Have Americans Purposely Been Made Ignorant of Our Nation’s History and How Our Government Works?

Pawn Stars is one of the History Channel’s most watched shows. Each 30-minute segment takes you behind the scenes of what happens at the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop located in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s family-owned business run by three generations of the Harrison family: Rick, his son ‘Big Hoss,’ and Rick’s dad, affectionately known as the ‘Old Man.’

People bring in items to sell. The most interesting items, naturally, make it on the show. For me, the objects that get my attention are historical in nature – from campaign buttons going back 150 years to everyday items that made our modern world. If Rick doesn’t know something about an item, he brings in an outside expert.

Rick loves history, and it shows in his enthusiasm for some of the bits and pieces of the past that people bring in. I’ve picked up quite a few historical tidbits when I watch the show.

I made a comment on Facebook people can learn more history by watching Pawn Stars than from sitting in a public (government) school classroom. This is especially true when it comes to our nation’s history and how our government works.

The reason our nation is a wreck is that people either don’t know our nation’s governing principles or they don’t care to honor them. Consider the latest statistics on people’s knowledge of the Supreme Court. Five votes on the Supreme Court can make a difference in the lives of 300 million Americans. To be ignorant of the Court and how it works can have disastrous results. A Pew Research Survey asked a series of questions about the Supreme Court. The results are embarrassing. Here are the results to the question “Who is the Chief Justice of the United States?”

Don’t Know: 53%

John Roberts 28%

Thurgood Marshall: 8%

John Paul Stevens: 6%

Harry Reid: 4%

Harry Reid is not and never has been a Supreme Court Justice, and Thurgood Marshall never served as Chief Justice and has been dead since 1993.

This all means that when people are asked about Court decisions, there’s good evidence that they are reacting to talking points and not to the logic of the decisions or their long-term implications, whether good or bad. How did we get into this situation? The Constitution is not taught. It’s considered an evolving document, so why study something that could change tomorrow?

A Washington Post article states, “Regular people are simply not engaged — they don’t know or care — about the intricacies of the government in a way that people who live inside the Beltway and spend their lives in politics are.” As a result, politicians take advantage of the ignorance of the electorate. Why not? It’s the way that many of them got elected, and they like it that way.

This is why presidential elections are so important. Presidents nominate Supreme Court Justices and only on rare occasions does the Senate fail to give its consent. Getting the right justices depends on getting the right president and members of the Senate. In addition, Senators need to have the guts to say no.


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  • Mr.Mike

    I have not read this article, but I will say all you have to do is read the title and then read Charlette Isaberts(former Secretary of Education under Ronald Regan) book,  The Intentional dumming down of America and it will open your eye a bit wider.   And for those who would like a free College course on the Constitution of the United States, Hillsdale College.com and they are offering a free course so that the American people will know the truth of what our forfathers did to write one of the greatest documents of all time.    Currently there are 200 thousand takeing the course, they would like to see at least 1 million.  Take it today it's free.  Also it fun I've have learned a lot more then I thought there was to learn about the Founding of the greatest nation on earth.

    • Shermer60062

      " I have not read this article..."

      You must be a very busy man, Mr Mike.

    • Mark

       Mike, you offer great points and I am taking the class and promoting is as much as possible. But... this is article is show short that to have any credibility you seriously have to read the thing in all of 30 seconds lol.

    • goku vegeta

       IF THAT HINSDALE THING TAUGHT YOU SOMETHING THEN WE ARE FAR WORSE OFF THEN EVEN I THOUGHT WE WERE!  THAT THING IS ALMOST USELESS!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NLORN6B3ZNGCAJTFHWWFUUEY4Q jong

         I have two Phd's one in poly sci.   This is a very good course for those who wish to learn.  I guess you know every thing so you dont learn anymore.

      • rick0857

        It seems appearant by whatever you tried to say that you are a subject of public education. I'd wager up to the 6th grade, I don't think you have the capacity to learn anything anyway so not much sense in you taking the course.

