Back in my grade-school days I was constantly told to fear living in a country like Russia where you always must carry identification. Americans were free and did not have to carry "papers" and show them to the authorities, like the communists behind the Iron Curtain. So I was told by church, state and media.
Flash forward 50 years to today's discussions of changes in voting laws:
“If you have to show a picture ID to buy Sudafed, if you have to show a picture ID to get on an airplane, you should show a picture ID when you vote,” Gov. Nikki Haley (R) said in the spring when she signed the bill into law in South Carolina.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris W. Kobach said. “This is an issue where most Americans recognize that a photo ID is a part of American life today. . . . ”
Today Americans carry and show identification.
We are all Soviets now.