Saturday, July 07, 2007

New Hampshire Says No to Real ID Program

The NH legislature passed a state bill banning Real ID, and NH Governor John Lynch signed it - welcome to the club, guys.

Interestingly, the NH legislature called Real ID "contrary and repugnant" to the NH and U.S. Constitutions, which it is, certainly - however, it's ironic that they thought banning smoking in bars and restaurants was OK by the Constitution.

Let me be clear - I'm glad they took a stand against Real ID, but liberty minded folks don't need fair-weather Constitutionalists.  We need people who realize that principles aren't something you can ignore when the political wind blows counter to them, a costume you put on when you want to look like a principled decision maker.

So... the NH Legislature took a popular and newsworthy stand against the Real ID and cited the Constitution, and previously took a popular and newsworthy stand with a smoking ban and ignored the Constitution.  What do you think was the real motivation? tags: , , ,

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