Proposed legislation in Harrisburg would expand access to driver’s licenses to all Pennsylvania residents, regardless of immigration status, WGAL reports. When Minnesota passed a similar law last month, one legal immigrant told Fox News that the change was “absolutely outrageous.” Understandably, those who have waited for years, and jumped through countless governmental hoops, are a bit ticked off that others can simply skate their way into “privileges” that were heretofore reserved for legal immigrants.
In other news, Pennsylvania legislators are trying to get phone-based (digital) driver’s licenses legalized by next year.
All this news about driver’s licenses (and the supposed “privilege” of driving on the common roadways) should cause us to ask a more fundamental question: Is it just for the government to force anyone (immigrant or otherwise) to get a driver’s license (plastic or digital) in order to drive on the roadways?
It seems that driver’s licenses did not exist in the United States prior to 1900. Given that people drove buggies on roadways prior to the 20th century, one wonders how our society functioned without massive transportation departments and driver’s license centers. But function our society did.
The growth of driver’s licenses over the past century, not to mention a thousand other regulations and requirements for driving on common roadways, is demonstrative of a society becoming ever more enmeshed in authoritarian statism. (Statism being a political system in which the state has substantial centralized control over social and economic affairs.)
In a free society, individuals would be at liberty to travel without paying extortion money to the state in order to operate a motor vehicle. The Bible defines the role of the civil ruler, and it does not include terrorizing good conduct (cf. Romans 13:3). Unfortunately, because we have foolishly granted the civil government the “authority” to detain and fine people for peacefully driving on roadways (causing no harm to person or property), we have created a tyrannical monster, with tentacles of “law enforcement” officers ready to take your money for not following their loopholes to operate a motor vehicle. We now drive on the roads of serfdom.
So, instead of arguing over who should have the “privilege” of being forced to pay for a piece of plastic (or digital license), we ought to recognize that the freedom to travel is a right, and the civil magistrate has no role in regulating our travel, but only in administering justice if we harm another person or property during said travel.
The liberals are saying “driver’s licenses for all.” The conservatives are saying “driver’s licenses for some.” The Christians ought to be saying “driver’s licenses for none.”