I'm far from being a Howard Stern fan, but I'll cite him in this instance. He and his crew went out walking the streets of Harlem to interview people about who they plan to vote for in November. The ignorance of these people is truly stunning.
Howard Stern interviews Obama supporters.
In that one interview, we have people who think that Paul Ryan is Obama's running mate, people who think that John McCain and/or Sarah Palin are running against Obama this year, people who think that Obama is Pro-Life, and people who think that Mitt Romney is black. Oh, and not one of them knows that bin Laden is dead yet. Seriously. None of them know that Osama bin Laden is dead.
This sums up the problem with elections today. There are whole communities out there where no one listens to the news or reads a paper. Harlem, NY is a good example but most big cities have ghetto neighborhoods that are just like that, and I'm sure there are a few rural patches like that out there somewhere, too. And while I support the right of people to be as ignorant as they want to be, the sad fact is that each and every one of these morons gets a vote that is equal to (and usually cancels out) your and mine. As you can hear in the interview, every one of these virtual retards is an enthusiastic Obama supporter, and believe me, Obama and the Democrats know how to find them and get pretty much each and every one of them to the polls on election day even if it means going out in vans, picking them up, driving them to the polling places and handing them a list of people to vote for. They do it every election and in close races it makes a difference.
Our Founding Fathers never meant for every single person in the United States to have a say in elections. They limited it to white male land owners originally. Now while I'm not that saying that we go back to those standards, I would support a system by which only those who are functional, contributing members of society be allowed to vote. I'd be open to restricting the vote to the following:
People with at least a high school diploma or GED.
People who are serving or have served honorably in the military.
People who have a job and pay taxes.
It goes without saying that I'd want them to prove that they are actual US citizens as well.
I would also specifically bar people who are on welfare, people who are in prison or jail, and people who have been convicted of a felony. These aren't the ones that I want determining the direction that our country takes as it moves forward into the 21st century.
It does us no good as a nation to the the counsel of the least-intelligent, least-fit among us. Eventually they become a voting bloc or even a majority of the voters (like we're starting to see now) and then the rest of us are screwed. We need reforms, and we need to keep the lazy, the stupid, and the criminally-inclined people away from the ballot box.
Of course this will never happen when the Democrats have a say, because these people are their core constituency and they know it and pander to them to keep and keep their votes.
It's times like this that I fear for my country.