Monday, June 26, 2017
Week three comment 1 June 26, 2017
What do you think of Mill’s proposal to “give extra votes to citizens with university degrees or intellectually demanding jobs”?
After watching Jay Leno’s “Jaywalking Citizenship Test” on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJlY9C7YWzI it would be easy to make an argument that few citizens should be allowed to vote whether they have a college degree or not. I have taken the Citizenship test several times to be able to help immigrants who want to become citizens and personally, I would not object if all citizens were required to retake the citizenship test before they would be allowed to vote. In fact, I believe that anyone running for an elected office should be required to take it and score no less than ninety-five percent and in case of federally elected officials, I believe that they should be required to complete a six-month course on the Constitution before being allowed to run for office and failure to pass an independently prepared exam with at least a score of ninety percent would disqualify them for that election and mandate that if they wanted to run again, they would be required to retake the six-month course and successfully past it.
I know that most citizens would object to this, but I sincerely wonder how many citizens could pass the citizenship test and if they at least had to study for it, then they would be better citizens. Here is a link to just twenty questions. Try it and see how you do. https://my.uscis.gov/en/prep/test/civics/view