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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Re: Talking points?

From: Jase R []

Sent: Sunday, February 21, 2010 01:42 PM
To: 'NoReply'
Subject: Re: Talking points?

And what would you suggest be asked of people as they arrive at the polling stations? Who is the current Speaker of the House? Who is the current minority whip? Who is the current US ambassador to the United Nations? Who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee?

I still don't see what the point of requiring people to know civics trivia, or how it qualifies them to keep their democratic rights. I doubt Sarah Palin could even pass such a test.

Who would regulate the test? Would you really deny people suffrage if they got questions wrong? Do you really not believe that all American citizens, regardless of race, intelligence, financial status etc. deserve a chance to vote for their leaders?

And I'm glad Herbert Hoover didn't win reelection in 1933, or we might be living in a different America.

From: NoReply
Sent: Sun, February 21, 2010 8:09:58 AM
Subject: Talking points?

Seriously, do you really equate ignorance of civics literacy with race? If you believe the courts decide in intelligence of anyone, you need to learn civics.

The "soft bigotry of low expectation" is yours. You might want to ask why you assume any race is predisposed to voting without understanding. The 1930s saw the election of some bad people who believed the government was the answer to every problem.

Would you have spoken out?

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