Today’s comic started another firestorm over at comics.com.
Most reasonable people agree that these voter ID laws are a solution without a problem. I say reasonable because a careful analysis of the facts shows there are very few cases of voter fraud. But these facts are supplied by the government or the main stream media. If you have a carefully nurtured distrust of all things government and/or media then these facts become propaganda. No facts and you can just believe whatever you want to believe. Based on… what?… a hunch?… the stars?… whatever some talk show host says?…
Here’s the problem: a citizenry that can’t agree on the validity of the basic facts needed to make informed decisions is in big trouble. It’s not that the truth won’t eventually come out, it’s that facts that should be self-evident don’t become subject to wide spread agreement until AFTER we’ve enacted stupid and unnecessary laws like Voter ID and we have to deal with nasty fallout from denying citizens their constitutional right to vote.
In all my years of cartooning, I’ve never seen the partisan rancor this bad.
It’s really nasty out there. And I don’t have a solution. If we can’t stand together on a level playing field of basic agreed upon reality, how can we have an honest debate? How can we run a country? A state? A city? A family?
How can we get out of bed in the morning?