As in the invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration is evoking 9-11 to justify the punishment of people who weren't responsible for 9-11.
It's the American people and their state governments who would suffer from this latest initiative. The administration demands that all state driver's licenses conform to new federal standards. In the name of national security, more information would be gathered about drivers, and the information would be shared among more government agencies. Individual Americans would lose more of what little privacy they have left. The states would once again lose millions of their own tax dollars in order to satisfy federal whim. And who would gain? Big Government, obviously. It would obtain more weapons with which to keep obstreperous citizens in line. Criminals would have more opportunity to steal identities and otherwise misuse what should be private information.
Seventeen states, including Arkansas, are resisting the administration's efforts to establish this national ID card. Other countries have such things. America has always been too free.
Civil libertarians are naturally hostile to the administration's plan. The American Civil Liberties Union says a national identity-card system “would irreparably damage the fabric of American life.” The Libertarian Party says the administration's plan is not only an unacceptable invasion of privacy, but an unconstitutional violation of states' rights. With courage, the people and the states can hold off the national ID card until the Bush administration leaves office next January. The next administration, whoever it is, will be more freedom-friendly than this one.
Chuck, not Huck
Unless God is on the Huckabee bandwagon too — a Huckabee suggestion as yet unconfirmed — Chuck Norris is the candidate's most famous supporter, and accompanies him at public appearances. We'd thought Norris another empty-headed entertainer lending his image, but it seems we misunderestimated him, as George Bush would say. At a recent rally, supporter Norris sounded wiser than candidate Huckabee.
Norris jabbed — figuratively — at a Huckabee opponent, Mitt Romney, for pouring more than $17 million of his own fortune into his presidential campaign. It's unfair that a rich candidate can have such an advantage, Norris said. He said presidential races should be federally funded and financially capped.
Of course, they should. But Huckabee hasn't endorsed Norris' proposal. Reason enough to prefer Norris to Huck, and probably to anyone else seeking the Republican nomination. Economic advantage is sacred in that party.