houston. “Under the Texas law, many of those without IDs would have to travel great distances to get them — and some would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them”.
Once again, we are hearing an irrational argument against Voter ID laws in the false pretense of protecting minorities. The underlying notion is that the poor and minorities are either ignorant of how to access public transportation or that they are too indolent to go acquire an ID. If there were a problem with transportation issues, it should be addressed by the local and state governments of Texas. It is not a matter of where the Department of Justice should intervene or draw any kind of conclusion.
I have never heard of complaints of not being able to locate the Department of Motor Vehicles or any other place that would produce a valid identification card.
It is true that many poor and minority individuals access public transportation. It is guides them in their day-today activities such as grocery shopping, doctor appointments, educational trips, etc. To simply imply that this would be an hindrance in getting a photo ID is simply arrogant and asinine. Are white people the only ones smart enough to travel through the right avenues in purchasing an ID? To poor and minorities automatically have to have a spokesperson to interpret what they think and how they feel? Why is it so easy to invoke the race card in an issue that is not complicated but will benefit anyone who wants to vote? Why is voter fraud being tolerated? These are just some basic questions that will pierce right through the liberal left’s ideology concerning this important matter.
Demetrius Minor is a member of the national advisory council of the Project 21 black leadership network and is co-host of the blogtalkradio show "He Said, She Said" with Project 21 member Stacy Washington.
In addition, Demetrius is a blogger (demetriuspeaks.com), former White House intern, preacher, and columnist for Townhall, Red Alert Politics and Conservative Daily News.
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