Now Here’s An Idea …


This last election cycle saw an obvious example of this. However, is it really that much of an undiscovered problem within our already existing Congressional population? It’s been well noted they either don’t or can’t or refuse to read before voting on or passing epic volumes of legislation on the American people and our lives and liberty. And when the American people read it’s the American people who are dumb, stupid, ignorant, or just aren’t understanding the elected class’s nuance. And that makes us dangerous … or something.

At least Brazil has the common sense to test their questionable Congress members:

Grumpy proved he was no Bozo – this goofy clown with a winsome smile won a seat last month in the Brazilian Congress. But now he must pass a reading and writing test to prove he’s no joke.

The São Paulo Electoral Court held a closed-door exam for the clown turned congressman-elect on Thursday to determine if he meets a constitutional mandate that federal lawmakers be literate.
Francisco Silva became famous as Tiririca — “Grumpy” in Portuguese — and received about 1.3 million votes, nearly twice as many as the next-highest vote-getter in last month’s congressional elections.

His campaign videos drew millions of viewers on the Internet, with slogans such as “It can’t get any worse” and “What does a federal deputy do? Truly, I don’t know. But vote for me and you’ll find out.”

But a less humorous element emerged during the campaign: Allegations that Silva, like 10 percent of Brazilians, is illiterate. Judge Aloisio Silveira ruled that there were discrepancies between the handwriting on Silva’s application to run for Congress and that on the document in which he swears he can read and write and in autographs he gave to fans.

He ordered that Silva must demonstrate that he can read and write.

Silva has attributed the discrepancies to the fact that his wife helped him write his application because he has trouble holding a pen firmly between his thumb and index finger.

Following Thursday’s test, the president of the electoral court, Judge Walter de Almeida Guilherme, told reporters that Silva “read and wrote” during the exam, but did not give more details.

A final ruling is not expected before Friday, according a court spokeswoman who declined to be quoted by name due to departmental rules.

Last month, Vladimir Porfirio, spokesman for Silva’s political party, said the campaign is “ready to prove the rigorous legality of his candidacy.”

If Silva is barred from office, the votes he received will be declared invalid and a complex formula will be used to redistribute the congressional seats at stake.

Brazil’s 513-seat lower house is filled using a proportional representation system that allocates seats to parties according to the total number of votes their candidates win, so successful candidates can sometimes pull several allies into office.

Truth be told, I think the biggest thing our Congress members need tested on is the U.S. Constitution that they swore an oath to uphold … but don’t seem to be able to.

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  1. This test should be conducted here in Cook county IL. There are some real tools here and I bet a good number of them would not pass.

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