May 11th Isn't All That Far Away
The Day the Gestapo Was Reborn

by James Glaser
January 21, 2008

On May 11th 2008, you may be asked, "May I see your papers please?" Those words will be coming from many federal officials if you want to board a plane, enter a federal courthouse, or even if you want to keep your appointment at your local VA Hospital. To do any of these, by law, on May 11th, you will need your National ID Card or a Passport.

I don't know if they are going to issue long leather coats to those asking to see your ID, but I have heard, just for effect, all guards at federal buildings are learning how to speak with a German accent.

On Friday, it was reported that Brian Schweitzer, the governor of Montana, sent out a letter to 17 other Governors, in hopes of starting a rebellion to these national ID Cards. Last year Montana passed a law saying that it would not comply with the ID law. It cited privacy rights, States Rights, and fiscal issues for opposing the law.

States Rights, think American Civil War.

In the letter to the other governors whose States have had issues with this law, Governor Schweitzer wrote, "Today, I am asking you to join with me in resisting the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) coercion to comply with the provisions of REAL ID." He went on with, "If we stand together either DHS will blink or Congress will have to act to avoid havoc at our nation's airports and federal courthouses."

Right now there are 18 states that don't want the federal government asking every American for their identity papers, but if this law goes into effect, and citizens of those 18 states will not be able to board a plane without a real hassle, (more of a hassle that they currently have now) and the American business economy will suffer. Planes will be delayed, and just maybe, finally, the American people will wake up to the fact that George Bush and his administration have taken another idea from Adolph Hitler.

Freedom in America is rapidly coming to an end because its citizens are not paying attention.

It seems pretty easy to figure out why Americans have stood by while our freedom gets away from us. Look at the family. Both parents are working longer and longer hours to make the house payment, insurance payment, paying for two or more cars, putting food on the table, and keeping up with the Jones'. When they are not at work, there are a hundred channels on the television, video and computer games, college and professional sports news taking the place of the editorial page, and political junky news programs telling Americans what they figured out for themselves not that long ago. Then there is the constant stream of fear-mongering coming out of the Congress and White House.

The average American is no longer a citizen; he or she is now a worker. A worker who tries to do everything their parents did, but with less than half the time to do it in. Remember Blue Laws?


A blue law, in the United States and Canada, is a type of law designed to enforce moral standards, particularly the observance of Sunday as a day of worship or rest. Most have been repealed, declared unconstitutional or are simply unenforced, although prohibitions on the sale of alcoholic beverages, and occasionally almost all commerce, on Sundays are still enforced in many areas. Blue laws often prohibit an activity only during certain hours and there are usually exceptions to the prohibition of commerce, like grocery and drug stores. In some places blue laws may be enforced due to religious principles, but others are retained as a matter of tradition or out of convenience.

When Blue laws were enforced, the American worker had at least one day of the week that could be used any way he chose. That law allowed families to spend time together, and the Sunday paper was the information highway of the day. Corporations saw that day as a day that could increase production and sales, if that Blue Law could be repealed. They convinced the American citizen that they should be "free" to work if they wanted. So now we have business as usual seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Today, "Rat Race" pretty much describes what every citizen is in, and the media tells us what they want us to know. How many of you knew about this REAL ID law going into effect on May 11th? Really, who has time to study all the laws coming out of Washington? Here is an example: The Patriot Act is 315 pages of legalistic talk, and Congress was given 15 minutes to read it before they voted on it. Somebody took months, maybe years to write out that law, and then they used 9/11 as a smoke screen to get it passed. Hitler used national emergencies to get his laws passed, too.

Today, Americans are exhausted, and they have to trust their elected officials to do what is best. The average worker in America today is making less in real dollars than they made in 1973, but the cost of everything keeps going up. That is why we have so many two-worker households. Corporations are making more and more profits, but passing nothing new down to the workers, and some day that will come to an end. The American citizen will then have a lot of time on their hands, and they will see what has happened to their freedom.

Right now, while we still have the right, we can work through the political process, and vote in people who still believe in our Constitution, or we can wait until corporations own everything, and the American citizen has lost all his or her rights. Then the process of getting back our freedom will be a bloody one.

Post Script:

23 Americans have been killed so far in Iraq this month, that is the same number killed in all of last month.

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