Russell Pearce


In 2004, I authored the Prop 200: Arizona Taxpayers and Citizens Protection Act.   The law required  proof of citizenship to register to vote, a photo I.D. when voting, and proof of eligibility to receive non-federal mandated public benefits.  The Left and even many RINOs like John McCain screamed racism, but Arizona voters passed it by an overwhelming margin.

It seems like déjà vu, as States across the country are cracking down on voting fraud by passing voter ID laws.  The Obama administration led by Attorney General Eric Holder and the organized Left respond by claiming it will somehow disenfranchise the poor, elderly, and minorities.

James O’Keefe’s latest video, where he was able to claim to be Attorney General Eric Holder at the polling stating helped bring much needed ridicule to the idea that we do not need voter ID laws.  Later an associate of O’Keefe is turned away from the Justice Department for not having a photo ID.

There are many other examples of where a photo ID is necessary that fail to provoke the outrage of the Obama administration.  Last week, Obama’s home state of Illinois passed a law requiring government-issued photo identification for the purchase of industrial drain cleaners.   No one is organizing rallies or protests to lament any alleged victimization of the millions of elderly or minority plumbers, building managers or even home owners who won’t be able to unclog the hair from their drains because of this ageist, racist new law.

Don’t the elderly and minorities deserve unclogged drains?   You know as well as I that the over-the-counter drain cleaners sometimes just aren’t strong enough to get those really stubborn clogs.  And how about the poor who cannot afford to hire a plumber.

Where is the outrage?

The other day, I was at a large chain grocery store and I paid with my credit card. When the cashier asked for my photo ID, I was shocked.  Luckily I had brought my driver’s license, but what about the elderly and minorities who, according to the Obama Administration and the pundits and talking-heads of the Looney Left, have neither a photo ID nor the means to get one.

“Why do you discriminate against the elderly and minorities,” I asked the cashier. “That isn’t very Christian,” I explained to her, and said she should be on the lookout for the media trucks which I was certain would be arriving any moment.

Russell Pearce

Russell Pearce served as President of the Arizona State Senate where he authored SB 1070. He is currently president of Ban Amnesty Now.