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Now isn’t this special

November 23rd, 2008 Posted in History, People are Stupid

We have all had moments, some of us more than others, where we have decided that our elected representative it a complete tool who never once took an American history or civics course in their life.  Well, now there is evidence that while they might have been in the class they didn’t bother to learn much while they were there.

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute recently did a study and found that not only our the politicians ignorant of what a free market system actually is, they also found that 71% of Americans are ignorant on some of the basic principles and history of our government and country.

– 30 percent of elected officials do not know that “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” are the inalienable rights referred to in the Declaration of Independence; and 20 percent falsely believe that the Electoral College “was established to supervise the first presidential debates”
– Almost 40 percent of all respondents falsely believe the president has the power to declare war
– 40 percent of those with a bachelor’s degree do not know business profit equals revenue minus expenses
– Only 54 percent with a bachelor’s degree correctly define free enterprise as a system in which individuals create, exchange and control goods and resources
– 20.7 percent of Americans falsely believe that the Federal Reserve can increase or decrease government spending

This isn’t rocket science, hell, it isn’t even science, it’s basic government knowledge and history and yet seven out of every ten people FAILED this quiz.

Think about that for a moment.

These are people from all walks of life, all educational levels, both liberals and conservatives.  Not one area of our society was immune from this ignorance of how our founding fathers wanted our country to operate.  The vast majority of people living in the United States of America have no idea how it was supposed to run.

Combine this with a population that is easily manipulated by the press into voting for a candidate that they know little to nothing about and we come to the current state of affairs that we have in the United States now.

Our schools are more concerned with teaching to a test rather than teaching facts and critical thinking.  This attitude is backed up by a government that determines school funding by how many kids pass the test, which means that teachers who want to keep their jobs will make sure every child is drilled over an over to make sure they are ready for test day.

If I was a cynical person I would almost think that our government wanted our kids to be badly educated, ignorant and easily lead to the slaughterhouse.  I mean, if that were the case they would be able to do all kinds of things that would have our founding fathers turning over in their graves, stuff like $700 Billion dollar bailouts and trying to pass weapons bans that go against the second amendment.

Naw, that would never happen….

Oh, and my score was 93.94%.  Yea, I am that good.

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