MRC TV: Are voter I.D. laws racist?

MRC TV just released a video debunking the recent claims that voter I.D. laws are racist.

Last week, The Blaze reported that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People traveled to Geneva to appeal to the United Nations Human Rights Council for help in fighting oter identification laws in the United States.

 

“Supposedly that’s disenfranchising voters and especially minorities,” Pat said.

 

NAACP President Ben Jealous was among those who appealed to the UN. He told reporters that part of their goal was to “shame them,” and claimed something to the effect of as many as 75% of black men don’t have an I.D. in states like Wisconsin, therefor America is being racist for instituting these laws.

 

 

“Well, the Media Research Center went out and started asking African Americans, ‘Do you think you need to have an I.D. to be able to vote?’ Listen,” Glenn said.

 

 

Common sense prevailed, and, of course, most of the Americans that they spoke to said ‘yes, they do think that they should have an I.D. to vote.’ One response even replied, “I don’t think it’s prejudice at all. I mean it’s pretty standard. You have to have an I.D. in America—whether you’re black, white, Indian—it doesn’t really matter.”

 

“Can you imagine being put in this position where you are being used for someone else’s gain?” Glenn asked after the audio had stopped.

 

Glenn pointed out that the left continues to do this with minorities, and gave the example of the Trayvon Martin case. He pointed to the example of Pastor C.L. Bryant, a former leader of the NAACP who is very outspoken on the issue of the left using minorities to push their own agenda, coming out last week condemning how the death of the seventeen year old was being turned into a political debate and a racial issue.

 

Other African American leaders have made similar statements on the issue as well. “The former head of the Black Panthers—the old Black Panthers has come out now against the New Black Panthers and said you need to be for something,” Glenn pointed out. “Think of this. The Black Panthers used to be for black power. You guys, the new Black Panthers, you're anti-white. That's all that is,” Glenn said, summarizing the statement their former leader made.

 

Stu gave Glenn the stats on the issue to further point out how agenda driven these talking points are. “The polling backs it up,” Stu said. “By a margin of 62% to 29%, black Americans say I want photo I.D. at the polls, not just I.D. Overall the percentage for all Americans is 70% to 18% in favor of photo I.D. at the polls.”

 

Pat noted the talking points of Wasserman-Schultz on the issue, who complained that getting a photo I.D. “takes effort” and “there’s cost involved.”

 

“Excuse me? It’s a privilege,” Glenn said.

 

“Since when were we promised citizenship would be effortless? Never,” Pat added.

 

“These are the people that constantly are berating us about tens of thousands of pages of new regulations,” Stu pointed out. “You can’t open up a business. It takes months of time to open up a business and do your basic human functions and, yet, here we are, this one thing that’s so critical to the basis of our entire country, and you can’t get an I.D.?” Later adding, “It is so insulting to African Americans.”

 

“It is insulting to immigrants as well,” Glenn said. Glenn went on to point out what his wife’s family went through when they came to the United States from Italy.

 

“They knew it was a privilege, and the people that come through the doors [of America] the right way are not looking for free stuff, but they want a part of the American dream. They want to make sure they’re living by the law as well. They understand that it’s a privilege, because it’s a privilege they don’t have in their own country,” Glenn said.

 

Stu went back to the stats, noting that virtually no group appears to disagree with voter I.D. laws. “Democrats are 63% to 28% in favor, so even Democrats and liberals are completely on board with this.”

 

“That’s a pretty good indication of why Ben Jealous and the NAACP took this to the UN, because he no chance of winning this with the American people,” Pat said.

 

Glenn brought up how the rest of the world must view these issues, and pointed out that the ‘global opinion’ is why these far left groups go to global courts and councils despite their lack of power over our laws. Foreign governments use these examples to paint America as evil, and to enforce their regulations.

 

“Think about the way Americans are being portrayed in the rest of the world,” Glenn said.

 

“They have no idea who we are. Think about going into another country and saying ‘I’m a member of the Tea Party,’ and what they must think. Because, all they get is the impression from our media and theirs.”

 

Glenn next brought up the shooting in Florida again, describing how it is probably a big story about America overseas. “They love these kinds of stories, because they don't have guns. That's why their media, their elites, their governments, loves these types of stories.”

 

“When all we’ve done as a country is stop these injustices that mainly came to us from Europe,” Stu said. “We’ve gone around the world trying to stop horrible genocides in other countries that have done terrible things to their own people.”

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

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