Watching the movie “Contagion” last night one of my oddball thoughts was thrust into my mind: “do Americans believe that the right to live is less important than the right to vote?” In that movie a highly contagious new virus with a high mortality rate kills millions of people world-wide until late in the movie when an effective vaccine is developed that can prevent the disease. Unfortunately there is a limited amount of the vaccine available and it is going to take a year to create enough of the vaccine to inoculate the country. To fairly distribute the vaccine a nationally lottery is held to determine who will receive the medicine when. Everyone in the movie accepts this as a completely reasonable approach to a knotty problem (and I think it would likewise be accepted in “the real world.”)
Here is where my ADD kicked in and temporarily derailed my train of thought. To establish your right to receive the vaccine, wouldn’t you have to show proof to show who you are and when you were born? (That is what is called a rhetorical question – for those of you trying to catch-up the answer is “yes.”) To get the vaccine, you would have to show some form of identification. This is not exactly a shocking concept as you are required to show ID to drive, fish, hunt, get married or any one of a million other things. I personally consider voting more important than any of these other things and feel that my vote is diluted in importance if votes are made by folks not having the right to vote. If we would require ID to get a life saving vaccine, why do folks still scream bloody murder about any attempt to make sure that the person voting actually has the right to vote?
I don’t buy any of the arguments that are used to argue that voter ID is somehow unfair. Folks primarily argue that voter ID disproportionately impacts minorities who are less likely to have ID and that therefore requiring voter ID is a new form of Jim Crow laws. First, as soon as someone makes racism the primary argument against something that is facially race neutral, my lie detector starts blinking. If the problem is that people cannot afford the $15-20 to get an ID, I think that is a legitimate concern (and by the way has nothing to do with race). There is of course a simple fix for this problem – let’s provide free ID to those that can’t afford it. Most of the states that have adopted voter ID requirements have provided a safety net that grants free IDs to those that can’t afford them. Even those statutes have been challenged by Democrats though their arguments are so muddled that I truly do not understand them.
If this is a truly fixable problem, then why is there so much resistance to simple solutions? Democrats simply want to stuff the ballot box. Everyone dances around this simple fact and the dead, the felon and the non-citizen that votes is merely an “isolated incident.” How in the world do we know that they are isolated incidents if we have no way of monitoring compliance because enforcing current voter qualifications has been deemed “racist” by the politically correct. I go back to my opening thought – do we actually value life less than the right to vote?