UNF*CKINGBELIEVABLE!??! Or just more of the same old all too believable? Most Louisiana Republicans don’t know who was president in 2005!??! This is the headline for an article by Rebecca Leber on the ThinkProgress website dated August 21, 21, 2013: More Louisiana Republicans Blame President Obama For Hurricane Katrina Response Than Bush. The opening paragraph states:
“According to a Policy Polling survey, 29% of Louisiana Republicans say President Obama is more to blame [than President Bush] for the botched executive branch response to Hurricane Katrina while just 28% blamed George W. Bush.
A plurality of 44% said they were unsure who was more responsible, even though Hurricane Katrina occurred over three years before Obama entered the presidency when he was still a freshman Senator.”
Rep*blicans blame Obama for Katrina response
That paragraph says that 72% of Louisiana citizens registered as Rep*blicans apparently do not know that George W. Bush was President of the United States in 2005. They do not know that President Bush was in charge of the response to, and the clean-up of, the disaster brought upon these people and their properties by Hurricane Katrina.
If this poll is fair and balanced (and accurate), this would seem to indicate that Louisiana residents registered as Rep*blicans are extremely stupid or willfully ignorant, which is effectively the same as being stupid.
Whatever the reason, they still get to vote in the next election!
To be fair, we are not presented with a sampling of Louisiana voters registered as Democrats regarding their awareness of current events. Perhaps they would score just as dismally, in which case our conclusion would NOT be that Louisiana residents registered as Rep*blicans are extremely stupid, but that ALL Louisiana citizens registered to vote for either of the two major parties are extremely stupid.
(I intentionally chose the word “score”above: the poll is NOT a sampling of opinion. It is essentially a true-or-false test in which 72% of the participants failed!)
Voter literacy tests are a part of the past, right?
Once upon a time, states south of the Mason-Dixon Line gave “literacy tests” to voters to determine their level of education.
While these tests were theoretically for ALL voters, they were—need I say, needless to say?—given “disproportionately to black voters. Some of these tests were nigh on impossible to pass, regardless of one’s level of education! For example, Louisiana’s 1964 test had these “questions”:
• Spell backwards, forwards.
• Print the word vote upside down, but in the correct order.
• Place a cross over the tenth letter in this line, a line under the first space in this sentence, and a circle around the last the in the second line of this sentence.
While these tests have carried the stench of the worst kind of racism for decades, theoretically, they suit me just fine.
So, the recent Supreme Court decision in Shelby County vs. Holder which overturned Section 4(b) of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. This section mandated federal oversight of changes in voting procedure in jurisdictions that have a history of using a “test or device” to impede enfranchisement. That is, this section exists to keep racist jurisdictions from implementing so-called test to prevent legitimate, registered black and Hispanic voters from casting their ballots.
Well now, this Supreme Court decision (the usual 5-4 vote, with the five racists appointed by Reagan and the Bushes in the majority) can actually be put to GOOD use. Devise an intelligence test based on current political and economic events that would indicate the voter’s awareness of the FACTS in the consensual reality in which he or she lives and votes. And, again, needless to say, apply it across the spectrum . . . to EVERY SINGLE VOTER!
I know, what have I been smoking, right . . .
ThinkProgress readers’ comments
“And Obama wiped out the dinosaurs. And Obama broke up Ross and Rachel. And Obama caused the earthquake of 1906. And Obama talked Benedict Arnold into betraying the Colonies. And Obama shot JR.”
“People like those polled here are the reasons why the south has a reputation for ignorance, bigotry, and stupidity—I am sure there are many intelligent and informed persons in the populace, but they seem to be outnumbered.”
“A democracy’s biggest threat is an uninformed electorate. We’re doomed people, frigging doomed . . .”