Only Citizens Should be Allowed to Vote

June 7, 2012  |  No Comments  |  by Barney Bishop  |  Bishop Blog

President Ronal Reagan said it best:  “It’s not that liberals are ignorant, it’s just that what they know is wrong.”  And boy have they got it wrong over this Voter Purge issue.

First, who in America is in favor of non-citizens voting in our elections?  Well, it certainly appears that it’s the Democrats that want to argue that Governor Rick Scott and Secretary of State Ken Detzner are up to some nefarious purpose in trying to insure that Florida’s voter rolls are comprised of only citizens.  Give me a break!  Since when did Democrats want illegals to vote in American elections?

Second, why are the local Supervisors of Elections complaining about bad lists?  Isn’t it their job to insure that only citizens get to vote in an election?  And don’t let them tell you that they just got this list from the state because they have had it for months.  So what if the list isn’t accurate.  Isn’t that what their job is – to verify that every voter is entitled to vote?  Isn’t that why I have to register and provide proper governmental identification to prove that I am who I am?  Okay so maybe you don’t have all of the staff that you need to check the lists, get a life.  These are tough times.  We all have to work overtime some to get our work done and just because we taxpayers are paying your salary is no excuse for you to be lazy about doing what is right.

Third, what’s wrong with the federal government that authorities there can’t take the time to confirm whether someone is a citizen or not?  Or do they really not care because this Democratic administration is happy to get every vote they can whether it is a legal vote or not.  According to Florida election officials, the state has been asking the Department of Homeland Security to cross-check our lists and I guess they just don’t have the time to worry about little nit-picking matters like whether someone is a citizen or not.  How hypocritical that now that Homeland Security has purposely dragged their feet so long that this issue is now within the ninety day window before the election that they  now try to assert that this is an issue that has arrived too late in the process.  Even more amazing is that the fed’s try to do it with a straight face!

Look, this is real simple.  The list of folks that the Florida Division of Elections thinks may not be a citizen is unconfirmed, that’s why they sent it to the local Supervisors in the first place to see if they could verify whether these folks are entitled to vote.  Whether it is convenient or not is immaterial.  Elected officials and federal bureaucrats have a legal, moral and ethical obligation to insure that our elections are consistently fair.  Anything less makes a mockery of our Constitution.  The state didn’t say these people can’t vote, they said that they cannot confirm that they are entitled to vote and will you help us to insure that only citizens can vote in this election.

To make a political issue out of this damning.  This shouldn’t be a partisan issue. No one should want illegal people voting.  Florida has been many immigrants living here because we are part of the American dream.  But just because you live here doesn’t mean that you are entitled to vote.  All of us have to prove that we are citizens just about every day.

I have to show proof of who I am just to use my own credit card.  Why?  Because someone may be using my card that isn’t really me.  How different is that than making sure that the person voting is in fact a citizen and has the proper identification to prove who they are?  Of course, then the liberals argue that not everyone has a government-issued driver’s license or identity card.  My answer to that is, well then it’s time for them to get one.  In fact, have you tried to get a driver’s license lately?  You have to have a copy of your birth certificate just to drive a car which is a privilege, and somehow we shouldn’t demand the same proof that a person is entitled to vote?    Can’t find your birth certificate, then it’s time for you to go through the process that all of the rest of us citizens have to.

I’d like to send a message to President Obama, Attorney General Holder and our Supervisor of Elections around the state:  do your job.  Quit dragging your feet.  Stop whining that someone is going to be denied their chance to vote because if they can’t prove they are a citizen, then they have no right to vote.  If the fed’s won’t work with Florida to insure a fair election for everyone, then Governor Scott and Secretary Detzner have every right – no a solemn obligation – to all citizens that our elections are as honest and fair as humanly possible.  Someone once said “The problem is not the problem.  The problem is your attitude about the problem.”