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Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 12/16/2011

Photo ID procedures: not racist


Voters take to the polls in Baltimore, MD. (Jahi Chikwendiu - WASHINGTON POST)
How many of you fly on airplanes or frequent government buildings? If you do, you know you must show some type of government photo ID to get on a plane or enter into a government building.

I have never heard anyone claim he was discriminated against if he wasn’t allowed to fly or enter a government building because he didn’t have an ID. To the contrary, people know the rules in advance, so therefore they comply.

I don’t know anyone (young or old, black or white) who doesn’t have any form of government issued ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.)

Even grandma, who is retired and needs to cash her check, has some form of government ID.

I think most of us can agree that it is a good thing to make people provide “legitimate” ID before getting on a plane or entering into a government building, or cashing a check.

I don’t think many people would consider this an intrusion or inconvenience. There is a safety component to this requirement that helps protect everyone.

So, to ensure the safety of the general public, the government has mandated these requirements in order to participate in certain activities.

So, can one argue that if one doesn’t have these forms of government ID that they have been discriminated against? Secondly, if one doesn’t have any form of ID, should the government be obligated to pay the cost to get them?

Again, I challenge my readers to identify one person that they know personally that doesn’t have some form of government ID.

If you agree with me that the government’s requirement that one have “legitimate” government ID to get on a plane or into a government building; how can you then argue that to require the same in order to vote in political elections is discriminatory against the poor and minorities?

Poor people fly on airplanes and enter into government buildings like everyone else.

These are the absurd arguments being made by the radical liberals like the Rev. Al Sharpton, Ben Jealous, and radical liberal organizations like the NAACP., the Congressional Black Caucus, etc.

If it’s racist to require ID for people to vote, then it must be racist to require ID to board a plane or enter a government building!

Liberals never want to match a government program with any type of individual responsibility. They constantly argue the extreme.  They claim minorities are adversely affected by requiring ID in order to vote. According to them, the poor can’t afford the cost to pay for proper ID They argue that grandma doesn’t have her original birth certificate; therefore it is much harder for her to get her ID.

If the laws only applied to minorities or the poor, then I would agree with the liberals; but the law applies equally to rich and poor, black and white.

Why do liberals constantly argue that if something is difficult or that you are required to actually do something in order to get a benefit, it somehow is discriminatory?

Again, I challenge my readers to name me one person they know personally who doesn’t have a government ID.

Those who may not have a government ID are statistically negligible. So, to make policy based on the exception is crazy. It is not difficult to get a government ID and to argue differently is simply not the plain truth.

Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a D.C.-public relations/government affairs firm.

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