Pressure to limit the Bill of Rights’ provisions, push them into oblivion, or otherwise ignore them keeps mounting. It is not a matter of Democrats or Republicans, there are people on both parties that vehemently refuse attacks on our liberties, as there are those who either don’t care or expect to benefit themselves.
I mentioned before in The Doors In the Walls (Beware of Illegal Immigrants…) that 9/11 and the illegal immigration issue are being used to push the universal ID, which was rejected by the American people every time it was presented. A universal ID form is not the first step, but one more step, towards a totalitarian form of government. The people have no benefit from it, and whoever is in power has the benefit of having information about every single individual in the nation.
You may argue that Congress could pass provisions limiting the use of the information that the Executive branch will have at their fingertips. However, we must remember that Congress may just as easily be swayed by political winds (remember the Patriot Act?). The only way to prevent a future government from using a universal ID card against the people is to deny providing the government with the information.
This is not a political or partisan issue
It is our right to protect our privacy
It is our duty to protect our democracy beyond the political circumstances of the day
This is a blog of the following NYT article:
Franklin @ October 27, 2007