SCRAP IT: Yet ANOTHER Bad Liberal Idea — The Real ID Program

Real ID. For those of you who do not know what it is, I will explain. Real ID is a mandate by the federal government to force the state governments into converting driver’s licenses into national identification cards. Such a mandate had its origins in the Soviet Union during the Cold War, and leftists have managed to introduce it here in America. The concept of a national identification card violates the Ninth and Tenth Amendments due to the fact that it infringes upon everyone’s privacy.

Real ID was introduced in 2005 as federal legislation pertaining to national security, particularly in the fight against terrorism. Under this act, everyone in America will need a national identification in order to fly on commercial airplanes, enter government buildings, open bank accounts, etc.

Real ID does nothing to combat terrorism. In fact, in addition to invading our privacy (e.g. the tracking of individuals), it will burden state governments via extensive implementation (with little or no funding from the federal government), and exposes those who obtain a national identification card to identification, since the database that is maintained by the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies for Real ID is anything but secure. Not only have there been instances of data being hacked, but also instances of data being sold.

Real ID will also result in more red tape, longer lines for people to obtain their national identification card, and repeat trips in order for people to renew their national identification cards.

In addition, Real ID will be quite costly — in the billions to be exact. In fact, it is a hidden tax increase that will either result in higher fees when obtaining or renewing a national identification card, or higher taxes at the state level.

Other problems with Real ID include fake identification cards being produced and the distribution of identification cards being given to illegal immigrants.

Compliance with Real ID varies from state to state. While some states have fully complied, others have either partially complied, asked for an extension, or are not compliant at all.

So what can be done? Contact your state legislators and governors and tell them to either repeal or not comply with the Real ID Act (depending on the status of your respective state). In addition, you can contact Congress and tell them to do away with Real ID. Hence, this matter can be addressed at both the federal and state levels.

Just as Obamacare and Common Core need to go, so does Real ID.

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Andrew Linn

About the author, Andrew Linn: Andrew Linn is a member of the Owensboro Tea Party and a former Field Representative for the Media Research Center. An ex-Democrat, he became a Republican one week after the 2008 Presidential Election. He has an M.A. in history from the University of Louisville, where he became a member of the Phi Alpha Theta historical honors society. He has also contributed to examiner.com and Right Impulse Media. View all articles by Andrew Linn

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