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Before Media Was Against Voter ID, They Made a Great Case for It

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If anyone doubts the media is ever willing to torpedo its own credibility by immersing itself in embarrassing self-contradictions and double standards as long as those self-embarrassments assist its allies in the Democrat Party, that person need only consider the current media-generated controversy over voter ID laws.

Americans need a government-issued ID to buy alcohol and cigarettes, to pick up a prescription, to buy a cell phone, to purchase nail polish, to buy an “M” rated video game, to drive, buy, or rent a car, to purchase a gun, rent a hotel room, adopt a pet, visit a casino, to fly on a plane, open a bank account, apply for a mortgage and buy a house, to get married, to apply for welfare, food stamps, Medicaid and Social Security, to apply for unemployment or a job, to apply for a hunting or fishing license, to hold a rally or protest, to fill out tax forms, and in many states, to vote in-person.

But almost no American needs a government issued ID to vote by mail.

A record number of votes – about 65 million – were cast by mail-in ballot in the 2020 election. That is roughly double the number of mail-in votes cast in the 2018 and 2016 elections. And virtually all (99.99%) of those 65 million mail-in votes were cast without any form of identification. That is because only two states in the nation – Alabama and Arkansas – required voters to submit mail-in ballots to produce a government-issued ID.

In the wake of the 2020 election, Georgia has also now established a photo ID requirement for mail-in ballots.

Despite the reality that government-issued ID requirements are a common fact of everyday life for American citizens, leftist corporate media organizations routinely act shocked and go berserk when states establish the same ID requirements to ensure the integrity of the ballot box that have been instituted to buy booze.

According to one Washington Post report, “Voter ID laws are horrible. According to one federal judge, they are ‘voter suppression,’ ‘elegant racism,’ and, according to one federal judge, discrimination. The threat of voter fraud is a myth regularly conjured up for partisan advantage.” The New York Times Editorial Board has argued that voter ID laws are built on a “big lie,” an “antidemocratic sham,” “racially discriminatory,” and reveal an “underlying dishonesty.”

But it was not always this way.

A few decades ago, the Times and Post, in other contexts, enthusiastically documented how government-issued ID requirements were preventing fraud.

Back in the late 1980s, the New York Times reported:

“The Internal Revenue Service has striking new evidence that large numbers of Americans have been cheating on their taxes, claiming deductions for children who do not exist[.]” “Starting in 1987, the I.R.S. required that taxpayers report the Social Security number of all dependents over the age of 5. That year 7 million American children disappeared from the nation’s tax returns, representing a 9 percent drop in the 77 million dependents claimed the previous year and $2.9 billion more in yearly tax revenue.” “[S]ome families apparently became quite greedy in creating dependents, each worth a $1,080 deduction in 1986, and $1,900 in 1987. About 66,000 taxpayers who claimed four or more dependents in 1986 claimed none in 1987, after the Social Security identification rule went into effect. And more than 11,000 families claimed seven or more dependents in 1986, but none in 1987.”

The Washington Post reported that two years later in 1989:

“More than 2 million American children have vanished — vaporized, it seems, by the tax code. It began in 1988 when Congress, as part of a welfare reform package, began requiring parents who take a special tax credit for child care expenses to identify their day care providers. There was widespread suspicion that many providers were not reporting the income they were getting for their services. The identification requirement went into effect in 1989. Now the Internal Revenue Service has found a dramatic decline in the number of tax returns claiming the tax credit.”

So, when the IRS required government-issued ID to prove that children being claimed for tax benefits actually existed, 9 million children disappeared. This fraud was uncovered only because the government created a verifiable system. And the media actually did its job and reported that the new IRS government-issued ID requirement had, in fact, helped stop “cheating,” to quote the New York Times. No one claimed that the IRS was somehow racist for requiring that citizens produce a government-issued ID to qualify for benefits. Now, things are different. After Georgia recently passed a law requiring that voters submit mail-in ballots produce government-issued IDs, the Washington Post and New York Times attacked it with full force. “The law constricts mail-in voting,” the Washington Post Editorial Board complained. “Voters will have to provide ID numbers as they fill them out, a new requirement that will confound some people.” This was a concern that the Washington Post never raised about the IRS mandate requiring taxpayers to “provide ID numbers” years ago.

The New York Times went further, bizarrely arguing that the Georgia law “risks making election subversion easier” and “represents an obvious threat to American democracy.” After all, the Times asserted, “There is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election.”

This “no evidence” and “nothing to see here” claim is an oft-repeated trope favored by leftist corporate media organizations, who insist that there is and never has been such a thing as fraud or cheating when it comes to voting. Last September, the New York Times wrote: “President Trump has begun pushing a false argument that has circulated among conservatives for years — that voting by mail is a recipe for fraud.”

Yet, just a few years prior, it was the New York Times and Washington Post themselves who were pushing this supposedly “false” argument. In October 2012, the Times reported: “There is a bipartisan consensus that voting by mail, whatever its impact, is more easily abused than other forms… On the most basic level, absentee voting replaces the oversight that exists at polling places with something akin to an honor system… Absentee ballots also make it much easier to buy and sell votes.”

The Times noted that “voting by mail is now common enough and problematic enough that election experts say there have been multiple elections in which no one can say with confidence which candidate was the deserved winner.” The Times concluded that “voting in-person is more reliable.” That same month, in another report about election crime, the Post explained that with widespread mail-in voting “[i]t may still be possible to steal an American election, if you know the right way to go about it.”

