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Voting Early but Not Often in Nashville

I cast my first primary vote early as a Tennessee resident today and I think my PJ Media colleague and friend Christian Adams of the Election Law Center would approve not only of my choices but, more importantly, how it was done.

What stood out for me was, unlike in my former state of California, where they don't ask for identification of any kind when you vote, Tennessee is one of only eight states to require a photo ID. (It also requires a voter registration card.)

Forget that such photo IDs are mandatory for all U.S. citizens and foreigners when they get on a plane, among literally dozens of activities, when it comes to voting this requirement is regarded as racist by our supposedly progressive friends.

Actually, as with so many "politically correct" assertions, the reverse is true. The implication behind this argument is that minority citizens — unlike the rest of us — are either too stupid or too lazy to obtain either driver's licenses or non-driver identity cards that are available gratis in every state in the union. How insulting and, to be blunt, racist.

It's also a not-so-subtle stratagem for manipulation. I know because I engaged in it. Back in the civil rights movement (1966), I was doing voter registration in South Carolina. We would bring cotton pickers in from the fields to register, many of whom, in those days, were illiterate. So we... I... would sign for them after their X and when asked which party they were registering for I would, naturally, fill in "Democrat" for them without even asking. What a despicable thing to do!

That was then, this is now, and I'm not filling in "Democrat" for anybody, especially myself. But that's, of course, what the Democrats are doing to this day in their great desire for people to register without documents (sound familiar?). They're not being charitable to those people. They're being charitable to themselves. They are today's slaveholders.

Back to the experience of voting here in Nashville. It went pretty swiftly in the Belle Meade City Hall, but I was used to that. After I switched to the GOP, I could vote in a minute in my old district in the Hollywood Hills. Democrats had a line around the block.

Things are a bit different in Tennessee. Watching the candidate ads on TV you feel as if you've gone through a time warp. The gubernatorial candidates are all competing with each other in a contest for who backs Trump the most. Even Phil Bredesen, the Democrat ex-governor running against Marsha Blackburn for the Senate, doesn't entirely separate himself from the president in his ads, saying he agrees on North Korea but opposes the tariffs. (Wonder if that's changed since the EU announcement.)