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Civics Literacy Test To Vote: How Many Tea Baggers Would Have To Switch To Coffee?


Former Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo told attendees at a Tea Party convention that President Barack Obama was elected because of

“people who could not even spell the word ’vote’ or say it in English.’”

Tancredo delivered the remarks Thursday at the convention in Nashville and said it was a good thing that Sen. John McCain was not elected because President Obama has

“mobilized an uprising.”

Tancredo made a run for president but dropped out in 2007. He’s best known for his stance against illegal immigration and has frequently been criticized for his comments on the topic.

Tancredo also told people at the convention that a civics literacy test should be required to be allowed to vote.

Tancredo was born in Denver, Colorado and both sets of his grandparents emigrated from Italy.

Wonder if they could spell “vote” or say it in English?

As a Republican student activist Tancredo spoke in support of the Vietnam War and after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado he became eligible to serve in Vietnam in June 1969. Tancredo has said he went for his physical, telling doctors he had been treated for depression, and eventually got a “1-Y deferment.”

Another example of a leading Republican politician who is willing to send young adults in to harms way with out ever serving themselves. See list of leading Republican’s and Democrat’s service to America at the link provided.

The other night, I was listening to the radio at work.

An acquaintance heard that it was the President and made several off handed remarks about the President and how the “Tea baggers” are right. Then he asked why the President was on the radio. I answered, “State of the Union” and he replied, “What’s that?”

“Here’s your sign” as Bill Envol would say.

It would be interesting if everyone did have to take the test that new American citizen take when being naturalized. 100 simple questions.

Then, maybe, a natural resident of the United States who ran for President would know the difference between North Korea and South Korea, or even that seeing “Russia from their house” is not some sort of foreign policy experience.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. 02/06/2010 2:46 pm

    I just posted a similar article on my blog….. great minds I guess 🙂

    Actually – I suspect that a real literacy test – one testing actual knowledge about our system of government – might just favor the democrats.

    — hippieprof

  2. Duh permalink
    02/13/2010 8:10 am

    Well, hippieprof… you suspicions are unfounded. A number of polling/research outfits show that Republicans hold a double digit advantage on civics and current events knowledge over Democrats (Pew currently shows a 15% gap favoring Republicans). The most recent poll/study was conducted by Pew in December and was consistent with previous findings from Pew and other organizations which have tracked the “partisan knowledge gap” for a number of years.

    That said, I believe there are nearly as many Republicans that could be removed from the voting rolls based on basic civics knowledge, or lack thereof, as Democrats.

    And Tristan, I will see you one half-wit former Governor from Alaska and raise you one nitwit sitting Vice President of the U.S. (and former career Senator from Delaware):

    “When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television…”

  3. 03/12/2011 5:04 am

    Teabagger ! better than Dummycraps

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