On the heels of the Supreme Court striking down the Arizona law that required people to show “proof of citizenship” prior to registering to vote (aka voter ID laws), Ted Cruz has decide to try and bypass this ruling by offering an amendment to the immigration bill that would permit states to require citizens to show proof of citizenship before registering to vote.
And here we go again.
I love how these “small government conservatives” seem to often support more government—as long as it might benefit them.
These voter ID laws have but one purpose—to discourage people who often don’t vote Republican from voting at all.
Ted Cruz, the radical freshman Senator from Texas, has been a huge advocate for strict voter ID laws, and appears determined to undermine the court’s ruling that federal law supersedes state by injecting this measure into the immigration reform bill that he’s already openly opposed. Even though our Supreme Court sent a clear message with their 7-2 ruling striking down Arizona’s law, Cruz thinks he can find a way to skirt around that ruling to suit his agenda.
In his few months in office, the “Constitutional American” Ted Cruz has made a name for himself by embracing the radical right and opposing anything that President Obama supports. Even the immigration reform bill, which many Republicans support, is something he’s been an adamant opponent of. Which I find ironic considering his father was a Cuban immigrant and he was born in Canada. You’d think someone with that background in immigration to the United States would be more sympathetic to the plight of sensible immigration reform.
But then again, that would require Ted Cruz to have the ability to think sensibly—which he’s yet to show that he can do since taking office.
His proposal of an amendment that seeks to discourage immigrants, as well as other demographics of people, from being able to vote (on a bill that’s supposed to help immigrants become Americans) is reprehensible.
It appears Republicans will never learn that these voter ID laws, which translate to the modern day attempt of a poll tax, are unconstitutional and have no place in our country.
They might even have a case for stricter voter ID laws if voter fraud was actually an issue, but it’s not. In a 5 year span between 2002-2007, 300 million votes cast, federal prosecutors convicted a grand total of—wait for it…
86 people. Yes, you’ve read that right. Out of the 300 million votes cast in a 5 year period, 86 people were convicted of the “rampant crime” known as voter fraud. That’s a massive rate of .000028%.
But you want to tell me this has nothing to do with trying to disenfranchise certain demographics from voting? Specifically those who tend to vote for Democrats?
Please, tell me another issue that 38 states have spent millions to pass and enforce that seeks to solve a problem that’s only occurred at a rate of .000028%?
Eighty-six cases—hell, I bet there were more instances of Americans who faced some kind of obstacles trying to vote this past November than that. And those are just the ones who tried. I’m sure millions more didn’t even attempt to vote because they lacked the sufficient ID.
My question is, when will Ted Cruz begin to actually govern? Because pandering to fringe movements within a political party that stand no chance at being implemented isn’t governing.
And if his first few months in office are any indication of the next 5 1/2 years, that’s all Senator Cruz seems intent on doing.
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