    • CommonSsense

      Another good place to get learning on the Constitution is the
       George Washington School of Freedom
      http://www.gwschool.net/  The United States Constitution The Bill of Rights Declaration of Independence Unalienable Rights A Republic Will of Majority - Rights of Minority The Three Branches of Government Checks and Balances Governed by Law Oath of Office USA Founders Including Principals and Values Signers of the Declaration of Independence Historical Insights Influential Politicians Free Market Principles Central Banks - The Fed The Role of State and Local Governments The Role of the Military Economics Human Fulfillment Representative Republic Capitalism - Free Market Economy Socialism Fascism Progressivism Statists Monarchies Dictatorships Successful Business Principles Investing Marketing Principles Tax Strategies of the Wealthy Personal Development The Role of the Family Creating Wealth Equal Rights vs Equal Things Time Management Leadership Political Science The Role of the Federal Reserve Philanthropy Natural Law Virtue God & Religion's Role in Society Majority Rules? Property Rights The Role of Education International Trade National Debt Manifest Destiny

    • FlaJim

      Mr Mike, as busy as you are, would you also consider taking a remedial spelling course?  I agree with your sentiments but you would make a far greater impact if your contributions were not marred by at least ten spelling and grammatical errors in a single paragraph.

      It would also be helpful to speed readers, like me, who could normally scan through your comment in 5 seconds or so rather than having to back up and interpret what you wrote.

      Maybe you dictated this into Mr Microphone that used a voice to text program that's defective.  I'll give you the benefit of the doubt.

      • Screeminmeeme

        FlaJim....Ouch.  Lol.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NLORN6B3ZNGCAJTFHWWFUUEY4Q jong

         It seems you got the point however.  LOL

        • CompUser

          This is an example of another problem of our education system. No one cares about spelling and grammar, and it doesn't seem to be emphasied in public schools anymore. And the typical response when someone points out a persons gramatical errors to them? "You got the point"  or something similar. OK, fine. But why not make the point and use proper spelling and grammar as well. (By the way. I know I'm not perfect either. But I make an attempt.)

  • Screeminmeeme

    Ýou can see this regularly on the Jay Leno Show, when he goes ''Jaywalking'' and asks people questions about American history. Barely anyone knows the correct answers...and worse...a large per centage of those asked are college students!

    How did they get into college when they don't even know the basics they should have learned in high school?
    It's apparent that a  lousy system didn't REQUIRE them to know the basics....or...they were just  advanced from grade to grade despite failing grades.  

    Now WHY would any responsible educator do that?

    • Mark

       yea I graduated two years ago and I had never seen or read the consitution, bill of rights, or the federalist papers - I didn't even know what the federalist papers were and for quite awhile I was wondering who the heck Publius was?? Well, half way through course and will some Google searching I am learning more than my K-12 and Bachelor's of Finance ever taught me about government and the founding.

      • goku vegeta

         IT'S A NATIONAL REQUIREMENT THAT THE CONSTITUTION BE TAUGHT IN 6TH GRADE AND YOUR SOPHOMORE YEAR OF HS.  YOU CAN'T GET A DIPLOMA WITHOUT PASSING IT!  IN COLLEGE YOU HAVE TO MEET A CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENT AND MY 100% ON THE CONSTITUTION MET THAT REQUIREMENT.  HOW DID YOU GRADUATE WITHOUT TAKING THE CONSTITUTION TEST TWICE?

        • rick0857

          Your statement is patently false. I was never required to take and pass any test specifically on or about the Constitution and I'm almost 60. I had a civics class in 6th grade and a US Government class in high school (jr year) but never did I take a test soley on the Constitution and neither have you.

