I am constantly amazed at how the left changes the meaning of the Constitution when they feel that it can help their cause, yet in the next breathe say it is outdated and irrelevant. Represenative Daryl Metcalfe introduced a Voter ID bill which does exactly what the name implies, requires Pennsylvanians to show photo ID when they vote.
When I first moved to Lebanon I was astonished when I arrived at the polling place to vote that I did not have to show any form of ID. All I had to do was tell them my name and they would have me sign the paper that it was me. Considering low voter turnout wouldn't it be so simple to invite some of your non-citizen friends to come and put someone elses signature on an empty line?
So now the Democrats are having a fit about this bill. The PA House Democrat Twittersphere had the constant message that Voter ID is Voter Suppression. This is what they put up on the PA House website this week.
"House Bill 934
is a Republican-sponsored bill which would require every voter
to provide unexpired, valid government photo identification in order to vote in each election.
Pure and simple, this bill is a move to suppress voter turnout. This type of bill
has been introduced and even enacted in Republican-controlled states. It will make voting harder for senior citizens, low-income residents, minorities and naturalized citizens -- groups who are less likely to have photo ID or the documentation and time necessary to acquire one. These are also groups who tend to vote Democratic. Pennsylvania should be making it easier for residents to vote, not making it harder.
Additionally, the cost to implement this mandate is nearly $10 million -- money that Pennsylvania can't afford to waste now with so many other areas going without.
Join the fight to protect your constitutional right! Send a message to legislative leaders. Tell them to vote against the voter suppression bill. Tell them to make sure our constitutional rights are protected
Allow me to explain something to the Democrats about the Constitution. The Constitution
contains many amendments, clauses, and phrases detailing ways people cannot be denied the right to vote. You cannot deny the right to vote because of race or gender. Citizens
of Washington DC can vote for President; 18-year-olds
can vote; you can vote even if you fail to pay a poll tax
But despite all of this the Constitution never explicitly ensures
the right to vote
, as it does the right to speech, for example. It does require
that Representatives be chosen and Senators be elected by "the People," and who
comprises "the People" has been expanded by the aforementioned amendments
several times. Aside from these requirements, though, the qualifications for
voters are left to the states. And as long as the qualifications do not conflict
with anything in the Constitution, that right can be withheld. For example, in
Texas, persons declared mentally incompetent and felons currently in prison or
on probation are denied the right to vote. It is interesting to note that though
the 26th Amendment requires that 18-year-olds must be able to vote, states can
allow persons younger than 18 to vote, if they chose to.
Let's just say that it imperative the PA Democrats learn the Constitution.
And while I'm at it let me continue my pontification about the privelege
of voting, because that what it is...a privelege. I take my ability to vote seriously. I am blessed to live in the greatest country on this planet. I am blessed to be free. And I will not take for granted that thousands of great Americans put their lives on the line so I could vote. They did not die so my vote would be "suppressed" by an illegal alien (and yes, I said illegal ALIEN) who is not a citizen of this country. They did not die so the Constitution could be twisted into a lie. I hold their sacrifice seriously unlike that of the Pennsylvania House Democrats.So when they worry about suppressing the vote of a non-citizen, I'd like to remind them that their opposition to this bill suppresses my privelege