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Newly Proposed: Intelligence Test Required for Voters
American Voters Required to Pass Basic Intelligence Test
Reporting for the Daily Constitutional: Investigative journalist - GA Anderson
Republican Motor Voter Tactic Prompt Calls for Voter Intelligence Test Requirement
Prompted by allegations that Republican Party organizers in Illinois bused in 312 mentally disabled patients from the state-run Pilgrim Psychiatric Center, to vote in the hotly contested District 12 House of Representatives race - voting precincts throughout the district are reporting ad hoc Citizen's for Intelligent Voters committees are barring precinct entrances to anyone unable to answer a simple 5-question true or false intelligence test.
Local Republican Party spokesman J. Voltaire issued this statement -strongly dening the allegations of voter fraud.
"Every person we brought to these precincts was a legitimately registered voter. We used the same process that the now-defunct ACORN voter registrars used in their 2008 Presidential race voter drives. Yes, some of those voters may have been sightly confused about where they were, but they were all legally registered District 12 voters."
Local Democrat Party officials, caught in the conflict between allowing these legally registered voters in, or denouncing their mental capacity to form rational voting decisions, are concerned that any response they make could be construed as a call for voter intelligence test requirements. Party spokesmen are deferring any official comments, saying only;
"We feel this very serious and important issue would be better served if all parties concerned refrained from making statements or commenting about any need for voter qualification tests, whether they be intelligence tests or citizenship verification, until election officials have completed their investigation."
*Author's note: The above is entirely fictional, the contents below are not.
Stupid is not a nice word...
Stupid, to me is a very derogatory word. I don't like it, I don't like to use it. And I think it is a very rude word, that will many times reflect as poorly on the person using it, as the person it is directed at, (am I shooting myself in the foot here), but still, it is unfortunately a very apt description for some folks in this world. And those folks are the ones we are about to discuss.
Should there be voter intelligence requirements
Generally speaking, the audacity to even ask that question will prompt such indignation that, 1) it is not deemed to even deserve an answer, and 2) the questioner will receive such looks of derision that a common pond toad would seem a prince in comparison.
But, is it such a blasphemous question?
Put aside for a moment issues of ideology and fairness, hold back on claims of rights and entitlements, for just this once, look at the question in the perspective of the real world we all live in daily. Not the world as we want it to be, but the actual real common-sense world of how it is.
Now, can you honestly say you have never met anyone too stupid to be allowed to vote? Remember the question isn't whether they have a right to vote, just are they too stupid to vote.
Perhaps my world is the fantasy world, but I would view with skepticism any answer that is other than, "Yes, I have." Unless of course you have lived a very cloistered life, and never met more than 11 people.
There are of course, degrees of stupid. From too stupid to come in out of the rain, to semi-stupid, like too stupid to realize you should not strike a match while standing in a puddle of gasoline. Or lick a metal light pole in arctic weather, or stick a bottle rocket in their butt and light it. (one of the Jackass Movie skits was a guy really doing that, not fake, not CG, he really did it)
Now really, should someone in those categories have the power to decide the fate of our elected leaders? Remember this is not about folks that have mental disabilities, or reduced mental capacities, this is about stupid people that do stupid things,
If you answered yes, then you probably wouldn't mind if the moron from the Dipsy-Doodle did your open-heart surgery.
Enough silliness, but the real issue is...
For Americans, the right to vote is one of the foundation stones this great nation stands on. The right of every legal age citizen to participate in choosing our governing leaders. One of the great equalizers, poor man or rich man, each vote counts the same. Guaranteed to us by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution.
Wait... it may be technical and picky, but the Constitution doesn't actually state, and guarantee us a right to vote, like it does with the right to free speech, and freedom of the press, and so on. What it actually does state are the things that cannot be used to deny our right to vote, like race or gender.
Although most states would probably face rebellion if they tried to use it, the Constitution actually leaves the power of establishing which citizens have a right, to vote up to them. For instance, Texas has voter laws that deny the vote to convicted felons and mentally incapacitated people. Many other states have the same. Technically, except for the office of President, which the Constitution does state a minimum age of 18 is required, there is nothing in the Constitution to prevent a state from allowing 13-year-olds to vote in state elections. Not feasible, but technically permissible.
Just making the point that although it would make for a helluva court case, the Constitution would not bar a state from passing a Stupid-voter law. But enough of that, getting back to stupid people voting.
What about people that aren't really stupid...
... but make stupid choices
Like voting for someone because they have the same zodiac sign, or wear the kind of clothes they like, or have a nice smile, or any one of thousands of other reasons that don't have anything to do with a person's ability to do the job.
Of course they have a right to vote for those reasons, but isn't that a stupid way to pick the people to run your government?
Not seeing any legitimate arguments against stupid voting yet?
Before preceding, remember there have been local elections won by as little as one vote. There have been state elections won by as little as seven votes. And there have been national elections where the electoral college votes of a state were determined by fewer than 100 votes.
Yes, one vote can make a difference.
Moving on, what about the stupidly naive, the ones that believe every thing a politician tells them, even when the cold hard proof of the lie is in front of them. Like Congressman Jefferson and his tin-foil wrapped bundle of freezer cash. But he said he didn't do it, it wasn't his, so of course it must be your lying eyes.
Or the stupidly gullible, like the ones that take the list of who to vote for that their buddy Slick gave them, into the voting booth.
Or the really stupidly dumb, that thinks its a gag and just go in an pull all the levers with their eyes closed.
Of course they have the right to do that. Of course they have the right to vote any way they want, and for any reason. Waste it, or give it away, as long as they don't get caught selling it, they have a right to their vote.
But you know that the actions of your elected officials have an impact on your life, on your freedoms and liberties, on your wallet, on the rules that control your efforts and actions, on the taxes taken from your paycheck, your, your, your, your,...
Come on, you know they have a right to vote, but deep inside do you really want that stupid voter to be the swing vote that determines whether Honest Bob or Slick Dick gets control of the rule book you have to live by?
But who has the right to make that decision....
So the righteous indignation is back, "Who has the right to make a decision like that about someone's right?" you ask. Did you ask that? You did? Well at least you are considering that there just might be people out there too stupid to vote.
If a voter can't at least tell me one or two things that their candidate stands for, and maybe a little something about their voting record, or even something as simple as whether or not they have ever been investigated for corruption... then I don't want that stupid voter having a choice concerning the elected officials that will impact my life. I will volunteer to be on the Committee to Weed out Stupid Voters. Hell, another couple drinks and I might even agree to chair the Stupid Committee.
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