By John W. Lillpop
Hypocrisy, thou be the NAACP!
That was illustrated by NAACP actions surrounding a speech delivered by Eric Holder, America’s in -contempt-of-Congress Attorney General, before the NAACP on Tuesday.
In that speech, Holder defended his aggressive assault against Voter ID laws that require would-be voters to produce identification. Voter ID laws are intended to protect against voter fraud; however, Holder and the NAACP see the laws as racist moves to prevent people-of-color from voting.
As reported at the reference, Holder slammed state laws that would require individuals to present photo identification to vote:
"In our efforts to protect voting rights and to prevent voting fraud, we will be vigilant and strong," Holder said at the NAACP convention in Houston. "But let me be clear: We will not allow political pretexts to disenfranchise American citizens of their most precious right."
He said voter ID laws, such as one proposed in Texas that his Justice Department is fighting, are "harmful to minority voters," who may be unable to travel to or afford to obtain suitable identification.”
However, reporters wishing to attend Holder’s speech in person were told to bring a government-issued photo identification as well as a credential from their organization when checking in to hear Holder’s speech.
As reported at Townhall.com:
Earlier today, Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the NAACP Nation Convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. What did media need in order to attend? That's right, government issued photo identification (and a second form of identification too!), something both Holder and the NAACP stand firmly against when it comes to voting. Holder's DOJ is currently suing Texas for "discriminatory" voter ID laws. From the press release:
All media must present government-issued photo I.D. (such as a driver’s license) as well as valid media credentials. Members of the media must RSVP to receive press credentials at http://action.naacp.org/page/s/registration. For security purposes, media check-in and equipment set up must be completed by 7:45 a.m. CDT for an 8:00 a.m. CDT security sweep. Once the security sweep is completed, additional media equipment will NOT be permitted to enter and swept equipment will NOT be permitted to exit.
Ironically, NAACP President Ben Jealous railed against voter ID just before Holder took the stage.
The head of the NAACP on Monday likened the group's fight against conservative-backed voter ID laws that have been passed in several states to the great civil rights battles of the 1960s.
Benjamin Todd Jealous, the CEO and president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said these are "Selma and Montgomery times," referring to historic Alabama civil rights confrontations. He challenged those attending the NAACP's annual convention to redouble their efforts to get out the vote in November.”
"We must overwhelm the rising tide of voting suppression”
Breathtaking hypocrisy! Or unimaginable stupidity?