    • goku vegeta

       OSOMA OBAMA JUST DECLARED THAT PEOPLE CAN DRAW UNEMPLOYMENT AND WORK AND THAT D'S ARE NOW AN ACCEPTABLE PASSING GRADE.  WHY WOULD A PRESIDENT DO THAT?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5LC2Q22MFT62FDSVE4J4CG2XE4 ace

        You know some people think  Obama is like Hitler but that is not fare to Hitlers family if any left because Hitler was a better man than Obama or harry Reed OR Peloise

  • Bobseeks

    Our public mis-education system is controlled by lieberal/atheists who long ago began the process on turning our education system into an indoctrination sytem that inculcates the young with the lies of lieberal/atheism. The system has been quite successful at producing witless, immoral, godless, drones who are lacking in a work ethic and the ability to perform what my generation considered to be simple tasks. Unless we take back the schools, America will not survive much longer.

    • Mary

       Add to that the media indoctrination. The list could go on and on. The Liberals have brought our country and standards down for 50+ years.

      • Bobseeks

        True, and they plan to reduce the USA to a third world cesspool full of poor, witless sheep who are easily controlled so they can feed off of us. All the socialist countries were ruled by a parasitic elite who lived high on the hog while the regular citizens struggled to survive.

      • CommonSense

        More like 100 years ago, but in any event, it started when someone said, "let's expand government and get the RINO's to help us".  Unlike tacking in a sailboat, a little right, a little left to get to where you are aimed is one thing. But this constant move to the 'Left' will eventually wreck us on the rocks of despair. Never, never, ever work with the 'bipartisanShip' of the Left!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NLORN6B3ZNGCAJTFHWWFUUEY4Q jong

      With this we must bring God back into the schools.   Along with loyalty to America which has been erased by the marxist as part of their manefesto

    • Gtgriff63

      Bobseek, Do you suppose that thinking Americans that home school may have figured this out and refuse to send their children to be be publically indoctrinated by the government? 

      • Bobseeks

        Not all have that option that is why we need school vouchers so that parents can have a choice.

    • rick0857

      Prime example go to any store and pay in cash just wait and see how you get change back. When I was a kid I could make chage and count it back (ie: purchase $9.38 I'd count and 2 is forty, fifty, ten dollars). Those of you old enough to know what I'm talking about will understand the rest of you well you're just f*cked. 

  • Mary

    In the good old days  history lessons were pro-white and pro-American and kids actually learned a thing or two.
    Now with the 3rd world masses coming into the country our kids learn nothing. The education system is a big zero.
    Many are illiterate. Few can read or write. History has been twisted to teach the marxist/progessive agenda.
    I don't know what hope there is for recover unless we reverse the marxist/progressive policies of the past 50+ years that have left this country in a downward spiral.

  • PMDavis

    Of course Americans are deliberately not being taught our history.  That's how the liberals and progressives have been dumbing down our education and children for years.  Now those children are adults and they don't have a real clue about our history, founding fathers, Christian foundation, in other words, nothing about how this great, magnificent country came into being by God's blessings.  That's exactly what the liberals have wanted.  Now these young adults are the new independents and the ones that they are targeting for their votes and progressive agenda.  Keep the people ignorant and you can lead them like sheep.

    • goku vegeta

       MY GENERATION WAS THE LAST GENERATION TO BE TAUGHT AMERICAN HISTORY.  I'M GENERATION X.  I WAS LUCKY THAT IN THAT I WAS IN A RURAL AREA.  THOSE IN THE CITIES HAVEN'T BEEN TAUGHT ANYTHING USEFUL SINCE THE LATE 1960'S!

      • Undettered

         Suburbs the history lessons started to change in the 1980's. Out here in California you now get "The contributions of Gay, Lesbian, Trans-gendered, Bi-sexual to U.S. History. As if one's sexual preference has anything to do with ones contributions to U.S. history.  Personally I could care less about a persons personal life when it comes to history. Great men and woman become great men and women by their actions not by their bedroom choices. Just one more step in the dumbing down of the United States and making the abnormal see normal.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NLORN6B3ZNGCAJTFHWWFUUEY4Q jong

           That course must be very , very short a few seconds for the entire world history would be about right.

