No person will buy or sell without the national ID Those who promote the national ID would deny vehemently that people will be placed under economic boycott unless they accept the Real ID card. However, let's look at the facts. An employee verification program called Basic Pilot was started in 1996. It is presently being used voluntarily by 5,000 employers to check the legal status of job applicants. When a person applies for a job, his or her social security number is submitted to the Basic Pilot database. If the individual is not in the federal database, he or she will not be hired. President Bush has called on Congress to make Basic Pilot mandatory for every employer in America and to provide the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with the funding and authority to make sure it is an effective tool to prevent the hiring of illegal workers. Both the House and Senate immigration bills would require employers to use Basic Pilot. The President's 2007 budget requests million to expand Basic Pilot for more employers to make use of the program. Under this proposed new law, employers will be fined ,000 for employing anyone not in the federal database. If you're not in the federal database, you cannot have a jobâ€¦anyplace in the U.S. No jobâ€¦no ability to buy or sell. And how will an individual pass the test to be included in the Homeland Security database that will allow him to work? Never doubt that the acid test will soon be whether a person has been cleared for the Real ID and consequently placed in the database shared by all fifty states. Will a national ID work? Not only will a national ID not weed out illegal immigrants, it will make matters worse. Here's why. For less than , an illegal alien can buy a social security card and a birth certificate. Under the Real ID program, these documents can then be used to obtain a legitimate ID card issued by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Suddenly, an illegal alien is supplied by the government with a certification of legitimacy. It will be an illegal immigrants dream! The Real ID won't prevent illegal immigration. It will facilitate it! The end of freedom If the Real ID Act is implemented, every American will be placed in a national database. Every time you swipe your national ID, it will be recorded creating a constant trail of every person's movements. The purpose of the Real ID is control. Many people think that is a good thingâ€¦but is it? Not if you believe in freedom! Control and freedom are opposites. The proposed National ID is nothing but the slapping of invisible electronic handcuffs on every person in America. It is the end of freedom for the land of the free and the home of the brave. But if a person has done nothing wrong, what difference does it make if the government knows where you've been, what you bought, what you read and which websites you visited? Hmmâ€¦that sounds like something Adolf Hitler would have said. Increasing security at the price of freedom How far are Americans willing for our government to go in insuring our security? Total security requires total control. The safest place on earth is in a padded cell, but who wants to live there? Freedom requires bravery, not total security. Our national anthem concludes with "O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave." If we ever cease to be brave, we will no longer be free. So what is the answer? If a national ID is a terrible idea, then what do we do to protect our country against terrorism? The answer is really very obvious. What has kept us safe for the last 230 years? Our borders. The problem we are facing today has been caused by our government's decision to not enforce our borders. Between 12 and 20 million illegal immigrants don't get into a country by accident. They arrive by purposeful neglect. Some would make us believe that border enforcement is mission impossible. That is totally untrue. We can enforce our borders if we want to. Our friend Israel certainly knows how to guard its borders. They have an electronic fence with a dirt road running along side of it. Every four to six hours an army jeep with a sweeper attached sweeps the dirt road, at the same time looking for footprints indicating a border violation. If Israel, with a population of 6 million can defend a 450-mile border, surely a country with a population of 300 million can defend a 2,000-mile borderâ€¦that is if we want to. If our borders were properly defended, we wouldn't have to destroy the freedom of America by tracking everyone, everywhere. We could live within secure borders without being numbered, without being tracked. Has the time come for a country where the police can pull you over and demand "Papers please"? Will we, like the Jews in Nazi Germany, accept being numbered? God help us to have the courage to say no to the worst law ever passed in the history of the United States of America! Let's throw the Real ID Act on the trash heap of history once and for all! Have we Americans lost our backbone? Are we afraid to stand up against a government that continues to become more and more intrusive? Will we stand silently still while our governmental masters snap the electronic handcuffs in place? Patrick Henry said it so eloquently 232 years ago: "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" Somebody needs to say it again!