The Disenfranchised Voter

5 September 2012, 12:27 CDT

Under the leadership of Attorney General Eric Holder, the Obama Department of Justice has been on a rampage against the states, hauling them into court over a range of issues.  Among the most notable attacks are against states’ voter identification laws.  Texas, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Florida, Arizona and others have been sued by the chief federal law enforcement officer – charging that requiring a photo id to cast a ballot was among other things, racist, attacking the poor, the elderly, etc.  The reality is far, far different.  Besides multiple ballots cast by single individuals and voting by people who do not live in the state they’re voting in, illegal immigrants, dead people, felons, and others not legally entitled to vote are doing so.

Never mind that the TSA requires government issued photo id to board an airplane.  As does every state for obtaining a marriage license, driving a car, purchasing alcohol, etc.  Those complaining the loudest about how Republicans are meanies trying to stop blacks and poor from voting are the Democrats – the Obama administration in particular.  Oddly, the Democratic National Convention requires a photo id to obtain credentials to access the convention.

Meanwhile, Eric Holder successfully sued the state of Ohio over early voting for burdened military – a state law specifically designed to help deployed military enjoy their right to vote.  The United States Department of Justice under the leadership of the Commander in Chief of the United States armed forces – President Barack Obama – fought and won to stop early voting accommodations for military members.  A judge more recently ruled that the early voting must be opened to everyone, that there is nothing special about being in the military.

Now comes word that the 2009 law, signed by President Obama to help military voters overseas, is severely underfunded.

The Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act was passed by Congress in 2009 and signed into law by President Barack Obama and was supposed to make it easier for both soldiers deployed overseas and U.S. citizens living abroad to cast ballots back in their home states.

One of the key provisions required each military branch to create an installation voting assistance office (IVAO) for every military base outside an immediate combat zone.

But the Pentagon’s inspector general, the military’s internal watchdog, reported Tuesday it got a disappointing result when it tried to locate such voting assistance offices on each installation earlier this year.

“Results were clear. Our attempts to contact IVAOs failed about 50 percent of the time,” the inspector general reported. “We concluded the Services had not established all the IVAOs as intended by the MOVE Act because, among other issues, the funding was not available.

Wrapped up in identity politics, Obama and the left will trot out the military when they need the optics, but when it becomes more politically expedient, will hold them hostage by making sure defense spending takes a massive, unprecedented cut if Republicans don’t agree to increase social welfare spending by some arbitrary deadline.  ObamaCare?  Not for our men, women, and families in uniform.  Obama wants massive cuts to TriCare for active duty and retired military.

The left and their media lapdogs howl that Republicans and conservatives are out to suppress the poor, latino, gay, black, purple, triangle-head, and pink canary vote.  There is one group disenfranchised, whose vote is actively and quietly being suppressed by the left, the one group whose sacrifice should bring us to move heaven and earth to ensure their vote counts: those who are serving our country in uniform.  It is the least we can do for those who volunteer to make the largest sacrifice for our freedom.

Image: usmilitary.com

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