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Thursday, May 8, 2014
Identification and Travel Documents
following was written in April 2014, as part of a response to the
Campaign for Liberty's 2012 survey questionnaire for candidates
running for federal office.
Will you oppose any legislation that requires states and citizens to
participate in a National Identification Card program?
I will oppose any legislation that requires states and citizens to
participate in a National Identification Card program.
will vote to repeal the portion of the REAL ID Act of 2005 which
established and implemented regulations for the security standards of
driver's licenses and identification documents.
do not believe that anyone who is born in the United States or
becomes a citizen should be required or expected to carry
identification or travel documents on them at all times. I will not
vote to support any proposed federal laws – nor urge states to
adopt laws - that requires businesses to scan individuals' driver's
licenses when checking their age to confirm alcohol and tobacco
purchases, nor will I support laws providing for requiring travel or
identification documents to contain either bar codes, computer chips,
or tracking devices. If holograms and embedded ink are good enough
for our money, they should be good enough for our identification
believe that Americans would be appalled if
they discovered that Native Americans are required to carry blood
quantum cards due to federal law (the Indian Reorganization Act of
1934). Although tribes accepted this requirement 80 years ago, and
the law allows them autonomy over determining quantum laws so as to
limit benefits for descendants of Native Americans with low blood
quantum, there is no reason that anyone born
in the United States should be expected to carry such a document. It
is the relic of a regrettable, racist era in American history, and it
was not voluntary because it was one of few choices offered to a
conquered and besieged people.
will oppose federal legislation requiring employers to participate in
the e-Verify program - under the Department of Homeland Security's
Basic Pilot Program – because such legislation only serves to turn
businesses into police departments.
I will oppose federal legislation to require presentation of proof of
residency and identification documents in order to vote; these
effectively amount to Reconstruction-era poll taxes. I will sponsor
federal legislation to abolish such legislation enacted by the states
as serious civil rights violations which diminish the freedom of not
only members of racial and ethnic minorities but poor and homeless
people of all races.
believe that any and all federal mandates to purchase and/or carry
identification and travel documents should only follow appropriate
constitutional amendment (although in that case I will vote against
my own amendment) or else invoke a financial obligation on the part
of the party making the command, i.e., the pockets of members of