One, if you're talking about Pelosi, she is no longer in charge thanks to the Tea Party Takeover of 2010.
Two, voting should be FREE! And those "literacy tests" were deliberately adjusted depending on color.
Finally, you just can't accept the fact that someone of Kenyan descent is a Christian, can you?
7/4/2012 8:38:20 AM
"The average IQ of the electorate has been dropping ever since. "
No, just the average IQ of the right.
7/4/2012 8:45:24 AM
This is what happens when you cut education, Rick Perry and Bobby Jindall.
Anyway, what you're ignoring is the fact that these were used to deliberately disenfranchise blacks. They most certainly didn't give a shit about whether that little old colored woman passed the test or not, she failed the unofficial skin color portion of the test.
7/4/2012 9:22:23 AM
This, coming from someone who used "stupidest" to describe someone that he believes to be of inferior intelligence. Wow.
7/4/2012 10:02:40 AM
Voting, as a right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, should be 100% free. There is also nothing in the Constitution which requires a literacy test in order to vote. While I'd hope that all voting Americans would be literate, and hopefully would be aware of the issues surrounding the election, such tests are unconstitutional and were always used to prevent poor, uneducated blacks from voting.
7/4/2012 12:20:33 PM
Wonder how many rednecks would pass the test these days ... ?
7/4/2012 1:12:11 PM
It wasn't until after the literacy tests were abolished that fundies got elected to Congress and the presidency (Reagan, both Bushes). Coincidence?
(That was sarcasm btw.)
7/4/2012 1:33:41 PM
Yep, Pelosi is in charge of Congress! I pride myself on keeping up with current events!
7/4/2012 1:42:54 PM
Yeah, I know about those literacy tests. If you weren't white, all you had to do to pass one was correctly count the bubbles in a bar of floating soap.
7/4/2012 4:01:50 PM
Raised by Horses
The Freebaggers seem fiercely determined to go down in history as one of humanity's greatest embarrasments. I'm done reciting the usual facts and refutations. There is no point in reasoning with someone who has already made up his mind, regardless of the evidence you present them with.
"Stupidest" is a word, according to Webster and Oxford, at least.
7/4/2012 4:50:41 PM
Horses: someone who uses his density as a weapon of aggression is a Hammerhead.
7/4/2012 5:11:42 PM
The thing about it is that poll taxes are unconstitutional to begin with. Whatever the charge is. Whether it's $3, $30,000 or $.03. No such power was delegated to State governments in the US Constitution. ESPECIALLY on the basis of skin color or the condition of one's parents or grandparents. Technically I think disallowing people who have been arrest and incarcerated from voting is unconstitutional as well.
You sound like the Fascist since you don't believe everyone should have the right to vote.
*BTW, the average IQ of American demographics in general have pretty much steadily risen since IQ started being measured in the early 20th century. The average IQ for white Americans has gone from 88-91 (by the metric of a modern IQ test) to 98-100. The average for black Americans has gone from about 79-81 to 91-93, the average for East Asian Americans has gone from about 85 to 103, etc.
Except for maybe racists. A long-term scientific study recently proved that racists have below average IQ.
Who's honestly surprised by that? Lol!
7/5/2012 1:47:37 PM
Prior to the passage of the 24th Amendment poll taxes were perfectly constitutional. Determining the rules governing elections is a power reserved to the states and the Jim Crow states took advantage of that fact.
7/5/2012 6:00:50 PM
@#1420139 - Poll taxes were determined to be in violation of the 14th Amendment. The 24th Amendment basically just restates the 14th Amendment in more explicit and specific language. See Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections.
Segregation was considered "constitutional" as well until judges who didn't interpret the law to agree with their predetermined prejudices finally reiterated the fact that segregation violates pretty much all of the spirit of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
In short - a lot of things used to be considered "constitutional" that never really truly were.
7/5/2012 8:45:42 PM
@Vox Harper occurred in 1966 and used the 14th Amendment to extend the 24th's protection to all elections. In 1937 the court, in the Breedlove decision, found them to be constitutional. "Constitutional" is based on the interpretation of the judge at the time of the decision; there are almost no objective standards in that regard, especially when it comes to the powers of the states.
7/6/2012 4:21:38 AM
Man Called True
Allow me to quote from a political cartoon of the time:
"The Constitution says the Negro has the right to vote-
BUT WHAT CARE WE FOR THE CONSTITUTION"
7/8/2012 4:12:59 AM
Actually, as much fun as it would be to make fun of this person for not knowing that Nancy Pelosi isn't in charge of Congress anymore, the date on the original post is actually 2009 (when she still was.)
7/18/2012 7:15:12 AM
I remember discussing these, am I right in saying they were designed in such a manner that, at the time, you had to be of the right (read: White American) Culture in order to pass them, as they relied on ideas unique to the culture?
7/19/2012 5:16:11 AM
I have often wondered what the draw was between Sarah Palin and the Tea Baggers....now I know...neither one of them have any intelligence let alone common sense.
7/20/2012 7:25:37 PM
Entirely normal for a Republican.
9/9/2012 9:33:25 AM
"The result is an islamo-fascist usurper in The White House..."
Obama has been ruthless pushing for a Muslim theoracy, like that time he...uhmmm...errr...SOCIALISM /freeper
4/6/2013 11:31:03 PM