I have a rational fear of masses of dumb people electing horrible
candidates who destroy what I love of the United States of America.
After Bush, Trump, and Brexit, it's a good time to discuss an idea that's time may have come: voter testing, let that ring, as uncomfortable as it may seem until you get used to the idea, because it's imperative for the survival of this republic as a self governed and free nation.
It is consistent with democracy and improving its trustworthiness. It will
be another tier of representation, like Congress itself.
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." (as cited in Padover, 1939, p. 89) ". . . whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that, whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them right."
- Thomas Jefferson
If you are a political pundit or a politician (viewed or read and or respected by many) and go about stating that Americans have a "right to vote," then poorly informed people will use it. Rights get taken for granted and abused. It's a privilege to vote; the Framers knew it and wanted it to remain so.
Few of these "voters" would pass the civics, history
or current events questions on their local Voter Registration Test.~~~
Bill of Rights:
Amend the Constitution; let's take that right away from the States.
In 1780, at most, 95% of the public could not read more than their first and last name.
In the two centuries following those figures improved dramatically.
Today, less than 5% of the public will reach adulthood and be illiterate.
We know what Jim Crow laws were, we fully expect voter registration testing to be created for equality, as all government services are supposed to be.
As the Fifteenth Amendment clearly dictates of the Federal government; equality of access to the polls is a right, not voting itself.
A well-informed voter is foundational if the self-government is to work, be trusted, and be fairer to all.
A smart idea.
It can turn the tables on voter suppression where voters' masses have become a competitive goal on partisan sides.
Imagine a pool of steady voters, each passionate and curious, and passing the voter registration test before every general election.
Like tested and licensed drivers, they can steer on the highways of representation to not crash into other people.
Reminder, there is no federally protected, or documented, universal right to vote in the United States. There is a law that defends equality to access.
Consistent with democracy and improving its trustworthiness.
We can all read.
Voting is fundamental to self-government, but there is no federal law that guarantees a citizen a right to vote. There is a law (Amendment 15) that protects equality of access to the polls, and in that manner, it can be called a "right to equality of voting." It's a privilege to vote.
An informed voter is necessary to the effectiveness and stability of any democracy, or they fall apart, collapsing from the ignorant hordes.
Americans don't have to allow people to vote, who don't care enough to study to discover the truth.
We can't afford the LOW INFORMATION voter.
Democracy is FAILING; it's no longer about MASSES of VOTERS because proper representation requires well informed voters, not hundreds of millions of people too busy to find the truth who live in a divided news media environment.
The challenging future will require a reliable body of esteemed tested voters, not millions too busy to understand the complexities of issues.
After Bush, Trump, and Brexit, it's an excellent time to discuss an idea that's time must come.
Because, the low information voter does not have to be here-to-stay. Let them get on with their lives, that are apparently more important than giving thought time to serious issues of the day.
Trump, Brexit, right? C'mon!?
If the nation had voter testing, of history, civics and current events, to become eligible, the numbers would be no less small, and they'd be knowledgeable voters that can't be fooled.
Having a pool of tested voters is a needed next tier of representation.
It is not like there won't be a lot of voters, all representing all needs of all people.
We want the tests to be welcoming and passable. It's who the voter is that's important. Someone who cares enough to keep-up and know their civics, history, and current events.
Imagine that after voter testing is the normal way to register to vote, that 20% of today’s numbers will be participating at that time, but those numbers will be persistent or greater - to be counted on as consistently there, for all candidate to focus on their opinions - of knowledgeable people who care enough. Testing is not designed to fail participants. The great majority should be able to pass the voter test.
Masses of Voters can save us ......
Accepted as true in liberal US politics is, IF the scenario could be true that EVERYONE voted, the Democratic Party would win is logical IF a majority (even a tiny majority) of ALL did their homework, and EVERYONE voted - a fantasy, proven to be every year there's more voters.
It's not quantity, unless your entire competition is about objectifying all voters as simple numbers.
TEST to VOTE, Quality not Quantity
What citizens need are those who want to be part of democracy, enough to find the truth and pass the test.
If we #TestVoters, we will more likely have an electorate who know the truth of current events, history, and civics.
They could be counted on as a consistent number who would vote in a natural disaster.
Voting is a regulated privilege of those who participate in democracy and is not a "right."
If we Test Voters, we will more likely have an electorate who know the truth of current events, history, and civics, as they would be naturally curious information readers.
They could be counted on as a consistent number of voters who will vote in a natural disaster.
Don't confuse rights with your privilege to vote; i.e. you cannot be discriminated against in the process for reasons of race or sex.
A tested voter should get free stuff from city and state governments and a
lot of local discounts.
They should get an annual check from the IRS, of $100. Keeps the numbers of them higher.
With misinformation widely allowed, #voting can be as dangerous as driving a heavy vehicle in a city. If you don't have proper knowledge and ability you are probably going to hurt yourself and others, and be costly.
Voter testing locations should all have great catering with booze. After all, testers are registered voters are honored citizens.
In the future, an answer is advocacy for creation of #VoterTesting, for all lovers of country who keep up w/truth, to have the privilege of running democracy.
You could be sure an apocalyptic event would not stop a tested voter from reaching the polling place or voting online or by mail. By taking the test and passing to become eligible, they have shown great enthusiasm for participation.
Here’s an idea, in conjunction with testing, voting at the time of the test; you choose your candidates and other choices, and then you proceed to take the test. You place your test into a Scantron form that can quickly give you your result, and if you pass the test, your vote gets registered.
In my State there were 248K citizens who voted in a recent primary, of 2.2M eligible (old enough) voters.
While the nation waits for thousands of polling places and assembly of millions of mail-in ballots, published exit polls, inferring winners and losers, will inspire great anxiety, and outbreaks of violence and riots.
Test to vote concept creates a reliable pool of active voters, must like jurists are selected and maintained for trials.
The division of both truth and political bent will be here to stay in societies with freely published media; news distributions outlets that can't be taken away, and can allow biases affect their presentation of truth.
We have abused the Frist Amendment.
We have feared regulating our information.
We must see the necessity of maintaining a fully informed electorate as important as keeping a standing army.
If we #TestVoters, we will more likely have an electorate who know the truth of current events, history, and civics, as naturally curious information readers.
Less likely will be millions of misdirected voters, as we see today, everywhere.
I would include voter testing clause within Amendment 28, Public Campaign Financing.
I want every voter to be proud and feel honored, and not to have the feeling of a granted right, that can be un-appreciated in its use, sometimes far too casually "Let's give him a try, why not!?" Laze-fare voter participation.
We use democracy to run the testing component of voter registration.
A council of elected, term serving elders and their staff keep track of the truth, and agree on all test questions. They are accountable. Not like Fox News.
Below; pardon my humor, but you get the point.
COMBINE this idea with http://PUBLIC-CAMPAIGN-FINANCING.ORG (also by me) and we have got a magnificent new package of REAL REFORMS that can CLEAN UP long standing complaints about the fairness and efficiency of the mechanisms of democracy that we use.
- James Gray Mason
A common misconception is that because Congress lowered the voting age from 21 to 18-years, that they can pass a nationwide change to the process of voting for all Americans.
No, they wrote a Constitutional Amendment that the States later ratified.
A new Amendment to our constitution is like a change to the United States itself; it's our supportive skeleton.
It's one way to stop the next TV celebrity asshole from lying to tens of millions and becoming the president.
I don’t see a better long-term plan to protect democracy from idiots.
The USA is this important.
Voting is dangerous to life.