This Is A Surprise? Look At Our President Elect!

Has anybody told Kathleen Parker that we already knew this?  Obviously not, she had to write an article about it.  What I found most interesting is something I and quite a few other people know; our elected officials are not as smart as some of us…which, of course begs the question, why, (because we already know the how), are they in charge?  Answer: Very intelligent people are entrepreneurs making oodles of cash in our Free Market Capitalistic country instead of serving the public and getting raked over the coals by the MSM.

If anybody thinks The One’s Economic Team, Hank Paulson, Ben Bernanke or Nancy Pelosi have a clue about repairing the damage done to the economy by Barney Frank, Chris Dodd and Maxine Waters, I know I have a bridge I can sell you.

VOTERS FAIL THE TEST

WASHINGTON — So much for the wisdom of The People.

A new report from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) on the nation’s civic literacy finds that most Americans are too ignorant to vote.

Out of 2,500 American quiz-takers, including college students, elected officials and other randomly selected citizens, nearly 1,800 flunked a 33-question test on basic civics. In fact, elected officials scored slightly lower than the general public with an average score of 44 percent compared to 49 percent.

Only 0.8 percent of all test-takers scored an “A.”

Most bracing: Only 27 percent of elected officeholders in the survey could identify a right or freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Forty-three percent didn’t know what the Electoral College does. And 46 percent didn’t know that the Constitution gives Congress power to declare war.

What’s behind the dumbing down of America?

Actively pursuing information through print media and participating in high-level conversations — even, potentially, blogging — makes one smarter. (Imagine that?)

In his book, Shenkman, founder of George Mason University’s History News Network, is tough on everyday Americans. Why, he asks, do we value polls when clearly The People don’t know enough to make a reasoned judgment?

The founding fathers, Shenkman points out, weren’t so enamored of The People, whom they distrusted. Hence a Republic, not a Democracy. They understood that an ignorant electorate was susceptible to emotional manipulation and feared the tyranny of the masses.

Both Shenkman and the ISI pose a bedeviling question, as crucial as any to the nation’s health: Who will govern a free nation if no one understands the mechanics and instruments of that freedom?

Answer: Maybe one day, a demagogue.

Are We There Yet? OR We Are So Screwed!

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8 Responses to “This Is A Surprise? Look At Our President Elect!”
  1. I have found lately that my 12 year old is smarter than the average voter these days. Maybe there is hope. Lord help us all. Happy Thanksgiving to all at Logistics Monster. You rock!!!!

  2. Diamond Tiger says:

    Yes, we are raising some smart kids – my 8 year old knew that Sarah Palin was McCain’s VP and not The One’s. Remember that audio from Howard Stern “Man On The Street” where Obama supporters thought Palin was his VP?

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and many mahalos for your continued support!!!

  3. DT–Take a day off and enjoy your turkey if you’re having it!! We’re having a roast chicken…a turkey is too big for us now….

    I set up a live came with greetings to all for a good Thanksgiving! You’ll probably see dogs, too!!!!!

    http://insightanalytical.wordpress.com/

  4. Sorry, that’s LIVE CAM….jeesh!!!

  5. Uppity Woman says:

    A joyous Thankgiving to my friend the Logsistics Monster!

  6. kat in your hat says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

    I hope you have a wonderful day!!!

  7. Diamond Tiger says:

    Oh my – thank you for the greetings, but you will probably be seeing more posts from me today! LOL

  8. I read that Obama’s IQ is 130; mine is 150. Not that IQ covers one’s overall intelligence but it certainly is based on basic skills and knowledge. I would be interested in Pelosi’s IQ, because she is REALLY under the radar.
    BB

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