In today's Trib, the braintrust has this bit of nonsense:
Just in time for the 2016 presidential election comes a push by Democrats to “automatically” register people to vote unless they opt out.So the Democrats are introducing legislation to get "illegal aliens" voting rights, right? That's what they said, right?? And what do you think the implication is when we read this a few paragraphs later?
Attention, illegal aliens: Your seat at the table is being prepared.
Not that the idea is anything new or revolutionary — at least among Democrats. Hillary Clinton in the run-up to her party's presidential coronation has called for automatic voter registration and chastised Republican presidential candidates for “trying to stop millions of citizens from voting,” The Hill newspaper reports.And which party would that be?
The key word here is “citizens.” The message to illegals in the 10 states and the District of Columbia that provide them driver's licenses couldn't be more clear: Welcome to the party! [Emphasis added.]
And which party do you think the braintrust wants their readership to think it is?
The mislead here is clear. They want their readers to think that the Democrats are putting up legislation to "automatically" register "illegal aliens" to vote and join Hillary Clinton's party.
Now let's look at that legislation. It's H.R. 2694 and you wanna know something? All that stuff about "illegal aliens" is completely missing from the text. It's not there.
Take a look:
A Bill to amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to require each State to ensure that each individual who provides identifying information to the State motor vehicle authority is automatically registered to vote in elections for Federal office held in the State unless the individual does not meet the eligibility requirements for registering to vote in such elections or declines to be registered to vote in such elections, and for other purposes. [Emphases added.]And what sort of "identifying information" is that? From the bill (that's now just sitting there on Capitol Hill):
(A) The individual’s legal name.See that? So if someone doesn't have the proper citizen status, that info is transmitted to the election officials who'd then deny the "automatic" voting registration for that person. So all that stuff about "illegal aliens" being registered to vote is simply not in the bill.
(B) The individual’s age.
(C) The individual’s residence.
(D) The individual’s citizenship status.
(E) The individual’s electronic signature.[Emphasis added.]
They made it up or they didn't bother to check the facts before making the charge.
So which is it? Dishonesty or incompetence?
We report. You decide.