Conservative writer proposes US ‘weed out ignorant voters’ — and the Internet destroys him
Writing in the Washington Post, conservative pundit David Harsanyi lamented, not the poor quality of political candidates for the public to chose from, but the voters themselves for being “ignorant” — particularly when it comes to American history.
In the column — which evokes memories of literacy tests asking black voters, “How many bubbles are in a bar of soap?” — the writer for the Federalist claims, “Never have so many people with so little knowledge made so many consequential decisions for the rest of us.”
The problem, as Harsanyi sees it, is voters should be allowed to vote if they can name three of the original 13 states, as opposed to being allowed to choose their candidate based upon who has their best interests in mind.
“Now, if voting is a consecrated rite of democracy, as liberals often argue, surely society can have certain minimal expectations for those participating, ” he wrote. “And if citizenship itself is as hallowed as Republicans argue, then surely the prospective voter can be asked to know just as much as the prospective citizen. Let’s give voters a test. The citizenship civics test will do just fine.”
Needless to say, Twitter had a field day criticizing the suggestion as voter suppression in a brand new package.
Intercept writer Sam Knight led off by evoking an era when skull shape and size was considered an indicator of intelligence by writing a mock clickbait headline, “You’ll Never Guess What Your Skull Shape Should Say About Your Right to Vote.”
And then it was on.
This is serious?
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) May 21, 2016
Hey, @washingtonpost, not to brag but I'm fairly sure I could write an op-ed for you that wouldn't be a complete embarrassment like this one
— derek davison (@dwdavison9318) May 21, 2016
*looks up from phrenology skull* Hi, I'm David Harsanyi. You may know me from such articles as We Must Weed Out Igno https://t.co/V7EzmSLr3J
— Tom McKay (@thetomzone) May 21, 2016
conservative calls for poll tests, apparently slept through history class https://t.co/sXMuc4a6Te
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) May 21, 2016
Not we need to better educate, build better society. But weed out. Uh, like camps or just let them die? https://t.co/2nse57iauT
— Isaac Matson (@citizenXIV) May 21, 2016
I read this WaPo op-ed and thought it was almost-skillful satire of hyper-elite views.
Apparently it’s for real:https://t.co/RPfsXBHb77
— James Fallows (@JamesFallows) May 21, 2016
— sean. (@SeanMcElwee) May 21, 2016
"Oh sure, we used poll tests to keep black people from voting BEFORE, but THIS TIME it'll totally be different!" https://t.co/3zH7ALYB3l
— John Scalzi (@scalzi) May 21, 2016
We Must Weed Out Two Children In A Trenchcoat Posing As An Adult From The Electorate
— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) May 21, 2016
People who write for FDRLST shouldn't be allowed to leave the house. https://t.co/RlFFPPK71C
— Renegade Poptart (@MaryHartmanx2) May 21, 2016