In a free country no one has to ask permission of the central government to earn a living. Or bank. Or travel. Or invest.
I’m personally frosted by the self-righteous quote in the linked article from former senator Alan Simpson. Way back when, I wrote a letter to a Wyoming paper, predicting what would come of his “anti-immigration” initiatives. Simpson contacted me (Wyoming; it’s a small town) and we got into a heated discussion — in which his part consisted almost entirely of denying that his BS would ever turn into national ID. Well, Mr. Simpson, welcome to the national ID state that you and your policies gave birth to. We should have “burned your humble butt” way back then. Your triumph is our failure.
“Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.” — Thomas Jefferson