Attorney General Eric Holder labeled the Texas law that seeks to have a Voter ID program in place as a return to Jim Crow “poll tax” days. He is not only wrong, he’s part of a political campaign to portray such laws as a return to more difficult times.
Governor Perry of Texas, a man who might not be able to spell “ID”, is not bringing back segregation of old. The idea that a voter is not able to produce a photo ID because of race is specious. My kids have photo ids. My youngest is two years old. If someone can’t manage to get themselves a driver’s license, a passport, a hunting license or a non-driver’s ID then perhaps they haven’t been discriminated against, and maybe they are just plain lazy.
Look, in the history of Texas there has been inequality and discrimination against minority voters. And that is in living memory, not in the mists of time. But having a voter ID plan to avoid fraud is not discrimination, it is common sense. I see no other explanation for the attack on this law as the Administration trying to create a racial issue for political advantage. They should be called out on it.