Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Get Over It
Some of you who know me might think I would be disturbed by the Supreme Court opinion yesterday that approved the Indiana requirement of a valid ID card for voting. I'm not disturbed and I will tell you why. Voting in our society is not only a right but a privilege. The act of voting carries with it certain responsibilities. Voting requires taking the time to think about the attributes of various candidates or issues. It requires a commitment. To be sure, acquiring a valid picture ID card will take effort and some people will not make that effort. Don't look for any hidden meaning in the statement that follows. Do we want people who can't be bothered to ensure the validity of their vote electing our representatives? Almost all of us, at one time or another, spent time and effort acquiring a driver's license which signified an emancipation process in our lives which would be emulated by such an experience with voter ID. I think it's a good idea.