There is a segment in our society who are as American as apple pie. They are learning disabled: some dyslexic, some dysgraphic with variations of the above. Some of these law-abiding citizens might not be able to spell vote. Some of them would have difficulty with comprehension, yet they are entitled, like all Americans to their rights as voters. What former Representative Tancredo did (with his ‘literacy test’ proposal) was to lump the learning disabled, the illiterate and Hispanic speaking Americans together. This was not a wise move. Within his blind indictment of the people who put Barack Hussein Obama in the White House, he has further marginalized people with learning disabilities.
The learning disabled are the students who have been identified within their school systems as needing additional help in order to complete the required courses. I must make it clear: learning disability, dyslexia or dysgraphia have NOTHING to do with I.Q. Someone with a learning disability can have a very high I.Q. They might simply be a visual or auditory learner. This is an attack on the rights of Americans with disabilities. Every disability may not be visible to the naked eye. This is the reason why his proposal is preposterous and irresponsible. It calls for an apology not only for the obvious discriminatory overtones, but to the many Americans who have Learning Disabilities throughout our nation.