As the threat of a government shutdown looms amid demands from a majority of American citizens to cut off funding for the “train wreck” that is Obamacare, House Republicans next ought to consider funding cuts to an agency that has repeatedly been used as a political hammer by the Obama administration to abuse red states: The Justice Department.
Since Obama appointed fellow activist Eric Holder to be attorney general, the two have conspired to “fundamentally transform” the Justice Department into one giant civil rights division, utilizing an inappropriate amount of the department’s taxpayer-funded budget to target states who wander too far off the Animal Farm.
The latest state to draw the ire of the community organizer-in-chief and his sidekick is North Carolina, where residents dared to exercise their republican form of government to implement a voter identification law that requires voters to – gads! – present a valid, government-issued ID before casting a ballot in elections.
Per the Washington Post:
The Justice Department will sue North Carolina on Monday over the state’s new voting law, according to a person briefed on the department’s plans, the latest move by the Obama administration to counter a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that officials have said threatens the voting rights of minorities.
The suit, to be announced at a Washington news conference, follows the department’s decision last month to sue Texas over that state’s new voter-identification measure. …
Under the new law, North Carolina residents are required to show a photo ID at polling places. The law was signed by the state’s Republican governor last month, and civil right groups moved quickly to challenge it. They said that the law’s requirements will make it harder to vote and that racial minorities will be disproportionately affected because they are less likely to have the forms of photo ID required by the law. In their suit, the Advancement Project and the North Carolina NAACP also argued that voter fraud is not a significant problem in the state.
Now, you’ll note that the law does not implement a “whites only” voting requirement, nor does it specifically exempt persons of color or ethnic minority status. The department’s insinuations and accusations on these points are as ridiculous as they are contrived.
Rather, the law merely requires all North Carolina residents a) to prove who they are; and b) demonstrate they are U.S. citizens and, by that classification, therefore have the right to vote in their home country and state. Extremists!
Sure. About as extreme as a statute mirroring some federal voting requirements, or as one that duplicates the federally-imposed process of boarding an airplane, or a state-imposed ID system proving one is old enough to buy liquor and cigarettes (per federal age requirements).
And what of the argument that voter fraud isn’t a “significant problem” in North Carolina? Are state legislators and Gov. Pat McCrory to wait until it is a significant problem? And what then? Will these groups support a voter ID law at that point? And will the Obama Justice Department then give its blessing?
Obama and Holder will sue red states like Texas and North Carolina (and Florida) over voter ID laws that do not violate federal statutes and which states should be free to pass – but take a pass on blue states like Washington and Colorado who have recently passed measures, afoul of federal law, that legalize use and sale of marijuana.
“We’ve got bigger fish to fry,” Obama, a former pot smoker, told ABC’s Barbara Walters in December. “It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it’s legal.”
Doesn’t that same “logic” apply, then, in all cases where state law appears to conflict with federal statutes, Mr. President?
Under this regime, the Judicial Branch especially has become little more than a weapon to be employed against political opponents. Yet this is exactly what happens when an activist ideologue is elected president; he will use the near-limitless power of the federal government to his own ends, because it’s all about the agenda.
As constitutional conservatives in Congress consider new ways to cut federal spending and limit Washington’s power, they ought to take a hard look at the proper role and function of the Judicial Branch and put a leash on the apparatchiks who run it.