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Oct-20-2011 13:33printcomments

A Literacy Test for Presidential Candidates

Mr. Cain, like Ms Bachman, should be excluded from the race on the grounds they do not have a clue.

Bachman and Cain
Bachman and Cain

(Jamestown, RI) - For years I have strongly opposed the idea of voting literacy tests, but alas I have come around. We need a literacy test, not for voters, but for Presidential candidates. Later it could be extended to all political candidates.

There should be a line of stupidity for candidates, which, when crossed, automatically excludes them from running. When a political aspirant puts his foot in his mouth in such a way as to expose his/her classic stupidity, like the old Gong TV show, a big bell should ring and they are ruled out then and there.

I offer two current examples. Michelle Bachman, a candidate for President of the Unites States, recently said:"Under President Bachmann you will see gasoline come down below $2 a gallon again." “GONG”; she’s out!!! Ms Bachman demonstrated stupidity beyond the pale.

Herman Cain said repeatedly, not once but repeatedly, regarding the unemployed folks in the country and in the Occupy Wall Street protest: “If you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself." “GONG”; he’s out!!!

Mr. Cain, like Ms Bachman, should be excluded from the race on the grounds they do not have a clue. Then again, what should be done with Republican voters in the audience who cheered at Mr. Cain’s comment? Perhaps a literacy test for voters might not be such a bad idea after all...

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Salem-News.com Writer Joe Clifford, lives in historic Jamestown, Rhode Island, and has contributed a number of articles relating to foreign policy to newspapers in the Rhode Island area for years.

He graduated from Providence College where he earned an undergraduate and graduate degree. After a lengthy career as a high school teacher he turned to the study of US foreign policy, and then to writing, as a means of expressing an alternative perspective. His reading and research on foreign policy is broad and extensive, especially as the policy relates to the Middle East. His interest in foreign policy was inspired by the American misadventure in Vietnam. You can write to Joe at this address: jc21131@gmail.com

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Peter Murphy October 24, 2011 11:03 am (Pacific time)

Too bad there wasn’t a literacy test four years ago? Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.


October 21, 2011 10:10 am (Pacific time)

The mainstream media (owned by the bankers/corporations), do much in influencing the ignorant people..Look at obama, no background, no nothing but strong media coverage..This is why the media is giving Ron Paul a difficult time...THe bankers do not like Ron Paul and will do anything to keep his message from gaining momentum.
 The only answer for this country, is the support for Ron Paul..And I dont mean voting for him in 2012, I mean start the support NOW! By 2012 we may not even have an election.  Ron Paul spoke of these problems 2 decades ago. He lives his life the way he teaches, he does not flip flop, and is the only honest politician I know of.
He is an economic genius, proven time and again..I highly urge you to read his book "Revolution, a Manifesto". Simple down to earth answers to the problems we are facing.

DJ: Every time you open your mouth, Stephen, your brains fall out. (Original quote by Stephen King which is what his father said to him.) 


Daniel Johnson October 20, 2011 1:44 pm (Pacific time)

I wonder Joe, if Cain and Bachmann aren't smarter than you give them credit for. They just know how stupid and clueless the voters are. Same as here in Canada, a politican telling the truth to voters will trail the pack. Just as it takes courage to tell truth to power, it takes stupidity to tell truth to cluelessness.

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