This is no joke.
According to The Blaze, Illinois residents were fuming Friday over a state law that took effect earlier this week requiring them to provide photo identification to buy drain cleaner. (Source)
The law, which went into effect Sunday, requires people who want to buy “caustic or noxious substances” — excepting batteries — to show government-issued photo identification.
However, an attempt to require Illinois voters to show identification before casting a ballot was rejected by Democratic lawmakers.
A laundry list of politically influential groups ranging from teachers unions to government ethics watchdogs opposed the Voter ID requirement.
Attorney General Eric Holder delivered a speech in Austin, Texas Tuesday in which he invoked the history of the civil rights movement in targeting state voter identification laws. His approach mirrors that of the NAACP, which considers such laws racist, and echoes Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who recently claimed that Republicans want to “literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws.”
Holder claimed that the Department of Justice would be “fair” in reviewing such laws, but also quoted a misleading charge made by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who claimed there was a “systematic attempt” to prevent minority voters from exercising their rights. Holder specifically singled out “new photo identification requirements” in Texas and South Carolina, and applauded Maine’s voters for preserving same-day registration.
- In South Africa, for example, where black people were denied the vote until 1994, the new democratic government requires every registered voter–black or white, rich or poor–to bring official photo ID to the polls.
- In India voters show a photo ID to vote. India’s election commission issues a special photo identification card to voters when they register, which they must present at the polls. The Election Commission of India has made voter identification mandatory at the time of poll. The electors have to identify themselves with either Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) issued by the Commission or any other documentary proof as prescribed by the Commission.
The fact is that requiring voters to provide photo identification is standard practice in much of the democratic world –- even, and especially, in poor countries with a history of struggle against racism and colonialism.
The Democrats apparently want more “undocumented Democrats”. And the Government wants “documented Drano buyers”.
The American Third Position agrees.