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Test Your Constitution IQ
Are you qualified to vote?
The highest job of the President of the United States is to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. So in order to be qualified to vote for such a person, one must know what the job entails - or at least have good reason to believe that the candidate does. I have put together a simple 10-question quiz that asks some basic questions about the respective roles of the federal and state governments as prescribed. Take a moment to answer the questions to the best of your ability before you proceed with the rest of this article.
Are you finished? Did you get 100%? If so, you can vote with a clear conscience. If not, we've got some work to do.
Although some technical words are used in the document, you don't need to be a Constitutional lawyer to get a good understanding of the way Washington is supposed to work. After all, the opening words "we the people" set the tone for this people's document. The last thing the authors wanted was another layer of bureaucracy.
You can go to one of many online dictionaries and wikipedia to learn about the legal concepts of habeas corpus, militia, welfare, cruel and unusual punishment, jury nullification, secession, and so forth for a more advanced study. Anyone running for political office should have a firm grasp on these issues.
If you rely on the network or the public school system for reliable knowledge of the role of Washington - or even simple economics - you need to get out more. Your world view has been filtered to conform to the cookie cutters. If you blindly let the paleomedia tell you everything you need to know, you have become a dangerous zombie - and cannon fodder.
The world of information awaits. Don't believe everything you hear. Think for yourself. Do your homework. But most important, if you plan on voting, read the Constitution.
So take a good look at the document and try the test again. It's an open book test.
Once you have passed, you can vote for the next guardian of the Constitution.