Liberals love to excoriate their non-liberal counterparts who say: “I’m white, I’m not a racist, and neither are my friends and family. Racism in America is a thing of the past.” Rightfully, they ridicule this statement, pointing out the fallacy of “if I don’t see it happening, it must not exist.”
These same liberals, however, are committing the same fallacy when it comes to whether or not a person at times needs an ID to buy groceries. “I buy groceries all the time and I’ve never been asked for ID,” they exclaim. Apparently, because they haven’t experienced it, it must not be happening.
At a recent rally, President Trump expressed the need for Voter ID laws, so that anyone voting in an election must present proper identification. This is an important issue with sincere and insincere motives on each side. The left’s sincere motive is that the laws will inconvenience those with less money, access to transportation, and time to wait on long voting lines. Their secret motive is that leftist organizations that pay people cash to vote multiple times wouldn’t work any longer.
On the right, it’s the opposite. Sincerely, they want to ensure that every vote is legal. But behind the scenes, they hope lower-income Democrats won’t jump through all the new hoops in order to vote and will just stay home.
In any case, as the president made his case for Voter IDs, he said that Americans need an ID for virtually everything else, such as buying groceries. That was exactly what the Trump Police was waiting for. You know, they’re the ones who watch his rallies on YouTube to try and cherrypick three seconds out of an hourlong speech to feed the daily Trump-bashing narrative. “Trump is an out-of-touch rich guy who’s never bought groceries. He doesn’t know that you don’t need an ID to buy them.”
Wrong. Those truly out-of-touch are the predominantly white liberal Trump critics who do not understand the culture I am about to describe, but to which many readers of this column – born and raised in New York City, like me – can relate.
First, no one with an ounce of intellectual honesty would suggest that President Trump honestly meant that any purchase of groceries requires producing proper identification. The president neither thinks nor expects anyone else to believe that if you go to the supermarket to buy a box of cereal and a carton of milk and pay with cash, the cashier will ask you for ID. If you pay by some other form, though, that’s when things get a bit more complicated.
Part of it depends on where the supermarket is located. Is it on the ritzy Upper East Side of Manhattan, or about a hundred blocks north of there, in my old neighborhood of Washington Heights? Because growing up in the Heights, as well as having been to food stores in nearby Bronx or Harlem, I have seen people with my own eyes attempt to pay by check, for which an ID card is necessary.
“Oh, you’re living in the past,” the clueless liberals will scoff. “Nowadays anyone who qualifies for a checking account also qualifies for a debit card. No one writes checks anymore.” And here’s what these boojies with pseudo-street cred don’t get: there is a sizeable portion of the population that buys food on Wednesday because they’re hungry, but doesn’t have the money to pay for it until Friday, when they expect to be paid and can go to the bank during their lunch hour and cash part of their paycheck and put the rest into their checking account. You can’t do that with a debit card, and you can only do that with a credit card if you have one.
Some places in higher-crime neighborhoods also ask for ID when payment is made by credit card. Why? Because they think there’s a high enough risk that the credit card is stolen. Just as there are stores that make you leave your bags –whether briefcases or shopping bags from other stores – in a bin while you shop, for which they give you a numbered tag to retrieve your bags later. Barnes & Noble was famous for that for decades. Oh, not the suburban ones with which many are familiar – but its iconic former flagship store on Fifth Avenue at 18th Street (which closed a few years ago) absolutely did that. Why? Because what separated that bookstore from the rest was its vast selection of college textbooks. And the theory was that college students are more likely to shoplift books than conventional customers. The same theory applies to non-cash payers at grocery stores in lower-income neighborhoods.
“Fine,” grunt the liberal skeptics begrudgingly. “But how would Donald Trump know any of this? He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He has no idea about this sort of thing.” Wrong again.
Those who know Trump best – even those who don’t like him very much – describe him as a “blue collar billionaire.” Of those who are all components of his Trump empire of companies, he more readily hangs out with bricklayers and plumbers than with investment bankers and portfolio managers. Why? To show that he is “a man of the people?” No, of course not. Unlike typical politicians, Trump is not a panderer. He is who he is, does what he does, and offends freely, as he sees fit. He’d rather hang out with a factory worker than the CEO of the company because he enjoys it more. He does it for his own gratification, not the worker’s.
Still, does Trump buy his own groceries in risky neighborhoods and therefore know about this policy? Well, no, but close.
For instance, Trump Links, one of Trump’s numerous golf courses, located in the Bronx, is in one of those types of neighborhoods where asking for ID for non-cash payments is not uncommon. Known to be a hands-on developer who routinely goes to construction sites and speaks with the workers directly, Trump quite conceivably could accompany the men on a short walk to the local bodega for a cup of coffee and see the sign “ID Required for Payment by Check” hanging on the wall above the cash register.
You know who the true out-of-touch rich person is? Republican Mitt Romney, Democrat John Kerry, and the garden variety transplanted snotty white Midwestern millennial living in an overpriced apartment the size of a closet in Park Slope.
I use my credit card so often that my signature has long wiped off the back of the card. One out of every 10, maybe 20, maybe 30 times, the cashier asks for my ID. Even in nicer neighborhoods.
Finally, this whole nitpicking about Trump’s “exact words” is more apropos of a Brady Bunch episode plot than legitimate criticism of the president. It doesn’t matter if anyone really needs an ID to buy groceries: Trump’s point is that people need an ID for far less solemn and cherished blessings than the right to vote.
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