Mention national identity cards, and absolutists on the right and left go into a tizzy. "It'll be like Nazi Germany," say the liberals. "America will be indistinguishable from the Soviet Union," warn the conservatives. This is hysteria.Nothing like a little ad hominem slap to get your thinking started.
Is Senator Sununu a nut? Is Sen. Joseph Lieberman hysterical? What about the many state legislatures standing opposed?
Is it not concerning that Mona Charen wants to turn private-sector transactions into background checks?
If every person staying in any hotel anywhere in the United States had to produce his national ID, it would be far easier to catch illegal aliens.I think many conservatives despise illegal immigrants so much (and I oppose illegal immigration), they are ready to trade off our heritage of freedom just to deal with the issue. Apparently such a trade is easier than making tough decisions at the border.
Finally, Charen displays her desire to be more like Europe:
When you travel in Europe, most countries require that you produce your passport in order to stay at a hotel. Information about every guest is reported to the police.
"Information about every guest is reported to the police."
But rest assured, Mona Charen says, national id cards won't create a police state...
This is simply amazing.
(I left a comment at her post. I regret my typographical errors there. Oh well...)