Should anyone be allowed to vote in America?

Probably most people would answer in the affirmative.

But what about people who don’t even know the meaning of the word “affirmative”? Should they have an equal voice in the governing of our republic?

I was listening to Sean Hannity’s radio show earlier this week. Periodically he sends one of his crew out to find candidates for man-on-the-street interviews. Sometimes these randomly selected people are asked to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Sometimes they are asked who the vice president of the United States is. Sometimes they are asked if they can name any members of the U.S. Supreme Court.

On this particular day, Thursday, Dec. 7, they were asked why the date was significant in American history. Keep in mind this was the 65th anniversary of “a day that will live in infamy.”

As always with these tests, a surprising number failed miserably – unable to associate the date Dec. 7 with any important historic event. With some clues, a few remembered something they learned about Pearl Harbor. One recent college graduate suggested it was the date “the Chinese attacked.”

But what struck me about this simple test was that every single person who flunked the test had voted Democratic in the midterm elections. They did this because they believed the Democrats were “for the people,” or “supported labor” or “fought for the little guy.”

They uniformly agreed with Hannity, as he played the role of devil’s advocate, that the rich did not pay their fair share of taxes. They agreed with his suggestion that the wealthy should pay 80 percent of their income to the government so it could be redistributed to the poor and the schools and other worthy causes.

On the other hand, every single person who knew the significance of Dec. 7 balked at the suggestion. Some argued articulately that tax rates that high were a throwback to the Soviet Union and counter to a free market system. Not surprisingly, none of them voted for Democrats in the last election.

It occurred to me after hearing this shocking series of interviews that the inmates are running the asylum in the USA today.

In a few weeks, the party of idiots will be running both houses of Congress. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting the Republicans deserved to win. I think I’ve been very clear about the opportunities squandered by the GOP over the last 12 years and especially the last six. But, let’s face it. The people who will be running the most important of the three branches of government come January owe their political careers to stupid people, deceived people, people who don’t even know what happened at Pearl Harbor.

How does that make you feel?

Do you think people like that should be allowed to cancel out your informed vote?

Don’t you agree there should be at least some minimal standard of competence to enter a voting booth in this country?

I don’t know who would devise the test. I would be happy to do so. The test I would give would likely mean 90 percent of Americans could no longer vote. But I guarantee you freedom would be expanded in America for one and all. I guaranty you leaders would be elected who would make America safer. I guaranty you there would be greater economic opportunity for everyone.

How could that be a bad thing?

Nevertheless, I know it will never happen.

Instead, I’m afraid, America is going to continue its slide down the slippery slope of stupidity.

Worse yet, the country is not just getting dumber every day, it’s getting more immoral.

I fear we’re headed into a new dark age that threatens our very national identity and existence.

Is there a way to turn things around? Read Farah’s prescription in “Taking America Back.”

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