Saturday, February 6, 2010

Opening Tea Party Convention, Tancredo Calls For Return Of Literacy Test

The National Tea Party Convention in Nashville got off to an interesting start on Thursday when former Republican congressman Tom Tancredo explained why Obama was elected and what to do about it:

Tancredo: And then, something really odd happened, mostly because I think that we do not have a civics literacy test before people can vote in this country. People who could not even spell the word "vote," or say it in English, put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House, name is Barack Hussein Obama.

Exactly which people was Tancredo referring to? The literacy test has a sordid history in the South. It disenfranchised black voters who did not have the same educational opportunities as whites. Tancredo must be opposed to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which outlawed literacy tests. As explained by the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, "Section 2 of the Act, which closely followed the language of the 15th amendment, applied a nationwide prohibition against the denial or abridgment of the right to vote on the literacy tests on a nationwide basis."


mjmand said...

It is painfully obvious whom Toncredo is referring to and I believe it is disgusting. A literacy test is the first step in maintaining a permanent underclass in the United States and that appears to be part of the Tea Party agenda. I'm just afraid that I am watching the democratic majority run away from the president just at the time he, and we, need them the most. The tea party people must be exposed for what they absolutely do not represent and this is American values. They are an embarrasment.

Jeff Tone said...

mjmand: I agree with you. Tancredo is recalling an ugly time in American history-one I believe he'd like to bring back.