Is there anything more ridiculous than Christian fundamentalists and their constant declaration that the government is about to impose the “mark of the beast” on us? Ever since John put his acid-trip dreams down on paper and credulous followers thought it was a “prophecy,” virtually everything has been called the mark of the beast. The Worldnetdaily’s Jerome Corsi has the latest bit of delusion:
Shades of Big Brother.
Just as you were wrapping your mind around the idea that under Obamacare and the accompanying changes in the health-care system, your medical records will be floating around in some online repository, available to far too many people, you’re being told you’ll soon have a National Identity Card and a Western Hemisphere-compliant travel document whether you want it or not, if you plan to drive in the United States.
The federal government says it soon will be enforcing its demands that state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards comply with Department of Homeland Security standards.
DHS announced just before Christmas a final schedule for the full enforcement of the REAL ID Act of 2005…
For many Americans, the full implementation of the REAL ID act is certain to trigger unfortunate memories of World War II and the modus operandi of fascist, totalitarian states, where travelers and ordinary citizens on the street are stopped by authorities and demanded, “Your papers, please!”
Wow, they’re going to enforce a law passed 8 years ago? That’s amazing. And certainly worth freaking out about. And what are those DHS standards, you might be wondering?
Among the DHS requirements for a state-issued driver’s license to be DHS-compliant will be the presentation by the applicant of a valid birth certificate, verification of the applicant’s Social Security Number or documentation the person is not eligible for Social Security, and proof the applicant is either a U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted to the U.S. as a permanent or temporary resident.Further, driver’s license and IDs issued by the states will have to meet stringent requirements as set by the federal government.
To qualify as DHS-compliant, state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards must have built-in security features to prevent tampering, counterfeiting, and duplication of the documents for a fraudulent purpose.
Okay, let me see if I can get this straight…a right-wing publication that pushes for voter ID laws to fight mythical voter fraud and cheered on Arizona’s immigration law that required that everyone carry proof of their citizenship or legal residency with them at all times in case they get pulled over is now complaining that people will be required to show such documentation to get a driver’s license (documentation they almost certainly have to provide already by the states, incidentally)? And in the very same column that they’re expressing fear of medical information being stolen, they’re upset that the new driver’s licenses will have security features that prevent the release of information on the cards? I’m starting to think that the real “mark of the beast” is stupidity.