Democrats across the country have declared that requiring voters to provide photo identification is an evil (and quite probably racist) Republican plot to steal elections. They argue that such an obligation is an undue burden on the poor and downtrodden, and that it serves no purpose, as nobody in this country, least of all Democrats, would ever take advantage of lax standards by trying to cheat in an election.
At first, I was skeptical of their claims. Some form of ID is required for almost any transaction in modern life, and it’s really not that hard to come by. Furthermore, we’ve all heard the unofficial Butte city motto, “Vote early and vote often.”
But then I thought, “Do I really want to live in the kind of country where we can’t trust our fellow citizens?” Of course not. When you look at it from that point of view, the Democrats are not only correct, but they are way too timid. We need to do away with all burdensome ID requirements, and simply go to the honor system.
Imagine being pulled over by a policeman. “Sir, you were weaving all over the road, going 65 in a 25 zone, and you smell like a distillery. Could I see your license and registration please?”
“Officer, that would be an undue burden on me.”
“Sorry, sir, my mistake. So, what’s your name?”
“I’m Mayor John Engen.”
“You don’t look like John Engen.”
“Well… I lost a lot of weight. Wassamatter, don’t you believe me?”
Or perhaps transacting business at the bank. “Hi, I’m Denny Washington and I’d like to clean out my savings account. I want it all in small, unmarked bills.”
“Well, okay Ma’am, but I always thought Denny was a man.”
And who can talk about undue burdens without mentioning the IRS? Let’s do away with social security numbers, W2’s, 1099’s, audits, and all that rigmarole. They can trust us.
Meanwhile, the same administration officials who don’t want to unduly burden us when we are trying to vote have put in place all sorts of burdensome ID requirements for other things. Did you realize that you need photo ID to get into the Justice Department, parts of the Capitol, and even the CIA building? “Can I help you sir?”
“Yes, I’m a spook, and I need to get into my office.”
“Can I see your ID badge please?”
“Of course not. Who do you think you are? Some sort of racist, Republican vote suppressor?”
I’m Michael Bennett, and that’s my opinion. You’ll have to take my word for it.