Encourage lawmakers to oppose REAL ID

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By The Staff

I am deeply distressed that the entire S.C. House of Representatives adopted a resolution (H. 4822) requesting that Gov. Mark Sanford apply for an extension of the deadline to comply with the federal REAL ID Act because the S.C. General Assembly passed a bill, signed into law on June 13, 2007, saying that the state shall not participate in its implementation.

Because the resolution states "an extension of the deadline to comply," this implies future compliance. What part of Amendment 10 to the U.S. Constitution – “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people” - do our House members not understand? Sanford correctly identified the reasons for standing against REAL ID in his 2008 State of the State address: "defending privacy rights" and "limiting federal power."

The REAL ID national identification process that the federal government wants to ram down our throats will neither prevent terrorism nor stem the invasion by illegals across our borders, the two problems it was devised to address.

A national ID card will eventually merge all of a person's accounts - driver's license, Social Security number, insurance policies, bank accounts, health records, etc. - into one place, becoming a one-stop shop for identity theft.

Search online for "Department of Homeland Security computers hacked" and tell me if the results give you confidence in this government agency's ability to protect your personal data.

The S.C. General Assembly has had since last June to educate the citizens of our state regarding what they will need to fly commercially and enter federal buildings without sacrificing their freedom and liberty.

These lawmakers must stand up to the blackmailing and bullying federal government, and protect South Carolinians from becoming nameless, faceless zombies whose every move will be tracked by freedom-stealing bureaucrats. Do not compromise. Oppose REAL ID.

Vicki L. Simons

New Ellenton