View Poll Results: Should public officials have to take a test in American History and Civics to run?

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  • Extensive test. They should be experts on the Nation they lead.

    13 39.39%
  • Morderate, generalized test. Need to be reasonably knowledgeable.

    3 9.09%
  • No Test.

    15 45.45%
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    2 6.06%
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Thread: American History and Civics test for Political Office?

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    Re: American History and Civics test for Political Office?

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    YES!

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    Re: American History and Civics test for Political Office?

    Quote Originally Posted by BasicGreatGuy View Post
    If you don't want ignorant employees in Washington, do you part by not hiring them. Requiring a history test for office would require amending the Constitution. A test, in and of itself, is not going to solve or stymie what we are seeing, so long as the employers are willfully ignorant, apathetic or uninvolved. Voting is but a part of the whole process, in my opinion.
    And the other parts of it? consider that we trust these men and women to run our entire country. If they cant even pass a simple exam saying they know our history, can we really trust them with our future

    "Those whom are ignorant of their history are doomed to repeat it."

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    Re: American History and Civics test for Political Office?

    Quote Originally Posted by JJB3333 View Post
    Greetings polgara. How are you today.
    Doing well, but it does seem like a "let's really pick on each other today" kind of day. Are people just disgusted with everything at the moment, and it's just a way of venting?

    How's everything with you?

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    Re: American History and Civics test for Political Office?

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    Doing well, but it does seem like a "let's really pick on each other today" kind of day. Are people just disgusted with everything at the moment, and it's just a way of venting?

    How's everything with you?
    i think its just one of those venting days. Comments that seem stupid to us that we would normally just ignore now just make us want to slap some common sense into them.

    I'm doing well. a little busy with collage work right now but figured id take some time to do this. Arguing is very calming.

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    Re: American History and Civics test for Political Office?

    Quote Originally Posted by JJB3333 View Post
    And the other parts of it? consider that we trust these men and women to run our entire country. If they cant even pass a simple exam saying they know our history, can we really trust them with our future

    "Those whom are ignorant of their history are doomed to repeat it."
    It is up to the employers to properly vet prospective employees. People need to stop playing the victim. There is no power in it.
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    Re: American History and Civics test for Political Office?

    I'd be more interested in each prospective candidate writing a complete job description for the office they intend to hold. That would be interesting.

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    Re: American History and Civics test for Political Office?

    If you don't have to pass a test of civics in order to vote, then you should have to pass one to be voted into office.

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    Re: American History and Civics test for Political Office?

    Quote Originally Posted by Beaudreaux View Post
    Actually, that's what the staff is for (lawyers, PoliSci majors, etc). The politician is a manager and deal maker to get things done; or at least that's what they're supposed to do, even though making deals isn't very popular in this highly partisan time we live in.
    But if the politician is not an expert they will not know when to truly follow the advice of the expert staffer. We don't put in generals that don't understand and study warfare into power and hope they listen to their staff.
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    Re: American History and Civics test for Political Office?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    But if the politician is not an expert they will not know when to truly follow the advice of the expert staffer. We don't put in generals that don't understand and study warfare into power and hope they listen to their staff.
    The test we give is the election process.

    The problem isn't that the politicians don't understand basic history and civics.

    The problem is that the average voter doesn't understand basic history and civics.

    If we did give politicians a test, the voters still wouldn't have any way to understand whether the test given was a true test of the relevant information required to be an elected official.

    In fact, we see debate here everyday regarding both history and civics.

    Why should we assume that people that are less informed than the membership here could determine the validity of the test questions and what would be considered the correct answers?

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    Re: American History and Civics test for Political Office?

    How about passing one to get on this forum??? Hmmm.
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