Newt Gingrich supports Poll Tests.
by David Veloz
I’m truly shocked that Newt Gingrich, the new Republican candidate for President in 2012, is proposing Jim Crow era like poll tests for newly naturalized American citizens. Shocking I tell you…ok, not really shocked. Poll tests, vote caging and other illegal tactics have long been supported by Republicans to supress the vote, including the vote of racial minorities, so the fact that Newt would support such a tactic isn’t much of a surprise. Afterall, this is the same Newt Gingrich that said President Obama was the most successful “food stamp President,” an obvious shot at poor blacks that do depend on food stamps in order to get by.
Obviously, this type of rhetoric doesn’t bother me anymore. What does bother me is that when people like Gingrich are called on such statements, they act as the victim of some sort of liberal plot to brand all Conservatives as racists. I think the media should stop being afraid of Conservatives, call these types of statements racist and put people like Gingrich on the defensive for their obviously ridiculous statements.
But for a moment, lets agree with Newt on the issue of poll tests. Before an American citizen votes he or she must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of American history. If that is the case, then I welcome it, since it would disqualify the entire Tea Party and their supporters from voting in American elections!