Re “The people and the props,” Editorial, Nov. 11
If the lack of appeal to intellect and reason in political ads that proliferated before the election is any indication, The Times' ideal of the “citizen voter” rarely appears in our electorate. It's tempting to ponder the use of a qualifying I.Q. test, however legally dubious, to screen out unworthy voters.
Perhaps election boards could pass constitutional muster by disqualifying any voter who spends less time reading high-quality periodicals and books than he or she does riveted to such cultural gems as “American Idol” and reality TV shows.
We'd benefit doubly from that approach. The electorate would make more enlightened decisions, and political ads wouldn't pander to vacuous, disengaged audiences.