Alfred E. Trump
David Harsanyi throws up his hands at watching voters in Republican primaries choosing Donald Trump as the conservative candidate in opposition to RINOs like Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, and Paul Ryan. We have to stop this kind of thing from happening again. We need some way to screen drunks and crazies out of the voting booth.
Never have so many people with so little knowledge made so many consequential decisions for the rest of us.
A person need only survey the inanity of the ongoing presidential race to comprehend that the most pressing problem facing the nation isnâ€™t Big Business, Big Labor, Big Media or even Big Money in politics.
Itâ€™s you, the American voter. And by weeding out millions of irresponsible voters who canâ€™t be bothered to learn the rudimentary workings of the Constitution, or their preferred candidateâ€™s proposals or even their history, we may be able to mitigate the recklessness of the electorate.
No, we shouldnâ€™t erect physical barriers to ballot access. Letâ€™s purchase more voting machines, hire additional poll workers, streamline the registration process, mail out more ballots for seniors and produce more â€œRock the Voteâ€ ads imploring apathetic millennials to embrace their civic duty.
At the same time, letâ€™s also remember that checking a box for the candidate whose campaign ads you like best is one of the most overrated obligations of the self-governed. If you have no clue what the hell is going on, you also have a civic duty to avoid subjecting the rest of us to your ignorance.
Unfortunately, we canâ€™t trust you.
Now, if voting is a consecrated rite of democracy, as liberals often argue, surely society can have certain minimal expectations for those participating. And if citizenship itself is as hallowed as Republicans argue, then surely the prospective voter can be asked to know just as much as the prospective citizen. Letâ€™s give voters a test. The citizenship civics test will do just fine.
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And let’s bring back the poll tax while we’re at it!