Boy oh boy. I don’t care where you hail from or how absolutely batshit insane your wingnuts are, they got nuthin’ – I mean absolutely nuthin on our state legislature.
They have come back to the well one more time, trying for a voter ID law that would disenfranchise up to a quarter million voters that – surprise, surprise, surprise – vote Democratic.
Now there is not a chance in hell that Jay Nixon will sign it into law, even if it does manage to get to his desk. But that isn’t about to stop me from singling out a section for mockery. (Nixon can’t veto a Constitutional amendment…Thanks, Clark. At that late hour I missed that it was an offered amendment and not straight legislation.)
Lets pay some special attention to section three of the bill, shall we?
3. The right to have only qualified candidates placed on the ballot. The secretary of state shall determine that each person is qualified for the office he or she seeks, according to the law, before placing his or her name on the ballot. For candidates who are required by the Constitution of the United States to be natural born citizens, the secretary of state shall request an official copy of the candidate’s birth certificate. Other certifications, such as a certificate of live birth, shall not be accepted. Should any candidate fail to provide an official birth certificate within thirty days of the request by the secretary of state, his or her name shall not be placed on the ballot. The secretary of state shall verify the qualifications of any elected officeholder who was previously placed on a Missouri ballot. Should any elected officeholder fail to provide the required documentation or birth certificate within thirty days of the request by the secretary of state, the secretary of state shall turn the matter over to the attorney general who shall within twenty days file suit to obtain the required documentation. (emphasis added)
Sounds like Representatives Cooper et al are closet “Birthers” to me. The “Birthers” are the lunatics who are convinced that Barack Obama is an illegitimate president because he wasn’t born in this country. The wording of that clause could have, theoretically, prevented the current president’s name from appearing on the ballot in our state.
How sad and pathetic has the GOP become? Have they finally come to realize that they are utterly devoid of ideas, intellectually and morally bankrupt and so unable to win honest elections that they are reduced to barring Democratic voters from the polls and Democratic candidates from the ballot?