        • Tom

          In reality, the text books of the 20s that were almost entirely written by progressives of the time are now used as citations for "facts" that are quoted in the textbooks used today.  Seldom does a  textbook found in a public school today used original texts and sources from the time of the revolution to explain the facts of why this country was formed and how it got to be the industrial power it was a few decades ago.  The progressives changed the history taught in government schools into an "economic history" that paints the US as a money-centered, mercenary culture of dog-eat-dog to justify their class warfare rhetoric.  It completely ignores the religious influences and religious reasons for the creation of the United States.  It will continue until the American people wake up, choose people based on moral character and the strength of their principles instead of how slick their message is and how much money they bring home from Washington.  West Virginia is a perfect example of what happens to a state under 80 years of progressive Democrat control.

      • Rwhawk

        Don't kid yourself that you
        didn't get historic revisionism and other lies from our lovely, govt
        indoctrination system. I'm a Baby Boomer and was lied to. Take this statement
        from 1930 to heart:

        Charles Francis Potter’s 1930 prophecy:

         “Education is the most
        powerful ally of Humanism, and every American public school is a school of
        Humanism. What can the theistic Sunday Schools, meeting for an hour once a
        week, and teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a
        five-day program of humanistic teaching?”
        Consider this:  Your generation was the subject of Ronald Reagan's "A Nation At Risk" study of 1983.  "It stated, "Our nation is at risk…. If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre education performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war"
        It has only gotten worse since you went to school.

      • jmildred

         Actually, it's even longer ago than that.  I graduated from High School in 1958.  I thought I was taught accurate history - and to a certain extent I was.  But since adulthood I've learned, and continue to learn, that the history I learned in school was adequate to  the extent of hearing about (but not really taught to understand and appreciate) the checks and balances, the National Anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance and some historical dates and wars, but real, in-depth history such as I have since learned - and especially when Glenn Beck was on television and has his Friday history shows - I knew nothing about.  Gradually since the early 1900's, the teaching of history in government schools has been woefully decreasing in both accuracy and content, until today a student comes out of high school knowing virtually nothing about his own country, and out of College an active, professed socialist.  There are a few exceptions to this; but these are kids generally have parents who have at the very least a basic understanding of what the United States Constitution means and the value and blessing of being born in America, and have taken the time and effort to learn the truth on their own.

        • Neo1

          The Communist Takeover Of America - 45 Declared Goals
          http://www.rense.com/general32/americ.htm
          15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.
          17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
          36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pa-La/1379390361 Pa La

          I never heard of most of the founders' writings until Rush Limbaugh talked about them - how embarrassing for my school.  The "Federalist Papers"??????
          HOMESCHOOL is the only answer at this moment.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NLORN6B3ZNGCAJTFHWWFUUEY4Q jong

         First stop writing so loud.   Secondly education was part of LBJ "great society" and we all know how that piece of crap turned out.

    • Dusty1

      I couldn't agree with you more.  Students also aren't taught proper English or proper use of grammar.  Writing skills are lost.  Today's kids don't read anymore.  To be a good writer you have to be a good reader.   Video games and technology are part of the problem.  They text everything and writing is now a lost art, except for English majors.

      • Trustinginhimnow

        I am in a small college and the younger students have to relearn ready, writing, and arithmetic, definitly something wrong with this picure.! school system = failure to teach... or is it the rights of every student has affected the rights to teach? all i know is not working!

    • Nubarim

      The decline of this country started when we let God be booted out of the shools. Thank God I am able to counter most ofthe misinformation my grandchildren bring home from their schools. Lastyear an attempt was made to introduce"Heather has 2 mommies" as a second grade reader.  If you are alert to this sort of thing it can be defeated. We abslutely must defeat Comrade Obama's agenda. 

      • Undettered

         I am Jewish, for Liberals it comes down to if we can get those "Christians" out of the way it will not be long before we can round up who ever disagrees with us Conservative Jews, Liberal Muslims who believe in Freedom, Conservatives, Libertarians, gun owners, stay at home moms ... and herd them to the "cattle cars".

