Did people catch Barack Obama’s comments about voting rights at his final press conference this week? He is opposed to voter ID and it is one of the many issues that will bring him out to comment on the new president’s policies.
The lie he perpetuates is that voter ID makes it too difficult for people to vote. The U.S. makes it harder to vote than any other advanced country, he claims. He wants people to believe that Jim Crow was tied to voter ID laws.
He also disputes the idea that there is any such thing as voter fraud. Ironically, he is the president who told illegal immigrants to vote and they wouldn’t get caught. That was just days before the election.
The Big Lie
OBAMA: We are the only country in the advanced world that makes it harder to vote rather than easier. And that dates back. There’s an ugly history to that that we should not be shy about talking about.
QUESTION: Voting rights?
OBAMA: Yes, I’m talking about voting rights.
The reason that we are the only country among advanced democracies that makes it harder to vote is — it traces directly back to Jim Crow and the legacy of slavery and it became sort of acceptable to restrict the franchise. And that’s not who we are. That shouldn’t be who we are. That’s not when America works best. So I hope that people pay a lot of attention to making sure that everybody has a chance to vote. Make it easier, not harder.
This whole notion of election — voting fraud, this is something that has constantly been disproved, this — this is fake news. The notion that there are a whole bunch of people out there who are going out there and are not eligible to vote and want to vote.
For Barack Obama, making it harder to vote is to require people to register with photo ID, though photo ID is something he certainly requires for all of his events.
Photo ID Is Unique to US
Is it true that we are the only country in the advanced world that requires identification, and in some cases, photo identification, to vote?
In Mexico, government-issued voter ID cards were part of reforms enacted in Mexico in the 1990s because that country had a long history of institutionalized electoral fraud and corruption, to the point that many citizens no longer trusted the electoral process nor had faith in the organization created to oversee federal elections.
In the Netherlands, every eligible voter gets a notification card prior to the election which they must present with a photo ID (passport, ID, driver’s license).
To combat voter fraud in local elections in the UK, citizens will have to prove their identity.
In fact, in 2012, foreign election officials from 60 countries were shocked that so many states do not require voter ID and US elections are built on trust.
Most modern countries require proof of identity.
Lying About Jim Crow
Barack Obama went to his old standby of slavery and Jim Crow laws in the south enacted as early as 1890. There is no comparison. They issued poll taxes, required exams, blacks were intimidated when they showed up at the polls. All of these laws were imposed by Democrats. None of these laws had anything at all to do with voter ID laws.
The Old Standby Lie — There’s No Voter Fraud
Finally, he resorts to the Democratic Party line that there is no voter fraud. If true, why be so opposed to making certain the vote is protected from fraud? James O’Keefe put out a series of videos catching Democrats in the process of planning voter fraud and claiming they had been doing it for decades.
In Minnesota, Al Franken won by 399 votes in an election in which 1,099 felons voted though they were ineligible to vote. Though Minnesota prosecutors weren’t interested in pursuing voter fraud cases, some have been tackled with 177 convictions so far and 66 accused awaiting trial. This is in a state where there is a very high bar for moving forward with these cases.
It doesn’t help former Senator Ron Coleman who ran against Franken but it does put the lie to the contention there is no voter fraud.
Illegal immigrants have admitted to reporters that they vote illegally but no one is investigating.
Barack Obama mentioned numerous issues that will bring him out of retirement and into the public once again. The race-based argument against voter ID laws is one of them.