I don’t know about you, but I’m getting increasingly disturbed with the number of low-information people who are commenting on the candidates and issues without having the slightest knowledge of what they’re talking about.
Surely you’ve seen the street interviews on both serious news programs and the late night shows. They are done on college campuses and main streets.
There was the question – Who did we fight against in the Revolutionary War? Russia? The individual quizzically responded. Others didn’t know who fought in the Civil War, and too many couldn’t identify our current political leaders in photos. Some readily admit that they don’t know history. Others say they don’t watch the news.
An individual interviewed while protesting at a recent Trump venue couldn’t put a simple sentence together.
One young man supporting Bernie Sanders, cited some accomplishments of Donald Trump, thinking they were those of Sanders. When he was told that he recited Trump’s achievements, he embarrassingly said, “excuse me.” Another student said he was voting for Sanders because he promised free college tuition.
It’s particularly worrisome how often interviewees use the identical language spouted on the liberal television news and commentary shows. The Media Research Center occasionally pieces together clips on the same subject from five or six liberal networks, revealing the use of identical phrases. Lazy reporters simply use the White House press feed for their sole source.
Where am I going with this? Just a little wishful thinking. People should have to pass a simple literacy test before being qualified to register to vote. At a minimum, they should be able to answer the questions given new citizens to this country.
Motor voter laws that automatically registers driver’s license applicants to vote is too easy. Those serious about voting should have to follow traditional party registration rules.
Wishful thinking aside; the least each of us can do is to politely correct or discuss issues with our friends and neighbors if we hear something that’s not true.
“They say we’re always against things, we’re never for anything. Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant. It’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.” – President Ronald Reagan
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