Here’s one of the top on-air talents at one of America’s leading news outlets, on voting rights:
Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Monday argued that requiring a “citizenship test” to vote made the outcome of elections “more meaningful.”
Two Republican state legislators in Utah last week announced a bill that would require students to pass a citizenship test before they could graduate high school. Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, journalist Carl Bernstein, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and actor Joe Mantegna were backing similar measures in Utah and six other states.
On Monday, Utah Civics Education Initiative co-chair Lorena Riffo-Jensen told Hasselbeck that requiring a civics test was a good first step for encouraging students to be involved in the community.
Hasselbeck suggested taking the idea “one step further” by requiring a test to vote.
“Should you have to answer, I mean, the majority of these questions?” she wondered. “If not by graduation of high school, but by the time you vote?”
Well, frankly, I don’t see how there could be a downside to this plan.
The best part of all of this is that the “Utah Civics Education Initiative co-chair” essentially agreed with Hasselbeck, actually uttering the following:
“I think, personally, that anything you can do to ensure that our young people, our families are involved in civics, learning the history of our country is a positive,” Riffo-Jensen agreed. “And furthermore, how can you go into planning what the generation will do in the future if you’re not prepared and understanding where we have been… You cannot be engaged without having the full knowledge and understanding of your nation.”
I totally agree, learning the history of our country is a positive. I would suggest we start by requiring that anybody who is chairing or co-chairing a state “civics education initiative” be able to pass a basic civics literacy test. We could move on to TV news personalities from there, but we should be prepared for a whole bunch of them to lose their jobs over it.