Issuing federal IDs impedes on freedoms

Freedom New Mexico

Many government officials and a few U.S. residents — especially among the anti-immigration crowd, have called for a national identification card in this country.

Reasonable Americans and those who remember why our forefathers chose to break away from British rule in the first place recognize that such an idea runs counter to the very ideals upon which this country was founded: government with consent of the governed.

All Americans have, and should maintain, the right to participate in government actions, or to opt out if they so desire. Anyone who lives in this country deserves the right to live his or her life as he or she sees fit, even if that includes living with no government intervention whatsoever.

As long as this right exists, there is no need for a government-issued identification card, as there is no reason for government to have to track such individuals.

Of course, that right has been curtailed, however wrongly, with de facto IDs such as Social Security cards, which hospitals often apply for automatically upon a newborn’s birth and without which it is virtually impossible to get a legal job or engage in any significant commerce.

It should still be possible, however, for a homeowner to live off of his land, growing and making what he needs, without asking for anything from any federal, county or city taxpayers.

Besides, as we have seen with existing domestic identification systems such as drivers’ licenses, voter registration and immigration documents, such programs are rife with fraud, forgery and mistakes. Does anyone really want the entire U.S. population to be handcuffed by a mandatory ID program that can so easily be misused?

We soon will be able to see firsthand just how such a system would work. Mexican President Felipe Caldron announced last week that his country will start issuing identification cards to all Mexican citizens later this year. All Mexicans are expected to have a federal ID card by 2012.

Mexican officials say the cards will include the bearer’s photograph and biometric information including fingerprints, facial and iris scans.

The country currently boasts an elaborate voter ID program with cards that include photos, a fingerprint and other data. The system is said to be so elaborate that scanners can read distinct features in a person’s ear to properly identify a person even if he or she changes appearance through makeup or surgery.

Feel free, however, to ask any Mexican citizen if the system, which has been in use for decades, has raised public confidence about the security of Mexico’s election system. Supporters of 2006 presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador still insist that Lopez Obrador garnered more votes and Calderon stole the election.

Ideally, more Americans would recognize that a national identification card is an unjust imposition on our basic rights, which include the right to privacy and the right to live without the constant glare of government oversight, as long as we don’t impose on the rights and freedoms of others. Unfortunately, too many people are willing to disregard those freedoms, which were guaranteed to us by the Constitution.

Still, those who think a blanket U.S. identification is a good idea should first look at the effort that is being undertaken by our southern neighbor, and note the logistical nightmares that are likely to develop. Then they can decide if we really want such a mess further bogging down our own bureaucracy.