Any time we talk about photo ID laws related to voting, my fellow proponents bring up the need for photo IDs to get on airplanes, cash checks, and a variety of other things. Opponents then point out, correctly, that none of those things are rights. Thus the two sides remain at loggerheads over the issue, each making valid points that talk right past each other.
Well, Eric Holder, head of the Obama Regime's Department of "Just Us" gave another race card playing speech on the topic today at the NAACP convention. I won't bore you with the details, -- suffice it to say he used all the
right left buzzwords -- "racism", "civil rights", "poll tax" -- as he sought to tar supporters of voter ID laws (and opponents of the Obama Regime in general) as advocates of the second coming of slavery and Jim Crow.
But the national media failed to report something about the event that was significant -- and it was left to a local talk show host and the right side of the blogosphere to bring this matter to light. Journalists were required to present a government-issued photo ID in order to cover the Holder speech!
This is a real press release sent out by the real Department of Justice. *** PLEASE TAKE SPECIAL NOTICE OF WHERE IT SAYS NOTE: *** Double standard much? Pags
ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER TO DELIVER REMARKS TOMORROW TO
NAACP NATIONAL CONVENTION
WASHINGTON – Attorney General Eric Holder will deliver remarks at the NAACP National Convention during the plenary session on TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012, at 12:00 p.m. EDT/11:00 a.m. CDT.
WHO: Attorney General Eric Holder
WHAT: Remarks at the NAACP National Convention
WHEN: TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012
12:00 p.m. EDT/
11:00 a.m. CDT
WHERE: George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
NOTE: All media must present government-issued photo I.D. (such as a driver’s license) as well as valid media credentials. Members of the media must RSVP to receive press credentials athttp://action.naacp.org/page/s/registration. For security purposes, media check-in and equipment set up must be completed by 9:45 a.m. CDT for a 10:00 a.m. CDT security sweep. Once the security sweep is completed, additional media equipment will NOT be permitted to enter and swept equipment will NOT be permitted to exit. Press inquiries regarding logistics should be directed to REDACTED.
Got that -- government issued photo ID was required to cover the speech. But isn't engaging in journalism a right guaranteed by the Constitution? Yep, it is!
Amendment I -- Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Well, if requiring photo ID is a poll tax because of the cost of the documents required to get a government issued ID and the fact that one has to travel to get such an ID constitutes a poll tax (part of Holder's argument against voter ID laws), then doesn't the requirement that journalists present a government issued ID constitute a tax upon the exercise of one's First Amendment right to engage in journalism? And doesn't that constitute a violation of one's civil rights? It would certainly appear to be the case.
And let's not forget, entering the headquarters of the Department of Justice in Washington also requires visitors to present a government ID. Doesn't that constitute a tax upon the right of the people to petition the government for a redress of grievances by denying them access to the government unless they have first paid the price to acquire that government issued photo ID?
Seems to me that Eric Holder has a problem -- either he believes that there can be a tax required to exercise one's constitutional rights, or he does not. Which is it?