Friday, October 8

House to Vote on National ID Today!

It is Time to do something about this!

D o w n s i z e r - D i s p a t c h


By the time you receive this message the House may have
already passed HR 10. They're supposed to vote on it
sometime Friday evening. When the vote does come, that
may seem like the end of the story, but it's not.

Instead, it's only the beginning.

We may be at a turning point in the history of our
country. The national identification system contained
in HR 10 is a watershed event - a milestone in our
government's sad record of contempt for its citizens.
It cannot be allowed to stand.

The House of Representatives may vote to pass this law,
but that does not mean the House will rule the day.
Maybe that's the way it's been in the past, but at some
point the American people simply must tell their
"public servants" that "enough is enough."

This is that point. This is where we draw the line in
the sand.

Even thought the House is likely to pass this law, the
odds are still in our favor. The bill in the Senate is
missing many of the most offensive portions included in
the House Republican version of the bill.

But we must still take the fight to the House, right

* So, if the House passes this law, then they must
be persuaded to reverse course.
* And, if, by some chance, the Senate accepts this
new law too, then they too must be persuaded to
take it back.
* When the House and Senate go to conference to
work out their differences, we must bombard the
* And, if the President signs the law (and he's yet
to veto anything), then he must feel our wrath
until he wishes he'd forgotten how to use a pen.

What's done can be undone, if we demand that it be so.

Here's the vision - we must keep hammering them until
they submit. It will require resolve on your part.

How do we get there? We keep doing what we're doing.
It's working. We have to build to a critical mass, but
we can do it. Relentless people cannot be stopped. We
must be relentless. We must create the power to bend
our "rulers" to our will, or they will surely bend us
to theirs.

Email and the Internet is the way this starts. These
tools will be to us what the Committees of
Correspondence were to the American Revolution. They
will allow us to network, to find and mobilize allies,
and to prepare to deliver the telling punch.

We combine our email with radio interviews and radio
advertising. And possibly, with your support, we can
even give the national media the same treatment we're
going to give Congress, because the media failed to
tell us what Congress was doing with HR 10. We can make
the noise grow louder and louder.

At first it's only an annoying buzz in a politicians
ear. But by the end their ears will bleed from the
hugeness of the sound.

Minute by minute I'm watching the numbers for our
Electronic Lobbyist campaign tick upwards. Last month
we sent 6,018 Downsize DC messages to Congress. Now, in
just 7 days, we've sent 4,503, and most of those have
come in the last 24 hours.

I can see it happening as I watch our statistics page
on my computer screen. "Pass along" messages are
flowing out to spread the alarm through the Internet,
new people are flowing in and registering to be DC
Downsizers as a result of this campaign. And messages
are rushing out to Congress.

Let's keep pushing. Let's keep the sound growing.

* Send more messages to Congress. Go to the
"National ID Database" campaign at
If you've done so already, call a friend, and
urge them to join you.

* Send a message to all your friends, asking them to
participate. Please use the system on our website
to do this if you can, so we can keep track of
what's happening and use that good news to
encourage others to join.

* Let's start that "buzzing in the ear." Let's
make their phones ring so much it gives them a
headache. Call the architects of this disaster,
Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert and House
Majority Leader Tom Delay - especially if you live
in their districts! Tell them you oppose HR 10.
If they tell you the bill has already passed,
tell them you want it repealed immediately.
Remember, you're the boss. Here are
their phone numbers . . .

Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL)
Phone: 202-225-2976
Fax: 202-225-0697

Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX)
Tel: 202-225-4000
Fax: 202-225-5117

* Help us run more radio ads on this issue. We're on
120 stations TODAY ONLY, but we need to keep the ads
on the air, and expand. I urge you; please make a
secure contribution on our website.

This is only the beginning of our fight. We cannot give
up on this one. The future of freedom is at stake.

Go forth and annoy the politicians! They've been
begging for it.

Jim Babka
Downsize DC

P.S. "No snowflake in an avalanche feels itself
responsible." -- C.P. Snow

Be a snowflake!


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