Here's the real reason why Barak Obama has regained the White House: The American voter has become so
uneducated, so immoral and so lazy that they lack the ability to choose wisely their leaders. While it is a bold
statement to describe the average American voter in this way, the evidence is too great to believe otherwise.
What is happening to the American Republic is exactly what our founding fathers feared themost. It is their worst nightmare being realized.
The Uneducated/Uninformed Voter Years of dumbing down the population through government ran schools have finally realized its objective. The average American is so ignorant of our history and system of government that they have no clue what system of government our forefathers fought and died to give us. Just watch the "walking the streets" segments on some news shows and this will prove my point. When asked what system of government we have most say a democracy. We are in fact a republic which functions much different than a true democracy. Some are asked basic civics questions that can't be answered like what are the three branches of government, who is the president, vice president? Need I go on?
If a person can't answer basic questions about our system of government and understand theissues of the day should they have the right to vote? I believe, and with great conviction, that before anyone can cast a ballot they should be required to take a basic Civics test and if they can't pass that test they should not be allowed to vote. Some will say that this action would be racist. This is not true and I will explain myself further on in this blog.
Call it what you will but our forefathers also held this opinion. When the country was first established
only people who owned property could vote. Property owners were more likely to be educated and could make an informed, intelligent decision about who should be leading the nation. Mostly white
males could vote because they were the only ones allowed to be educated leaving behind minorities such as women and free blacks. Of course slaves could not vote either. Denying them the right to vote was
legitament but denying them the chance to be educated and rise above their
social status to be able to vote was not. Thankfully, this has been corrected through blood, sweat and tears. Now, everyone has the right to vote and receive a free public education to make an informed vote. Anyone not taking
advantage of that has forfeited his right to participate in the election process. An uneducated and
uninformed electorate was our forefather’s worst nightmare.
The founders new that freedom came with responsibilities. To allow people the right to vote who were not equipped with the knowledge to choose wisely was a dangerous proposition to our founders. Acquiring the knowledge to make an informed vote requires an education steeped in the history of our nation and
an understanding of the basic tenants of the Constitution. This knowledge should be a filter to vet candidates who are on the ballot. Without this filter voters will choose candidates who could govern contrary to the Constitution and the principles that created the American Republic. The choice made last week proves we
have arrived to this sad condition.
Consider this quote by Thomas Jefferson, "History, in general, only informs us what bad government is." In this quote Jefferson gives a relevant reason to know history and not just for knowledge sake. All history classes should begin with this as the main idea. The reason for low test scores and apathy towards history stems from students who can't see the relevance the past can have on their lives today. So when the often ask question arises, "Why do I need to know this stuff?" The teacher can say with confidence. "Because your future as a free American citizen depends upon it." With history centered on this theme, the student sees the lessons of the past connected to their individual lives. Ask any student no matter their race, religion or background if they love individual choice and freedom, they will say yes one hundred percent of the time. Students who understand how history can ensure their freedoms in the present better appreciate the accomplishments of the past. This is the way I teach my history classes and the way the Republican Party can gain the block of young voters. No need to repackage or change the message, just make it relevant.
My main point for this blog can be summed up as follows. With rights come responsibilities. The right to vote is negated when the citizen refuses to take responsibility to educate himself on the history of the nation, the Constitution and the candidates and issues of the day.
To scream racism is not warrented because the injustices of the past have been corrected and everyone has an equal chance to be successful. While an educated electorate is important for the continuation of the republic it alone cannot do the job. A moral electorate is just as important or even more so. This will be covered in Part 2 of The Founding Fathers' Nightmare.
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