Because freedom can't protect itself
AND WOULD IT BE A POLL TAX IF ITS NAME WERE NOT POLL TAX?
Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman posted her proposed state voter ID regulation on Friday and announced, on Monday morning, she was stepping down. Chapman will go to work for a government affairs concern, but denies any lobbying will be involved. [nudge. nudge. wink. wink. (editor)] The proposal provides free voter ID’s, PROVIDED A NOTARIZED FORM IS SUBMITTED WITH THE APPLICATION.
And there’s the rub, girls and boys. The form requires the seal of a notary public. A notary public is a very minor state official appointed by the probate judge who is authorized under state law to collect a fee for sanctifying documents. Said fees, in Alabama, generally, can run from $5 to $50, so that FREE photo ID is merely a poll tax by another name. Yeah, Chief Jokester Roberts, the country has really changed.
This genuinely works on every nerve I have. It's one of the reasons I live in Canada half the time and lately prefer that country to my one of birth, besides the fact that on the whole the country of Canada is a lot more respectful of Vietnam Veterans than America has been over the years. America only recently decided Vietnam Veterans were "worthy" of respect. Canada has always thought they were deserving. I've always appreciated Canada's attitude a little more than America's.
This playing of games with the voting process happens every single election and really angers me; and it seems to me that Republicans do it WAY more than they accuse Democrats of being involved in doing underhanded things with the voting process. Democrats are not perfect either, as evidenced by the actions of Lyndon B. Johnson - who really started UP the Vietnam war - but neither are Republicans, if you witness all they do during voting years to stifle the entire process.
Just let everyone vote. For god sake I watched my friends dying in Vietnam to uphold that freedom and others. At the very least the war pigs who sent us there could allow the freedoms for which they claimed they were sending everyone else to fight for to be upheld without question.
Put your money where your mouth is and prove you are what you claim. All this rigamarole makes you look like scoundrels, more than makes it look that way; it presents positive PROOF of the implication.
Just let everyone vote.
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