FrankChurch wrote:Watch out, Barber may be in the CIA.
You still for literacy tests Steven?
(I'm not, but I have been checked out by them, the NIA and the FBI, Frank. How's that grab you?)
I was never for literacy tests, per se. I am all for tests demonstrating that you have a grasp of the fundamentals of the issues at hand when you're voting. And that when someone registers to vote they ought to pass a basic citizenship test (something like these sort of questions: http://www.theusgov.com/citizenshippreptest.htm ), demonstrating that they have some understanding of what the Constitution actually says, and what this country is all about.
Voting in ignorance defeats everyone's purpose, and defending someone's right to be an ignorant voter is the same sort of logic as the Tea Party's vehement defense of rich people's tax rate (both of which ultimately slits everyone else's throat).
It doesn't mean we test to make sure everyone agrees, and you don't test for party affiliation or probable voting behavior. We test to make sure people have an understanding of what they are doing. You don't hand car keys or a gun to people who just walk in the door, so why shouldn't we be asked to demonstrate some basic knowledge of American civics before we can vote? (Or perhaps less controversially, make HS students pass the test before they can graduate.)
I realize it may be a slippery slope, but NOT testing for it hasn't exactly kept us off the ice. http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valley ... immigr.php