Skip to comments.NH Free Staters protest Fed ID card
Posted on 03/19/2005 2:33:31 PM PST by Dada Orwell
Nine Free Staters in New Hampshire showed up in front of U.S. Senator John Sununu's Manchester office this afternoon to urge him and Senator Gregg to vote against "Real I.D." Real I.D. is a proposal to force states into a federal I.D. system.
This was one of the Free Staters' less successful protests, as it was less well-attended and generated less media coverage than usual. But participants agreed it's important to do *something* against this proposed violation of the Tenth Amendment, which hold that powers not specifically delegated to the Feds in the Constitution are automatically given to the states or the people.
The Free State Project is a movement aimed at persuading 20,000 liberty lovers to move to New Hampshire and there defend liberty on their own initiative. This particular protest, while minor, would not have happened at all except for the fact that 100 of the "Porcupines" have already made the move and begun "making noise." I hope some of you will join us.
Pictures to follow, probably on another thread.
The federal constitution outlines citizenship; the federal government is the one who determines if someone is a citizen or not, not the states.
As such, since state issued ID cards are being used to identify citizenship, the federal government has a right to put in requirements as to how that ID should be prepared, what records are kept about them, etc.
The states have the power to stop their identifications from being used in this manner.
Seems like a separation of power to me, and it seems constitutional. I suppose the answer could be a federal law requiring passports for all financial transactions, airport screenings, etc, but I doubt that the freestaters would like that much better.
(dons fireproof undies to handle the future flames.)
However, anything can be forged and the printing presses will be working overtime in old Mexicali.
Absolutely not true.
An eye scan is 100% perfect for personal identity and can't be forged..
I'm all for the free state project, but I think they should start from scratch, rather than leeching off an already functioning state.
I understand where these people are coming from, but they are living in the past. I hate to sound like Eleanor Roosevelt, but that's a luxury we can no longer afford.
God bless 'em.
"However, anything can be forged and the printing presses will be working overtime in old Mexicali."
Even if this were the case, the question of effectiveness is different from the question of Constitutionality.