A new deadline is coming up regarding the REAL ID Act, which we have thus far successfully kept from being implemented. That new deadline will be here sooner than you think, and we need to put the pressure on our elected officials in Washington now to get them to repeal this Nazi-style law. You can use or modify the letter below if you’d like.
The Government may think it’s their job to protect me from boogeymen. You may think that because the 9-11 Commission recommended we have a nationalized ID card, that we’ve just got to have some ID system to fill the bill.
You may have even begun to think that dictators who required their citizens to carry their “papers” from checkpoint to checkpoint, were on to something.
But instead, I urge you to take your wisdom from Benjamin Franklin who wrote, “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither liberty nor Safety.”
The problem with the Real ID Act is that it doesn’t even provide Temporary Safety. If a terrorist cell must forge identities to carry out their nefarious mission, then, quite simply, they will.
And if you nationalize ID, you will make the forgery of this “super ID” the holy grail of the black market — the very profitable focus of considerable criminal energies. I wouldn’t be surprised if fake “Real IDs” become incredibly easy to obtain — even common. Heck, you might even be creating the very black market that will make a terrorist’s job easier!
This is an expensive, pointless, anti-American exercise. We’ve had time to grow up since 9-11. Let’s act like it, instead of trading liberty for false security. I urge you to repeal the Real ID Act, and replace it with NOTHING. We don’t want “Real ID-lite.”
If you take the lead on this, you will get a national following from the considerably-effective, grassroots-base of Americans who’ve kept this bill from being implemented, first by the original May, 2008 deadline, and then by the revised December, 2009 deadline.
There’s another deadline coming in May, and we’re watching. Will you be a hero for Essential Liberty?
Thanks again for your support. Enjoy your long weekend. And we’ll see you on the other side.
Jim Babka, President