We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Papers!


On Monday morning, the Supreme Court, in a 7-2 ruling, struck down the State of Arizona’s voter-ID law known as “prop 200.” Across the Nation, a hue and cry rose from conservatives. From their perspective, the Supremes had just shredded not only the 10th Amendment to the Constitution, but the sanctity and security of elections to come. And let no doubt furrow your brow. An electoral system that has been breached by wire-pulling and shady political deals is, at best, in dire jeopardy and, at worst, a sham that makes the Castro boys down Cuba way green with envy. And anyone who catches one of James O’Keefe’s videos exposing ACORN and its ilk knows: America might not have fallen to Cuba levels, but we’re definitely wandering awfully close to Venezuela.

In writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia noted the Arizona law’s conflict with the pre-existing 1993 National Voter Registration Act (aka the “motor-voter” law), which “forbids states to demand that an applicant submit additional information beyond that required by the federal form.” Let you think someone replaced Scalia with an evil twin, he also added a cautionary note to the Feds, pointing out the decision “does not prevent states from denying registration based on any information in their possession establishing the applicant’s ineligibility.” Scalia might not be a “wise Latina”; but along with Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, he may well be one of the modern era’s most redoubtable defenders of the Constitution.

Moreover, Scalia is absolutely correct. Before you break out the tar, feathers and/or low-yield nuclear devices, allow me to explain. Voting is a Constitutionally affirmed right. With the exceptions of those who forfeit those rights by behaving in a manner frowned upon outside Chicago, every American citizen is entitled to and even charged with participation in his government through the exercise of the ballot.

And much like the right to worship the Almighty, the right to vote shouldn’t require additional paperwork. Indeed, the idea of requiring identification to attend Sunday Mass is ridiculous; or at least, it used to be. And my sense of liberty is assaulted every time I check my wallet for my concealed carry permit before leaving the house. So you’ll pardon me if I’m a bit worn out over showing government functionaries “my papers.”

I would go so far as to suggest the liberties assured by the Constitution die a little every time government steps a little farther into our lives. We edge closer to tyranny every time a decent, hard-working American is ordered to kneel before the altar of the fraudulent Obamacare; every time the Internal Revenue Service asks for “the content” of a citizens’ group’s prayers; and every time some Transportation Security Administration thug who couldn’t cut it at the police academy asks an 8-year-old to step out of line at the airport check-in. And so should it be with voting. Beyond Scalia’s “federal form,” I don’t have to prove to some hanging-chad-counting hack that I am who I say I am.

To be sure, electoral fraud is a problem. Hell, President Barack Obama’s whole career is a study in the effectiveness of vote-rigging — even beyond the ballot box. Were it not for a couple of rather fortuitously leaked sealed documents (with which David Axelrod had nothing to do, of course), Obama would probably be working as Bill Ayers’ teaching assistant at the Weather Underground School of Bombs. But I shouldn’t suffer just because the Democrats can’t keep their hands out of the electoral cookie jar. To place additional restrictions on the overwhelming majority of those who abide by voting laws is no different than stomping on the 2nd Amendment just because those same Democrats (or at least, their base) can’t play nice.

Despite the Democrats’ best-laid plans, we don’t punish law-abiding gun owners when some nutjob steals his mom’s firearms. And despite the Democrats’ best-laid plans, we don’t punish law-abiding voters when some nutjob steals the White House.

–Ben Crystal

Personal Liberty

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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  • Al Chemist

    The requirements for voting in this Republic should be EXACTLY the same as the requirements to purchase a weapon. That includes a valid ID and a background check. Period!

    • speedle

      Personally I think a basic I.Q. test would be a nice addition. You simple questions like, “Can you name the current Vice President?”, and “What country is located on our southern border?”. Such a thing would probably eliminate 20% of the electorate.

      • Randy G

        What IS wrong with photo ID? It’s on the Driver license.? Or don’t the INVADERS HAVE ONE?

