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    The Stupidity of the American People

    I'm sorry, but I've had it up to here with American idiocy. And these people are students, no less!

    "Students at American University in Washington, DC can't name a single U.S Senator, and some are Political Science majors! Check out this video! What do you make of this??"

    Link to the Facebook video. Sorry, folks. Couldn't find the link on Fox itself.

    These and about 10 other questions, randomly chosen from a pool of 10 thousand, should be mandatory before people are allowed to vote. Simple questions, really. Multiple choice.

    For example...

    1. In what year was our Declaration of Independence signed?
    a. 1066
    b. 1492
    c. 1776
    d. 1787

    2. In what year was our Constitution signed?
    a. 1066
    b. 1492
    c. 1776
    d. 1787

    3. What is our Constitution:
    a. A Declaration of Independence
    b. Our Founding Father's set of guiding principles
    c. The supreme law of the land
    d. Federal law

    4. How many original states were there in our union, and how many are their now?
    a. 7/57
    b. 13/57
    c. 7/50
    d. 13/50

    5. What is the official motto of our country?
    a. In God We Trust
    b. E Pluribus Unum
    c. Annuit cúptis
    d. Novus ordo seclorum

    6. The first three U.S. Presidents were:
    a. Thomas Jefferson, Millard Fillmore, and Theodore Roosevelt
    b. George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson
    c. George Washington, James Madison, and Andrew Jackson
    d. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln

    7. What form of government do we have here in the U.S.?
    a. Capitalism
    b. Communism
    c. Democracy
    d. Republic

    8. What document recognizes some of our basic rights?
    a. Declaration of Independence
    b. Bill of Rights
    c. Constitution
    d. Federalist Papers

    9. Which entity holds the greatest authority in our nation?
    a. Federal government
    b. State government
    c. Constitution
    d. People

    10. Finish this sentence: " The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to..."
    a. the federal government
    b. the people
    c. the Department of Homeland Security
    d. Congress
    The First protects the Second, and the Second protects the First. Together, they protect the rest of our Bill of Rights and our United States Constitution, and help We the People protect ourselves in the spirit of our Declaration of Independence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by since9 View Post
    [ ... ] These and about 10 other questions, randomly chosen from a pool of 10 thousand, should be mandatory before people are allowed to vote. Simple questions, really. Multiple choice.[ ... ]
    Really? Who wrote "Democracy arose from the idea that those who are equal in any respect are equal absolutely. All are alike free, therefore they claim that all are free absolutely... The next is when the democrats, on the grounds that they are all equal, claim equal participation in everything. [ ... ]It is accepted as democratic when public offices are allocated by lot; and as oligarchic when they are filled by election."

    Sortition is the solution and a better solution than election of the least of the evils. Aristotle 384 322 BCE wrote the condemnation of election in his Politics.
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    Q4 does not give any correct answer ... we have some commonwealths v. states in our union

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidmcbeth View Post
    [ ... ] v. states in our union
    Only by the narrowest definition, of state and of union.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare View Post
    Only by the narrowest definition, of state and of union.
    Well, the thread is regarding being stupid....so I would use the correct terminology.

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    Quote Originally Posted by since9 View Post
    I'm sorry, but I've had it up to here with American idiocy. And these people are students, no less!

    "Students at American University in Washington, DC can't name a single U.S Senator, and some are Political Science majors! Check out this video! What do you make of this??"

    Link to the Facebook video. Sorry, folks. Couldn't find the link on Fox itself.

    These and about 10 other questions, randomly chosen from a pool of 10 thousand, should be mandatory before people are allowed to vote. Simple questions, really. Multiple choice.

    For example...

    1. In what year was our Declaration of Independence signed?
    a. 1066
    b. 1492
    c. 1776
    d. 1787

    2. In what year was our Constitution signed?
    a. 1066
    b. 1492
    c. 1776
    d. 1787

    3. What is our Constitution:
    a. A Declaration of Independence
    b. Our Founding Father's set of guiding principles
    c. The supreme law of the land
    d. Federal law

    4. How many original states were there in our union, and how many are their now?
    a. 7/57
    b. 13/57
    c. 7/50
    d. 13/50

    5. What is the official motto of our country?
    a. In God We Trust
    b. E Pluribus Unum
    c. Annuit cúptis
    d. Novus ordo seclorum

    6. The first three U.S. Presidents were:
    a. Thomas Jefferson, Millard Fillmore, and Theodore Roosevelt
    b. George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson
    c. George Washington, James Madison, and Andrew Jackson
    d. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln

    7. What form of government do we have here in the U.S.?
    a. Capitalism
    b. Communism
    c. Democracy
    d. Republic

    8. What document recognizes some of our basic rights?
    a. Declaration of Independence
    b. Bill of Rights
    c. Constitution
    d. Federalist Papers

    9. Which entity holds the greatest authority in our nation?
    a. Federal government
    b. State government
    c. Constitution
    d. People

