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