The 2020 election was as razor thin as it gets. Less than 44,000 votes (10,457 in Arizona, 12,670 in Georgia, and 20,628 in Wisconsin) separated Biden and Trump and kept Trump from securing the Electoral College delegates necessary to win a second term in the White House. If 9 million children can disappear overnight when the government requires that their existence be verified by producing identification, just imagine what would happen if states mandated that 65 million mail-in ballots had to be submitted with a government-issued ID. One hopes that the New York Times and Washington Post would not be forced to report that “large numbers of Americans have been cheating”—but we cannot be so sure.

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BornSkeptik
1 month ago

The only issue here is that they got some of their facts wrong. CA, WA, WI, MI, to name a few, all require a government-issued ID to register to vote.

Mary Inbody
1 month ago

I would love to copy and paste this to Gab and Rumble. Is this permissible? Or, is there any other way to share it?
Thank you.

Lorey
1 month ago

Cheating by the humanoids! Kennedy was elected by thousands of dead people. We know what happened 2 him 3 years later. Just as trumps election was stolen so was nixon in 1960

Badingo
1 month ago

The motive behind voter ID is suppression of the black vote. It’s Jim Crow 2.0. Trump never won a popular vote. Lost to Clinton by 3 million. The only way your archaic, gun toting, misogynistic, nationalist BS can continue is through desperate attempts to suppress the vote of those who outnumber you.

Jesus would hate abortion. But he would no doubt despise racism, coal, free market exploitative capitalism and the NRA.

Why is virtually every mass shooter an unhinged, right wing wannabe aryan with delusions that their country isn’t white enough? Gun control NOW!

Bonnie
1 month ago
Reply to  Badingo

I think this is the most disturbing comment I have read on AMAC.

Old Silk
1 month ago
Reply to  Bonnie

The trolls go out to troll. It is what they get sent to do.

Last edited 1 month ago by Old Silk
Badingo
1 month ago
Reply to  Bonnie

I’m sure engaging with the reality of it would shatter your Christian, vaguely white supremacist world view.

Guns were designed to damage living tissue. Yet we celebrate guns and ownership of them as if they are some how totemic.

Planet earth is the most beautiful and incredible place in the known universe. Yet you’re happy to maraud over it, denying climate change exists and devouring everything you see. Yet the womb is sacred, and a tiny collection of cells is holy. But we can do whatever we want to the planet providing we don’t have abortions.

Numbers of people describing themselves as Christian are in a death spiral. This country will be free from your BS definition of sacred very soon. The planet will recover, the oceans and forests will thrive, and Christianity will be a fringe community – a relic of the past.

Don Pierce
1 month ago
Reply to  Badingo

Sounds to me that you are like concrete. All mixed up and permanently set. I feel sorry for you as I am a Christian.

HocasPocas
1 month ago
Reply to  Badingo

Sounds like you need to go back to China

HocasPocas
1 month ago
Reply to  Badingo

God forgives all for their sins. You must accept him as your Lord and Savior for this to happen. I hope he can stir your heart for this reckoning Bandingo. For your soul surely must be lost.

Brad
1 month ago
Reply to  Bonnie

Oh Bonnie what ya gunna do when the lefties condemn your beliefs to the past?

Oh Bonnie what ya gunna do when we detect signs of an extraterrestrial intelligent species more advanced than our own, say that it must be god?!

Gene
1 month ago
Reply to  Badingo

Just a radical wing nut. Pay no attention to the ignorant. All they want is a reaction from stable Americans

Art
1 month ago
Reply to  Badingo

HELLO YOU MANGINGO OR MANDINKA WARRIOR. GUESS WHERE THE ROOT ISSUE LIES????

nadine cornett
1 month ago
Reply to  Badingo

This has to be one of the most insulting statements ever made regarding the intelligence of Black Americans: “The motive behind voter ID is suppression of the black vote.” Do you truly believe my Black friends, co-workers and bi-racial family members are too ignorant or unsophisticated to obtain and use a government issued ID? If your answer is “yes” then please justify.

Patrick Henry
1 month ago
Reply to  Badingo

Jesus does hate abortion just as He does all murder. He doesn’t believe in what you call racism because He made all mankind from one man He made from the dust of the earth that He made. He doesn’t despise coal because He made it (and still is making it) for man’s use. Nor does he despise free markets, capitalism, and private property rights. If He did, why would He admonish us “Not to steal, covet thy neighbor’s goods, and property rights in Matthew chapter 20?

HocasPocas
1 month ago
Reply to  Badingo

Sounds like someone peed in your post toasties? Bandingo better get educated and fast

Nancy
1 month ago
Reply to  Badingo

Do you think that people of color are incapable of getting a photo ID? You are clearly racist.

Pamela J Kennedy
2 months ago

The 2020 vote was stolen from the American citizens by the Radical Left, unsecured polling system, Righteous Right who did nothing to secure the vote and gave in to the Left! What about generations before us who have given their lives to preserve the Freedoms we enjoy! Lines were long at the polls! My husband (age 80 yrs) and I (age 72 ) stood outside for 3hours just to be able to cast our vote which took about 15 minutes. To have it stolen and given to an unGodly regime that is doing everything it can to destroy us/America is beyond words! The system needs to be SECURE Before Americans cast their votes again! Praying that God will be merciful to us and restore and preserve the Freedoms that is ours to enjoy.

Brent Glowa
2 months ago

Mail in voting should end! If you can’t travel to a voting station (most are very close to all voters) you should not be given a lower security option. There are many simple ways to get this done!

Lee
2 months ago

The mouthpiece fir the Communist is not media. They matter not.

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