Could someone please, please give me a compelling reason why requiring a photo I.D. to vote would limit your ability to vote? I’ve heard the argument made by liberals and liberal groups but they have yet to say anything other than requiring a photo I.D. will suppress turnout, that it will somehow keep minorities from voting. Now the NAACP is taking their dissatisfaction with our political process to a whole new level. Dozens of states have adopted voter I.D. laws, so, the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva seems to be the next logical step.
The next logical step towards insanity, that is.
WASHINGTON — Taking a page from its past, the NAACP will go before a United Nations panel in Switzerland next week to argue that new voting laws approved by some U.S. states violate civil and human rights by suppressing the votes of minorities and others.
A delegation from the venerable civil rights organization will present its case in Geneva on Wednesday before the United Nations Human Rights Council, a body that normally addresses troubles in places such as Libya, Syria and the Ivory Coast.
Rest assured that a “study” has been done by the Brennan Center for Justice that shows that voter I.D. laws suppress the votes of minorities, young people, and the poor. You know, because only old, white, Republicans have drivers licenses. Anyway, I’m sure the NAACP will cite the study when they go before the U.N. Human Rights Council. And besides, who wouldn’t use a study issued about voter suppression from a group whose very existence relies on the fact that there is voter suppression.
NAACP President Ben Jealous said he understands that the United Nations has no direct authority over individual states concerning their voting laws, but he added:
“The power of the U.N. on state governments historically is to shame them and to put pressure on the U.S. government to bring them into line with global standards for democracy, best practices for democracy, that’s where we are,” he said. “There are plenty of examples — segregation of the U.S. to apartheid in South Africa to the death penalty here in the U.S. — of global outrage having an impact.”
Ahh yes, the old “shame them into submission” tactic. Leftists have used it successfully for years, why stop now? And of course comparing the requirement of a photo I.D. to vote is exactly the same as apartheid and the death penalty.
UPDATE: Memeorandum thread on the subject four days later. Yes indeed, it’s time to get out of the United Nations. And not only that, it’s time for the United Nations to get out of the United States. Read John Hinderaker’s piece at Powerline. And also William Teach’s report at Right Wing News.