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    Teh stupid is extra strong with this one

    mtnsnake (1000+ posts) Tue Sep-16-08 12:25 PM
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    If people have to take tests for driver's permits then why not issue a quiz before someone can vote?
    Advertisements [?]People have the right to vote, regardless of whether they know anything or not, so even if they fail the quiz they could still vote, of course, but at least it would be an eye opener for them.

    IMO, if everyone had to take a very basic political quiz before they walked into the voting booth...and find out what the correct answers were...then Democrats probably wouldn't lose another election for decades. Most ignorant people who walk into a voting booth and pull the level for "R" don't even know who or what they're voting for or what those people stand for. They vote "R" because their parents brought them up that way. They don't know the first thing about the issues or the candidates, NOTHING.

    My point is that we keep complaining how America elects idiots for Presidents because people in this country are so stupid. I don't think it's so much that people are stupid, but they're just ignorant, at least most of the ones who vote Republican are.

    For example, my first 4 questions on the voter's quiz would be:

    1) Barack Obama used to be a Muslim. True or False
    2) Under Obama's economic plan, he is not going to raise taxes on the middle class. True or False
    3) John McCain was a POW in WWII. True or False
    4) John McCain and Sarah Palin both agree we should drill in Alaska for oil. True or False

    If all voters had to take a basic quiz about current political affairs, then the USA would be soooo much better off for it. At the very least, millions of previously ignorant might learn a few important facts before they could walk into a voting booth again.

    *** Just in case....for any lurking freepers, the correct answers are 1)F, 2)T, 3)F, 4)F ***
    Bornaginhooligan (1000+ posts) Tue Sep-16-08 12:26 PM
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    2. Congratulations, you just failed the intelligence test to vote.
    You just demonstrated an appalling lack of knowledge when it comes to history, democracy, and civil rights.

    Please take your own advice and refrain from voting.
    mtnsnake (1000+ posts) Tue Sep-16-08 12:34 PM
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    17. You have failed the most basic edition of Reading Comp 101
    Issuing a quiz, a quiz that prevents NO ONE from being allowed to vote, no matter how they score, is not demonstrating an appalling lack of knowledge. Tough shit for you if you don't like the idea of educating the voters on the issues. Cry baby.
    Bornaginhooligan (1000+ posts) Tue Sep-16-08 12:37 PM
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    22. Again, thanks for demonstrating another issue with literacy tests.
    They only apply to the other uneducated ignoramus, not the uneducated ignoramus issuing the test.
    mtnsnake (1000+ posts) Tue Sep-16-08 12:39 PM
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    23. Nice try. Next time read the entire OP carefully before you make a fool of yourself
    AGAIN.
    MiniMe (1000+ posts) Tue Sep-16-08 12:27 PM
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    3. Voting is a right, driving is considered a priviledge
    mtnsnake (1000+ posts) Tue Sep-16-08 12:28 PM
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    6. Exactly, that's why I said people could still vote regardless of a quiz. n/t
    MadHound (1000+ posts) Tue Sep-16-08 12:30 PM
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    10. Two reasons,
    First, you can't expect the state to do the job of the campaign. It is up to the campaign to inform voters and refute lies, don't expect the state to. Second, having an intelligence test was tried and declared unconstitutional.

    Sorry, but that's a stupid, irrational and unconstitutional idea.
    TomInTib (1000+ posts) Tue Sep-16-08 12:36 PM
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    21. If it was as easy as the CA tests, my dog could vote.
    Hell, the State of California gave me a Drivers License without requiring me to take a driving test.

    And I had not had a license for the past ten years.


    riverdeep (1000+ posts) Tue Sep-16-08 03:05 PM
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    40. It's an interesting thought experiment.
    The way it stands right now, someone who religiously reads the papers, scours the internet, goes to both candidates rallies, talks to friends and family about the issues, in short does all the right things someone who takes citizenship seriously is supposed to do, is considered exactly equivalent to someone who glances at Fox news while passing out on the couch the night before the election.
    Change Fox News to someone who laps up the crap from DU, kos, huffington and Olberman then I'd almost agree with you.

    King Sandbox (937 posts) Tue Sep-16-08 03:05 PM
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    41. I've known farts in church that went over better.
    Edited on Tue Sep-16-08 03:06 PM by King Sandbox
    That's not a competency test, that's a push poll.
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    If people have to take tests for driver's permits then why not issue a quiz before someone can vote?
    Bravo!

    People have the right to vote, regardless of whether they know anything or not
    That would be where in the Constitution, exactly?

    even if they fail the quiz they could still vote
    Then what the hell is the point? Do you want people that fail the driver's test to be allowed to drive just because they got an 'eye opener'? Is that in your 'Constitution' also?

