I’ll be honest, I’ve sometimes joked that people should have to be required to take a test before they can vote. Not because I want to disenfranchise anyone from voting, but because it’s a bit terrifying when you think about the fact that millions of people vote who have absolutely no idea who it is that they’re voting for.
While the right to vote is a great privilege that we have in this country, the reality is our government is mostly comprised of politicians who were voted into office by quite a few people who knew nothing else about these candidates other than their party affiliation.
Straight-ticket voting, gotta love it.
But the reality is requiring any kind of test to vote is flat-out unconstitutional. History has proven almost any kind of stipulation tied to voting rights has always been linked to blatant attempts to disenfranchise voters. That’s why so many people are against these new stricter voter ID laws. It’s not about requiring an ID to vote, it’s about a back-alley way to try to disenfranchise voters. Because while you can’t legally keep people from voting, you can pass policies that make it more difficult for people to get an ID – which would then deter them from voting.
Well, there’s an idea that’s been floated around in several states that would require high school students to pass a citizenship test before being allowed to graduate. Now I’m not so sure about passing a “citizenship test,” but I wouldn’t be against some kind of test that tries to ensure that students graduating high school have at least a basic understanding of how our government works and even a few key pieces of knowledge about our country’s history.
Nothing overly complicated, partisan or at all controversial. Just basic knowledge every American should honestly know. Though, let me be clear, it could have nothing to do with a person’s right to vote.
Though Fox News’ Elisabeth Hasselbeck seems to think we should take this proposed idea a step further and require Americans to pass a test before being allowed to vote.
“Should you have to answer, I mean, the majority of these questions?” Hasselbeck asked. “If not by graduation of high school, but by the time you vote?”
See how that works? You take a good intention (making sure students graduating high school have some basic knowledge about our history and how our government works) then just slightly shift it toward requiring Americans to take a test before they can vote.
A method (along with poll taxes) that racists used for decades to try to keep African Americans from being allowed to vote.
Though it seems Ms. Hasselbeck isn’t at all opposed to this extremely unconstitutional idea.
This segment was clearly about pushing the idea that Americans should be forced to pass a test before they can vote. Hasselbeck repeatedly tried to steer both of her guests toward discussing test requirements for voting rather than discussing the very real problem of our nation’s students having a lack of civic knowledge.
Watch the segment below via Fox News: