[quote]Professor X wrote:
Professor X wrote:
Revealing. But not surprising.
This only reinforces my stance on a nationwide “voter exam”, where voters would be tested on their knowledge of current events, government, the candidates stance on certain issues, and who their representatives in Congress are.
LOL. People want there to be NO restrictions on guns but want American citizens to have advanced degrees in politics just to vote. Yep, that makes perfect sense.
We need to pass a test to drive a car. Would it not benefit the system to actually have a test on how our government works. Basic tests about how the system works BEFORE voting in it?
I do see benefits. MOST people don’t even know an assemblyman from a state senator or governor. Or that state government is different that federal.
The problem is we only have a 75% high school graduation rate today and people are either uninformed or misinformed.
There was a comedian who went out and did interviews and asked uninformed inner city voters if they were ok with Obama’s selection of Sarah Palin as the VP…if they were comfortable with a woman as a running mate…most all went with it and said they supported her and his decision.
Now if the group who needs the most help is unwilling to educate themselves, we are in for a consistant downward spiral where isues are not the real things people vote on.
My question is this…when responses were made stating that many voters were uninformed when they voted for Bush in 2000 or 2004, we heard NONE of this. Why? In fact, it is very strange that SUDDENLY it is an issue about voters being more informed when voters as a whole in this country are probably more informed than they have ever been.
Do you think that if this were the early 1800’s that every backwoods farmer who voted or even every progressive city dweller knew all about their government? Hell no. Most of what they knew came from pamphlets and flyers…or outdated newspaper articles that were delivered weeks after the event.
Most people probably don’t know their own representatives…which may be sad but it is by no means new.[/quote]
We aren’t going to start this crap again about suddenly everyone has changed since the election and no one cared when Bush was in office like in the thread about the patriot act and conservative just jumping ship since they are out of power.