Today is Veterans Day, and Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin will no doubt be thanking us for our service and telling us how important we are and how much they honor us. But their words ring hollow because they won’t even let us use our Veterans Administration ID card as a valid proof of identity when we try to go vote in the next election. This is part and parcel of their overall scheme to make it much more difficult for hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites to vote under the new Voter ID law they passed. I served in the U.S. Navy. I have a DD 214 card issued by the Navy on my discharge to prove I served and was discharged honorably. I also have a photo ID issued by the U.S. Veterans Administration. I had to show the DD 214 to get the ID. It is good enough to prove to a U.S. government agency that I am a veteran and entitled to use VA services. But it’s not good enough for those Republican legislators to prove I am who I am so I can vote. Why isn’t a VA ID card a valid proof of existence?
The VA certainly doesn’t want to spend money and further crowd its facilities by serving people who didn’t serve in the military. They don’t just give out ID cards to everyone who wanders past one of their facilities. You have to prove you’re entitled to use their services to get an ID card.
Thousands of illegal aliens are risking death by joining the American military so they can fraudulently vote against Republican candidates in Wisconsin elections?
I’m tired of being “honored” and “thanked” with empty words. All too often nothing happens after the speech, anyway. Actually doing something for veterans loses out to items more important to the legislator’s agenda or ideology.