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Letters to the Editor

Minority votes

March 6, 2012

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To the editor:

If the Kansas Legislature approves Kris Kobach’s efforts to make new voter registration requirements effective in this year’s elections, chalk up another victory for those who want to minimize the influence racial minorities have in our political system.

Making it harder to register to vote and to cast ballots is supposed to deal with a problem in Kansas of fraudulent voting. But no one has provided evidence that voter fraud is a problem.  And there’s no potential problem, since our election laws work very well. So why does Mr. Kobach have concerns about Kansas elections?

His concerns could be related to his work in drafting and supporting anti-immigration laws in Arizona, Alabama and elsewhere. Kobach has worked with an organization, the Immigration Reform Law Institute, which is associated with the Federation for American Immigration Reform. This latter group has for many years promoted fears that nonwhite immigration threatens the supremacy of our traditional European-American society. Promoting anti-immigration legislation is one way to cope with such fears. Restrictive voting laws are another way to cope with such fears about those nonwhite immigrants already here.

Comments

Armstrong 2 years, 11 months ago

"chalk up another victory for those who want to minimize the influence racial minorities have in our political system".

. You would have apoint if the law was applicable to minorities / immigrants only but as you quaintly forget to mention this applies to everyone.

Grab a fire extinguisher this argument just went down in flames

Kirk Larson 2 years, 10 months ago

You're right. It also primarily affects the elderly and students.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 11 months ago

Kobach's primary motivation for doing everything he does is to promote himself. Promoting hysteria over non-existent voter fraud and illegal immigration is merely the vehicle he saw available, and he'll ride it as far as it'll take him.

jhawkinsf 2 years, 11 months ago

You're complaining that a politician is engaging in self-promotion. I'm shocked, truly shocked that a politician would do such a thing. Shocked.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 11 months ago

There's a fine line between politician and demagogue, but Kobach has blasted way over that line.

jhawkinsf 2 years, 11 months ago

Who gets to draw that fine line? You? Me?

Mike Ford 2 years, 11 months ago

piercing the dummy bubble.....the acorn thing that some of you soooo desparately hold onto was a manufactured farce engineered by that mississippi grit sneering character James O Keefe. It's funny or sad how you can hold onto something manutactured through tape doctoring just like the genius breitbart did. we don't have to doctor a tape to catch a tea partier or a gop'er saying something dumb....we just wait for the delays, cunninghams, neys, and abramovs, to speak.....just like the blowhard pillboy losing sponsors.... I grew up in LA and MS and this Kobach nonsense is straight out of the 1950's South. It's blatantly racist and some people buy the code language. Now ignore' the facts and flip what I say like some of you genuises do.

independent_rebel 2 years, 10 months ago

One of my best friends from high school lived in Chicago and worked for Acorn. She has admitted how corrupt and crooked Acorn was. She participated in the fraud, and only begrudingly feels guilty about it. I'll take her word about what Acorn was all about.

Flap Doodle 2 years, 11 months ago

One American citizen of voting age, one vote.

Matthew Herbert 2 years, 11 months ago

I have been voting in Lawrence Kansas for 12 years and in all that time have been asked for ID only once- the very first time I voted. This seems troubling. The person managing the 'voter role' has never known me personally. I tell them my name, and they take my word for it every time. I support requiring individuals to show identification to prove who they are in order to vote. I had to do MORE THAN THAT just to renew my drivers license last week.

Mike Ford 2 years, 10 months ago

I guess trolls can't give educated answers....

Brittanicus 2 years, 10 months ago

Mitt Romney will gain a lot of headway if the former government creates a point of the E-Verify issue? The American people are hard-up themselves, frustrated with the accumulative unfunded, unfair mandates forced up on them by the courts. Rick Santorum can also do himself a favor by pointing an accusing finger of this current administrations backdoor amnesty. Even Ron Paul or Gingrich could gain some momentum, if they satisfy the general public by building the real fence, closing down Sanctuary Cities, halting chain migration and turning the screw on all business, that complicate matters by hiring illegal workers. Both the "Legal Workforce Act (H.R.2885) and the Birthright Citizenship law (H.R.140) have amazing merits, as a national E-Verify will drive every American business owner to check their employment roster. Those worker who don't satisfy the combination of form I-9, ICE and Social Security Administration, better travel over to the latter agency, to be verified. Illegal aliens will stay well clear of any government entity. Those employers, who think they can cheat the system, eventually will be caught and harshly punished?

