Doctors are seen as being more altuistic than lawyers, even if the lawyer is doing human rights work or social activisim pro bono half of his time while the doctor is a heartless HMO arsehole they are still seen as the wonderful person over the evil lawyer.
Also, doctor can save a life, lawyer can't ...unless it's a capital case.
The government here would not have pointed a gun at your head if you refused the card, you just would not have been able to get any medical care, welfare benefits or do much other business with the government. In other words you would be compelled to participate, and if you don't you single yourself out as somebody who ahs something to hide.
I don't have Facebook either, but the fact is that I appear in many group photographs which have been placed on friends, family and work colleagues Facebook pages.
Within five years (on the outside) biometric recognition technology is going tog et to the point where Facebook is going to know everybody that I associate with from those photographs (which I have no control of) nd even if not a single one of people tags my name on them, they will just assign a number to me instead of a name and if anybody neds to investigate it will be pretty easy to find.
So besides the fact that recruiters are now commonly asking people for their Facebook address to have a look and you really can't refuse if you need the job, people are being compelled to participate.
Why do you think a tech company that makes money of some banenr ads and stupid farm games is valued at so many billions?
The government here has been trying to combine ID, healthcare and social security onto one issued card since 1985 and everytime it has been brought up under different names it has been slammed as a privacy breach.
a few decades later and a private company comes along that wants you to tell it who all of your friends are, where you work, who you vote for and what you like to buy (while stating that they own all of the information to sell to who they like) and everybody is on board.
The thing that really shook my confidence in the willingness of American people to rebel were the stories that came out a while after Hurricane Katrina about the authorities simply declaring an emergency and confiscating guns from people who were not breaking the law.
The fact that the government could do this at will and people just handed their guns over (they may have bitched and cried as they were cuffed and maced, but they didn't light up any pigs and hang their bodies from bridges as a warning to their frinds to respect the people). The NRA did launch a lwasuit but that proved jack shit, what was done was done and people did not have their firearms when they felt they needed them most in their entire lives.
Add to that the reports of police atrocities (firing on unarmed civilians) and it makes you wonder why nobody is willing to stick their necks out except for a bunch of hippies in the sixites and a handful of nutter right wingers.
They couldn't fire him because Irish are a protected class in the future and the Federation HR had an unofficial directive to avoid further crippling lawsuits from Ferenghi lawyers.
They also needed to keep him isolated as he would start too many fights over imagined slights against the Pope or Irish in general. Putting him in the Transporter room meant that people would not have to talk with him for more than two minutes as they can just say "gotta go!"
I read a comment suggesting that they could unsubtley throw the survivors from The Six Billion of the Vulcan shoah onto some "uninhabited desert" planet that actually is home to some backward race that does not take kindly to the new neighbours.