      • rocketride

        I like Heinlein’s suggestion– the prospective voter, before being allowed to cast his/her vote would have to solve for the root(s) of a randomly selected quadratic equation.

  • John Hasse

    Whatever the requirements are for voting…. age, residency, etc, one should be required to demonstrate compliance before voting. (Just as one should demonstrate being a ‘natural born citizen’ before being on the ballot for president.)

  • Jeffrey T

    Can everyone IMAGINE THE OUTCRY if Romney had won the last election?? I wholeheartedly believe he would have if it werent for the meddling of Obamas govt! ! If Romney had won & all these scandals had come out I can guarantee their would be an outcry & Furher Obama SCREAMING FOR A RECOUNT!’ More people wold be picketing the WH& Capatol, the MSM would be all over Romney! & the scandals! Their lack of reporting the truth just proves something stinks at 1600 penn Ave DC! EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE TO PROVE CITIZENSHIP TO VOTE!! OR HOW BOUT A NATIONAL REGISTERED VOTER CARD!! ( NOT ISSUED BY THE IRS) NOR ANY OTHER GOVT AGENCY which could& have all been abuse & used by DAS FURHER But an indipendant agency verifying someones identity etc before the card is issued! & aNO MAIL IN APPLICATIONS! “NO MORE DEAD PEOPLES VOTES!!. Atown hall could be used for voter cards ” to be presented by the person & punched by an official at the ballot box stations!
    I for one dont think its right that some non american 3rd world non citizen has the right to vote! Especialy when they ALL REFUSE TO LEARN OR SPEAK ENGLISH!! Its ok for everyone to have their heritage calebrated but if you want to live here ” OUR NATIONAL LANGNGUAGE IS ENGLISH! PERIOD!
    WHEN im in the store & they start speaking their home language I SPEAK UP AND TELL THEM YOUR IN AMERICA NOW!! EITHER LEARN THE LANGUAGE OR GO HOME!! Am I rude?? Ya maybe but it really gets me burned they want to suck off us taxpayers , get the freebies, and the govt has to pay for a damn interpriter for dr apots etc!! I mean how can they get drivers liscences?? If they cant speak english?? Do they have written exams in other languages?? If they do thats flat wrong! My kids are white! Were born here! And ARE TRUE US CITIZENS!! but THEY CANT GET FREE SCHOOLING LIKE THE 3RD WORLD SCUM SUCKERS WHO LIVE HERE ILLEGALY DO !

  • rbrooks

    you support restrictions, as long as you are not being restricted.

    you use that age old excuse of due process to validate forfeiture of rights.
    the govt. is using that same process to strip more rights.

    they did that with your full support.

    stop complaining about the results you brought the country.

    • Randy G

      I think, IF you check , you’ll find TRAITORS are the only people who support that crap !!!

      • rbrooks

        >Voting is a Constitutionally affirmed right. With the exceptions of those who forfeit those rights…..<

        are you accusing ben of being a traitor. are you a traitor.

        when you support exceptions and restriction, you give the govt the means to change why and how an american can be included in those exceptions and restrictions.

        eventually, they will find a way to include all of us.

        • rocketride

          Just like they found a way to include everyone on the planet (or, at least, everyone in the US) in one big terrorism wiretap order under (but maybe, with a little luck, not far enough under) P.A.T.R.I.O.T./ FISA.

          • rbrooks

            that is correct. once you allow the govt to pass exceptions and restrictions, some one will change the criteria. eventually the govt will include all of us.

            and they will have used a vast portion of the populations support to accomplish it.

            the author of this story is one of those who is helping the govt take away our rights.

  • red neck

    The “supreme court” is bought and paid for by the obama administration!
    So I don’t think that anyone should be at all surprised that they have once again gone against the constitution….. They have stated that people need not be a citizen of this country in order to vote…. Well look at it this way… we have a “president” that’s not even a natural born citizen so go figure….

