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(The Blaze)   Not news: Nearly four out of 10 Americans can't name the vice president, don't know what happened at the Constitutional Convention, or who's third in line to the presidency. Fark: And Newsweek blames capitalism and states' rights   (theblaze.com) divider line 144
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2011-03-21 01:23:44 PM
I blame cable television.

Cable TV killed Saturday morning cartoons -- a shared experience for almost all kids.

Part of the shared experience of Saturday morning cartoons? Schoolhouse Rock.

No Schoolhouse Rock equals grown-ups who think we won our independence from Germany at the Battle of Pearl Harbor on July 4th, 1776 when Abe Lincoln pinned King Arthur.
 
2011-03-21 01:31:25 PM
What is the percentage of eligible population that routinely doesn't vote? If these people who know nothing don't vote then we should all sigh with relief.
 
2011-03-21 01:33:13 PM
and Republicans want to cut education, woooooooooo!
 
2011-03-21 01:39:14 PM
Warning: this link is from Glenn Beck's personal derp depository. Beware.
 
2011-03-21 01:48:25 PM
Not news: Nearly four out of 10 Americans can't name the vice president, don't know what happened at the Constitutional Convention, or who's third in line to the presidency.
Blaze Article: And Newsweek blames capitalism and states' rights
Newsweek Article: Uh, no we're not. We're blaming an educational system that doesn't help poor immigrants, which is why we noted that well-off, native-born respondents did fine.
Blaze: Whargarrrbl!
 
2011-03-21 01:55:23 PM
But then it starts naming off the possible reasons, and quoting experts about why we've become "incurious know-nothings." There's our complicated political system (which, of course, Newsweek says is complicated in relation to Europe) for one. "Most experts agree that the relative complexity of the U.S. political system makes it hard for Americans to keep up," the article says.

we don't exactly have a culture that respects learning and intelligence. we respect strength and very little else.
 
2011-03-21 01:56:24 PM

Slaxl: What is the percentage of eligible population that routinely doesn't vote? If these people who know nothing don't vote then we should all sigh with relief.


Since 1980 about 50-55% in Presidential election years, a whopping 38-40% for midterms.

Hmmm...
 
2011-03-21 01:58:08 PM

Weaver95: But then it starts naming off the possible reasons, and quoting experts about why we've become "incurious know-nothings." There's our complicated political system (which, of course, Newsweek says is complicated in relation to Europe) for one. "Most experts agree that the relative complexity of the U.S. political system makes it hard for Americans to keep up," the article says.

we don't exactly have a culture that respects learning and intelligence. we respect strength and very little else.


i.imgur.com
The GOP's ideal President (cross necklace not shown in picture)
 
2011-03-21 02:04:48 PM

dgc360: The GOP's ideal President (cross necklace not shown in picture)


i45.photobucket.com
 
2011-03-21 02:14:38 PM

Weaver95: we don't exactly have a culture that respects learning and intelligence. we respect strength and very little else


We also respect marketing intelligence over everything else. You see it in the workplace, politics, entertainment, everything.
 
2011-03-21 02:35:39 PM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I blame cable television.

Cable TV killed Saturday morning cartoons -- a shared experience for almost all kids.

Part of the shared experience of Saturday morning cartoons? Schoolhouse Rock.

No Schoolhouse Rock equals grown-ups who think we won our independence from Germany at the Battle of Pearl Harbor on July 4th, 1776 when Abe Lincoln pinned King Arthur.




Pffft! Schoolhouse Rock was what you painfully sat through while waiting on Superfriends. And I didn't need it to know that John Brainiac will be third in line for the Presidency.
 
2011-03-21 02:56:25 PM
Why not?

A basic civics education is a societal need that capitalism can't provide; capitalism functions efficiently only when it *excludes* people from markets... and we don't *want* people to be excluded from a basic civics education.

Strictly enforcing states' rights pisswaters-down education in the poorer states with less property value (as education is generally funded via property taxes); while it may not *necessarily* exclude people from a basic civics education, a lack of proper funding forces school districts to make difficult choices and civics sure as hell ain't gonna survive the first cut when they're under pressure to make sure the football team gets that huge new scoreboard.

/drtfa
//yes my second point is a little over the top... barely
///take a quick trip down south and you'll notice school priorities real fast
//ain't like that up here in WI
/... basic education = eating your vegetables
 
2011-03-21 03:06:12 PM
Is this going to be one of those threads where Farkers who spend all day on here talking about how stupid the American people are act all offended that someone is calling into question "American Exceptionalism?"
 
2011-03-21 03:30:12 PM
ALEXANDER HAIG, YOU DOLT!
 
2011-03-21 03:34:17 PM
Lets see Fox news covers the capitalism part and Texas the states right section



I can accept that theory
 
2011-03-21 03:35:17 PM
Third in line to the presidency is John Goodman pretending to be a southern Republican.

