Monday, October 11, 2004

The New York Times > Washington > Congress Close to Establishing Rules for Driver's Licenses

The New York Times > Washington > Congress Close to Establishing Rules for Driver's Licenses

I have two problems with the fear that this will create some kind of national ID card. First of all, drivers liscences are a national ID card. Who are we kidding? Cash a check: you need two forms of ID; and a driver's liscence is one of them. Get on a plane, same story. Want a loan, get your liscence out. Hell, NYS's department of motor vehicles, and other state's I'm sure do too, offer a non-driving ID card. So, I ask you, who are we kidding here.

What's the big deal? I big deal could be the federal regulations and the database ties. the fact is that we do have this system in place. Their might as well be some federal regulations to standardise the system that is already being used by everyone. This way, we can protect individual rights by directing our concerns at one point; Uncle Sam.

The second point is this. Are driver's liscences the only way to get around this country. The answer is no. One does not need a car. Granted, a car makes it much easier, but still it is not required. Internal passport, again, it already is.

My final point is that we have a simple choice here. We can either use it as a federally regulated National ID - Internal Passport, or we must change the way we are currently using driver's liscences.

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