  • flaphil

    Students have been taught garbage about America for, at least, 40 years. Over time the American History taught in public schools, including slander in colleges, have been misleading kids with false information about our founding fathers up to important people from here. Now they get nothing but social engineering and leftist views. The teacher unions, school boards and vast amount of teachers are socialist clones.

    • antonioandy

      Agree.  Also, teaching the gay agenda is more important than the Constitution in our public schools. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/ecurbyy Bruce Brinkmann

         I saw a Dodge commercial recently and I couldn't decide whether they were trying to sell a car or promote interracial relationships. Nothing against mixed relationships but their advertising department should think these things through. Just sell the car and leave it up to the buyer to choose his own mate.

  • TheChristianSolution

    The Department of Education was supposed to leave no kid behind.
    The Department of Energy was supposed to make America energy independant.  
    The Department of Commerce has done nothing, as we are rapidly becoming totally dependant upon a Communist country for everything.
    The Department of State is supposed to provide diplomacy, but we are at war with everyone.
    The Department of Defense is on Offense, as millions of invaders slip into the country.
    The Department of Housing, and Urban Develpment is watching the destruction of housing and urban cities.
    The Department of the Interior is locking up the Interior.
    The Department of Agriculture is watching China buy up all our breeding stock, to sell back later as meat.
    The Department of the Treasury is filled with Bank Robbers. 
    The Department of Justice is filled with Criminals.
    The Department of Labor is setting labor back to sweat shop conditions.
    The Department of Health and Human Services is just now gearing up to make us Unhealthy.
    The Department of Transportation wants us to stop transporting ourselves in cars.
    The Department of Homeland Security is turning out to be a prison security unit.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AKE4MSB6VJPTP6EOY66CSRWOCI Richard Schaefer

       Under Liberal rule, EVERYTHING runs BACKWARDS...

    • Undettered

       Absolutely correct there TheChristianSolution but with one exception "The Department of Labor is setting labor back to sweat shop conditions."  Should read The Department of Labor is making sure Labors don't have to labor to get paid.

      • chas

        I am one that always agreed that when the labor unions were first formed there was some valid reasons. But Unions are another form of cancer on the soul of man. Members are taught that nothing is their fault and they have become dependant on the unions teet just like other welfare parasites. In most cases they have no respect for the company in which they are imployed.  Their loyalty is to the Union. As far as I am concerned it was the union that destroyed GM and I believe union wages are mostly responsible for the inflation problem we have faced for the past 50 years
        Union bosses like the democrats in Washington tell  people what they think they need to hear but really don't give a rats tail about the person except for dues and votes

        • snooky

           Totally agree. Much the same can be said of Affirmative Action programs, which have become nothing less than QUOTAS in employment and our government education system. Our illustrious leader and his spouse are a shining examples of what those programs produce(????).

      • johnsnare

        The Department of Labor is as corrupt as the Labor Unions.  The Labor Unions,help elect Obama, so that should give America a nice cozy feeling.  In my humble opinion, the Obama crew is probably the most corrupt in history.  Chicago POLITICS IS ALIVE AND WELL IN Washington.

        • True Patriot1

          Yea, and these corrupt Labor Unions don't only steal and cheat, they kill anyone who gets in their way.  They were in on killing John and Robert Kennedy.  They were in on the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan.  Because these leadedrs refused to bow-down them.  See website:  http://www.haasstrep68.com 

    • Trustinginhimnow

      I agree... what will be done?

      • TheChristianSolution

        I do have a few suggestions if I may.  This is what I call The Christian Solution.

        Senate Reconstruction
        Best bet is to have your State run their own selected Senatorial candidate against the candidates of the traitorous national parties.  Once the 50 States are again in control of the Senate, have the 17th Amendment repealed, allowing the States their traditional Checks and Balances power over the Feds which the Founders created in the Constitution, and which was destroyed in 1913.  All by itself, the States woud gut the Federal government and suck all that power back their way -- back our way.

