> In denmark we have had national identity number since 1968, (stored as magnetic tape records!), and no genocide has happened yet or any known misappropriation.
In the USA we have a thing called the 'social security number'. Which is our identity number that is not a identity number, but actually really is used as a number that identifies you.
It pre-dates your number by 32 years.
> But i know that cultural acceptance of central governance is quite different in the US :).
If you had a representative democracy that has been around for over 200 years and has turned into our government then you'd probably have a much better idea as to why this attitude is common. Try fluctuation between the Clintons and the Bushes as your 'supreme leader' for a couple decades. :P
Not to mention certain underlining attitudes subconsciously inherited from our grandparents and great grandparents who wanted nothing more in life but to get the hell out of Europe. ;)