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My Papers? No Thank You

Wlmitch1 Wrote: Apr 27, 2012 3:04 PM
In most, if not all, communities in Michigan, where I reside, voters are required to show either a Driver's License or a State ID in order to vote. Your name and address on your License/State ID must match your name and address in the voter registry in your voting precinct. If they do not match, you do not vote. Driver's Licenses and State IDs have your photo on them (obviously). If every State and voting precinct in the United States enforced the same measures, as they do here in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, voter fraud would kept to a minimum. We do not need a National ID card to vote. SB-1070 is not about requiring a National ID card with your photo on it.
Rich Grise Wrote: Apr 27, 2012 3:20 PM
Here in sunny southern Mexifornia, they'll give a driver's license to anybody, so that's not much of a proof of eligibility to vote.
pow1000 Wrote: Apr 28, 2012 2:10 AM
Here in Colorado its illegal to ask for I.D. I know its so stupid.

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...