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Count the ways

Published on -10/14/2012, 9:42 AM

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Yes, this is a love story. It's not about, "You have to pass the law to find out what is in it." It's not about the Congress, which passed a law without reading it. They finished writing 2,700 pages at 3 a.m. and passed it the same day.

This article is about the thousands of dead people who have voted in the last election and probably will vote again in this election. Wonder how many of these dead people presented their ID card to vote. Voting is one of the most sacred and basic rights of American citizens. To not require a voter to present an ID card is beyond fantasy.

In just an hour, I thought of these activities that require an ID card. There is no acceptable reason that an American citizen does not have an ID card. The following list requires an ID card, and there are more activities that may require the use of an ID card.

Opening a bank checking account; opening a bank savings account; cashing a check; stopped by police/law enforcement; obtain passport or visa; purchase auto/ truck license plates; applying for a drivers license; renewing a drivers license; to board Amtrak; to register for college; to take SAT test; to take ACT test; to pick up a child at grade school entrance if other than a parent; to purchase vehicle insurance; to purchase handicap placard; to purchase beer/alcohol; entrance to hospital ER; entrance into government buildings; to purchase cigarettes; get a fishing license; to purchase a handgun/rifle; to use a credit card; to apply for a government job; to apply for a teaching job; to apply for most jobs during interview/acceptance of job; airport check in for flight ticket; going through airport customs; going through airport pat down if buzzer goes off; winning a contest/lottery; turning in Dish equipment; to register to vote; to vote; to register for hotel/motel; to open escrow to buy a house; to get food stamps; to get welfare payments; and to get disability insurance payments

For any political party not to want a person to show an ID card to vote one must question his/her motive.

The Democratic Party required their delegates to show their ID card to enter their convention. They want to know who is in their building but not who is voting. Does it make any sense?

The reason I do what I do is because I love my country, and I want people to do what is right.

Tuesday is the last day to register to vote. Don't forget your ID card.

Roger Ewing

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