Georgia State Rep. Bobby Franklin is sponsoring the Right to Travel Act, which includes this clause:
Free people have a common law and constitutional right to travel on the roads and highways that are provided by their government for that purpose. Licensing of drivers cannot be required of free people because taking on the restrictions of a license requires the surrender of an inalienable right.
He can't be serious, right?
"One of your inalienable rights is the right to travel, the right to move about without needing your papers," Franklin told WSB in Atlanta. "You shouldn't have to have permission from the state to exercise a right that has been inalienably given to you from your creator."
And where have we heard this kind of argument before? From right-wing extremists like the Montana Freemen. Scott Roeder, the man who murdered abortion provider Dr. George Tiller in 2009, explained it in a 1996 interview on the Uncle Ed Show.
"Well, actually, I think it comes down to our God-given rights, and one of those is the God-given to travel," he said. "What the state has done is turn that into a privilege to drive. And how they do that is through our driver's license, when we sign for our license....Traveling as a right, you're not encumbered by licensing, registration, insurance. You know, people today say that we're free. Some still believe that we're free. And I urge anyone who thinks they're free to drive down the road without a driver's license."
No one's saying Rep. Franklin and Scott Roeder are the same cat, only that they're arguing this one same point.