well, I’m going to shock some people here but I’m also against national ID cards. If I’ve got to carry “papers”, I might as well live in the old USSR, the PRC or Taiwan. I hate governments…all governments. I just happen to think the US is the best of a bad lot. But I see no reason to give greedy politicians any more power than they already have. ID cards would not have stopped 911. The people who did it had valid passports and visas. All they will do make people think they are more secure and give document forgers a new source of income. If we [i]really[/i] want to fight terrorism in the US, the first thing we need to do is stop issuing visas to every Abdul, Hassan and Mohammed who shows up at the visa office in Jeddah (or Frankfurt). No one has a right to enter the US (or any other country, for that matter). It’s a privilege. I don’t allow anyone off the street to enter my house and sure as hell don’t see why they should be allowed into my country.
As far as it being inconvenient for you not to have some sort of national ID when outside the US. Well, no one forced to to leave. Hell, I think it’s inconvenient not to be able to buy Maurice Bessinger’s Piggy Park Bar-B-Que Sauce in Taiwan. And I [i]love[/i] Piggy Park Bar-B-Que Sauce!