Thursday, February 26, 2009
Pop quiz for voters
All the people that fought for voter's rights over the years miscalculated, or were niave, about the people's ability to self govern. Mind you, voter's rights for minorities and women are absolutely a good thing. Lack of knowledge about our system as set up by the founding fathers is not isolated to any group.
Next time people go to vote, they should have to pass a quiz on basic principals of the rules that govern them. Here's my version:
1) How many branches of Government are there?
2) What number president was Alexander Hamilton?
3) Does the Consitution guarantee a Democratic (majority rule) or Republican (checks and balances to avoid the tyrrany of the majority) form of government?
4) True or False---The Constitution forbids the President and Congress from exerting power over things not specifically provided for in the Constitution, giving that authority to the states.
5) Which right is protected by the Constitution: A) Education B) Healthcare C) Protection from seizure of property
6) What document guarantees seperation of Church and State?
7) True or False--The President is responsible for writing Federal Laws
8) To what branch of Government does the Vice President belong?
I'd change the quiz every election cycle. The purpose is not to disenfranchise anybody. The purpose is to assure people take the responsibility towards civic duty seriously, and vote what's best for the nation, along the lines the founding fathers intended...Not just what's best for an interest group