/it's real to me, dammit!
 
2011-03-21 03:50:14 PM

CitizenTed: Third in line to the presidency is John Goodman pretending to be a southern Republican.


And his little dog, too!
 
2011-03-21 04:22:05 PM

downstairs: ALEXANDER HAIG, YOU DOLT!


I'm in charge here!
 
2011-03-21 04:23:02 PM

CitizenTed: Third in line to the presidency is John Goodman pretending to be a southern Republican.

/it's real to me, dammit!


His whole one day of executive experience as president makes him a lock to capture the Republican nomination in 2014, right?
 
2011-03-21 04:23:44 PM
States' rights?? Hoo boy. Let's start with apparently not knowing the history of THAT term.
 
2011-03-21 04:24:27 PM
Suppose they only know 1 or 2 out of the 3? Is it really fair to group them in with the know-nothings?
 
2011-03-21 04:24:42 PM
All I know about civics I learned from America The Book.


/eeeww... nekkid justices!
 
2011-03-21 04:24:58 PM
I see the headline has chosen to react defensively to relatively fair and tame criticism.
 
2011-03-21 04:27:46 PM

jake_lex: Warning: this link is from Glenn Beck's personal derp depository. Beware.


I would rather hang out at Fukishima Reactor #2 than in Beck's personal derp depository.
 
2011-03-21 04:28:17 PM
Reality is -- 80% of any population are nothing but consumers. They want to eat, shiat, fark, maybe raise the resulting kids, sleep, and have consumer toys and baubles. They want to feel good about themselves and have no compunctions about being delusional about it. As long as the hard work like knowing stuff is done by other people they are fine with that.

It makes it hard on the other 20% but that is reality.
 
2011-03-21 04:29:25 PM
I figure more than 38% are not U.S. citizens. Beginning in the White Hut.

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We have our parents to thank for they were the ones who laid down and did not kill the movement by the marxist scum left of our country in their take-over of education that produces so many people who are ignorant of their country at an obscene level.

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Surprising but Obama got 54 percent of the population.....so that means at least 20 percent of the Obama voters passed the test and STILL voted for him.....Unbelievable.

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Q: Who is in charge of the executive branch?
A: The president. {I would have said "no one, right now"}


Q: Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?
A: To print money, to declare war, to create an army, or to make treaties. {I would have said "provide healthcare, and take from the rich and give to the poor"}

Q: What is the supreme law of the land?
A: The Constitution. {I would have said "whatever Obama says"}

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Personally, I would be all in favor of issuing voter registration cards like driver's licenses. New voters have to pass the same citizenship test to get on the rolls.
I've even go a step further and require a renewal exam every six years or so. We have way too many dumb people voting.


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The Martin Luther King Question was specially humorous. I could think of two more significant long term answers, other than the official one. One involves the Communist Party.


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Who selected the questions for this test? Wait, let me guess:
"Who is Susan B Anthony?"

The correct answer of course is "who gives a cr@p".

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41) Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?
A. Native Americans
B. Christians

C. Deer Hunters

D. Asians

Your answer was wrong. The correct answer is A .

The Europeans who arrived included an Italian map maker Amerigo Vespucci who traveled to the New World between 1499 and 1502. The EUROPEAN names for the New World became "America" based on his maps. The natives where here long before the Italian Amerigo arrived. The natives were deer hunters before and after the Europeans arrived. They were not called "Native Americans" before the Europeans arrived.
 
2011-03-21 04:30:57 PM
Who cares? Learning is for morons. The only thing people need to know is the power of the fist, which I punch people in the face with.
 
2011-03-21 04:31:47 PM
This is why the Department of "Education" needs to be cut and educational power to be handled completely at the state level.

dgc360: and Republicans want to cut education


And Democrats want to empower teachers unions to keep bad teachers to increase their salary above the needs of the school.
 
2011-03-21 04:32:39 PM

dgc360: Weaver95: But then it starts naming off the possible reasons, and quoting experts about why we've become "incurious know-nothings." There's our complicated political system (which, of course, Newsweek says is complicated in relation to Europe) for one. "Most experts agree that the relative complexity of the U.S. political system makes it hard for Americans to keep up," the article says.

we don't exactly have a culture that respects learning and intelligence. we respect strength and very little else.


The GOP's ideal President (cross necklace not shown in picture)


that guy's missing a lapel pin
 
2011-03-21 04:32:53 PM
That's stupid. Everyone knows that states don't have rights.

(Nothing establishes a speaker's ignorance more quickly than the use of the phrase "states' rights.")
 
2011-03-21 04:33:07 PM
I bet, if a poll were done, it would be found that when it comes to the Constitution the same number of Americans can also name only the Second Amendment and sometimes part of the First Amendment (only when they say something awfully stupid and want to find a way to shield themselves from criticism).
 
