Someone once opined that “ignorance is bliss.” In fact, it will soon lead to the destruction of the United States and the dissolution of the West in general.
A “U.S. Citizenship Test,” recently conducted by Lincoln Park Strategies for the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, gave a passing grade to those respondents who answered just 60% or more of the questions correctly. Turns out, just over a third of those surveyed, 36%, passed the multiple-choice test. Even more disturbing—and frightening—only 19% of those 45 and younger did so.
Twelve percent of respondents thought General Dwight D. Eisenhower served in the Civil War. Two percent said the Cold War was caused by climate change. (And I thought the planet was warming). A vomit-inducing 72% of those surveyed could not identify the original 13 states. Only a meager twenty-four percent could name a single thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for. Thirty-seven percent believe he invented the light bulb. (To them I say: “Morons, go fly a kite!”).
Only 13 percent of those polled knew the year the Constitution was ratified. A full sixty percent didn’t know which countries the U.S. fought in World War II. Fifty-seven percent did not know how many justices serve on the Supreme Court.
As The Washington Examiner reported: “With voters heading to the polls next month, an informed and engaged citizenry is essential,” Woodrow Wilson Foundation President Arthur Levine said. “Unfortunately, this study found the average American to be woefully uninformed regarding America’s history and incapable of passing the U.S. Citizenship Test. It would be an error to view these findings as merely an embarrassment. Knowledge of the history of our country is fundamental to maintaining a democratic society, which is imperiled today,” he added.
It is no wonder so many people—especially younger folks-- vote the way they do. The educational system is now designed to churn out cookie-cutter, politically-correct, mind-numbed, indoctrinated robots rather than critical thinkers. The mainstream media, the formerly free press, has chosen sides and routinely engages in promulgating the “fake news” they claim to abhor. And Hollywood and the entertainment industry have devolved into nothing more than shrill shills for hypocrisy, virtue-signaling, and ideologically-based character assassination of the rankest order.
It is likely that a measurable percent of Americans believe that President Trump was behind the attacks of 9/11. It is not the “Deplorables” in “flyover country” that are woefully biased and ignorant. Those who have been brainwashed by leftists and couldn’t name half of the 50 states are poised to vote in November and produce the blue wave so eagerly anticipated by progressives. The one that, if it occurs, will drown the rest of us and condemn the U.S. to the ash-heap of history.
Outside the Constitutional Convention, which took place in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787, an attentive and patriotic citizen asked Ben Franklin, “what form of government have you given us.”
He replied, apropos of today, “A republic madam…if you can keep it.”