The Orwellian spin cycle is picking up speed.
From “parking services” – i.e., the government worker who puts parking tickets under your car’s windshield wiper – to the “shared responsibility payments” being extorted by the IRS on behalf of the health insurance mafia as punishment for declining to be mulcted by the insurance mafia – to the “upgraded” driver’s licenses being pushed on people, without which you’ll be degraded by not only being denied permission to leave the country, you’ll be denied permission to travel (by air) within the country.
You’ll also be denied permission to enter “secure” federal buildings – though that one’s not so onerous because who wants to enter federal buildings. Most of us enter them because we have to – so there is one upside to thee “upgraded” licenses.
They are really national ID cards.
The REAL ID card, as they’re styled.
And the “upgrade” – as that is styled – is trackable biometric tagging, just the right word. Like the ear tags ranchers use to keep track of their cattle.
Without which they aren’t allowed beyond the barbed wire. Just like us.
The REAL ID will also plug the cow – whoops, person – into “ . . .national linked databases allowing millions of employees at all levels of government around the national to access personal data.”
That data being … everything.
Not just your DMV record, date of birth, sex and the usual data pertaining to driving. The REAL ID will tie everything about you that’s been uploaded to government/corporate data bases into one easily accessible (by the government and corporations) place. When an armed government worker pulls you over, he’ll be able to know you better than your spouse does just by scanning your card. Also your bank, employer and everyone else you’re forced to ID yourself to.
And if you don’t get the REAL ID? It’s the reservation for you.
How did this happen?
The REAL ID Act was imposed upon Americans back in 2005 by the enemies of freedom – that is, by George W. Bush, his puppet master, Dick Cheney and the politicians of both the Democrat and Republican persuasion – who voted to rescind the freedoms of Americans in the aftermath of the (ahem) terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
In the name of “fighting terror,” Americans would be terrorized – forced to submit to fingerprinting, retinal-scanning and other such biometric cattle tagging in order to travel . . . anywhere.
Including within the United States.
Without the REAL ID, you will be functionally excommunicated from American life.
There were, however, logistic and technology problems with the REAL ID. Ear-tagging the entire populace entails a lot of work – which involved a lot of time.
Three years after the passage of the REAL ID Act, all 50 states had filed for implementation extensions. The creepily named Department of Homeland Security – creepy because it is a literal English translation of the Sicherheitsdeinst which existed in the Heimat of Nazi Germany, the same Nazi Germany that George W. Bush’s grandfather Sen. Prescott Bush snuggled up to prior to and during World War II – responded by issuing various fatwas demanding “full compliance” by such and such a date.
The most recent being January, 2018 – when “full enforcement” is to be achieved.
Which brings me to the creepy nudging “notification” sent my way via the Virginia (where I live) DMV. It informs me that my driver’s license is up for renewal and that I have the option to upgrade to a REAL ID – for which I will have to present myself in person, in order to be fingerprinted or scanned; whatever the form of “biometric” ear-tagging happens to be in my state.
If do not “comply” – their word, an ominous word – then “beginning October 1, 2020” I will no longer be able to board a domestic flight or enter a secure federal facility.
And neither will you, if you decline to comply.
The REAL ID is an upgraded internal passport, as well as an ear-tagging for the populace. The Soviet Union under Stalin used to issue internal passports; you could not travel from Moscow to another city, for example, without the passport.
Now the United States has internal passports – or will, a little more than two years from now.
One can still decline the REAL ID (for the moment) without losing one’s “privilege” to travel domestically by car – but that is surely a temporary thing. It makes no sense to require an internal passport to travel from one state to another by airplane – or even within a state by airplane – and yet allow people to travel by car without the internal passport.
Interesting that the “freedoms” the “terrorists” supposedly hated us for are becoming nonexistent.
Mission Accomplished, as The Chimp once said.
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