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03/24/2007 Archived Entry: ""Enhanced" driver's licenses and freedom to cross borders"

"ENHANCED" DRIVERS LICENSES FOR BORDER CROSSINGS are about as encouraging a development as "enhanced" prison sentences for gun owners. Ever since Washington state and the Department of (Achtung!) Homeland Security announced their plan this week to "allow" Washingtonian-Americans to cross into Canada without passports, something has been nagging at me, but I had no time to put it into words.

An email from Jackie Juntti ("The Old Polish Woman"), who once fought hard, and for a time in the 1990s successfully, against "enhanced" driver's licenses in Washington state, handed the words to me:

The Hegelian Principle
You remember the steps:
The first step (thesis) is to create a problem.
The second step (anti-thesis) is to generate opposition to the problem (fear, panic, hysteria).
The third step (synthesis) is to offer the "solution" to the problem created in step one --- change which would have been impossible to impose on the people without proper psychological conditioning achieved in stages one and two.

Although she now lives elsewhere, Jackie has been calling her old friends in the Washington state legislature, hoping they'll oppose this new plan. Instead, she's found them wildly in favor. After all, it means Washingtonians (and eventually others) will "merely" have to have a drivers license again to cross into Canada -- no $97 passport -- no cumbersome federal roadblock to cross-border commerce, right? Because, after all, everyone will already have a DL or a state ID card.

Thus national ID gets imposed by the very people who once opposed it. Because it's a "convenient" solution to a problem that never existed until the fedgov decided to begin locking down U.S. borders.

Jackie concludes:

I may be Polish but I am not stupid and I can't figure out how so many fall for this stuff when it is so easily spotted. I guess ease -- and MONEY -- really are what runs the brains of Americans now days, true FREEDOM is too far back to even remember by most. Like the freed Israelites at the foot of Mt. Sinai; they had freedom but cried to return to Egypt and slavery as they didn't have to work as hard being slaves -- just do as ordered.

Posted by Claire @ 10:32 AM CST

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