    • tncdel

      It’s the GLOBALISTS bent on dissolving our border. Those in the Dems are working in common scheme with those in the GOP. Globalist Bush allowed “brother-globalsit” Obama to run without vetting for president in 2008. Bush has strongly supported all globalist agendas geared toward eroding U.S. sovereignty and dissolving our border: U.N. interference, NAFTA, etc. Just two months ago Bush came out in strong support for Obama’s amnesty plan.

      Whoever in the GOP now supporting amnesty is a TRAITOR to America.

  • tncdel

    People need to wake up to see that it’s NOT a partisan thing, per se. For the GLOBALISTS bent on dissolving our border have infiltrated ALL political parties, including not only the Dems and GOP, but even the Libertarians.

    Gary Johnson is as phony as a 3 dollar bill. Claims to be a “strict constitutionalist.” But almost completely disregards one of the Constitution’s core tenets; namely: domestic national defense against the illegal alien invasion.

    Johnson is so bad that non-partisan NumbersUSA rated him almost as bad as Obama [who they rated an F minus]. Johnson rated an F! See:


    Further, Johnson is a LEFTWING “politically correct” activist who spits on the Constitution. He hoodwinked Libertarians much like the commie-socialists were able to hijack the Democrat party from the true Liberals.

    The New World Order is infiltrating the Libertarian party using Johnson, and many sleep on him.

    For example, a homosexual man has THE EXACT SAME RIGHT under the Constitution as does a heterosexual man to marry a woman. But the fact that he does not wish to do so, though his prerogative, does NOT create for him another right; namely: to change the heterosexual definition of marriage handed down to us by our ancestors.

    But the leftwing “politically correct” globalist activists like Gary Johnson want to invent new rights. In fact, Johnson even opposes letting each state decide that. He wants a federal law imposed that enshrines the unconstitutional tampering. See:


    • Wellarmed

      tncdel. I beg to differ regarding your stance towards my former Governor. He vetoed more bills during his tenure than all former governors combined. He left the state fiscally sound when he left office and did not steal from the states trust to balance the budget. I wish I could say the same about the governors that proceeded, and followed his tenure. He pissed of both parties in New Mexico Government, which told me he was doing his job.

      As far as your assertions that marriage should be dictated by government at any level leads me to believe that you like the idea of utilizing government force when it suits you. The state should ONLY recognize Civil Unions (regardless of your sexual orientation) as it is simple contract law at that point which honors the requirement of government to not recognize a particular religion as superior to another. I disagree with those who feel this is a states right issue. It is an Equal rights issue and it goes all the way back to the declaration of independence.

      Because Former Governor Johnson is a unique individual as well as I, it makes it likely that I will not agree with all of his positions. As such I part ways with him in this instance on the issue of immigration. As I have mentioned in previous posts, the only solution that I believe would work is the instituting a guest worker visa with strict controls and time limits, but being that we already have over 15K students who have already overstayed their visas and countless more (millions?) that have overstayed their work visas it sounds like we can’t even handle what we have now so I am not sure that a work visa program could be instituted if it had no teeth on the enforcement end (SCOTUS has already ruled that states cannot enforce federal immigration law even when states officers are trained right next to customs and border patrol agents).

      This is a travesty of Justice that the local police must look the other way when they know that someone is in our country illegally. Since Governor Johnson has left office it has been disclosed that the State of New Mexico has issued over 10,000 drivers licenses to people that are in our country illegally. This has been used as a means to justify enforcing provisions of the real ID Act, by attempting to deny the recognition of drivers licenses of Fellow New Mexicans (including myself). The state legislature (Democratic controlled) is doing everything they can to block the Governor from rescinding these fraudulent IDs. Please remember folks that these people (the 10K can board airplanes, drive in YOUR state, and vote in our state (NM) with the fraudulent IDs and I am not 100% certain that the state has put the brakes on this yet by stopping the new issuance of drivers licenses. There could be potentially many more.

