Are Voter ID Laws Racist?

If Veasey survives, it will be exceedingly difficult for any photo ID law to pass muster, at least in the absence of heavily documented instances of fraud.

Franklin Delano Obama

Eighty years ago, Franklin Roosevelt rode into office at the height of the Depression. In many ways the election of 1932 has much in common with the current American presidential campaign. The economic record from 1929 to 1933 was grim. Unemployment spiked to close to 25 percent from a pre-1929 figure of about 4 percent. World trade was down by a third, partly in response to the ill-advised Smoot-Hawley tariffs of 1930, which sparked retaliation from around the globe. And persistent deflation of 20 percent meant debtors could not repay their debt with these new expensive dollars. Today’s situation is nowhere near as desperate, but there is little doubt that America is stagnant and uneasy. So what can we learn about the current election from Roosevelt’s New Deal days? Comparisons race to mind, given the conscious efforts of President Obama’s supporters to hark back to Roosevelt’s rhetoric. Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO union, used similar language at a rally recently in...