2011-03-21 04:33:36 PM
Capitalism needs you to be stupid. We can hire smart people from anywhere, but we need a large base of idiots to purchase things with little regard for their own well being or future.

Now go buy something, dummy.
 
2011-03-21 04:33:42 PM

Smelly McUgly: CitizenTed: Third in line to the presidency is John Goodman pretending to be a southern Republican.

/it's real to me, dammit!

His whole one day of executive experience as president makes him a lock to capture the Republican nomination in 2014, right?


if palin runs in 2012, she will need to answer the following question:
if elected, will you resign early or complete the full term?
and a follow up question:
do you know how long the presidential term is?
 
2011-03-21 04:34:19 PM

Smelly McUgly: His whole one day of executive experience as president makes him a lock to capture the Republican nomination in 2014, right?


I believe it was 3 days. But even 3 days as a fake president is still more experience than the entire GOP cast of players.
 
2011-03-21 04:35:02 PM

namatad: if palin runs in 2012, she will need to answer the following question:
if elected, will you resign early or complete the full term?
and a follow up question:
do you know how long the presidential term is?


Or where is your birth certificate?

/there is ample evidence she was born in Canada.
 
2011-03-21 04:35:23 PM
Ask 100 million native english speaking, cognitively un-impaired Americans this:

This is a picture of:

www.photoshoptextures.com

A. Hand
B. Potato
C. OMG SOSHULLIZM


I'd wager you wouldn't get a 100% correct response.
 
2011-03-21 04:37:43 PM
Old and busted: measuring income inequality
New Derpness: CAPITALISM BASHING!
 
2011-03-21 04:38:06 PM

namatad: Smelly McUgly: CitizenTed: Third in line to the presidency is John Goodman pretending to be a southern Republican.

/it's real to me, dammit!

His whole one day of executive experience as president makes him a lock to capture the Republican nomination in 2014, right?

if palin runs in 2012, she will need to answer the following question:
if elected, will you resign early or complete the full term?
and a follow up question:
do you know how long the presidential term is?


1. "I will be ready to answer the call of the millions of Americans who just want to be able to get up in the morning, go do an honest day's work, and come home to their spouse and children, sit in front of the fire, and shoot wolves."

2. "In what respect, Charlie?"
 
2011-03-21 04:38:24 PM

Guidette Frankentits: This is a picture of:


A turkey(sitting)
 
2011-03-21 04:39:18 PM
I notice nobody in this thread has said who is third in line to the presidency. I wonder how many can without looking.
 
2011-03-21 04:41:29 PM
The really sad part is one of those 4 people is Joe Biden


/sry
 
2011-03-21 04:42:21 PM

Freep Impact: White Hut


farking god damned racist piece of trash freepers. Jesus.
 
2011-03-21 04:42:28 PM
ecx.images-amazon.com

Is Obama Partially to Blame?
 
2011-03-21 04:43:07 PM

Wellon Dowd: I notice nobody in this thread has said who is third in line to the presidency. I wonder how many can without looking.


Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe?

/just found out he's actually not in the line of succession at all, but used to be.
 
2011-03-21 04:43:11 PM

Wellon Dowd: I notice nobody in this thread has said who is third in line to the presidency. I wonder how many can without looking.


President Pro Tempore of the Senate Daniel Ken Inouye

Well, that also depends on how you define it.

First: President Obama
Second: Vice-President Biden
Third: Speaker Boehner
Fourth, but third in line to succeed: Sen. Inouye
 
2011-03-21 04:43:14 PM
only Immigrants take civic classes these days, want to know something about the US government? ask an immigrant, not a citizen
 
2011-03-21 04:43:38 PM

Wellon Dowd: I notice nobody in this thread has said who is third in line to the presidency. I wonder how many can without looking.


A Southern Republican.

/hopefully Biden doesn't get caught sleeping around with a columnist and starts leaking stories about life on Mars
 
2011-03-21 04:44:16 PM

Wellon Dowd: I notice nobody in this thread has said who is third in line to the presidency. I wonder how many can without looking.


A big orange penis?
 
2011-03-21 04:44:47 PM

downstairs: Weaver95: we don't exactly have a culture that respects learning and intelligence. we respect strength and very little else

We also respect marketing intelligence over everything else. You see it in the workplace, politics, entertainment, everything.


Don't forget consumption. We like consuming as much as we possibly can. Food, money, you name it. We love it when you consume as much as you can without thinking about anyone else.
 
2011-03-21 04:45:05 PM

Wellon Dowd: I notice nobody in this thread has said who is third in line to the presidency. I wonder how many can without looking.


Oh - you said third? That would be an old dude from the Senate

/and I just remembered Boehner is from Ohio
 
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