>On some days (and this is one of them) I strive to convince myself that voting is a worthwhile endeavor and there are important differences between a government controlled by Democrats and one controlled by Republicans. I don't know quite what to tell myself today, listening to Democratic Senator Dick Durban dismiss the threat to liberty of biometric ID cards for all American workers by comparing them to airport security rules requiring us to take our shoes off. Durban is a smart man who must think the rest of us are pretty stupid to believe that submitting our fingerprints to an FBI data base as a condition of employment violates our privacy, along with our rights to work, no more than walking barefoot through a scanner. And I suppose we might take heart from this desperate effort to assure us that a national ID card requirement (included in proposed immigration reforms) is nothing new and nothing to fear. We can infer from his disingenuousness a suspicion that Americans still care about liberty.
At least, they care about their own liberties, without necessarily recognizing that their rights are largely defined by the rights they extend to others. I don't expect many "freedom loving" right-wingers and Tea Partiers to oppose gross Fourth Amendment violations practically required by Arizona's horrendous new anti-immigrant law. But I retain some hope that people who support authoritarian measures directed against others will resist submitting to similar measures themselves.