Letter: Voting should be taken very seriously
The recent controversy around the group ACORN and its fraudulent voter-registrations could be fixed pretty easily by integrating voter registration duties from the county level to the federal level, specifically The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives. Given this agency's stellar record in regard to enforcing this nation's gun laws, I think they could probably improve the situation in regard to voter fraud. Think about this for just a second: If I lie on a BATFE form, any form, I am guilty of a federal felony and can be thrown in jail. If I lie on a voter registration form, I'm just a "community organizer." Well, BATFE takes a different view. Where are the tanks rolling up to ACORN's front door? When will ACORN's "compound" be burnt to the ground? When will a government sniper decapitate one of their people holding nothing more lethal than an infant?
I can vote with not much more than a cell phone bill and car insurance bill for identification. Last I checked, no one at such places of business checks for a felony or for valid citizenship (the two big qualifiers for voting). They just want your money. I realize that is what our government wants from us, too, but the government also wants its hands on our throats because they know what is good for us better than we do (or so the "progressive" theory goes).
We ask ourselves how our great republic has devolved to such a level, yet the answer is right in front of us. We do not put a price or burden on voting, so as with everything, you get what you pay for. For those that didn't get it, the first paragraph was satire. The second was advice.