USA –-(Ammoland.com)- “Attorney General Eric Holder used Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy on the anniversary of the civil rights leader’s birthday Monday to emphasize the Obama administration’s dedication to protecting the American people from discriminatory voting practices,” Politico reports.
The remarks followed a December move by Holder’s agents at the Department of Justice to block “South Carolina’s new voter ID law from taking effect, claiming that the measure will put an unfair burden on minority voters,” according to an earlier Politico piece.
Naturally, the move is endorsed by Ben Jealous and the NAAPoC (I mean really, “CP” in this day and age?) because…well, maybe Mississippi can shed some light on motive. If only we could have NAACP-requested UN poll watchers…
Still, in fairness, let us examine the rationale Holder’s DoJ relies on in his decision to have the federal government block a law duly-enacted by a sovereign state. From Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas Perez:
Blahblahblahracistracistracist…Section 5 of Act R54…blahblahracistblah…[ah, here we go]…[M]inority registered voters were nearly 20% more likely to lack DMV-issued ID than white registered voters, and thus to be effectively disenfranchised by Act R54’s new requirements.
So a voter drive to ensure that everyone has proper ID is out of the question and too much of a burden on the electorate? And racist to boot? And the solution is, in order to ensure minority voter rights are effectively enfranchised, that no positive identification of eligibility is required?
Here’s the thing: Let’s take the DOJ’s rationale for overturning the will of South Carolinians as enacted by their lawful representatives at face value, instead of the politically-motivated fraud designed to disenfranchise Republicans they know it is. If Perez is correct, that lack of state-issued photo ID is 20% more likely to disenfranchise minorities from their right to vote, why would we not also believe it would have a similar effect on their right to purchase a firearm, as is specified on ATF’s Form 4473 requiring a driver’s license or “valid government issued photo identification,” and similar forms as proof of eligibility?
The government can’t have it both ways. By their own admission and actions, they consider a requirement to produce official photo identification as discriminatory, with a significant statistical impact on the enfranchisement of minority rights. Heller and McDonald leave no doubt that the Second Amendment articulates an individual right recognized by the federal government and applicable to the states, and it is the duty of the Department of Justice to ensure that denials of rights are prosecuted.
His and the self-promoting slavery-enabling “leadership” at the NAACP’s hostility to the right of free people to keep and bear arms notwithstanding, Holder is obviously aware of this discrimination against minorities and does nothing about it, providing evidence that he is officially abusive of his position by showing deliberate indifference. Refusal to enforce civil rights violations because he doesn’t like the law has no place in our system of justice. To have that the policy of a chief law enforcement officer acting–or not acting–based on his own prejudices and political/career interests ought to be actionable, with attendant liabilities for any official found guilty of the offense.
So which is it, Mr. Holder? Is requiring state-issued photo IDs a violation of minority rights or not? Or are you and the NAACP intent on defiantly serving yourselves by serving the racist Chicago/national Democrat political machine agenda?
Outside the suburbs in the city, we have control, but what the hell, in the suburbs, there are — you go out to all around our suburbs and you’ve got people out there, especially the non-white, are buying guns right and left. Shotguns and rifles and pistols and everything else.
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He is a field editor for GUNS Magazine, and a blogger at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance.