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My Papers? No Thank You

Merry Colin in Arizona Wrote: Apr 27, 2012 2:31 PM
Actually, some, if not most are missing the 800 lb. gorilla here. National ID would be like a National Driver License w/ all of the supporting info. SS doesn't have your residence address, voter registration (thanks to Motor Voter), and infraction records, along w/ other info collected when one gets a STATE driver license. Arizona was one of the States to tell the feds to pound sand when they "asked" for our driver license database. It's one thing when all 50 States have their info on citizens for their use; it's quite another to have the Federal gubmint to have this info on every citizen of all 50 States!

With the Supreme Court taking up Arizona's "show me your papers" immigration law, we're once again thrust into a useful debate over the role of the government and the obligations of the citizen -- and non-citizen. Rather than come at it from the usual angle, I thought I'd try something different.

If there were one thing I could impress upon people about the nature of the state, it's that governments by their very nature want to make their citizens "legible."

I borrow that word from James C. Scott, whose book "Seeing Like a State" left a lasting impression on me. Scott...