Let’s end 2017 by blowing a few holes in liberal logic.
We will use the recent special election in Alabama for the U.S. Senate as inspiration.
Many liberals love to criticize voter ID laws — those so-called burdensome requirements that voters show a photo ID when voting, similar to what many people do these days when they go through the front door of their place of employment or go to the bank.
In the state of Texas, voter ID laws are about as strict and cumbersome as laws against jaywalking and pulling “do not remove” tags off furniture. The state allows multiple forms of ID to vote, and even provides a photo ID for voting free of charge.
But back to Alabama.
Democrat Doug Jones won the special election against Republican Roy Moore, primarily because Moore could not overcome serious allegations of sexual misconduct. Jones defeated Moore by about 20,700 votes.
Interestingly, there were not many claims of Alabama’s voter ID law (which has been around since 2014) “disenfranchising” minority voters. This is probably due to the fact the Democrats’ candidate won the election. Had Moore won by such a close margin, we would wager Alabama’s voter ID would definitely be an issue for liberals — warranted or not.
Jones won the election fair and square — no argument here.
Actually, there was a report of voter fraud in the Alabama election which had as much credibility as a $3 bill. At least two websites reported a large number of dead people voted for Jones. However, the websites had disclaimers stating the reports were fiction. When it comes to digesting “fake news,” just consider the source. A little common sense will help counter “fake news” outlets.
But again, back to Alabama.
According to exit polling by CNN, 96 percent of blacks voted for Jones. In other words, 96 percent of blacks who voted for the Democrat in this election managed to vote despite a voter ID law which many liberals consider to be discriminatory. Hmm. Sort of makes those who oppose voter ID laws on such grounds appear to be wrong, does it not?
Then there this: Jones got 30 percent of the white vote. Thirty percent of the white vote is not necessarily something to celebrate, but it is double what former President Barack Obama got in 2012.
What the vote in Alabama shows is that voter ID laws are not some sort of contrived conspiracy theory to keep certain people from voting.
On a final note, University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban got 264 write-in votes.
Only in America.