Skip to comments.Saying No to National ID: Social Security Card Burn
Posted on 11/22/2005 7:28:31 AM PST by bookish_lass
On Saturday, November 12, Free State activists from Keene and as far away as New London Connecticut gathered to defy national identification systems. In full view of the social security administration, social security cards were burned, sending a message that national ID will not be accepted. Around twenty activists gathered to take part in the torching festivities.
When Social Security was first foisted on America, the cards were imprinted with, "Not to be used for Identification." People were wary of the tyranny involved with a national ID card, so the government had to promise that the Social Security number would never be used for ID. They have broken that promise. As Americans became resigned to the idea of having a national number, the promise was quietly removed from the cards. Now, of course, the social security number is used for so many purposes, it is a defacto national ID number. Doctors, banks, motor vehicle departments, utilities companies the list is endless of groups wanting your national ID number, groups having nothing to do with social security and retirement funds.
Now, with the passage of the Real ID act, the National ID card is outright law, and no longer just a defacto national ID number. Individuals wishing to travel in this country, whether it be driving themselves or riding on trains, busses, and airplanes will now be required to carry their national ID card, with their national ID number included on it. Even walking in public requires a person to carry their ID, as recent court decisions show. National ID cards are to carry "biometric data" probably in the form of a RFID chip, which can be read from a distance. Personal data about you will be available to any hacker on the street, in addition to being given to the Mexican and Canadian governments.
National ID cards have long been a tool of tyrannical government. A government which abuses and therefore fears its populace needs to be able to track them at all times. No government who governs justly need barricade itself in, as Washington D.C. has done. A government who remains the servant of the people need not track the peoples' every move.
To protest the injustice of the national ID number and national ID card, Russell Kanning, Kat Dillon and Lauren Canario of NHFree.com burned their social security cards in front of the social security administration in Concord, NH. A battered Lady Liberty made her appearance. National ID and the Patriot Act have given Ms. Liberty a rough few years. Signs at the event read, "Your number citizen, Welcome to the Machine," and "Social Security: The Big Lie. World's largest pyramid scheme. Ponzi would be proud." Signs were left for SS Admin employees to enjoy the next workday. Kanning left the event with the satisfaction of knowing that, "I finally said no to the government on issues of being numbered and being a part of the social security system." Young William G., age 4, who attended the event stated emphatically, "I don't want to be a number!"
Social Security Card Burn, The Movie is now available, free!
http://www.politicalgraffiti.com/nhfree/NHfree-SS_Card_Burn.mov (About 5 1/2 minutes)
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They're about 30 years too late.
Good intentions though :)
..what a waste, so many illegals could have used them
Mine still says that.
As does mine, I will have to check my 1 year old's card today to find out if his has it too!
northeastern pointy-headed liberal activists alert.
I must have blinked. When did anyone hear about the RealID act?
"A government which abuses and therefore fears its populace needs to be able to track them at all times."
Could it be that a government that needs to find a way to combat infiltration by illegal immigration and wants to diminsh voter fraud might want a similar type of system?
"...Free State activists from Keene..."
Keene is a liberal barking moonbat bastion. You can hardly walk through there as a conservative...they can smell your contempt and disgust the way dogs and bees smell fear...:)
Throughout the 20th Century, that was indicative of the worst of gov't oppression. Free people didn't have to prove their legitimacy on demand by gov't agents.
Now it's suddenly a given in the US. WTF?
The only way to weed out the illegals is a national ID swipe card into a national database. Better than having the country overrun with parasites.
Keene is becoming populated with libertarian activists :) If we're noisy enough, it'll stop seeming so liberal. When I was on talk radio in "liberal" Keene, callers were asking things like 'were the Free State Project was going to help reduce taxes?' :)
Our next event is Second Annual UN Flag Burn.
Then secure the borders and have a voting-specific ID (NY uses signatures, Iraq uses purple ink - good enough).
The problem with immigration is the free-for-all welfare system drawing people here, and a tax system that confiscates money from workers' paychecks requiring each employee be registered. Cure the disease, not the symptom.
The problem with voting is making sure people vote (a) once, and (b) in their home jurisdiction. If you want a voter ID card, fine - but, like the SSN card, it should NEVER be used for anything other than its original narrow purpose.
I'm shocked that FR frequenters seek a solution that involves protecting the welfare state by increasing gov't monitoring/control of citizens - that's socialism, not conservatism.
"When Social Security was first foisted on America, the cards were imprinted with, "Not to be used for Identification."
Someone needs to tell that to the DMV and schools.
Haven't learned from history, have you?
What happens when, say, Hillary decides who constitutes a "parasite"?
Oh, but driving is a PRIVILEDGE, remember? That's what people keep telling me. Courts have deemed that while the feds can't use SSNs as IDs, it's not their problem if a state requires you participate in a federal retirement pyramid scheme ... and not their problem that the state won't get federal money if they don't require the SSN. So long as the buck doesn't stop anywhere, lots of official prohibitions on gov't behavior are moot.
Conservatives seem to be morphing into socialists as well, with comments like "don't want to give your SSN to the DMV? walk!" and "everyone needs to prove their citizenship on demand lest those illegal immigrants might get access to our untouchable welfare system". Gack.
Passport should be enough, and that only for crossing national borders.
SSN? I want out of the pyramid scheme; keep the money, I just don't want to put any more in.
Library card? Haven't been to a library in years (internet + bookstores is plenty).
Driver's license? I'll tolerate that one - so long as it is ONLY used as proof I know how to drive.
Beer, smokes, etc.? At 37, it's pretty friggin' obvious I'm an adult. Don't waste my time pretending you don't know I'm not under 18/21/whatever.
Job? ID is only required so the feds are assured they'll get half my income. Go back to what the Constitution originally intended: the states pay up, and it's their problem where that money comes from. Besides, ID is only required if you work _for_ someone; running one's own business does not require SSN (given the proper financial arrangement).
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