A friend of mine at work and I were chatting about this and that the other day and he has what I find an incredible to believe idea. Let me see if I can get this right and if you can follow it as he intended. He believes that in order for a democratic society to make good and correct voting decisions that at least the majority of voters need to be intelligent. He believes that people should have to pass a test of minimal intelligence in order to be granted the right to vote. He qualifies this view by admitting that currently there is no way to truly measure intelligence as that all current methods are flawed by such varying things as the language they're based in and so on.
He is of course a liberal voting for the Messiah.
I occasionally have a fleeting idea, which I immediately dismiss upon further thinking, that those who pay no taxes have no right to vote. As a conservative I strongly believe in democracy and one person one vote. It should be noted however that we of the United States do discriminate for voting rights. Those under 18 years old are not allowed to vote, and serious (lawless) criminals are not allowed to vote. In addition non-citizens are not allowed to vote in our elections.
My amazement at my friend is; how a liberal who believes in socialism and the concept of the equality of all people in all things finds it just as easy to justify the discrimination of voting rights based on intelligence.
I wonder if his version of intelligence also includes agreement with his political and economic ideals and whether those that believe in capitalism and the belief that the only way for a nation to truly have a future is for people to have personal responsibility and support themselves will be found as having faulty sub-standard intelligence. Freedom minded Republicans . . . prepare to be hauled away to re-education camps to have your intelligence raised to a minimal socialist acceptable level.