There's a popular saying that floats around the internet on marriage or relationship-type websites, and it starts with an interviewer asking a couple that had been married for 65-years how they had managed to stay together. They responded by saying...
We are from a time where if something is broken we fix it, not throw it away.
Apply this to life and not just relationships, and you have a fantastic lesson: You should always try to improve things if you can. Traditional American values like this have inspired people to strive for excellence time and time again by never settling for an inferior result. That's why this from Fox News blows my mind:
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Wednesday that his office found 17 non-citizens illegally cast ballots in the 2012 presidential election — and has referred the case for possible prosecution.
The alleged crime would be a notable case of voter fraud in a key swing state. By law, only American citizens are allowed the privilege of casting ballots for the nation's leaders.
To be clear, this would not have swung the election, but this is plain and clear evidence that shows beyond a reasonable doubt that the system is broken on some level. If something is broken, why don't we try to fix it or at least improve it?
It doesn't stop there:
As part of Ohio's efforts to clean up the voting rolls, election officials discovered that more than 257,000 dead people were still listed as active voters.
I'm not saying we had zombie votes because we haven't seen that evidence yet, but I am struggling to come up with a good way to defend Democrats' behavior on the Voter ID debate when there were 257,000 dead people still listed as active voters and and at least 17 factual cases of voter fraud in Ohio. It is painfully obvious that the system needs a makeover if it is that awful at staying up to date with who is and isn't alive.
Asking voters to show identification is not racist, and it's not about voter suppression; It's about proving your ability to vote in a manner similar to how one validates his or her identity in the private sector. Republicans can absolutely work with Democrats to make sure the Dems are comfortable with the level of ease of acquiring identification, but not asking people to identify themselves before voting on the future of the country is downright silly.