After a dozen or so post about democracy, let’s think a little further out of the box.
I just spoke to friends who voted in the Netherlands while having no clue what the vote was about. That begs the question: Why do you need a license to drive a car or fly an airplane but not to vote in elections?
You could say that parents also don’t need a diploma. But foster parents are scrutinized. Does that seem unfair? Physicians call it: playing G^d. That means that you can’t stop anyone from becoming a biological parent. It’s in the hands of Heaven. But, you grab a rare chance to promote proper parenting when G^d gives it to you, as in facilitating foster parenting.
But, what’s wrong with demanding voters first pass an exam?
The questions in the test should be about democracy—not about political preference.
- Explain why small government is bad.
- Explain why communism is bad.
- Is democracy based on all people being the same, equal, or being equally important and accountable for the law?
- Is it undemocratic to exclude people from standing in elections who think that certain groups of people are inferior to others?
- Can we assume that most people running for office are most of the time honest?
- Can I assume it’s true if I saw it in the paper, on the internet, in the news, on Facebook, or on TikTok?
- Is a Free Press vital for a democracy?
- When voting, should we follow what most people think or think for ourselves?
- Should I hear the news from people and sources who don’t see eye to eye before forming an opinion?
- Should I vote just for my interests or include the interests of vulnerable minorities?
- Should I vote for what I want or because I’m scared/angered by the news or politics?
- Is voting enough, or must you also be an activist?
- Should a democracy allow for strikes and demonstrations against legal, political action?
- Should candidates be attractive to you, and dress and speak well?
Let’s have mandatory examinations before voting in elections.