First you get an ID.
Then you need that ID to fly.
Then you need that ID to leave the country.
Then you need that ID to get into the country.
Then you need that ID to vote.
Then you need that ID to cross state borders.
Then you need that ID to buy gas.
Then you need that ID to be a legal citizen.
Slowly but surely, it will become a ‘Show me your papers’ issue. Imagine just walking down the street, a cop sees you, maybe he’s having a bad day, maybe you roughly match the description of a wanted criminal, he approaches you and asks for you national ID. You don’t have it though, because you were just going for a walk. Next thing you know, you’re heading down town, handcuffed in the back of a crown vic. Sure, they’ll let you out, once you can get a friend to bring your ID in, or go through the red tape to get the State to produce the paper work, but by that point you’ve been printed, your arrest has been recorded, and you’re out a few hours to a few days getting everything straightened out.
Fear mongers will use it as a tool against illegal immigrants first. By requiring the national ID to be able to do the most mundane of things, they’ll push aliens further out of the legal realm. Then all it would take is another attack to spur off a series of knee jerk reactions that lead to certain racial/ethnic groups having their cards pulled, leaving them as 2nd class citizens, virtually outlaws because they have no ID to prove their legitimacy in the US.
Yes, it’s a paranoid delusion. But so was the idea that the US would use black site prisons, suspend habeas corpus, and invade a sovereign nation on manufactured intelligence. Given enough time, the system will be abused, and civil liberties will be eroded. And the whole time, this card will do nothing to make our country more secure.
There are several things wrong with this:
– Adds another layer of unnecessary bureaucracy to the monstrosity that is the US federal government.
– 10 years down the road the Federal government (needing health care funds) will sell/lease the database to the highest bidder.
– The database is subject to abuse by Federal employees.
– The war on the Islamic radicals is supposed to be temporary. Why restrict what your citizens can do permanently?
– The Government workers will somehow screw up the identities of John Smith in Oregon and John Smith in Georgia. And neither John Smith will be able to clear his name.
I was born here, I pay taxes (property, sales, federal), I own a home, I have kids. I think thats proof enough that I’m not a radical bent on destroying the United States. I should be able to go/do what I God dammed like without further proof. The Feds can kiss my ass.