Two of the principal mechanisms by which the rulers of 20th century police states maintained their control over their people were the file and the internal passport....That was 1998.
Unknown to most Americans, coordinated plans are well underway to give the Federal Government the power to input personal information on all Americans onto a government database. The computer will record our school, business, medical, financial, and personal activities, and track our movements as we travel about the United States.
These plans were authorized by the so-called conservative Congress and are eagerly implemented and expanded by the Clinton Administration liberals.
The law orders "consultation" with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. AAMVA, a pseudo-private, quasi-government organization, has long urged using driver's licenses, with Social Security numbers and digital fingerprinting, as a de facto national I.D. card that would enable the government to track everyone's movements throughout North America.
The striking--and confusing--point is that Phyllis Schlafly supports the REAL ID Act. The REAL ID Act may not contain all the measures the frightening legislation of 1998 had (REAL ID is "optional" to carry--optional, but required if you want to live and function in the U.S. Nor does it--as yet--require biometrics...), but REAL ID is very much the kind of scheme that was proposed in 1998!
1. REAL ID networks all 50 state databases into one. Technically, this is "not a national database." But networking makes such a technicality meaningless. It is one network government can access through a computer. To say this is not a national database is serious confusion.
2. REAL ID requires "machine readable technology." The REAL ID cards can be scanned anywhere, anytime by the government for identification purposes. Sound American? DHS Secretary Chertoff has said that REAL ID can be used for "countless other activities." Sound minimal?
3. REAL ID effectively turns the driver's license into an internal passport for flying, banking, working, and soon to be for "countless other activities."--as Mr. Chertoff has said.
4. REAL ID is a power-play where Washington forces states to do its job and bidding. Sound Constitutional?
In all of this, the Eagle Forum sounds really confusing. Phyllis Schlafly wrote in 2005:
The open-borders lobby is crying that the REAL ID Act would give us a national ID card, something that sounds un-American. The truth is that requiring the states to stop issuing driver's licenses to illegals is the best way to prevent the demand for a national ID card, which might prove irresistible if we suffer another terrorist attack on our own soil.As stated above, REAL ID does a lot more than force us to stop giving driver's licenses to illegal aliens. It sets up a massive system for future regulation. It is indeed a national id card.
1. REAL ID has requirements demanded by the NATIONAL government.
2. REAL ID is for the purpose of IDENTIFICATION.
3. REAL ID is on a CARD.
1+2+3= National ID Card. (Nobody has refuted this.)
Phyllis Schlafly essentially promotes in 2005 what Eagle Forum resisted in 1998.
There's not enough difference to resist one and support the other.
Let's fight terrorism.
Let's stop illegal immigration.
But lets not make a National ID Card to do it.
Let's not quit being America in order to save America.
And, conservatives, let's not quit being conservative.