You know, when I was a kid, there were two things we used to make fun of Communist Russia for doing. One was snitching on your neighbor and the other was handing over your papers at various checkpoints (“Ve need your papers, please” is a Nazi German variant of the same).
Well, what a strange world we now live in, where our own country is now a bubbling cesspool of internal passports and roadblocks., and soon enough —
Expected to pass Tuesday in the Senate, the Real ID act is a rider bill on the larger Iraq/Afghanistan supplemental spending bill which senators are hesitant to vote against lest they be called unAmerican. So get ready for an even more ubiquitous police-state 3 years from now when this thing goes into effect, because they’re only starting to scratch the surface.
Freedom is Slavery.
UPDATE: Check out theadded to the faxes being sent to Senators. WOW!
A clever one “in favor” of Real ID:
I want you to vote in favor of the Real ID Act. I think we Americans have far too many freedoms and our freedom to travel without presenting ID at various checkpoints is a silly freedom anyways. I enjoy seeing our police work diligently to protect us and I would certainly feel safer if they were asking me for more identification, perhaps multiple times per day to assure I was safe from the terrorists. Maybe I can be assigned my own personal police officer if I pay some extra taxes (voluntary of course!), that is an idea you could work on.
I would love it if you could also make it so that these new IDs were a little more expensive so that there are less poor people on the freeway. They are becoming a nuisance during my daily commute and I fear they are uninsured and may get honda exhaust fumes on my new Mercedes SLK. I am also hoping you will introduce a provision that addresses the fact that the DMV employees are grossly underpaid and overworked, so you may want to mandate 15 minute breaks every hour so that they are not too tired to process the new IDs quickly.