      Rand Paul if dead wrong regarding the border fence, as it will be as effective as the Great Wall of China in curbing those who enter our country without authorization. We must crack down hard on businesses and homeowners who knowingly hire workers who are in our country illegally if a guest worker program is ever implemented.

      Currently there is no deterrent, and I do not see that either side wishes to solve this issue, but merely use it to their advantage to the detriment to our nation. One thing I can say for certain is that Amnesty will bring about the fall of our once great nation.

  • DonnaAngelStar

    All I know is that American citizens deserve voting integrity at the polls. We have an alien invasión going on in our country of illegals who feel entitled to citizens rights and they do and will break laws, including fraudulent voting. What is the harm for proving legal citizen status at the polls? In a perfect world we’d not have to be concerned but in a world of liars and cheats we have no other choices than setting guidelines to help us keep the sanctity of our polls to the best of our abilities. Shame on the Supreme Justices for their sedetitious ruling against Arizona’s voter ID law.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      What you saying is that you want all people to be honest in their every day dealings. But Some are not and never plan to be. But how is using the Force and cunning of the government make people be good? You want one outcome but in all cases which bring the government in as a partner the outcomes benefit the government and not you. Are you OK with having a National ID (driver’s license aside) and having to show it whenever the government needs to check on you because that is one of the unintended outcomes.

      • DonnaAngelStar

        We need no stinkin’ National ID card.

    • Jacobite2

      The Constitution gives the States sole authority to establish voter qualifications and to verify them. The “Motor Voter Law” is un-Constitutional. Again, the Constitution gives the States the authority to establish voter qualifications. If they require ID, that’s it. Libertarians follow the Constitution only slightly more closely than Leftists. Both are kooks with an ideology that ignores reality.

  • mimeQQ

    Every American is required to get a Social Security number at birth! It’s a national database. No matter where you vote, you should have to enter your Social Security Number electronically to verify that you are a legal citizen, are not dead, have not voted somewhere else. I can’t think of a better way to stop voter fraud.

    • Elevenarrows

      Uh, not sure this would really solve the problem since the POTUS is operating under someone else’s social security number…or so I’ve been told.

  • Guest007

    The very purpose of legal citizens having the right to vote is so that they have control of the government and that it isn’t being controlled by foreigners. America is our home, our country, and allowing illegals to vote is like allowing strangers to come into your house and behave as if it belonged to them. The very idea that everyone shouldn’t have to prove citizenship to vote is too absurd to have to think about. Of course you need to prove citizenship to vote or else the requirement to be a citizen to have that right is nothing but meaningless words on paper.

  • IsThisAmerica

    Well, here we go again. Arizona is falling fast into Mexico. They (illegal INVADERS), are wanting to take this land back from us. They are doing it with SWARMS and demands. Didn’t think they were in any position to demand anything. Obama is behind them pushing them over here. He went to Mexico on his apology tour and told them all their problems are our fault. Say what?? Mexico is pushing their citizens over here because they want US to take care of them. B.S.!! GO HOME!! Damn 2016 vote will be 100% Oh sorry according to their numbers 150% fraud. I am so sick of what is going on. Corruption, Lies, Racism, and all of it coming from the white house. Sure some do work but a lot of them do only a half ass job. The other part is low education 7th grade, no english at all, hear store ads. in spanish. Sick of it, I did not move to Mexico!!! They will be welfare bums, and then the rest are gangs selling drugs, just what our police need. Naw the white house don’t care about us or it’s own. Just the messiah cares only about himself. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

  • Swanson

    The problem with the federal form is that no proof of citizenship is
    required. All the person has to do is check the box that they say they
    are a citizen. Amazing. The theory, I understand, is that an illegal
    would not take a chance by checking the box. If people believe that, I
    have “some oceanfront property in Arizona” to sell them.