You may not realize it but the May 11 deadline for states to be in compliance with the 2005 Real ID Act is fast approaching. Fortunately, many states have taken efforts to nullify this attack on liberty by refusing to comply, with 16 states having laws against enactment and another 10 that have passed resolutions in opposition to the Act*. A representative for the National Conference of State Legislatures believes that there is not a single state currently meeting the standard.
Undeterred, House Republicans have sent a letter to Big Sis (who as Governor of AZ signed a law in 2008 forbidding the state from cooperating with the federal requirements) urging her not to extend the deadline. Bad enough that they already pushed through the extension of the Patriot Act, but now they want to continue the assault on our freedom, all in the name of security, by forcing the states to require documentation from citizens. It’s only a matter of time before babies are Lojacked at birth.
The irony in all of this, at least to me, is that while the national mediots are falling all over themselves to champion the revolutions in the Middle East and applauding the people for standing up to the tyrannical despots that rule them, nary a peep is being heard about the ongoing efforts of Leviathan to take our freedoms away.
So what will happen come May 11 if the deadline isn’t extended and everyone without the required documentation is forced to undergo enhanced screening in the nation’s airports? Chaos will ensue, delays will be rampant and things could get ugly. My guess is that the deadline gets extended again and the GOP takes another run at this infringement of freedom some time later.
But this is the beauty of nullification; if enough states stand strong and say no there is not much that DC can do.