The Democrats, ladies and gentlemen, are attempting to expand their base.
An alliance of "human rights" groups and Democratic lawmakers are advocating the right of ex-felons to vote. In Maryland, a representative of the NAALCP, the National Association for the Advancement of Liberal Colored People, testified last week before a legislative committee for a voter restoration act on behalf of ex-felons.
In Florida, the legislature is expected to vote this month on a bill proposed by a group of black lawmakers seeking to restore voting rights to convicted felons one year after their sentences are completed. In Washington state, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will eventually decide if Mohammed Shabaz Farrakhan, a black felon who ran for state representative shortly after his 1996 release, may cast a ballot despite the fact that he still owes 24G's (a little Soprano lingo there) in restitution for his theft victims.
Dennis Cronin, a Spokane, Washington, lawyer representing Mr. Farrakhan, said "It sure would have helped Algore in Florida if ex-felons could have voted." Wait a minute. Didn't some current incarcerated felons actually vote anyway? Didn't they sneak through the cracks?
Liberal newspaper after liberal newspaper has recounted the ballots in Florida and found that Algore still lost. So, since they can no longer make the claim that Algore "really won Florida if we counted all the votes," now they're saying, "If we could have just gotten the criminal vote, we would have won in Florida."
How do you Democrats feel about this? The law-abiding contingent isn't enough for you to win! This is the way to look at this: your party has to go out and secure ex-cons and give them the right to vote in order to win. "To hell with the law and the Constitution," your leaders are saying, "We're going to ink out that bit of the Constitution just like we did campaign finance reform."
They're not going to amend the Constitution the way they should, through the amendment process, because they know they can't get the required two thirds of states voting YES that an amendment requires. No, they're just going to pass a law saying ex-cons can vote.
An alliance of human rights groups and Democratic lawmakers want more voter reform! They want to expand the base to now include ex-felons! I have to laugh at this, folks, because it's universally accepted that these ex-cons will vote Democratic. Oh, goody, goody gum drops! Maybe now we can beat the Republicans!
I just thought that was humorous. And scary.
Your thoughts on letting ex-cons vote?