Does any other Secretary of State agree with Iowa’s Matt Schultz–that abortion and gay marriage are legal because cheating determines election outcomes? Or is our Secretary of State saying Iowa has the worst elections in the nation?
In an astonishing, passionate speech to the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition April 15, Shultz said the group could not advance its agenda because its opponents “cheat” at the polls. His solution? Voter ID cards, of course.
Schultz offered no evidence of such cheating. He charged that
we have a lot of forgetful Democratic Senators in the state of Iowa. They just don’t get it. . . . Why would somebody be against voter ID? WHY? It’s time to call a spade a spade. . . This about honesty and integrity–I’m an Eagle Scout–I think it’s important we have an Eagle Scout be Secretary of State
Calling a spade a spade apparently means being ready to say Democrats win by cheating, which he soon said.
But first Eagle Scout Schultz went further, alleging, “They think that non-citizens should be able to vote. What planet are we living on?” He did not elaborate on exactly who thinks non-citizens should be able to vote, but he appeared to still be talking about Iowa Senate Democrats.
“There are a whole lot of issues that we care about: abortion, gay marriage, a whole lot of social issues we care deeply about. But you have to start caring about voter ID and election integrity as well, because if you don’t have that, you’ll never be able to make a difference in any other issue you care about–never. Because they will cheat. They’ll cheat. And we need to make sure that we stop them.”
In his quest for integrity the Scout ignored evidence that only a minority of Iowans back the views of his audience. Rather he told the audience that he needed their help in order to get his ID bill enacted, so that they could then get their issues enacted.
He also ignored the opinions of local county auditors, who have shown little support for his crusade. He ignored the principle report debunking the case for strict ID laws.
Schultz concluded that “we are here to protect our faith and our freedom, and we’ll do it at the voting box.” Meanwhile 70% of Americans think the GOP is out of touch with reality. Our top Eagle Scout is evidence they are correct.
cross-posted at BleedingHeartland.com