Thank you Walter, for clueing me in..DUH

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    Cronkite: Americans too Dumb to Vote

    Former CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite, in an appearance on CNN's "Larry King Live," said Americans are too dumb to vote for the right candidates.

    "We're an ignorant nation right now," Cronkite said. "I don't think we're bright enough to do the job that would preserve our democracy, our republic. I think we're in serious danger."

    Cronkite proposed that, in the future, all ballots be considered "provisional" until screened and approved by the Federal Elections Commission. To aid the process, future ballots would also require additional information on the voter's gender, ethnic background and income.

    "Only ballots by rich, white men would be counted for Republicans," said Cronkite. "It doesn't make any sense for women, minorities or lower-income people to vote this way. Those who do are obviously too dumb to vote and their ballots shouldn't be counted.

    This is from the arizona conserative..
     
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    I get it. Women, minorities, or poor families can only vote if they vote Democrat. If they disagree with the party line, well, screw them. They are too stupid to understand the issues anyway. The only reason they are allowed to vote in the first place is cause they blindly follow what the party says.

    And Democrats wonder why they are losing?
     
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    was this a spoof or did he actually say that? If he did say that, the man is more senial then i thought.
     
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    He actually said it. atleast part of it.
     
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    Walter thinks he lives in a Dumbocracy.
     
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    How about a link to a transcript?
     
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    I found it hard to believe myself.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20051005-121416-6326r_page2.htm

    A Google search will bring up plenty of other examples.

    It's a rather arrogent opinion. A couple of elections don't go the way he wants them to, and suddenly people are too dumb to vote. Not to mention if Rush Limbaugh or Bill O'Reilly spouted off with something like this, they would be marked a racist, and probably a few other things.

    Of course, it's not really surprising. Cronkite was the most notable figure pushing the theory that Karl Rove was behind the Osama Bin Laden tape beofre the election last year.
     
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    I was referring more to this part:

    Which, when I googled, I only found one hit: The Arizona Conservative. It seems odd that there's only one hit.
     
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    I finally managed to dig up the transcript. It was from the September 20 Larryy King Live show, I thought it was from last Friday.

    According to the transript, he never said anything about race or education requirements, so maybe he hasn't completely lost his mind. Odd thing is, when he starts, he is saying something I totally agree with. It eventually drifts to subtle partisanship.

    http://edition.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0509/30/lkl.01.html

    CRONKITE: You can take off if you want to. No, I am so appalled at the amount we pay our teachers. Now here are the people that we turn our children over to at the age of five or so to -- to -- they're the most important people in their lives, probably more so than their parents in many cases unfortunately.

    But we pay them so little that in nearly every school district of the country the janitors in the buildings in which they work make more than they do as teachers for heaven's sakes. We should be ashamed of ourselves.

    If we expect this country to work, it depends on an informed, an intelligent electorate. You know, Thomas Jefferson said very early on in our republic that the nation that expects to be ignorant and free expects it never can and never will be.

    We're an ignorant nation right now. We're not really capable I do not think the majority of our people of making the decisions that have to be made at election time and particularly in the selection of their legislatures and their Congress and the presidency of course. I don't think we're bright enough to do the job that would preserve our democracy, our republic. I think we're in serious danger.
     
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    Nice work. Repage for you. Can we but the :bsflag: up for that Arizona conservative story then? There certainly was no need to make up that kind of dialogue that never happened...
     

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