The 112th Congress should:
- Resist all calls for a national I.D. card.
The Third Amendment of the Constitution says:
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without
the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be
prescribed by law.
Story, in his Commentaries on the
Constitution 3 : § 1893, writes:
|§ 1893. This provision speaks for itself. Its
plain object is to secure the perfect enjoyment of that great
right of the common law, that a man's house shall be his own
castle, privileged against all civil and military intrusion. The
billetting of soldiers in time of peace upon the people has been a
common resort of arbitrary princes, and is full of inconvenience
and peril. In the petition of right (3 Charles I.), it was
declared by parliament to be a great grievance.
The Founders' Constitution
Volume 5, Amendment III, Document 12
If a man's home is his castle, then so is his wallet, and
the government treads on this right when it demands the quartering of
government cards on our person. The government may as well require us to
be escorted at all times by a soldier who will verify our right to exist
within this nation's borders.
REAL ID Act is a bad law passed under false
pretenses. It was rejected three separate times by
the U.S. Senate, and was only passed because it
was added to a larger bill containing disaster
relief and funding for Iraq. The Senate didn't
want it, and the American people don't want it
either. But the Republican majority leadership in
Congress imposed it on us, and so now we have to
fight to get it repealed.
REAL ID Act creates a centralized federal database
of personal information about all Americans.
Decisions about the exact nature and scope of this
program will be made by unelected bureaucrats in
the Executive Branch. It seems inevitable that
biometric information and electronic tracking tags
will be included at some point. No one intends a
bad use for this system today, but it is
inevitable that it will be used in bad ways in the
We are promised increased
personal security in return for laying this new
"foundation stone" for the creation of a
future police state. But those
who would trade freedom for security deserve
neither, and will have neither.
here to ask Congress to repeal the REAL ID
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