Skip to comments.Low-Information Voters: It’s Time to Rethink “One Man, One Vote.”
Posted on 10/02/2012 9:35:34 AM PDT by bkopto
It makes zero sense that my vote a working, tax-paying, law-abiding citizen who studies candidates and issues on the ballot is cancelled out every four years by someone who knows little about our nations business and does even less to contribute it.
Giving the right to vote to unintelligent and uninformed people statistically those most likely to not work, not pay taxes, and contribute nothing of substance to society is tantamount to giving them a license to steal. And its a very, very bad idea.
The idea of government of the people, by the people, and the people pre-dates the United States by some 2000 years, dating back to ancient Greece. In the Greek system, with a population of an estimated 250,000, only an estimated 30,000 (about 10%) were full, voting citizens: women, children, and slaves were not considered citizens.
And of the 30,000, only about 5,000 (about 2% of the total population) actually exercised their right to attend assembly meetings and voted.
The basic idea was that the people who contributed the most to society, and were the most knowledgeable about its genuine needs, were the ones trusted to make the decisions about how things should be run and paid for.
Technically, the United States is not a democracy: its what is called a Constitutional Republic.
That means that the members of each branch of government are elected directly by the people, and the scope of authority for each branch is intentionally limited by the Constitution to prevent any one branch from amassing too much authority.
Clearly, the Founding Fathers greatest fear was a centralized federal government that could overpower the people, either with ballots (hence, the three branches of government) or bullets (hence, the Second Amendment.)
While the Constitution says nothing about one man, one vote (that emerged from court cases in the 1900) what most people dont realize that, when our country was founded, our voting rights started much like the ancient Greeks; as we evolved and adopted the 14th, 15th, 19th, 23rd, 24th, and 26th amendments voting rights were broadened. And thats, by and large, a good thing.
Whats not a good thing is that, by opening up voting to anyone with a pulse, weve turned voting into something less than a treasured right entrusted to our most responsible citizens: today, less than half of all eligible voters (40-55%) cast their ballot, and many who do vote do a marginal job educating themselves on the issues.
What has resulted, however, is something that may not be in the United States best long-term interest: the low information voter as political operatives label them.
These are people who cast their votes for the candidate whos cooler funnier more charismatic has the neatest website or takes time from his campaigning to appear on The View.
Or, conversely, voters who has been led to dislike a candidates opponent by misinformation, spin, or outright lies. The ability to govern, to lead, to act responsibly, to be trusted to protect Americas international and long-term interests fall by the wayside, because we like someone elses Twitter feeds more.
If you Google the words stupid and voters youll get treated to a YouTube cornucopia of Idiocy in Democracy.
People who are so stupid, that their opinion shouldnt matter especially in setting our national course headings, or choosing our leader.
Their dim-wittedness isnt a function of sex, age, race, religion, or any of the other classic forms of categorizing people; these people simply defy demographic description due to their denseness.
And we want these morons banding together, and selecting our national leadership?
But there is a solution; I call it Progressive Vote Values. Its a lot like Progressive Tax Rates where they more money you earn, the higher tax rates you pay only in this case, the more you know about the issues facing America, the higher the value your vote.
If I were responsible for setting voting laws, I would immediately put into place the following non-discriminatory laws:
1) When you register to vote, you must take regardless of party, income, race, religion, etc. the U.S. Citizenship test (given in English) that all new immigrants do. Before immigrants earn the right to vote, they must pass a 100-question written test, to ensure that they have sufficient knowledge of our nations history, constitution, and law-making processes. Some of the questions.
What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution? The House of Representatives has how many voting members? If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President? The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers. Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States.
Those are very good questions; if a soon-to-be citizen can answer those, he or she can probably be trusted to be informed enough on the issues facing America to vote.
Hence, the value of your vote will be determined your score: if you score 100% and why wouldnt you? your vote counts in full; if you score a 50%, your votes counts for one-half.
Before heads start exploding at the ACLU, NAACP, and SPLC, these are not literacy tests given only to one group of voters, as prohibited by the Voting Rights Act of 1965: they would be the standard, uniform tests given to ALL voters and modeled directly after the test given to modern-day immigrants before they are granted citizenship in the United States.
2) If you dont pay any sort of taxes income tax, property tax, capital gains, something other than sales tax you vote is automatically reduced by 50%. One of the biggest issues in political campaigns is taxes and spending if youre not paying taxes, by definition, youre deciding how everyone elses money is getting spent. Thats not fair.
3) Ballots and voting instructions are printed in U.S. English only not the half-dozen languages currently supported by bankrupt counties across California.
4) In order to ensure that each voter is who they claim to be, they will need to present a state-issued photo ID. This enables the vote tabulation system to accurately count each vote as proportionally appropriate for each voter.
Of course, critics of this program will call it racist, sexist, anti-gay, anti-immigrant, and elitist when, of course, is it none of those things. No one is be singled out on any demographic basic.
Its like flunking your drivers test: you have no business being on the road unless you know what you are doing. Same goes with the voting booth.
If your vote only counts for 50% in 2012, youll have four years until 2016 to 1) study American history, 2) get a job, 3) learn English, or 4) get a photo ID.
In the old days, people used to get a whole college degree in that amount of time. You can probably handle those four things.
I think originally the founding fathers only wanted property owners to vote. Maybe not such a bad idea.
Who gets to decide who’s intelligent?
It’s a great idea, inspired, even...
Property ownership is a proxy for having the character necessary to make an informed choice in an election.
I still think we need to go back to land/home ownership as a prerequisite to vote.
I will decide who gets to vote.
Its up to the individual states.
End of story.
Why, the government obviously, donchaknow...
” Who gets to decide whos intelligent?”
I do. Democrats ain’t gonna like it. Oh well.
Last week I heard a caller to a national radio show state we now have “Representation without Taxation”. A complete flip from what was the underlying sentiment over the Revolutionary War.
I am for going back to the landowner prevision or the federal tax prevision. Before we had an income tax, the bulk of taxes collected came from property tax. No property, no tax, no vote. Now that people with no skin the game can vote they have no issue with voting themselves greater and more costly benefits. The “Representation without taxation” is eating us alive.
Maybe show proof of local taxes to vote locally, state tax for statewide election and Federal tax to vote in National elections or those with National implications like Representative or Senator.
I like Heinleins solution in Starship Troopers. Only veterans vote. Everyone gets a chance to be a veteran.
No, no, no! We can’t have a change in OMOV!....while idiot Democrat voters are willing to trash nearly every other Consitutional Protection afforded to Americans, they are not prepared to even consider the option of voter value and worth....they’d lose their entitlements.
We live in an Idiocracy now.
“Representation without Taxation” IS
“Taxation without Representation”,
because those untaxed voters cancel out the votes of the taxed voters.
This is fantasy land.
” members of each branch of government are elected directly by the people,...”
really? i didnt’ know that we directly elected members of the supreme court...
She probably (very likely) has 3 to 4 fine young man-youths that are “promising, promising I tell you - good boys” “Weren’t no need to shoot Tyrell jess because he pulled a gat on a PoPo.” “He a good student - them cops wuz razist.”
I’m very good at making that determination, Danny. I can usually tell by the shapes of their heads and their vacant stares.