Monday, August 20, 2007

Rudy the Fascist

By Michael J.W. Stickings

Now he wants all foreigners in the U.S. to carry ID cards. "If you don’t have that card, you get thrown out of the country," he said of the so-called "Safe card" -- for "secure authorised foreign entry."

Civil liberties? Never mind. This is Rudy out to prove his authoritarian bona fides to a party that bows down before authority.

The question is, where would it end? What other cards would be required? Foreigners now, Americans later, everyone with ID cards, with the "proper" documents, some with special cards separating them out from the rest, much like in Europe in the '30s.

Don't think it can't happen.

Lincoln may have called America "the last best hope of earth" -- and that may have been optimistic, and perhaps delusional -- but now, once more, darker forces are at work, and rising, in the land of the free.

And they must be stopped.

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  • I guess those movies I grew up on, where sinister policemen in Eastern European countries were always asking for your papers and sending you off to secret prisons without charges if you didn't have them have left a permanent mark on me.

    I was in East Germany a couple of times in the 1960's; a disquieting, cinema noir sort of a place to say the least and a found myself often with my hand on my passport and in fear of losing it, or worse, having it confiscated.

    A few years ago, when in China I saw the photo ID card everyone has and felt a bit smug at not constantly being challenged in my own country to prove my identity. It was always a good feeling to back in the USA where the law stood between me and the police.

    If Rudy is elected, and we take any more steps toward a police state, I'm leaving the US and all its quivering cowards behind - no doubt about it.

    By Blogger Capt. Fogg, at 10:10 AM  

  • "If you don’t have that card, you get thrown out of the country,"... unless, of course, you have that other Proof of US CITIZENSHIP ID card that proves you don't need a SAFE card.

    By Blogger bodiciah t rentlord III, at 2:05 PM  

  • Exactly right.

    By Blogger Capt. Fogg, at 8:16 PM  

  • "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross." - Sinclair Lewis

    Rudy may not be much on crosses, but he is wrapped in a flag, and 9/11..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:39 PM  

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