The average American only reads at 6th grade level, or at the level most of Olgivy's mass media and advertising is marketed to. This has potentially made it easier for the lower classes to participate in politics, and meet the bare minimum requirement of voting. In days in which literacy tests were required for political participation, or in which most Americans only spoke English, but couldn't read or right - it was potentially more difficult for the lower classes to participate in politics, and prevent the immorality which is often, but not always associated with them from seeping its way into government - and helped to preserve America's aristocratic heritage. This has falsely given the impression of many immoral and uneducated Americans a sense of political participation, and imaginary "rights" which they don't necessarily have. If there were some way of rolling things back, or creating a new standard of literacy requirements for voting, so that only those who speak and write English at a much higher level of fluency than the masses do could vote, it might help to improve the morality of the nation, as well as remind the immoral of their proper place in the status quo - it would also encourage entrepreneurship and self-education, which was the hallmark of many Americans of days past - whether Booker T Washington, or others. I don't see someone like myself, who speaks and writes English at a much higher level of fluency than most of the American population, should have the same voting rights as one whose education stopped at a 6th grade level - such a system is quite anti-meritocratic if you ask me. William Jennings Bryan is one of my family members, so coming from an educated family had something to do with it, but so did merit and my entrepreneurial spirit. Many, if not most so-called "Americans" were likewise hostile to my entrepreneurship believing it a waste of time, taking away from more "important" things like watching TV or porn - so why should white trash (or trash period, regardless of color) have the same say in American politics as someone like me, who actually believes in the Dream?