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We will help you with this needless hoop.

How nice of them to help with the needless hoop they created.

Of course none of this was necessary before the neo-confederates in the Mississippi legislature injected a citizenship challenge into the voting process via necessitating presentation of birth certificates to get a “free ID.”

So what’s wrong with the PDA (Public Disservice Announcement)? In fairness, it says that “if you already have an acceptable photo ID” you won’t need another on election day. Here the conservatives cunningly conceal in plain sight a truth that is detrimental to many Mississippians. In the process of telling you what you won’t need, they omit something critical. You can’t get the “free ID” if you have something many Mississippians now have, a current driver’s license. The ad is cute. It even has Mr. Haney, I mean, Mr. Hosemann sitting in a boat with a fishermen telling him that he can use a paycheck stub to get a photo ID. See it’s so simple even a Mississippian or a caveman could do it. But hold it right there. Did he say if you wanted to get a “free ID” you could bring a paycheck stub? Mr. Haney knows that isn’t true. You have to have a birth certificate to get the “free ID,” according to the law that the neo-confederates passed. They aren’t going to give you a “free ID” if you bring in your paycheck stub.
But Mr. Hosemann, like Mr. Haney selling Oliver Douglas doors without knobs or a tractor without wheels, pretends he is selling voting ease to the public when what he is really selling is a Republican constructed complication. For if you lose your driving privilege (which costs money) due to suspension for traffic fines or your Geico auto insurance lapsed and you get a ticket which you can’t pay, you must go through the citizenship challenge (present a birth certificate). In effect Mississippi’s neo-confederates have increased the penalty for unpaid driving penalties.
So in essence in a state, Mississippi, where black families have a fraction of the income of white families, voting has a new poll tax attached to it. People with licenses who can afford to keep them don’t have their citizenship challenged as a step in voting and people who can’t afford them do.

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    Mississippi Secretary of State of Delbert Hosemann’s office is launching a publicity blitz

     

     

    Notice how Mr. Haney, excuse me, Ms. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, says what can be used to get a “free” voter ID. 

     

    Slight of hand, country–bumpkin styled.

     

    First of all the voter ID can only be obtained “free” if you don’t have a current driver’s license.  Notice how the commercial makes the point of listing the things you can use to get a “free” ID.  These are all items you can use to get the birth certificate to get the “free” ID unless of course you bring a birth certificate with you.  This Mississippi voter ID law is essentially an arbitrary, inept citizenship challenge by the state of Mississippi without just cause.  And Americans do not need birth certificates to validate their citizenship as being born in America is not a requirement for American citizenship and I cite the citizenship of John McCain and Ted Cruz as examples of Americans who were not born in any American city, town, state, or territory.  But back to the confidence man’s game of selling Americans the notion that Mississippi’s photo ID law is fair and necessary.  When white Mississippians voted to order everyone to produce photo ID’s at the polls the initiative for which they voted said nothing about citizenship challenges only that that Mississippians should provide photo ID.  Now the RepubliCon legislature didn’t write a law that gave photo ID’s to all registered voters.  No, that would have been fair and fairness is not what they were after but a shrinking of the voting pool.

    A situation in which fewer people are voting favors the rich because they get more bang for their buck.

     

    But the most frightening thing about the situation is how so much power over the vote in Mississippi has been deposited into the hands of one man.  Mr. Hosemann illustrates this most clearly in an interview with the Jackson Free Press in which he says,

     

    he wrote an administrative rule that says a driver’s license can be expired for up to 10 years and still be used for voting, and that the driver’s license can come from any state.

     

    What Mr. Hosemann “wrote” today can be undone by some future SOS with the stroke of a pen.  That’s why I have referred to him as the vote-Nazi

     

    And Democratic Party officials in the state indicate the reasons Republicans have so much success.  Republicans are just more motivated and assertive when it comes to pressing their agenda.  The most you get from Mississippi Democratic Party officials is

    it’s too early to say whether the Democratic Party will file a lawsuit to try to block Mississippi’s voter ID law.

    But that perhaps has more to do with a constituency which is more programmed, conditioned, opiated to watch BET and T.D. Jakes, football and Real Housewives then it is to knowing that they must come together to advocate laws which restrict outsourcing of jobs by people, Democrats and Republicans, who tell them that their lack of education is the reason that they are unemployed or employed at Wal Mart and need government assistance, even as jobs are going to China and Mexico and corporations offshore profits.

    Republicans playing voter ID games Jan. 3, 2013–clarion ledger

    Deciding whether to believe the Brennan Center study which “estimated 48,000 low-income Mississippians could have trouble obtaining government-issued photo identification” or an afterthought-study (no federal observers, eligible voter percentages) which suggests only 21,855 Mississippians total would need one?

    Mind you, the afterthought was prepared by proponents who requested $395,000 for poll-tax (driver’s licenses aren’t free and Mississippi’s unexpired license requirement is tantamount to a recurring voting fee) ID litigation and requested none for related education and outreach.

    A very conservative figure for a Mississippi education and outreach program would be $200,000. Georgia’s costs $840,000 and featured radio and TV public service announcements, direct mail, and packages to government agencies. And then there’s this post-Civil War purge element: “a person can obtain the free voter ID card at a clerk’s office by presenting the same material accepted to register to vote.”

    This Haneyism, after Mr. Haney from television’s “Green Acres,” masks the fundamental change in Mississippi voting requirements. Proponent, Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann knows full well that Mississippians didn’t need to present a birth certificate to register to vote before the disenfranchisement legislation, therefore this implied ease is most disingenuous. And where, Mr. Haney, is the money for the clerk’s office “to access birth records” and who will pay?

    Registered voters have registration cards, and in signing a voter roll are affirming their identity, like swearing to tell the truth in a court of law (without showing a photo ID to the judge). Mississippi Republicans have in effect established the presumption of guilt in voting law and suggest cheating is rampant, when nearly every statewide official is, ahem, Republican.

    Congress not ‘mature enough’ to deal with Voting Rights Act decision – NBC Politics

    Ah yes, the Supreme Court has provided us with the logic necessary to get rid of those pesky seat beats too.  They, like voting rights pre-clearance, work; therefore we don’t need them.  Roberts and his supremely elitist comrades home accomplish what their mentor, Paul Paul Weyrich, desired

    , the foundation for the constrictions of the voting public.

    Congress not ‘mature enough’ to deal with Voting Rights Act decision – NBC Politics

    Nothing eery about voter ID | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com

    Nothing eery about voter ID | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com.

    All of a sudden I saw it. It had reappeared on the internet, a defense of Mississippi’s photo ID law from a reader in Alabama. It was time to take another one down and perform an autopsy.

    Inside the guts of “Nothing eery about voter ID”

    Nothing eery about voter ID