So, I've been reading webcomics and such, which is always a good idea.
In one of these, a girl arrives from roughly 1200 years ago brandishing a sword (I think it's called My Wife is from 1000 Years Ago
). They bring up the difficulty of securing her ID, since she was never born here. I am also helping a friend out with a story wherein a catgirl arrives from another dimension.
So it got me to thinking, what if you were born in a hut or something, in a small town, and your parents didn't bother to register you at least with a Certificate of Live Birth (what Obama was able to get) much less a bona fide Birth Certificate? It turns out, quite a bit.
Without a means to prove you are who you say you are, fun fact: you can't even enter a government building (this includes the very building you have to enter in order to secure an ID). You can't get medical assistance, and you need some record of identity in order to find a house and a house in order to get a job to pay for a house (talk about Catch 22). You can, after a great deal of red tape, prove that you are who you say you are, send in for your Birth Certificate, and have a driver's license or ID after an uncomfortable amount of waiting. Meanwhile, you're slept on the street for several months, and any health issues weren't addressed all that time. But all off this assumes that you had a birth certificate in the first place! I have checked several websites (as much to figure out for my friend's novel)
The Left wants us to do away with IDs, or screw with the system so it doesn't work. Why? Well, they have a vested interest in importing illegal aliens, screwing with the vote, and creating a sort of welfare state. There's also the problem of identity theft not only creating massive poverty, as one party claims to be another (and the defrauded has to verify their ID), but undermining how society works in general.
So these are real problems:
• We need to de-legitimize the practice of asking for addresses for housing and jobs. It is not the business of the boss that you're homeless. In fact, if the homeless person desperately needs to secure enough money to buy housing, they are stuck in a situation where neither one is really easy to care out. What the boss needs to know is, "Can you show up regularly? If you are sick, can you call in sick? Are you reliable, trustworthy, and able to do the job given to you?" What the landlord needs to know is, "If this person smashes up my apartment, will I be able to find them to seek legal action?"
• We need a system where ID is disconnected from stupid things like hair, eyes, height, or weight (I can lose or gain several pounds, I might lose height due to osteoporosis or just getting older or gain some height but wearing boots, and hair dye is a thing), and especially address. But we do need to enforce a clear system of identification.
• We need to combat homelessness and identity theft, even for those who have lost paper identification.
• We need especially to have a system that is simple, effective, and allows for changes (I changed my name and gender in about 2007 or so), yet protects the innocent and punishes the guilty.
• We need need to use the idea of a dimensional immigrant as an example. If a person never had any ID, the person should nonetheless be able to be entered into the system, and checked against their record if they are some sort of scoundrel trying to hide who they are. Moreover, if they are an honest citizen, there needs to be a quick way of documenting them, so that yes a homeless person or anyone else can enter even a government building and not be harassed.
So, how to go about it?
1 .Well, there's chipping or barcoding people. No, no, and again no. Religious types cry out "Mark of the Beast" and I can't say I blame them. There is something dehumanizing about turning humans into a set of numbers. Worse, while it seems very technical, all one would really have to do is steal the device, and put some random number on. The number also becomes increasingly long as more people get born.
2. Some sort of wrist bracelet? It's equated too closely to wearing chains. Also? Like a birth certificate, you're liable to have it come off.
3. Which led me to a multi-point ID, using facial recognition, fingerprints, and a genetics test from saliva
. All of these things you are born with, but if something happens to one (arm gets chopped off), you are able to verify the others through a combination. Better yet, unlike these unnatural identifiers, like barcodes and the like, these use real human markers, and most of these are unique. In fact, fingerprints are so unique that even twins do not share them
. You go to an apartment, give them your fingerprints, no criminal record? They don't have a problem with it. And if you do smash up their house, they give those to the police, you pay for damages. You go to a place that needs ID? You don't need to carry a thing with you, just scan your prints. Your fingerprints are bad due to working in pineapple factory or got your hand mangled? Easy, they just compare your face to previous pictures.
Seriously, why are we still subjecting homeless and the poor to this? Yes, there are sketchy people out there. But losing your ID shouldn't be such a major issue. One visit, show a natural (not paper) form of ID, and get your ID delivered or pick it up next time. Not multiple filing trips, check those against existing ones or set one up if you have a new one. Transgender? An immigrant? Alot easier to process, and in the latter, easier to deport. But more importantly, it protects the people at the very bottom of society.