Why the objection to literacy tests for potential voters?

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    It's not like anyone is denied an education nowadays. If you can't read/write English, you don't know what form of government the U.S. has, or you can't name the two houses of Congress, why the fuck should you be allowed to vote and fuck this country up more?


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    Do you think that human's were dumb before we were able to read and write?
     
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    Most still are.

    How can anyone who doesn't demonstrate a basic knowledge of the nation, the language in which its laws are written, and the form of its government be trusted to participate in the government?
     
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    I'm not so certain it is the illiterate who vote.... are the ones picking the WRONG people....I think us supposed educated ones are doing a fine job, all on our own.
     
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    I have experience with this, first hand....

    My grandparents came here from Italy very late in life to be near their only living child-my mother, I think they were in their 50's and 60's. Neither of them spoke English, so my mother was their interpreter...with everything, for the next 30 years, until they died....she took them to the doctor, the dentist, the grocery stores, the banks and was there to translate....later in life, when my sister and I were older, we helped with interpreting things for them if they needed it.

    After 5 years here, they took their citizenship test and they both passed it and became citizens....there were no 2 people on this earth more proud to be American Citizens....

    They kept up with the news by reading the daily newspaper delivered to their home, in Italian that kept up with all the politics and government etc, for their community in Brooklyn, NY.

    They asked questions of me or my dad or mom or sis....the Baker the Grocer etc who all spoke Italian...to keep themselves informed.

    They were MORE INFORMED than I was at 20-29, I can say that much.....

    Just because someone does not speak english fluently, does not mean in the least, that they do NOT know what is going on or who to vote for....they probably know better than the average American born here, imho.

    Now my grandpa ended up being able to speak broken english, but my grandmother was hopeless.....and she tried and tried and was just the old dog that new tricks could not be taught....this didn't make her any less knowledgeable on what was happening than him.
     
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    50% of this country DOES NOT vote....

    THAT is a more serious issue to me....

    no one should be required to take a test, in order to be represented.
     
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    While I agree with you proletarian, it just wouldn't fly. I'd like to see people pass a test to parent, but that wouldn't fly either. Stupidity is a fundamental right.
     
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    The major problem I have with literacy is this, you end up thinking a lot about the nature of the world and find out what a fucking farce the entire blue ball is and so to have any chance of happiness you have to drink your literacy away.

    That and the fact that it makes your eyes go to shit.

    Oh, and the poetry of Harold Pinter.
     
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    They are unconstitutional. Everyone of the proper age has a protected right to vote. Further they have a long storied history of ABUSE.
     
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    In your heart of hearts I think you know why this is allowed.

    If we didn't allow the terminal stupid to vote, both parties would be out on their asses.
     
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