Jim covered Congress and The White House during the George W. Bush administration for The Washington Times, and worked as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California. He has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, and many local and national talk radio shows to talk politics and policy.
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That headline is probably as deceiving to you as it was to me. I figured it would be yet another screed by the MSM against the “ignorant” Tea Party folks — who, in truth, are the most-informed voters in this country.
But the author of this post at CNN.com, a fella named LZ Granderson, does not — as one would expect from the MSM — decry the “ignorant” Tea Party electorate that in 2010 kicked many members of Congress to the curb in 2010. Instead, Granderson suggests that ordinary American voters of all stripes be able to pass the citizenship test this country makes legal immigrants to America pass before their triumphant ceremony.
If knowing the number of years a senator is elected to serve is required of anyone who wants to become a U.S. citizen, is it too much to expect that information to be common knowledge for those of us who already are?
This has nothing to do with who a person is or how they may vote but everything to do with a person voting as an informed citizen, not a sound bite regurgitator. Having a grasp of current events would be ideal, but if we could at least raise the required investment to engage in the political system, perhaps the tone of the rhetoric surrounding it can be elevated as well.
It’s worth reading the whole thing. Read, mull and discuss in the comments below.