Friday, April 30, 2010

Democrats in Your Face: Moo

It seems to become clearer with each passing day that the Democratic Party is not our friend with this latest really bad idea, a national ID card, being the latest example of why the Democratic Party is not our friend. Apparently this “biometric” national ID card will resolve what has allegedly become a serious illegal alien (Mexicans) problem brought to the front as a result of the collapsing economy and job loss. While illegal aliens are a controversial topic with people arguing their different views I don’t believe I wish to see it resolved with this latest dehumanizing assault on our rights in the form of a branding iron which is exactly what this is, the Democrats wish to brand us like a bunch of fucking cattle. I, for one, am getting tired of these reactionary reactions to every perceived threat whether it is fantasy or real.

From what I have read this will require everyone who has a job to be fingerprinted like criminals. And what a boon for the police state this shall be. Our freedom loving Democrats are cinching the noose of a brave new police state ever tighter around our necks. As always, the government uses fear to manipulate the public but is the immigration problem really a national threat? I’m far from convinced that illegal aliens will topple the mighty American Empire and certainly not enough to wish to be subjected to such demeaning and insulting measures as this ID card. Next thing you know they’ll be tattooing serial numbers on the foreheads of newborns. Of course this could prove embarrassing for corporations like MacDonald’s if one of the tattoos is found on one of their hamburgers and we find out what really goes into a Big Mac.

Another interesting aspect of this ID card is that the independently and fabulously wealthy, who neither toil nor produce, won’t have to participate, they don’t work so they don’t need a card. Amazing how these things work out in the wash. Perhaps the worst aspect is that, if put into effect, you will need the government’s authorization to work. Aside from the above can you imagine the nightmare scenarios that are likely to occur? Something that is as complex as this is bound to create mistakes and errors and after reading the PDF file of this proposal it sounds like you will have to go through hell and high water to rectify a mistake or error that erases your identity which could put a kink in recreational pastimes like eating food when you are hungry. In the end you have to ask do we want legislation that requires us to have the government’s authorization to work? Are things really that bad that we now must give up the right to work just to keep a few Mexicans out? Surely this is a draconian measure hideous in its conception, tyrannical in nature, and completely out of all proportion to the problem.


At May 01, 2010 6:04 AM, Blogger AlanSmithee said...

Draconian? Tyrannical? Completely out of all proportion? Yeah, that sounds like a pretty fair description of our republicrat elites.

At May 01, 2010 7:38 AM, Blogger Jack Crow said...

Sadly, our erstwhile allies on the right will only go more crazy Bircher, forgetting that the GOP was long behind ID biometrics, sponsored by Jeb Bradley, whilst the professional liberals will stick to the line of "saving us from ourselves."

We have to learn 'em soon - that not all of us will obey.

At May 01, 2010 7:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If ever there was a clear reason to flee the country while one still may do so, this would be it.

THIS is why there's all that bullshit distraction about the "immigrant" threat from the GOP. As the boys at SMBIVA have reminded us, it's a Ratchet System. The two parties work together. They only give an appearance of opposing each other. They're good circus clowns, trapeze artists and lion-tamers, and they hand out bread every now and then to make us think they're our friends, but the deal is clear:

they intend to own our souls, our livelihoods.

Emancipation was nice while it lasted. Welcome to the new slavery.

Why do I talk of this as if it's already happened?

Because nobody of moment and nobody in sufficient number in the Congress will oppose it.

At May 01, 2010 8:16 AM, Blogger Mimi said...

And...and...all the info on EVERYBODY will be fed into a computer and merged with EZ-Pass, and buying habits, and what you took out of the library, and what you watch on T.V., and if you gave to Real News, and--
Okay, just surrender now and goose-step to the ovens.

At May 01, 2010 10:35 AM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

Show us your papers. As Smithee seems to suggest, this is ultimately a bipartisan thing, it's just that certain things are assigned to the democrats, others to republicans.

As far as fleeing this country goes, it really looks like a global trend. Societies that can afford to spend money on surveillance cameras are apparently likely to do so, etc.

At May 01, 2010 12:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jonathan -- it is a global trend, at a treetops level. But on the ground there are distinctions in how far each country is taking it.

I see myself living another 30-40 years and like Joe Bageant, I would prefer to live them out in a place where it's not so direct and aggressive. The crackdown here is going to make it increasingly harder to move across the American border -- whether through the easier geographic routes north or south, or the more difficult routes by air travel. I assume air travel will become more difficult as time goes by. Closing the land routes will take more time, unless big walls get built.

I don't see the point of sticking around to "make things better from the inside." Nothing I've seen in my lifetime indicates that path will result in anything but massive killing by domestic "security" forces. I don't want to live in an intellectually oppressive land. My patience is extremely thin right now.

At May 01, 2010 12:52 PM, Blogger Saman Mohammadi said...

The whole problem-reaction-solution thing is being used to full effect by our current overlords.

Brad Warbiany made some good points in his post "Feds Fighting War On Immigration Like War On Drugs" at the liberty papers.

At May 01, 2010 4:03 PM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

I wasn't saying you were saying that, because I know you are aware of Bageant, for among other reasons. (that's why I just commented about it in general, rather than addressing that point to you.)

At May 01, 2010 5:21 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

It may be bipartisan but this is coming from the Dem leadership. I agree with your point, Jonathan, regarding how things get assigned and in this case it’s obvious that the Democrats are better suited at this point in time. However I have to say this is one of the scarier things I’ve come across that deserves more than a cavalier dismissal. This goes way beyond surveillance cameras and is in fact as Jason Ditz points out a very large power grab and I think it will lead to worse things. Thanks to everyone for all the good comments and links which are greatly appreciated.

At May 01, 2010 9:14 PM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

I'm not dismissing it Rob. I've lived in the same small town for over twenty years, and every time I see an intersection that has had the blasted cameras installed I think to myself that until recently it looked the same as it did in the mid-80s, when Reagan was president and many people assumed that once he was out of office the temporary hiccup he represented to the post New Deal era would be over and done with, and the Richard Burton movie and Orwell's book would someday be seen as strident fantasy.

The surveillance cameras also make me think of what they did to Jean Charles de Menezes.

At May 02, 2010 3:33 AM, Blogger Mimi said...

Just want to add to this discussion: In my benighted state of New Jersey,there's now a LAW mandating that drivers under the age of 21 who hold provisional licenses must add a red decal to their license plates. And ponder this: A few months ago, a poll in the magazine section of our Sunday paper asked if there should be a national identification system, with cards to be carried by all. Seventy-five percent of those polled approved.

At May 02, 2010 2:36 PM, Blogger Unknown said...


That's why I put the moo in the title! I guess all the scare mongering is working.

At May 03, 2010 7:25 AM, Blogger Bob In Pacifica said...

As Jonathan writes, "[C]ertain things are assigned to the democrats, others to republicans."

The opposition to NAFTA was pretty strong, yet Bush I and Clinton both supported it. (Anyone remember Al Gore debating with that squirrelly third-party candidate from Texas?) Who was the better salesman for that? Clinton. The closer you get to the perceived top of the heap the more politics is like professional wrestling.

That said, in a country where the NSA is listening to your phone calls and reading your emails it's hard to imagine a biometric ID card doing much more. But then I've been paranoid for a long time.


If you go back to the 80s, many far righties really opposed the use of social security numbers for anything other than the original intended purpose. Curious how that's shifted.


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