Voting, some say, is the most precious right of a citizen in a democracy, one that deserves the utmost protections. Yet the American Civil Liberties Union and others are assailing as as "voter suppression." In other words, it sounds like a conspiracy to suppress the votes of the poor, minorities and others that rich, white men don't want to participate in self-government.
I'm not hot to require voters to show some sort of identification to prove that they are whom they say. Nor can I argue that photo IDs, for example, would do much to stop voter fraud in places like Chicago. And I sympathize with the argument that it's another government requirement the robs us of our time and energy.
But the rhetoric against the requirement is idiotic. And demagogic.
Case in point is the ACLU's plans to file suit to overturn a Wisconsin voter ID law. It's a "severe burden on the right to vote" and is "undermining the very legitimacy of democracy." Right. Just as requiring a photo driver's license is undermining our Republic. Or showing an ID before boarding a plan is eating away at our most fundamental rights.
Seems to me that the arguments against producing a voter's ID are paternalistic and racist. Those poor African Americans are just too stupid to figure out how to get an ID. And so forth.
The ACLU's Wisconsin suit ask for an injunction against the new law and compensation for the lawyer's fees. The latter pretty much explains it all because, pray tell, we don't want to put ACLU lawyers out of business.