    10. Finish this sentence: " The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to..."
    a. the federal government
    b. the people
    c. the Department of Homeland Security
    d. Congress
    Immigrants wishing to acquire Citizenship will ace this test. Most others take this for granted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernymac View Post
    Immigrants wishing to acquire Citizenship will ace this test. Most others take this for granted.
    Well said and spot on. Recently helped my wife study for her citizenship exam. I asked several of my family members and friends some of the questions on there. Not surprisingly they were stumped.
    "The wicked flee when no man persueth: but the righteous are as bold as a lion" Proverbs 28:1

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    Sounds fine to me. Limit the vote to as few as you want. It's not as if it matters. Your choices will always be between two scum whose strings are pulled by what money they take and deals they make.
    "I support the ban on assault weapons" - Donald Trump

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    Quote Originally Posted by Primus View Post
    Well said and spot on. Recently helped my wife study for her citizenship exam. I asked several of my family members and friends some of the questions on there. Not surprisingly they were stumped.
    For which country ?

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    Here are the Civics Q&A 100 of which 10 will be asked, six must be correctly answered

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    The one question test that would cause most votes to not count if the correct answer had to be on it to count.

    What form of government did the founders of this country create?

    Write your answer.

    If you wanted 2 questions,

    What form(s) of government does the federal constitution prohibit (select all the apply).

    Monarchy
    Socialism
    Democracy
    Republic
    Oligarchy
    Tyranny
    Provision for free medical attendance and nursing, for clothing, for food, for housing, for the education of children, and a hundred other matters, might with equal propriety be proposed as tending to relieve the employee of mental strain and worry. --- These matters obviously lie outside the orbit of congressional power. (Railroad Retirement Board v Alton Railroad)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freedom1Man View Post
    [ ... ] What form of government did the founders of this country create? Write your answer.

    If you wanted 2 questions, What form(s) of government does the federal constitution prohibit (select all the apply). Monarchy, Socialism,
    Democracy, Republic, Oligarchy, Tyranny
    Well, I am sure that your heart is in the right place, but ...

    The phrase from Article IV, Section 4 is, "The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, ... "

    The words and word forms in your list of prohibited choices are not found in the Constitution of The United States.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare View Post
    Well, I am sure that your heart is in the right place, but ...

    The phrase from Article IV, Section 4 is, "The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, ... "

    The words and word forms in your list of prohibited choices are not found in the Constitution of The United States.
    If they are not included, then they are excluded.
    Provision for free medical attendance and nursing, for clothing, for food, for housing, for the education of children, and a hundred other matters, might with equal propriety be proposed as tending to relieve the employee of mental strain and worry. --- These matters obviously lie outside the orbit of congressional power. (Railroad Retirement Board v Alton Railroad)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freedom1Man View Post
    If they are not included, then they are excluded.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electio...ublic_of_China

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elections_in_Russia

    Technically, I think that russia & china are republics.

    So what does that guaranty? Jack squat !

    We vote in a republic...really think the gov't works for us? Ha ! Fool you.

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    Oooh! A truffle. Do they deserve precisely the government that they have as we do? Our US Constitution was unique in all of history but now our tyrant is unleashed too. (Karl Popper The Open Society and Its Enemies)
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    Russian Constitution:

    http://www.constitution.ru/en/10003000-03.htm

    Ours is not unique...
    "I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." - Thomas Jefferson.

    "Better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer" - English jurist William Blackstone.
    It is AFAIK original to me. Compromise is failure on the installment plan, particularly when dealing with so intractable an opponent as ignorance. - Nightmare

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    The Bill of Rights and the subsequent amendments are NOT the Constitution. The US Consitution alone and trusted would have obviated the need for the Bill of Rights. The BoR is a sop to the doubters and weak-kneed, as it only enumerates natural law rights and creates a penumbra shadow for shady dealings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare View Post
    The Bill of Rights and the subsequent amendments are NOT the Constitution. The US Consitution alone and trusted would have obviated the need for the Bill of Rights. The BoR is a sop to the doubters and weak-kneed, as it only enumerates natural law rights and creates a penumbra shadow for shady dealings.
    Oooh-Kay...Then the Amendments to the US Constitution need to be removed from the text of the US Constitution where they are closely associated.
    "I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." - Thomas Jefferson.

    "Better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer" - English jurist William Blackstone.
    It is AFAIK original to me. Compromise is failure on the installment plan, particularly when dealing with so intractable an opponent as ignorance. - Nightmare

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    Quote Originally Posted by OC for ME View Post
    Oooh-Kay...Then the Amendments to the US Constitution need to be removed from the text of the US Constitution where they are closely associated.
    I have a photocopy of the manuscript subscribed COTUS that does not include the BoR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare View Post
    I have a photocopy of the manuscript subscribed COTUS that does not include the BoR.
    Well...there ya go the BoR ain't part of the constitution.
    "I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." - Thomas Jefferson.

    "Better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer" - English jurist William Blackstone.
    It is AFAIK original to me. Compromise is failure on the installment plan, particularly when dealing with so intractable an opponent as ignorance. - Nightmare

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    A nation of the ignorant, America, appears to be losing those who know their history

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...merican-histo/

    BTW COTUS was ratified in 1788, USBOR was ratified in 1791, a sop to the weak kneed.
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