“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be…” (Thomas Jefferson). Those words ring truer and truer after every election, and it was proven to be of sound opinion specifically after the election of 2008.
New results coming out of our public schools show that our education system is a failure, a national embarrassment and we are breeding another generation of stupid and dumbed down Americans. It’s proven each and every day through polling and testing. Take for example the test by Newsweek released not long ago that proved at least 38% of Americans couldn’t pass a simple citizen test.
And now, MRC has taken to the streets of DC speaking to tourists right in front of the White House the most simplest and basic of questions concerning our government. The answers are shocking.
You would think that the quintessential symbol of the American political system, the White House, would attract tourists who are knowledgeable or at least interested in or curious about American politics.
You would be wrong.
On Monday, I went over to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. with a camera and asked visitors from around the nation some ridiculously simple questions about politics in modern America.
The results were, in a word, depressing.
Get some Kleenex people. Because this is going to make you weep for your country, or laugh until you cry.
Where is our sense of responsibility as Americans to carry forward the principles that were birthed by our Founding Fathers? They stated over and over again that in order to have a successful republic that it would require an informed, enlightened, and educated electorate. In many ways we have failed them in this regard. The situation on our hands today came about because we were derelict in our duties to guard the fragile gift that they risked everything for in order to hand to us. Our Founders realized that a lack of knowledge would breed apathy and ignorance, which we are experiencing now on an enormous scale.
It’s been said before…we are given the country that we deserve.
“Preach a crusade against ignorance; establish and improve the law for education the common people. Let our countrymen know that the people alone can protect us against these evils of misgovernment.” Thomas Jefferson