Monday, May 16, 2005

Tougher US Voter Requirements

"To begin, we have much too much democracy. We need to discourage people from voting. In fact, the gravest obstacle to the restoration of civilization in North America is universal suffrage. Letting everybody vote makes no sense. Obviously they are no good at it. The whole idea smacks of the fumble-witted idealism of a high-school Marxist society. At least eighty percent of the electorate lives in blank medieval darkness regarding any matter of public policy or history. They might as well vote on the incisions needed in cardiac surgery as try to govern themselves. Poll after poll shows that even graduates of America's pathetic...universities, which means most of the universities, do not know who fought in WWI, or within a century when the Civil War took place, or who Galileo was. These are the better informed. The rest barely know what century they live in. Unalloyed ignorance is not an obvious qualification for governing, despite all appearances." --Fred Reed
Also from The Federalist Patriot 05-20 Brief.

The trick would be to have standards and yet avoid discrimination and disenfranchisement. I would support as a condition to vote a requirement that all citizens pass the same citizenship test we require for all immigrants to pass in order to become naturalized US citizens.

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