LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Rewriting history of U.S. voting rights

With all those accolades following his articles, it would seem that eventually Sam Hoff would start exercising what he knows about history instead of how he’s trying to rewrite it.

As I always do, it was with bated breath that I read his most recent ramblings on the Voting Rights Act. [“Voting rights: A dream yet to be won,” Public Forum, Aug. 6] I was wondering how long it would be before he managed to take a cheap shot at Republicans by name and conservatives by innuendo. Needless to say, I didn’t have to wait long.

It’s always the socialists who clutch their chests and tell us how we don’t understand what’s best for our own well-being. They want to insinuate that they, and they alone, can lead us to the promised land rather than to the slaughter.

Take, for example, their vaunted demands to eliminate voter identification. Other than surreptitiously attempting to stack the polls with people who have no vested interests in this country, what could their reasoning be? After all, every other developed country in the world identifies their citizens who vote. Even underdeveloped countries stamp the hands, dye the fingers, or insist on some identifying features before they cast a vote. Why would any government, or even private organization, allow people who were not legal members of their society to have a say into how their society was run?

Since many, if not most, of the illegal aliens (yes, they’re “illegal” since they violated our laws by entering the country without proper documentation, and yes, they’re “alien” since they aren’t legal residents) come here from Mexico, perhaps Dr. Hoff would like to explain the requirements of the Mexican government prior to placing a vote in their country.

Next comes that “same-day” registration. Really? Now, just how goofy of an idea is that. Even in the wild and primitive west of this country, they required that the bars and saloons be closed until after the votes were cast. Anyone with any real sense of duty who had the intentions to vote wouldn’t act as if he’d gotten to WalMart and forgotten his wallet. With the ease of registering today, there is no valid reason for a legal voter to wait until the last moment to register to vote.

Campaigns here begin immediately after elections today, and it’s certainly not because they don’t have access to information. Except for weekends and holidays, any American citizen can register to vote every day of the week. So, you have to work every day? I’d bet you can find time to go to doctor’s appointments and social occasions.

Conversely, if you’re an illegal alien, eliminating the identification process and allowing same-day registration allows the individual to sneak in and place a vote, leaving it up to others to investigate the issue — this while knowing that such an investigation will have to include protesting the vote and likely never having it exposed.

The history that Dr. Hoff espouses is filled with these same shenanigans being foisted upon the public. To use his words, not surprisingly by Democrats, Progressives and Socialists.

“Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.” — William F. Buckley Jr.

George Roof

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