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26% of Americans don't know who US fought to gain its independence

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posted on Jul, 2 2010 @ 07:38 PM
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26 percent of Americans have no clue what country US fought to gain its independence


www.nypost.com

As Americans prepare to spend the Fourth of July weekend enjoying the sizzling summer weather while marking this country's independence 234 years ago, a new poll found that a whopping one in four Americans have no clue which country the United States declared its independence from.

In a new Marist College poll released today, a shocking 26 percent failed to identify Great Britain as the country the US colonies fought to gain its independence, CNN reported.
(visit the link for the full news article)



[edit on 2-7-2010 by IgnoranceIsntBlisss]




posted on Jul, 2 2010 @ 07:38 PM
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Mind blowing.

I remember the last big 4th of July party I went to everyone (as usually) was talking about all of their personal drama and related drivel. Eventually I couldn't take it anymore and had to cut in and start carrying on about the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. One dude looked at me dumbfounded and irritated and said "what the F are you talking about". It was like a shocker when I had to remind what the day was about, liberty, not show off and or whine all night. I had to do this, as not once the entire time had the concepts of liberty, freedom, or anything else related to the holiday other than (illegal) (Chinese) fireworks had been mentioned.

www.nypost.com
(visit the link for the full news article)


[edit on 2-7-2010 by IgnoranceIsntBlisss]



posted on Jul, 2 2010 @ 07:42 PM
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You say it like you are surprised.

If it isnt on TV, the majority of people wont know. If it doesnt involve some celebrity or even pseudo-celebrities, they wont know. If it wasnt spoon fed to them over and over and over via iPods, MTV, Facebook, and McDonalds, they wouldnt know.



posted on Jul, 2 2010 @ 07:42 PM
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This just reminded me of this:

www.cbsnews.com...

Simpsons Outpace U.S. Constitution

Americans apparently know more about "The Simpsons" TV show than about the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Only one in four Americans can name more than one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment (freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly and petition for redress of grievances.) But more than half can name at least two members of the TV cartoon family, according to a survey.

The study by the new McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum found that 22 percent of Americans could name all five Simpson family members, compared with just one in 1,000 people who could name all five First Amendment freedoms.

Joe Madeira, director of exhibitions at the museum, said he was surprised by the results.

"Part of the survey really shows there are misconceptions, and part of our mission is to clear up these misconceptions," said Madeira, whose museum will be dedicated to helping visitors understand the First Amendment when it opens in April. "It means we have our job cut out for us."

The survey found more people could name the three "American Idol" judges - Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson - than identify three First Amendment rights. They were also more likely to remember popular advertising slogans.

It also showed that people misidentified First Amendment rights. About one in five people thought the right to own a pet was protected, and 38 percent said they believed the right against self-incrimination contained in the Fifth Amendment was a First Amendment right, the survey found.


Please visit the link provided for the complete story.



posted on Jul, 2 2010 @ 07:44 PM
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It's too bad the article mentioned who was fought. That would have really been a wakeup call when mobs of people didn't have it answered for them when having to acknowledge not knowing.


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posted on Jul, 2 2010 @ 07:44 PM
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It would be dangerous to our current tyrannical government if Americans know that they defeated another tyrannical government in the past.

The public education system and media are working as intended.



posted on Jul, 2 2010 @ 07:49 PM
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...And we wonder why public officials get away with denying citizens of these rights...

edit to add: line2

[edit on 07/17/2009 by Mumbotron]



posted on Jul, 2 2010 @ 07:57 PM
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What's surprising me is that 74% know it actually...
Ask these 26% the first words of Britney's last song... Betcha they know it...
One cannot know everything... We have to prioritize by significance.



posted on Jul, 2 2010 @ 07:58 PM
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Well, looks like it's time to roll out these old Saturday morning cartoons:








posted on Jul, 2 2010 @ 07:58 PM
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thats true!! My buddy and I did an informal poll back in like 2000 at work asking this question. Now mind you this was at a grocery store, but this is 1st grade knowledge.

anyway, 1 girl, Beth thought it was Germany. Most people who didnt know just didnt answer and dismissed us. and these were all adults over age 18.

pathetic, but I stuff like this is exactly why I am a pessimistic a-hole and an elitist all these years later on ATS

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posted on Jul, 2 2010 @ 07:58 PM
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Rather shocking, I know there are a lot of unintelligent Americans but I thought that would be one of the few things people would know.


Maybe we should remind our citizens, or in the words of Thomas Jefferson, our fellow subjects, who our real enemy was. I declare that 4th of July shall not only celebrate the independence of America but also the defeat of Great Britain. Let's burn the British flag on the 4th!



posted on Jul, 2 2010 @ 08:03 PM
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It's all part of the dumbing down I'm afraid. If it can't be watched, played, drunk or smoked many people have no interest.

In all honesty, when I was in high school oh so many years ago
even though I learned the material, I thought that history was boring. It was only when I was in college which I did not get to until I was in my 40's that I really gained an appreciation for history. I still think it was the teacher that made the difference.

But it really seems like too many people have their noses stuck in their TV sets and like has already been posted, there are those who think more of Survivor, American Idol, or any of these other time wasting shows than anything else that is going on around them.

Just like this video of America: Dumbed down, doped and distracted




posted on Jul, 2 2010 @ 08:04 PM
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I remember those old cartoons.

So simple yet so informative.



posted on Jul, 2 2010 @ 08:06 PM
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Get me out of here!

This is mass madness, you maniacs!!




posted on Jul, 2 2010 @ 08:09 PM
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That's sad.

I guess those people are not smarter than a 5th grader huh



posted on Jul, 2 2010 @ 08:14 PM
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[edit on 2/7/2010 by Iamonlyhuman]



posted on Jul, 2 2010 @ 08:18 PM
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The first video makes me feel sad and sick at the same time. I really am at a loss of words. I just cannot believe people are that stupid.

I really want to crawl into a corner and cry because these people are voting our government officials into office.

Raist



posted on Jul, 2 2010 @ 08:24 PM
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It's tough. Part of me wants to try and do my part to take control of this backwards system, and the other part of me wants to flee while the getting is still possible.


Don't people at least watch the History Channel every now and then?



posted on Jul, 2 2010 @ 08:24 PM
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I wonder why these 26% think we speak English ya know? Thats like common sense.

public schools are becoming like a great big babysitter who lets the kids do whatever they want.

[edit on 2-7-2010 by Totalstranger]



posted on Jul, 2 2010 @ 08:29 PM
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What struck me as funny was that you are the first I've seen on ATS to use the term "drivel", as opposed to the cringe-worthy "dribble".
I just thought it was some internet meme peculiar to this site.



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