LTE: Real ID Act is federal government overreach

To the editor,
The federal Real ID Act begs the question of whether or not the federal dovernment has the constitutional power to regulate state drivers’ licenses. I have heard no debate about this question in the media or in the deliberations of the Minnesota Legislature.

This is a serious question, because it goes to the core of our elected representatives oath of office to defend and protect the U.S. Constitution. The powers of the federal government is limited and defined in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. I find no power granted therein to regulate state drivers’ licenses. That means that this power is reserved to the states or the people under the 10th Amendment. That being the case, one can conclude that the Real ID Act is a usurpation of power, and is, therefore, unconstitutional.

We hear that if we don’t pass this law we may have to get a passport to fly out of state. How unconstitutional is that? We don’t need a passport to visit Wisconsin or any other state. Will that come next?

I’m encouraged that the Minnesota Senate voted against this act, but I’m discouraged that the Minnesota House voted for it. We the people are the ultimate defenders of the Constitution. Unless we hold our elected representatives accountable to their oath of office, we are on the slippery road to tyranny. It’s my civic duty to tell my representatives to reject the Real ID Act. I’m doing this by writing this letter and sending them a copy.

Rolland Neve