No ID For Me!
The mighty propaganda choir is at it again, this time singing the praises of our beloved government’s latest “security” measure, the national ID card. When I heard this, all I could think of was, “Will they never learn?”
This latest affront to the Constitution (a document which, by the way, I hold very dear) is clearly pathological. “Pathological” because it is based less on ideology than on a virulent anti-republicanism that has its roots deep in the psyche. And they think we’re crazy?
Don’t expect a hue and cry from the media. The major news outlets will do nothing more than parrot the official U.S. line. Only on the margins of the media – and especially on the good ol’ Internet (a medium which, by the way, I hold very dear) – will journalists dare speak the obvious. A delightful case in point is Devvy Kidd.
Dissent clearly threatens Bush & Co.’s propaganda parade. It reminds me of what O’Brien of the Inner Party told the hapless Winston Smith in Orwell’s 1984: “Whatever the Party holds to be truth, is truth. It is impossible to see reality except by looking through the eyes of the Party.”
Well, I don’t buy it. Say what you will, but I’m with Devvy on this one. Why should I allow the government to bind me with the chains of an unconstitutional, Nazi-inspired tactic? My message to George W. Bush? “Mr. President, we have a Constitution, which says we will abide by the rule of law. When I see my government moving decisively away from this I have no other choice as an American citizen than to stand up and speak out. And I’m being patriotic in doing so!”
Folks, isn’t it time we did just that and took a real stand – the kind of stand that the apostles took in Acts 5? I mean, too many of us are Christian in name only. The noun needs to become an adjective. So let’s stop pretending. Let’s be Christian Christians – men and women who boldly proclaim No King But King Jesus! God never intended His people to be sheeple. He wants us to be stalwarts.
It is a cheap Christianity that refuses to pay the price of obedience to Christ when Caesar beckons us to take the easy way out. Are we going to wait until all the horses are running down the street before we close the barn doors? Yes, I realize that true discipleship may cost us everything we have. But – good grief! – there comes a time when we have to cry out, “Enough is enough already!”
December 15, 2004
David Alan Black is the editor of www.daveblackonline.com. He is the author of Why I Stopped Listening to Rush and numerous other books.