    IMO, if everyone had to take a very basic political quiz before they walked into the voting booth...and find out what the correct answers were...then Democrats probably wouldn't lose another election for decades.
    And I'm sure that said quiz would be completely impartial to any candidate, right? It would be geared towards finding out if you know anything about the electoral process in this country rather than trying to steer you in a certain direction, right?

    They vote "R" because their parents brought them up that way.
    Unfortunately, that is a big slice of the Republican voting base. Hence the term "Ma and Pa Republican".

    1) Barack Obama used to be a Muslim. True or False
    Not "political" at all. Epic fail.

    2) Under Obama's economic plan, he is not going to raise taxes on the middle class. True or False
    Nothing to do with the electoral process in this country. Epic fail.

    3) John McCain was a POW in WWII. True or False
    Not "political" at all. Epic fail, and nice way to make people think he wasn't a POW at all, by making this "False".

    4) John McCain and Sarah Palin both agree we should drill in Alaska for oil. True or False
    Nothing to do with the electoral process in this country. Epic fail.

    If all voters had to take a basic quiz about current political affairs, then the USA would be soooo much better off for it. At the very least, millions of previously ignorant might learn a few important facts before they could walk into a voting booth again.
    If there was something lower than 'F' to give your 'quiz', you would get the grade below THAT. The only positive to McCain becoming president-elect in November would be the weeping and wailing of people like you.
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    Let's see...

    We have to pay someone to come up with the test questions. We have to pay someone to print the tests. We have to pay someone for those little golf pencils we'll need to take the test. We have to pay someone to transport said tests and pencils all over the country. We have to pay someone to administer the test and we have to pay someone to grade the test. Then, after all that happens, whether you pass or fail you can still vote.

    DUmmies sure love spending other peoples money for absolutely nothing.
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    I say DUmpers should have to take a test to vote, even dumb down the questions like, which way does a road go or does ice cream have bones! They would all fail!:D
    Do it DU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JB View Post
    Let's see...

    We have to pay someone to come up with the test questions. We have to pay someone to print the tests. We have to pay someone for those little golf pencils we'll need to take the test. We have to pay someone to transport said tests and pencils all over the country. We have to pay someone to administer the test and we have to pay someone to grade the test. Then, after all that happens, whether you pass or fail you can still vote.

    DUmmies sure love spending other peoples money for absolutely nothing.
    I'd come up with the test questions for free. :D

    1. Which of the following is not a branch of government?
    (a) Judicial
    (b) Lobbyists
    (c) Legislative

    2. Which of the following is not a house of Congress?
    (a) House of Representatives
    (b) Senate
    (c) White House

    3. What is it called when the President returns a bill to Congress unsigned?
    (a) Veto
    (b) Verdict
    (c) Bitchslap

    4. How many senators does each state have?
    (a) Two
    (b) Three
    (c) Four

    5. What is the highest judicial body in the United States?
    (a) The American Idol jury
    (b) The Supreme Court
    (c) The People's Court

    Now, you'd have to bring your own pencil, but we still have to print the tests. I recommend we stop welfare every election cycle for four months to cover the cost of printing and grading the tests. And you can bet that if you miss three of these questions, you won't be voting this time around.
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    Wow, Troll, I'm impressed with what you did in this thread.
    First, you tore that DUmmie's post a new one.
    Then, you offer a sensible alternative, in the form of quiz questions which are not biased, directly pertain to politics, and can potentially be used again in later elections.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Troll View Post

    5. What is the highest judicial body in the United States?
    (a) The American Idol jury
    (b) The Supreme Court
    (c) The People's Court

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    Anyone who chooses (a) for this question gets deported.
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    Polling volunteer: "Ok Bob, you have to answer one question before you can vote."
    Bob: "Shoot"
    Polling volunteer: "Ok Bob, what is your name?"
    Bob: "That's a trick question isn't it"
    Polling volunteer: "Wrong answer Bob. Try again in four years. Next!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by movie buff View Post
    Wow, Troll, I'm impressed with what you did in this thread.
    First, you tore that DUmmie's post a new one.
    Then, you offer a sensible alternative, in the form of quiz questions which are not biased, directly pertain to politics, and can potentially be used again in later elections.
    I try to refrain from posting too much in B/W, but this thread pissed me off. It's taking what I consider to be a really good idea and just ruining it completely. :mad:
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    The most shocking thing about MNTSnake's post admitting that the Democrats lost elections :eek:

    But he/she/it did manage to insult the sh*t out of the people whom they wanted to vote their way by calling them all stupid.

    Moonbats never learn; they still think you can get people to vote your way by threating them like sh*t.
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