A few days ago, I offered a rant against Republican efforts battling voter fraud. I see the GOP as needlessly targeting non-drivers and the elderly, groups tending to vote for Democrats. I do not see the remedy as addressing actual fraud. An opposing comment comes from Ned Williams:
Lastly, in all candor, I resent the accusation that I want to disenfranchise voters by wanting to make sure that only qualified voters cast ballots. Every fraudulent vote cast disenfranchises a legal voter. Can't we all agree that simple confirmation of a person's identity is the LEAST we should expect before voting?
Now for some ad hominem. Let me tell you a little about Ned Williams.
He blogs at Wisdom Is Vindicated. He is always worth a look. I invite you to click the link.
He is quite conservative.
He is thoughtful.
He writes quite well.
- He is fair. Although he eviscerates liberals (like me), he does not hesitate to take on conservatives when he thinks they are wrong.
All qualities I hate to see in a conservative.
In the interest of full disclosure, he has supported this blog in the past, commenting capably from time to time. Usually, though not always, he has written in opposition. He has tirelessly instructed me on the virtues of conservatism, although he has found me to be a stubborn pupil. To be fair, I have attempted to entice him to the political dark side. So far, he has not been tempted by my highly intelligent arguments.
I would very much like to provoke Ned into an internet feud. In spite of his analytical mind, he has a fatal weakness. He is a gentleman, a characteristic I very much admire but to which I do not aspire myself.
I hope to show that Ned has missed the point, that his examples reinforce my view, that Republican efforts do nothing at all to prevent voter fraud, that they do a great deal to suppress legitimate votes, and that this is deliberate.
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