On the one hand it is obvious that a good portion of the electorate does not have the adequate understanding of our constitution so that they can be properly informed to vote with the necessary informed consent. On the other hand there are those who want to subvert the constitution, misunderstand what the document says (they may have been taught to believe this way or come to this belief on their own), and want to make the constitution a living document which doesn’t comport with our founders vision for America. Would a constitutional competency test in combination with a general political knowledge and current events test would help to reduce apathy in America? Would this help to stop our constitution from becoming a “living” document?
If you have ever watched man on the street with Jay Leno you may have noticed the incompetence of a number of people who Leno has interviewed. How can you forget who the current vice president is?
I believe the first of these tests should be taken in the junior year in high school. After the initial one, future required tests could be attached to the census which is administered once per decade.
The act of voting comes with responsibility. As Americans we are called to understand, properly interpret, believe in the principles that our Founders espoused, and to protect and defend the constitution fervently.