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Great news: UN Human Rights Council to investigate American voter-ID laws
Hotair ^ | 03/15/2012 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 03/15/2012 9:01:45 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Stop me if you've heard this joke before. A Saudi, a Cuban, and an American political group walks into a room -- and the American political group asks them to tell the US to be more fair about its voting practices. Haven't heard this one? You may get a chance to see it in action if you go to Geneva and watch the UN Human Rights Council and the NAACP at work:


The United Nations Human Rights Council is investigating the issue of American election laws at its gathering on minority rights in Geneva, Switzerland.. This, despite the fact that some members of the council have only in the past several years allowed women to vote, and one member, Saudi Arabia, still bars women from the voting booth completely.

Officials from the NAACP are presenting their case against U.S. voter ID laws, arguing to the international diplomats that the requirements disenfranchise voters and suppress the minority vote.

Eight states have passed voter ID laws in the past year, voter ID proposals are pending in 32 states and the Obama administration has recently moved to block South Carolina and Texas from enacting their voter ID measures.

“This really is a tactic that undercuts the growth of your democracy,” said Hillary Shelton, the NAACP’s senior vice president for advocacy, about voter photo ID requirements.

Hey, who would know more about the “growth of democracy” than the member states of the UNHRC? For instance, Saudi Arabia doesn’t allow women to vote at all. Cuba and China are one-party dictatorships. The UNHRC is a monument to the fatuity of moral relativism applied to global democracy; half of the member states should be in the dock of a human-rights tribunal rather than running it.

And this is the NAACP’s model of justice? Appealing to the democratic instincts of China, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia? That’s the biggest joke. Or perhaps not, as John Hinderaker points out, citing one of the NAACP’s claims:

“The civil rights group says one, Kemba Smith Pradia, was convicted of a drug-related offense and is concerned that if she moves back to Virginia from the Midwest, state law will block her voting because of her record, even though she was granted clemency by President Bill Clinton.”

So this is the best the NAACP can do: Kemba Smith Pradia lives in the Midwest and has a criminal conviction on her record. Can she vote? Yes, because the state where she lives either doesn’t bar felons from voting, or doesn’t have a voter ID law, so she can vote fraudulently. But she worries that if she should move to Virginia, she will have to present identification. In that event, if Virginia law doesn’t allow felons to vote, she won’t be able to get away with breaking the law! Is that a human rights violation, or what?

Bear in mind that a few of the countries to whom the NAACP is appealing only have allowed women to vote at all in the past few years, and Saudi Arabia doesn’t allow it even now (or women to drive, or to walk by themselves, and so on). Many more of them don’t allow for meaningful political opposition from women or anyone else.

If the NAACP wants to argue against voter ID requirements, they should make their case to American voters, not an international panel of thugs and kleptocrats. We are a self-governing nation, not a fiefdom of the UN — and thank the Lord for that. The NAACP wants to make its arguments to some of the most oppressive states in the world because (a) the NAACP knows it has a losing case here in the US, and (b) they just want to embarrass Americans into knuckling under to their demands, mainly because their screeches of “raaaaaaaacism” have lost all their impact here at home. They believe that international scorn from dictators like the Castro brothers will enhance their efforts to oppose voter ID laws, which only proves that the NAACP has a serious disconnect from reality.

Michael Ramirez points out the absurdity in the opposition to laws that require proof of identity before casting votes:

I’ll make the NAACP a deal: when the federal government stops requiring me to produce government-issued identification to purchase firearms — a right explicitly guaranteed in the Constitution — then I’ll stop supporting state requirements to produce government-issued identification at the polling place.

Also, be sure to check out Ramirez’ terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the entire breadth of Ramirez’ career, and it gives fascinating look at political history. Read my review here, and watch my interviews with Ramirez here and here. And don’t forget to check out the entire site, which has now incorporated all of the former IBD Editorials, while individual investors still exist.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; humanrights; naacp; un; unvoterid; voterid

1 posted on 03/15/2012 9:01:55 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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2 posted on 03/15/2012 9:02:58 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: SeekAndFind

The UN is welcome to drop by.
Coffee is always on...