IF THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND STATES KEEP GIVING BENEFITS TO ILLEGAL ALIENS AND THEIR OFFSPRING, THE ATTRACTION TO THIS COUNTRY WILL NEVER END. YET ANOTHER AMNESTY WOULD UNLEASH YET ANOTHER FISCAL MAGNET, BRINGING HORDES OF IMPOVERISHED MIGRANTS AND IMMIGRANTS TO OUR DOORS. IF AMERICANS FALL TO THE LIES AND PROPAGANDA OF THE LIBERALS, THE STALEMATE WILL REMAIN. RESTRAINING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS NOT ABOUT DESCRIMINATION AGAINST ANY RACE OF PEOPLE, HISPANICS, BLACK OR WHITE? IT’S ABOUT HALTING THE INVASION OF ANYBODY WHO DON”T OBSERVE ILLEGAL ENTRY AS A VIOLATION OF OUR SOVEREIGNTY.

The Birthright Citizenship bill would end the automatic baby citizen racket, which has been going on for years. Mitt Romney has already spoken about E-Verify and if it’s mandated by Congress, then President Obama, Eric Holder and John Morton, will have a hard time repealing these bills. The American taxpayer is being soaked annually by these federal mandates and above all else, if all companies are compliant, illegal aliens will not risk getting detected and will prefer to leave forthwith. Congress can be blamed for this whitewashed immigration enforcement, when it’s not even a felony to enter America illegally? This seems very strange to me, that unlike other countries as with our neighbor Mexico, entry is a felony and you’re lucky if you can escape jail?

Brittanicus 2 years, 10 months ago

The “Birthright Citizenship” (H.R.140) Bill that needs every voters attention, as it is singularly the most expensive benefit, that citizens are forced to pay for unfunded mandates. It is purposely concealed that support for illegal aliens cost over $113 billion dollars a year by government and Liberal press editors. If you really want the facts about the illegal alien spread and many other problem that cause Americans unnecessary misery, then you need to view the uncensored pages, not suppressed by the far Left media at (Google) www.americanpatrol.com/ For information about the dishonesty in Washington and state congressional seats of power, check the web pages of the (Google) www.judicialwatch.org/

There is a burning urgency for all Americans to contemplate phoning or otherwise contacting Democrat, Republican Senators and House Congressmen at 202-224-3121 to inform them strongly you want both nationwide E-Verify and the citizenship bill passed. The original fence(s) to be constructed as a double layer, parallel 15 foot steel and concrete barrier, with the interior fence of a steel lattice like exists in prison compounds, with a nasty topping of razor wire. The 2006 Secure fence act was discarded by both parties as to expensive, so instead there are now hundreds of miles is nothing, but a few strands of rusty barbed wire, which inquisitive cattle could get through?

voevoda 2 years, 10 months ago

Most illegals entered the US legally, then overstay their visas. If they bear a child while in the US legally, on what grounds should the child be denied American citizenship? If they bear a child after living in the US for years, even though illegally, then the child has no other homeland besides the US, so on what grounds should the child be denied American citizenship?
Don't be so afraid of the children of immigrants, Brittanicus. They are as American as you are.

jhawkinsf 2 years, 10 months ago

Any child born in the U.S. is an American citizen, plain and simple. However, if the parent is an illegal immigrant, then that person is not a citizen, plain and simple. Trying to mold that parent into a citizen is just as wrong as trying to mold the child out of being a citizen.
The difficulty is when confronted with deportation, what does the family as a whole do. Does the citizen child go to the country of the parents origin? Should the law breaker parent being given a pass and be allowed to stay here? While a difficult position to be put in, I'm of the opinion that fault lies with the person who initiated this difficulty. That would be the illegal immigrant. I'm sorry they are being confronted with a difficult problem. But their problem shouldn't be made into my problem.

voevoda 2 years, 10 months ago

Specify a time when Kansas Democrats were proven to have cheated in an election, rockchalk1977, or else retract your allegation.

Liberty275 2 years, 10 months ago

Topeka — A Democrat in the Kansas House faces an investigation into whether he intentionally misled colleagues during a debate last month on property tax legislation.

jafs 2 years, 10 months ago

Well, obviously, that's not "election fraud" even if it's true.

And, also obviously, that legislator is not responsible for the fact that others didn't read the amendment before voting, right?

BlackVelvet 2 years, 10 months ago

Now wait just a minute. There are some on here who make baselesss allegations without providing any proof whatsoever. Will you make THEM provide proof too? I guarantee they would not retract anything. Ever.

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