I think the core issue here is I simply don't trust the U.S. government as it exists today. I'm not utterly and for all time ruling out the notion of a national ID card, but I do believe there are several issues that need to be dealt with first:
- The creeping growth of statism and corporatism needs to be pruned back.
- The Patriot Act needs to be repealed.
- Citizens need to have opt-out rights for any corporate databases like credit reporting.
- Protections against search and seizure need to be returned back to what the Founding Fathers intended. The CIA should not have the right to attach a GPS device to your car. The government should not have the right to seize the assets of anyone not duly convicted of a crime.
- Corporations are not human beings and they should not have human rights.
- I should have the right to answer "none of your business" if I am stopped by a police officer and asked what I am doing or where I am going (unless there is ample visible evidence I am doing or have just done something illegal). I should not have to prove my innocence to avoid being taken to the police station for questioning.
- My financial dealings are none of the government's business.
- I should not be taxed differently or otherwise penalized because I was once married or have children.
These issues may seem unrelated to national ID cards, but in reality they are very much related. They each represent an area in which the American government (and state governments, and the corporate shadow government) have usurped the Constitutional rights of the people. They show a pattern of the State grabbing more and more power, and comprise a track record of abuse which at least strongly implies a national ID card and the database(es) associated with it would likewise be abused by the State to trample our rights still further.
The CIA doesnt' do that (domestically) that's the FBI, DEA, ATF and other federal agencies with federal jurisdiction for domestic affairs. Contrary to Covert Affairs, and other Spy shows..the CIA has ZERO jurisdiction to domestic work.
They can get their metaphorical dick slammed in the desk drawer if they are caught.
That being said, there are a LOT of intelligence and investigative agencies who are watching the current court cases making their way up the chain about about GPS tracking without warrants. I think that it, along with some of the other datamining practices that are ongoing are going to have problems with the burden of proof.
One case that stood out is that they were tracking a man because his COUSIN was a suspect, and the man's girlfriend. Neither of whom had ANY criminal history or association beyond family with said cousin. I honestly hope the FBI gets their junk slammed in the drawer on that case. Repeatedly.
Do I want the feds listening to my phone calls, email, slapping a tracker on my car because my 2nd cousin Skip is a meth dealer (actually I haven't seen Skip in two decades).
The national ID isn't right..but hey that is why we need to SPEAK up. Support groups like the ACLU and Financial advocacy groups. Tell our congressmen/senators/officials we want. Because we got problems as it is now.
Once upon a time I could put 'relevant information' on checks and not worry that some jackass in BFE, Kansas would be trying to max out my debit card in a Target. (got a phone call last thanksgiving with that happening and I'm still fighting with Paypal over some bogus charges)
There is a problem with the current ID system in place.
-It allows Sex Offenders to vanish (with more difficulty now that the registery is in place, but there are problems with that too)
-It allows deadbeat spouses to skip out on their families. I had a friend that nearly lost track of his child because his ex, a particularly excreatable woman who ran up 120,000 bucks in debt on his exchange card because she knew she was going to leave him. It was her PAROLE officer that called him to tell him she was getting a second ID and looked to pull a dash and fade. (I really dislike her, she's an example of why mothers shouldn't automatically get custody. What she did to his daughter is.. )
-Identity theft is an issue that needs to be addressed.. the current system DOES NOT WORK. I know of at least nine people who are working on at least 5 digit debt that isn't theirs. My own ID theft issues have crept into the 3 digit range and I know I've been lucky.. but now all my logins are different, and have something around 12 letters/symbol passwords that are unique to each account.
The system CAN work. Regardless of your personal outlook on President Obama, he's the best symbol that voter apathy can be overcome. We can retake the governement from corporate and policatical interests.
We just have to agree that not everyone will agree on things, accept that compromise between parties is a good thing and as a voting public.. pull our collective heads out of our asses. We are in one of the strongest representative democracies on the planet yet since the 1970s..we have had the WORST voting participation record of any other 'freely elected government' in the WORLD.
An estimated HALF of all eligible voters.. DO NOT register. Of that half that does.. something like only HALF of that vote on any given elections.
How many of you have written your congressman, senator, governor in the last year? At least once? or called their office? Know their outlook on issues you consider important.
I have talked to the office of Congressman Anders and Senator Rubio SEVERAL times this year. Dealing with Veteran issues, Net Neutrality.. Sen Rubio's HIDEOUS motion to castrate the FCC and other things. I am severely disappointed with him compared to his promises.
Most of the folks I go to school with .. don't vote, don't watch their officals and don't speak up.
We're a nation of sheep. Why do you think our opinions don't count? I honestly wish we worked on a parliamentary system where coalitions were required to run the government. It would break up some of the bipartisan foolishness out there.
The hostility between the parties is counter-productive.
ID issues need to be fixed. Sticking our head in the sand and trying to roll back to the 1900s won't fix the problems we have.