As I write this, the Department of Justice is bringing a law suit against the State of Texas for voter discrimination. The Crime – requiring identification in order to be able to vote!
Last year, the State of Oklahoma presented the voter identification issue to the voter’s of the state and it passed – overwhelmingly. You see, those of us who live in this part of the country – the Heartland, if you will – believe voting is a privilege, not a right. And, as a privilege it should be treated with the highest degree of respect, dignity and understanding that there are some things you should have to do in order to qualify for the privilege. First, you have to be a citizen of the United States, or at least one who is here legally. Secondly, you have to have registered with your local precinct, which is made very easy by registration locations in almost every government building, the libraries, political offices as well as numerous other places including tag agencies – you know, where you buy the license plate for your car or where you have to appear once a year to have it renewed.
The point being, it is easy to register to vote. You appear. You present identification – just as you would have to do if you were boarding a plane, buying something on time, writing a check or using a credit card and so on. Identification is not something foreign to this country. In fact, it is something we need to present proudly as it certifies, verifies and states that we are citizens who’ve done our diligence.
Now I understand there are some states that don’t require voter identification. In fact, they don’t even require that you be alive to vote. If you walk in and say who you are, you are allowed to vote – in some cases, as many times as you wish. But, in my personal opinion, those states are corrupt in being lax in voter responsibility and in being conscientious when it comes to voter rights and requirements.
There is nothing prejudicial or biased in asking for voter identification; in fact, it is the right thing to do. If you are here as a natural citizen or even a naturalized citizen, then you need to vote responsibly. I don’t care which party or which candidate you vote for – that’s your business. I do care that you are voting legally. It is your responsibility and it is my responsibility as your co-citizen to make sure that your vote is respected by assuring that those not qualified to vote don’t do so.
Does this make me a racist? Nope! It makes me a responsible and proud citizen of the United States of America and the beautiful State of Oklahoma. To my sister state, Texas, I pray that you’ll stand strong in this fight and not be defeated by those in Washington who hail from states where anyone – dead or alive – can vote. This is important. This is the true American way.