So it has come to this regarding the right to vote. Some elected officials in the state House are criticizing the Corbett administration for not doing enough to prepare for the possibility that the state's voter-identification law will be enforced in this year's General Election.
This comes after the administration spent $4.9 million in a multimedia campaign to explain the new requirement for voting - before a lawsuit that kept the requirement from being used for the presidential election.
The lawsuit is pending, so there is no guarantee the voting law will be in effect by the fall.
And what is this onerous law requiring?
Show your ID in order to vote.
That's the same ID that might be asked for when someone is charging a pair of socks at a store.
The same ID asked for in a number of myriad other circumstances without anyone taking offense.
Foes of the new law say it's too difficult for those without proper ID to get one despite a number of alterations last year to make it easier. Apparently, everyone has forgotten those alterations and the publicity campaign that promoted them.
There is no federal money available to pay for such a publicity campaign this year, so those who want the same campaign this year are asking for state dollars to be spent on it.
Sorry, but that's money that should be used to fund public education, public safety, roads or bridges.
We understand that voting is a right, but it should be viewed as a privilege a privilege for which people have died protecting. The state is merely asking for an ID to allow that right to be exercised as a protection from voter fraud. Asking people to make sure they have an ID - in 2013, for goodness sakes - is a minimal personal responsibility requirement that anyone should be able to meet.
To spend more millions of dollars on this is political foolishness.