Rand Paul spoke at Howard University. I’ve just listened to the speech, more on that later. I was struck by his response to one of the student’s questions regarding voter ID:
I think it’s important in the history to know what happened. Democrats in the south were very very harsh. Almost all democrats, okay? That’s who ran the governments. And they DID have tests at the polls literacy tests and special tests. And guess what, if you were white and forward you didn’t have to do the test but if you were black you had to do the test and you didn’t pass the test. People were scared and intimidated and prevented from voting.
I think if you liken using a drivers license to literacy tests, you demean the horror of what happened in the 40’s and 50’s. Maybe from 1910 all the way through 1960’s in the south. It was horrific. NOBODY is in favor of that, NO republican is in favor of that. But showing your drivers license to have an honest election I think is not unreasonable. And I think that is the main thing republicans have been for.
Again, I think the democrat position that election laws being racist is an example of racism today. You have a political movement, an ideology, using race as a lever to gain advantage for themselves.