Colin Powell Has Gone Soft in the Head on Voter ID Laws

Colin Powell may be a General, but when it comes to politics and logic he has gone soft in the head. He sounds almost as foolish as Julian Bond who said that “North Carolina has become the new Mississippi” because it has passed voter ID laws.

Every soldier in the military had to show identification to enlist to prove his or her age. And get this — they wear “dog tags” for identification throughout their time of service.

Powell claims that voter ID laws punish voters:

“I want to see policies that encourage every American to vote, not make it more difficult to vote,” Powell said at a forum in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“It immediately turns off a voting block the Republican Party needs,” Powell continued. “These kinds of actions do not build on the base. It just turns people away.”

Following Powell’s logic, every request for identification (see below) turns people away. Even so, IDs are still required.

Powell went on to say that “there is no voter fraud.” There’s fraud everywhere. People have their identities stolen on a regular basis, but among the 100 million people who vote, there’s no fraud? Not a single example? That’s just plain stupid.

When I saw the doctor to be treated for a sinus infection, I had to show my driver’s license and insurance card. When there’s a new teller at the bank, I have to show identification.

Every time I fly, I have to show my ID before I can get through security. When I checked into the hotel, I was asked for my ID and a valid credit card. While in Las Vegas, I set up two business bank accounts. They wanted a whole lot of IDs.

Here’s a convenient list of where you need an ID:


Obtaining a Passport

Getting on a Cruise Ship


Hospital Admittance

Purchase alcohol (in Georgia no matter your age)


Certain Cold Medicines


Donating Blood


Gun Purchases

Cashing a Check

Purchasing a Home

Adoption Agency

Social Security Office

Taking the ACT and SAT tests

Applying for Food Stamps, Welfare, Social Security

Driver’s License

Pawn Shops

Adopt a Pet

Apply for a hunting/fishing license

Buying a Cell Phone

Using a Credit Card

Visit a Casino

Donate Blood

Jury Duty

Union Elections

Sports Competition

Little League

Fill in the Blank ______________

Here’s where liberals say you shouldn’t need an ID: In the voting booth where people choose candidates to make laws for all of us. Is it too much to ask that we want to know if they are who they say they are and haven’t voted in the place of someone else or have voted six times?

Colin Powell knows better. He’s been co-opted by a racialist cadre of political opportunists who have no regard for protecting the safety and security of our nation.