        House Reconstruction
        In the House, restore representation of the People by enlarging the House to the size of a typical Super-church, returning the number of represented to representative ratio as used to exist a hundred years ago.  Not the fixed 435 we currently have where each representative now has over 800,000 he represents. Should be no more than the traditional 50,000.  It would cost much less for a "commoner" to run for office, far easier for your district to get to truly know you, and much less influenced by outside money -- all allowing for better representation by the People.  And with the Internet, votes can be done from the District. Representatives would not have to relocate to Washington and be influenced there. And hence the cost would be minimal on a national level.

        Free Speech Reconstruction
        The first obstacle to fixing free speech is to realize it is broken. When a "Walter Cronkite" can transmit a video into every single American home, every night of the week, without any room for feedback, we know we have a problem with free speech and free press.  We know the Founders would have had a problem with our centralized MSM.  In trying to fix the problem, there are many ways this can backfire and we lose what little free speech we do have, so caution is the ultimate concern.  I absolutely would eliminate the FCC and all federal authority without hesitation. I would replace the FCC with a sort of Shadow Federal government - a free speech/free press governing board -- whose only purpose was to insure no one gained a monopoly on free speech.  In my vision, the States appoint representatives to this free speech board, in some form of a State size proportion, and their recommendations would be approved by the States. The Federal Supreme Court would not have jurisdication, so a State-constructed FCC Supreme Court would need to be created. 

  • goku vegeta

    I FIND NO FAULT WITH YOUR REASONING OR YOUR LOGIC! I WOULD HOWEVER DISPUTE YOUR NUMBERS, FOR I BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE FAR WORSE THAN THAT SHOWN!

  • jkvmi

    Go see the movie Monumental.  It talks about the deliberate lies spread in our public schools in order to remove the Christian heritage of our nation.

  • AZZARDO

    Boy finally waking up to the fact that we are pretty stupid bunch of Americans? And finally waking up to the fact that it has all been a careful plan by the Progressive Dumbocrats, wow finally! How could you ever elect a guy like Barry if you didn't? First they had to give the Christian religion a bad name and out of the schools, done, next was to make the male into an idiot, slacker and not needed to raise childern, thus the sainthood of the single mom, done. And finally make the education system bottom of the rung, only thing that is taught is feeling good about yourself, diversity, gay rights, man made global warming, transgender benders, anti bullying and strong support for more Dumbocrat voting union do nothing teachers. So as in the word of the Bushwacker 2, mission accomplished, get ready for Barry the continuation, boy does he have a whole lot of surprises for you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nancy-Lebischak/100000493555704 Nancy Lebischak

    Yes, control the education system and you control the young, they grow up and in time you control the People, thereby the Nation itself. Have we ever seen that anywhere else before?  And, is it too late to correct it?

    • PMDavis

      Exactly, that's what Hitler and Stalin did.  Kept the people ignorant and illiterate and fed them false propaganda and the people bought into it because they didn't know the truth.  It still amazes me that there are people that want to destroy the awesomeness of this country.  A country where everyone is free, can have opportunities, and have a good and successful life.  What is wrong with that?  Why do these progressives want to take away these things when everyone can have wealth, including them.  Why are they the only ones that think they deserve it?  I continually shake my head at this thinking.

    • PNP

      So long ago that I don't even like to think about it  when I was in school we had to take a US History class, Civics and Government classes to graduate.  My daughter who graduated just recently only had to take a US History class that centered mostly on how the land was settled.  Nothing about the government, Constitution or the workings or importance of them.  Sad.  If they don't know it's easier to control them.  Yes, she is a product of the public school system.  We have done a good job of educating her on the things left out by the schools so I don't worry about her too much but what about the others out there.

    • Sreynolds

      We will find out in less than a year, if obama is re elected , it will never be fixed because he will double down on his efforts to make sure he finishes the job making America a 3rd world country, I am not saying Romney will fix it, but the path to final destruction may be able to be slowed enough till we get a conservative in the wh that can reverse this ship. Very scary for my grand children,,,,,

    • Guinnessman

      It was Vladimir Lennin who said...

