Unfortunately, this has become an annual event. A summer initiation of sorts.
Once again, I was detained for questioning by government officials.
This year was unusually unnerving.
No, it wasn’t by rogue TSA agents targeting an alleged conservative blogger.
Once again. I was suspected of crossing a border to illegally access government-provided services.
Here’s the story …
Yes, your (usually) mild-mannered man of the classroom … stood up on suspicion of unlawful conduct.
An intimidating officer of the state demanded to see a photo ID — proof of citizenship – and my car’s registration.
OK, it wasn’t the U.S.- Mexico border … it was the Maryland-Virginia border.
The services that I was allegedly attempting to use illegally: use of the “Anne Arundel County landfill and recycling center” (a.k.a. the local dump).
That’s right. In order to throw an old desk chair into the landfill dumpster, I had to show my driver’s license and to produce proof of Anne Arundel County, Maryland residency. Fortunately, I may be the only person in Maryland driving around with paid real estate tax bills in my glove compartment.
Think about it.
Maryland is a state that – for example – reportedly looks the other way when it comes to admitting illegal immigrants into public schools and allows them to pay in-state tuitions at colleges. No harm, no foul.
Photo ID to vote in Maryland?
No way !!!
But, the line gets drawn in the sand at the local dump.
I didn’t really mind showing my ID docs, but the situation certainly did make me scratch my head (again) …