A quick search finds the following requirement for photo ID in our daily lives,
Applying for a business license
Applying for permission to hold a protest or rally
Buying Beer, Wine, or Liquor
Collecting your lottery winnings.
Donating to your local Blood Bank
Entry to Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law building
Entry to the Department of Justice
Getting a bank account
Michelle Obama Book Signing
NAACP Requires Photo I.D. to See Holder Speak
Purchasing a gun at your local gun shop
Purchasing a house or other real estate
Purchasing OTC medicine that contains pseudoephedrine
Renting a motor vehicle
Renting an apartment
Social Security Office
State Division of Motor Vehicles
TSA requirement for flying at any U.S. Airport
Writing a Check. (for those of you old school types.)
So will we see copious news reports of the disenfranchisement and suppression of those wanting to attend the inauguration due to the photo ID requirement. Stay tuned.
Chances are you didn’t need to show photo identification to vote for President Obama, but if you’re going to witness his inauguration in person Jan. 21, you’d better be prepared to prove who you are. Bring the kids’ IDs too. Why? Racism, duh.
The Washingtonian provides these handy tips for those headed to D.C. to cheer on the president:
Be prepared with valid ID (for yourself and every member of the family). Expect personal searches. Overhead will be air patrols. Sharpshooters will stand at the tops of buildings. Every surveillance camera in the city will be lit up. The security forces involved include the Metropolitan Police Department, the Capitol Police, the US Park Service Police, the Secret Service, and the Executive Protective Service.
Wow, sounds like there’ll be a lot of guns there. The Washingtonian also recommends you leave the following at home with your firearms: ‘backpacks, packages, suitcases, thermoses, coolers, pocket tools, sticks or poles, umbrellas, laser pointers, posters, alcohol, animals (except for service animals), and large bags.’
So, how soon until we hear cries of the administration trying to suppress attendance by asking for ID? Probably about the same time we’ll see protests against armed sharpshooters being stationed among a crowd filled with children, we’d guess.