by Thomas Sowell
by Thomas Sowell: 'Meaningful
Eric Holder recently told a group of black clergymen that the right
to vote was being threatened by people who are seeking to block
access to the ballot box by blacks and other minorities.
This is truly
world-class chutzpah, by an Attorney General who stopped attorneys
in his own Department of Justice from completing the prosecution
of black thugs who stationed themselves outside a Philadelphia voting
site to harass and intimidate white voters.
This may have
seemed like a small episode to some at the time, but it was only
the proverbial tip of the iceberg. The U.S. Attorney who was prosecuting
that case – J. Christian Adams – resigned from the Department of
Justice in protest, and wrote a book about a whole array of similar
race-based decisions on voting rights by Eric Holder and his subordinates
at the Department of Justice.
The book is
Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department.
It names names, dates and places around the country where the Department
of Justice stopped its own attorneys from pursuing cases of voter
fraud and intimidation, when it was blacks who were accused of these
If Mr. Adams
is lying, he has taken a huge risk in citing individuals by name
and quoting them directly. Yet, despite the fact that most of those
he accuses are lawyers, apparently no one has sued him. Moreover,
Adams has also testified under oath before the U.S. Commission on
Civil Rights, on the racial double standard at the Department of
Justice, when it comes to voting rights.
General Holder has been complaining loudly about, and launching
federal lawsuits about, are states that require photo identification
to vote. Holder calls this blocking minority "access" to the voting
of black Americans – like millions of white Americans – are confronted
with demands for photo identification at airports, banks and innumerable
other institutions, it is a little much to claim that requiring
the same thing to vote is denying the right to vote. But Holder's
chutzpah is up to the task.
Holder claims that the states' requirement of photo identification
for voting, in order to prevent voter fraud, is just a pretext for
discriminating against blacks and other minorities. He apparently
sees no voter fraud, hears no voter fraud and speaks no voter fraud.
claim, a little experiment in his own home voting district showed
how easy it is to commit voter fraud. An actor – a white actor,
at that – went to a voting place where Eric Holder is registered
to vote, and told them that he was Eric Holder.
The actor had
no identification at all with him, either with or without a photo.
He told the voting official that he had forgotten and left his identification
in his car. Instead of telling him to go back to the car and get
some identification, the official said that that was all right,
and offered him the ballot.
The actor had
the good sense not to actually take the ballot, which would have
made him guilty of voter fraud – and, being white, he would undoubtedly
have been prosecuted by Eric Holder's Department of Justice.
But the actor
had made his point. When a white man with no identification can
go to a voting site, impersonate a black man who lives in that district,
and get his ballot offered to him, then it is far too easy to commit
Does not Attorney
General Eric Holder understand that? Of course he understands it!
The man is not stupid, despite his other failings.
pooh-poohing of voter fraud dangers, and hyping the "threat" of
denying minorities "access" to the voting booth, are completely
consistent with his drive to (1) maximize the number of votes by
black Democrats and (2) spread as much fear as possible among minorities
that they are under siege, and that the Democrats are their only
protection and salvation.
It is a political
protection racket, with payoffs in votes.
Nor can Holder's
boss, Barack Obama, be unaware of voter fraud. After all, he comes
from Chicago, where voting officials refuse to discriminate against
Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford
University. His Web site is www.tsowell.com.
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