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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


  1. 100% - guess I can stay.

    Wonder how the president would do...

  2. I wonder how the last two presidents would do.
    Most of our presidents have been either Harvard or Yale graduates and we are $20 trillion dollars in debt. Go figure.
    The qualifier for voting should not be education. Education is not a legitimate indicator of wisdom and it is also not a reliable indicator of political knowledge. The most political savvy person I ever met worked at the landfill. In my estimation, at least 80% of the population is politically ignorant at any given point in time. They are too busy with their ball games and six-pack to care about what government is doing. I have often said, “You may not want to take an interest in politics, but politics will definitely take an interest in you. Think about it the next time your taxes go up.”

  3. I'm pretty sure POTUS 44 would ace the same test I did. His predecessor was a Yale grad, though, and you may have a point there.

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