Another reminder of what the Republican Party was really about when they ran the show for six years, folks. All of that talk about "states’ rights"? It was bullshit. What they really meant was, they would take your tax money, and give the states less money, thus giving them the "right" to collect more taxes and decide which services they would pay for.
Seriously, have you ever seen such a complete disregard for the basic principles in our Constitution (did you know, for example, that requiring you to provide ID in a national park without probable cause is a violation of your rights? And while the individual airline has a right to require identification as part of its ticketing procedures, the federal government actually can’t?), combined with so many unfunded mandates coming from these supposed "states rights" idiots?
Americans may need passports to board domestic flights or to picnic
in a national park next year if they live in one of the states defying
the federal Real ID Act.
Purely illegal. You don’t have to prove who you are, folks; THEY have to prove you aren’t who you say you are. From the morons who brought you the "no-fly" list, in which everyone named "Robert Johnson" has to jump through hoops to board a plane, comes this disaster, where you have to now have a passport to drive from New York to Los Angeles, if you happen to stop in a National Park for lunch?
When did we become the Soviet fricking Union? Didn’t we used to laugh at them for crap like this?
The act, signed in 2005 as part of an
emergency military spending and tsunami relief bill, aims to weave
driver’s licenses and state ID cards into a sort of national
identification system by May 2008. The law sets baseline criteria for
how driver’s licenses will be issued and what information they must
I want you to make note of this, folks. This is how sneaky the current crop of Republicans is. They knew they couldn’t pass a goddamn bill like this outright, so they snuck it onto a bill they knew the Democrats would have to support, at least in part, so that they couldn’t be portrayed as being "against the troops" or against humanitarian relief for tsunami victims.
This is what the current Democrats have to deal with; a bunch of sneaky assholes, who will do anything, no matter how underhanded, to either get their agenda passed, or stop the Democrats’ agenda altogether. Got that?
The Department of Homeland Security insists Real ID is
an essential weapon in the war on terror, but privacy and civil
liberties watchdogs are calling the initiative an overly intrusive
measure that smacks of Big Brother.
This is the same Homeland Security Department that insisted that they be given the power to handle natural emergencies, such as, oh, Hurricane Katrina. They are far more interested in being able to spy on Americans — and ask yourself this; how many Americans have blown up large buildings in the United States in the last, oh, 12 years. Now, ask yourself this; given that Tim McVeigh had a military ID, a drivers license and presumably a passport, tell us again how having identification stops terrorism again?
Two major incidents. Every single person involved had a federally mandated identification card. No one was stopped.
The cards would be
mandatory for all "federal purposes," which include boarding an
airplane or walking into a federal building, nuclear facility or
national park, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told the
National Conference of State Legislatures last week. Citizens in states that don’t comply with the new rules will have to use passports for federal purposes.
"For terrorists, travel documents are like weapons," Chertoff said. "We do have a right and an obligation to see that those licenses reflect the identity of the person who’s presenting it."
said the Real ID program is essential to national security because
there are presently 8,000 types of identification accepted to enter the
"It is simply unreasonable to expect our border
inspectors to be able to detect forgeries on documents that range from
baptismal certificates from small towns in Texas to cards that purport
to reflect citizenship privileges in a province somewhere in Canada,"
Excuse me, but that is a baldfaced lie. There are 51 state ID cards
in this country, and a few ID cards from scattered territories. For
foreigners coming here, they must have a visa and/or passport, and
passports don’t vary widely from country to country. At most, there are
maybe 100 different identification types. Seriously, why aren’t
reporters asking for a list of these 8,000 acceptable identification
cards? And if we’re allowing people to cross the border based on a baptismal certificate in the first place, obviously the type of identification we require Americans to carry doesn’t matter much. If rangers stop someone in a National Park, and they don’t seem to present a danger, what happens if they don’t have a passport, or an "acceptable" ID? Are Park Rangers then supposed to kick them out of the park? Are they going to detain them, and spend hours verifying their identity? Are they going to declare them "enemy combatants" and send them to Gitmo?
Where is our Bill of Rights, and why aren’t we defending it? The government is supposed to have limits on it, not us.
Chertoff attended the conference in Boston,
Massachusetts, in part to allay states’ concerns, but he had few
concrete answers on funding.
The Department of Homeland Security,
which estimates state and federal costs could reach $23.1 billion over
10 years, is looking for ways to lessen the burden on states, he said.
On the recent congressional front, however, Chertoff could point only
to an amendment killed in the Senate last month that would’ve provided
$300 million for the program.
In other words, folks…
The Senate, which is pretty much still a de facto Republican majority, what with one Democratic Senator recovering from a stroke and another pretending to be a Republican because he’s mad at Democrats, rejected funding for the very bill that they themselves mandated. In other words, they’re mandating that your state do exactly as they’re told with regard to issuing drivers licenses and other identification cards, but refuse to give them the money to do so. State taxes will have to come up with the $23.1 billion required to pay for this mandated program.
To Republicans, "states’ rights" apparently means the right to bend over and take whatever the feds give you.