Not one of these seniors has a picture I.D.
They are all registered voters.
"The Truth About Voter Fraud," New York University School of Law
Multiple studies have shown that unauthorized voters impersonate authorized voters less frequently than Americans are struck by lightning.
It is the custom of conservatives to make political hay by appealing to Perfectly Pure Principles.
In this process of "purification," they make corresponding realities worse than they would otherwise be.
Consider The Perfectly Pure Principle that "just one person voting illegally is one too many."
As a result of uncompromising absolutism that refuses to tolerate a single exception, American conservatives would giddily disenfranchise hundreds of thousands -- perhaps millions of voters -- in their forlorn attempt to impose "perfection." (See "Voter I.D. Law Could Disenfranchise 11% Of The Population"... even though actual instances of voter fraud are less common than Americans being hit by lightning. http://paxonbothhouses.blogspot.com/2012/09/voter-id-laws-could-disenfranchise-11.html)
Against this backdrop, The Conservative Psyche cheers, invigorated by yet another blast of Righteousness.
Trappist monk, Father Thomas Merton cuts to the quick: "The terrible thing about our time is precisely the ease with which theories can be put into practice. The more perfect, the more idealistic the theories, the more dreadful is their realization. We are at last beginning to rediscover what perhaps men knew better in very ancient times, in primitive times before utopias were thought of: that liberty is bound up with imperfection, and that limitations, imperfections, errors are not only unavoidable but also salutary. The best is not the ideal. Where what is theoretically best is imposed on everyone as the norm, then there is no longer any room even to be good. The best, imposed as a norm, becomes evil.” Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Merton
"The best, imposed as a norm, becomes evil."
There is is nothing wrong with personal aspiration for "the best."
The problem arises when"the best" is imposed as a norm.
And so, contemporary conservatives, refusing to tolerate anything other than Absolutely Righteous Perfection, become evil.