Conservative commentator Dennis Prager has a nice little bigot eruption, brought to us by Thers at Whiskey Fire:
It is hard to imagine a more demeaning statement about black America than labeling demands that all voters show a photo ID anti-black.
This is easily demonstrated. Imagine if some Democratic politician had announced that demanding a photo ID at the voting booth was an attempt to keep Jewish Americans from voting. No one would understand what the person was talking about. But why not? Jews vote almost as lopsidedly Democrat as do blacks. So why weren’t Jews included in liberal objections to voter ID laws?
We all know the answer. Jews are generally considered intelligent and therefore no one would assume that obtaining a photo ID was demanding too much of even poor Jews (yes, there are poor Jews). Therefore, one can only infer that the argument that demanding photo ID for voting will disenfranchise many blacks suggests that many blacks lack the capacity to obtain a photo ID.
Well, I’m thinking about my Jewish grandparents when they were in their eighties.
Their international traveling days were well behind them, so their passports weren’t current. At that age, they weren’t really driving (nor should they have been), so certainly by their mid-to-late eighties, one or both of them didn’t have drivers licenses (I’m sure my grandmother didn’t). So it’s quite feasible that these sound-of-mind, regular (like clockwork) voters might have been unable to vote. I have no idea what their particular state had regarding photo IDs for non-drivers, but, if the law had changed suddenly, even if they could get such an ID, they might have simply not known about the change–and been unable to vote.
Of course, these rules would make it much harder for poor Jews to vote, but one of the dirty secrets about the Jewish community (I say this as a Jew) is that most of us are blissfully unaware of them. Our own internal mental image of American Jews doesn’t usually include poor ones, much to their detriment (maybe someone temporarily unemployed, but not day-in, day-out poor).
Let’s not forget that conservatives like Prager would probably love to institute poll examinations too. Although, Sarah Palin would probably flunk so maybe….