From Pine View Farm

“Your Papers. Now.” 2

New Hampshire has qualms about federal drivers license standards:

At issue is the federal Real ID Act, which is intended to keep terrorists from getting fake IDs. It requires states by 2008 to verify documents such as birth certificates, Social Security cards and passports when people apply for driver’s licenses. State databases with driver information and photos will also be linked.

Last month, the Republican-controlled New Hampshire House voted overwhelmingly to bar the state from participating in the program. A vote in the GOP-dominated Senate is expected in two weeks. Democratic Gov. John Lynch remains undecided


Republican state Rep. Neal Kurk, author of the bill against Real ID, gave a stirring speech during the debate.

“I don’t believe the people of New Hampshire elected us to help the federal government create a national identification card,” Kurk told the House. “We care more for our liberties than to meekly hand over to the federal government the potential to ennumerate, track, identify and eventually control.”

What I find questionable is the linking of databases. The current Federal Administration has shown that it cannot be trusted; with access to more information, it cannot be trusted more.



  1. Opie

    April 25, 2006 at 8:27 pm

    I always knew you were a states rights advocate.

  2. Frank

    April 26, 2006 at 9:49 pm

    (grin) I’m a human rights advocate.

    The phrase “states’ rights,” where I come from, leaves a nasty taste in the mouth, for it was used to justify denying human rights to human beings. Those of us who are old enough to have lived with Jim Crow know the the phrase “states’ rights” is a cloak for hypocrisy and oppression.