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Remember When Republicans Called Government ID Cards “The Mark Of The Beast”?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 22, 2012

State Opposition to Real ID, as of 2009 (from CNET)

I sure do — and it wasn’t all that long ago, either – witness this World Net Daily piece from 2006:

“There is a prophecy in the Bible that foretells a time when every person will be required to have a mark or a number, without which he or she will not be able to participate in the economy,” states the Christian website “The prophecy is 2,000 years old, but it has been impossible for it to come to pass until now. With the invention of the computer and the Internet, this prophecy of buying and selling, using a number, can now be implemented at any time. Has the time for the fulfillment of this prophecy arrived?”

The site asks visitors to sign an online petition vowing not to vote for any candidate who does not commit to repealing the Real ID Act.

Now, pay close attention to this part of the WND article:

U.S. governors also have come out against the law, saying it is a huge unfunded mandate imposed on the nation’s states.

The National Conference of State Legislatures is equally opposed to the Real ID Act, saying, “Federal legislators and rule makers are negating state driver’s license security efforts, imposing difficult-to-comply-with mandates and limiting their flexibility to address new concerns as they arise. In other words, decades of state experience is being substituted for a ‘command and control regime’ from a level of government that has no driver’s license regulatory experience.”

Um, what? The Federal Government most certainly does issue driver’s licenses, as any current or former member of the military could tell you. So that objection is arrant nonsense, like much else we see in the pages of World Nut Daily.

Funnily enough, while ALEC-inspired Voter ID advocate Mary Kiffmeyer is now all in favor of driver’s licenses as state if not national IDs, she did her best to keep Native Americans whose reservations are within the state of Minnesota from using their own reservation-issued driver’s licenses as identification for voting, even though these licenses, like the state drivers’ licenses, carry the issuee’s name, address, and photo — and as it turns out are, just like state driver’s licenses, perfectly acceptable forms of ID under the Real ID Act.

So what it’s beginning to sound like is that Republicans only object to government-issued IDs if they can use the objection to keep certain groups of people, particularly those noted for voting for Democrats, from voting at all.

Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans like Jim Sensenbrenner, Lamar Smith and Peter King are all in favor of that mark of the beast, the national ID, and tried last March to get it implemented:

If you’re a resident of one of at least 24 states including Arizona, Georgia, and Washington, your driver’s license may no longer be valid for boarding an airplane or entering federal buildings as of May 11, 2011.

That’s the deadline that senior House Republicans are calling on the Obama administration to impose, saying states must be required to comply with so-called Real ID rules creating a standardized digital identity card that critics have likened to a national ID.

And guess what? Minnesota’s one of the states that has passed a bill prohibiting the implementation of Real ID. (See also graphic above.)

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