American elected officials showed a shocking lack of knowledge about government, history, and basic constitutional principles in a national survey. They scored a failing grade of just 44 percent on a basic test of knowledge of our nation in a quiz by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI). Average citizens scored 49 percent. Note: many of these people scored less than a random or blind selection of answers — quite an achievement.
How did these people inherit the government formed by such geniuses as James Madison and Thomas Jefferson?” (For any elected officials reading this blog, those guys were framers who lived a long long time ago).
Thirty-one percent of the respondents could not correctly identify who we fought in World War II with some listing Britain, China, Russia, Canada, Mexico and Spain.
Some 20 percent of elected officials believe that the electoral college as established to “supervise the first televised presidential debates.”
This would certainly explain much of the failure of Congress and elected officials to defend the constitution in the last eight years. Our elected officials have clearly decided not to be burdened themselves with knowledge in learning much about the system that we are fighting around the globe to defend. After all, this is what our boys died for in their defeat of Mexico and Spain in World War II.
If it is any solace, our English cousins appear equally ill-informed on history, click here.
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