3 posted on 03/15/2012 9:05:50 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Beware the Sweater Vest)
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To: SeekAndFind

The report is already written. They will meet several times only to spend $$$ dining lavishly at very expensive hotels to decide how long to wait before releasing the pre-written report that concludes that voter ID laws are racist and disenfranchise the poor.

4 posted on 03/15/2012 9:07:31 AM PDT by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: SW6906

And the underlying issue is that voter ID laws inhibit the growth of socialism.

“Democracy is the road to socialism.” - KARL MARX

5 posted on 03/15/2012 9:10:06 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind

DemonRats have an annoying tendency to complain to an authority figure. From calling the police when they don’t get their chicken nuggets to crying to the U.N. when a state tries to control immigration, they are like your crybaby sister when you were children. Since Obama is at the top of the food chain, who else is he going to cry to but the U.N. Never in a million years would a conservative or true Republican go crying to the U.N. for a domestic issue.

6 posted on 03/15/2012 9:16:42 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
The UN is welcome to drop by DEAD.
7 posted on 03/15/2012 9:20:46 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (question)
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8 posted on 03/15/2012 9:29:05 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sure. Right after they investigate the ones in Russia, Iran, Venezuela, Egypt, Libya, all the rest of Africa, Canada, Mexico and China.

9 posted on 03/15/2012 9:32:59 AM PDT by SueRae (Tale of 2 Towers - First, Isengaard (GOP-e), then, the Tower of Sauron on 11.06.2012)
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To: sportutegrl

Kind of puts it into perspective. I had my share of dealing with snitches ! I remember one girl from 5th grade and every time I turned around, I got in trouble due to her snitching but what I remember, she was a big Jimmy Carter fan. Scaryy since I still remember her name.

BTW, if you remember Cannonball Run movie, the first one, there was some do-gooder trying to shutdown the road race and he was some liberal group representative.

> DemonRats have an annoying tendency to complain to an authority figure.

10 posted on 03/15/2012 9:34:44 AM PDT by CORedneck
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To: SeekAndFind
ANY UN official that sets foot on sovereign US soil for the purpose of meddling in our voting process should be considered an ACT OF WAR.

My God, my country is in the process of being conquered.

11 posted on 03/15/2012 9:39:30 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (I will vote against ANY presidential candidate who had non-citizen parents.)
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To: MrB
“Democracy is the road to socialism.” - KARL MARX

Yep. And that si why we can expect the UN to tell us that anyone who can show up at a voting place should be able vote - more than once if they really-really like their guy...

12 posted on 03/15/2012 9:49:41 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Army Air Corps

Interesting to see how this was started and the administration’s involvement.

13 posted on 03/15/2012 9:56:13 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at
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To: SeekAndFind

The states have their rights against the federal govt especially on this issue. I wonder how much harder state governors will tell the UN to go pound sand.

14 posted on 03/15/2012 10:09:15 AM PDT by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I feel like I’m going to vomit.

15 posted on 03/15/2012 10:18:49 AM PDT by GOPJ (Democrat-Media Complex - buried stories and distorted facts... freeper 'andrew' Breitbart)
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To: Nachum

Most people don’t even know of Jimmy Carter’s role in all of this either.

16 posted on 03/15/2012 10:41:33 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: philman_36

Wasn’t Bush Sr. the one who brought back Agenda 21 from the earth summit in 92? Thus giving the UN lots of power over us?

17 posted on 03/15/2012 11:33:55 AM PDT by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S !
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To: bicyclerepair

The UN has NO POWER over us. Its a purely voluntary “agreement” that was never ratified by the Congress and carries no enforcement. It was a political document that GW Bush rejected and sent to the dust bin of history. GW denounced and boycotted all Earth Summits during his presidency.

18 posted on 03/15/2012 11:46:53 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Let’s all march on the UN and demand to speak without identification. What is that? You mean we need identification to enter the UN and standing to speak there? That’s like demanding that people be properly registered, live in the a district, and prove they are who they say they are, before voting.

19 posted on 03/15/2012 5:20:00 PM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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