      "Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted."

      And...

      "Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever."
      If that doesn't say alot, I don't know what does.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PTIF6KGUK7QASUBRKKR5A6LM2Q Tod

    Dr.Ron Paul 2012 to take back our Country !!!

  • Singer

    Americans have been the victims of revisionism for over 70+ years.  Our history books have been revised by ommitting much of our history, especially the documents that reference God and support the Christian principles our Founders lived by and formed our founding documents by.  Revisionism has been teaching our history from an economic viewpoint instead of the Christian and moral viewpoint that was taught prior to revisionism.  All you have to do is check the footnotes and references in these revised history books.  They rarely, if at all, reference original documents from the founding era, if they do much has been ommitted,  and what's disturbing is some revised history books reference books that were not supported by documents or references but were just someone's opinion based writings about events that took place before their life time and were later refuted by the evidence.  Stuff like this is being taught in schools today....The Godless Constitution was written by two professors that have Phd's and call themselves scholars yet their book sites no sources for their claims.  It does state this though, "We have dispensed with the usual scholarly apparatus of footnotes" as well as some other garbage that basically says, everyone knows what we are saying is true...it's established so you can just trust us.  Americans need to wake up and take responsibility for their own knowledge and stop allowing this corrupt society and government to spoon feed them their lies and propaganda!

  • the_punnisher

    We HAD a graduation requirement that CIVICS was MANDATORY AND YOU MUST PASS CIVICS TO GET BOTH A H.S. AND COLLEGE DIPLOMA!!!

    40 years ago, I had TOUGH civics teachers; you had to KNOW AND DISCUSS The Federalist Papers, the COMPLETE documents that led to  the founding of this REPUBLIC ( NOT DEMOCRACY! ) and the implications of Marbury vs Madison!

    It appears that I know more about our history than that " Constitutional Scholar " occupying the White House.

    Justice Alito mouthed " Not True " during one of  our National Socialist's   Speeches..

    Rep Joe Wilson actually shouted " You Lie " during another..

    They were both accurate,  but the Big Lie(s) had already started...

    We have the same conditions that Germany had in the late 1920s and early 1930s....and it took YEARS and many THOUSANDS of people WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES to reverse those conditions...

    Comments were made afterwards that said: " If we had only figured out the goals of THAT MESSIAH SOONER ".

    Well, if you had read " Mein Kampf " you would have known what was happening in the 1920s & 1930s...

    Well, the same lesson applies with the ( ghost written ) " Dreams of my Father  "....

    I'll leave this message with my #1 SIG I use:

    " Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it "

    -Santayana

  • Nexgenesis

    YES

  • geraldesmith

    Some would argue that we are intentionally being dumbed down and overwhelmed by trivial distractions and superficial "stuff" so we don't pay attention to what's important, e.g., the purposeful destruction of our country. Well I have to go - it's time to play X Box.

  • CommonSense

    Before being allowed to vote, EVERY person should prove that they are an American by birth or Natural Born... , but no one should be allowed to vote who cannot pass the American Citizenship test given to foreigners wanting to become "Americans". This would at least give folks an inkling into what being an 'American' is all about.

  • Wyfrnds4vr

    Dumbing down of America is part of the plan. Apparently it's working because the American educational system is in the toilet. The facts: dumb-downed people are easier to control... the sheeple will be easily led to slaughter. We've become a country of selfish, needy idiots who refuse to look at the big picture. Education on every level is the key to the survival of America. God help us and bless us!

  • gerald

    Well it is about time US citizens wake and understand we are sinking fast.  just look at what is happening over seas, socialist unrest, big Communist governments and socialist gov. falling while our country does the opposite.  Obama  wants state TV, no Republican thoughts, dis- arm us, easier for us to be controlled, change the Constitution, lets un- seal every thing that the President has kept from us about himself.  Lets see what his college day actions and papers where all about.

  • Moose

    This all started when the Federal government started giving money to local schools and taking over education which they have no right to do under The Constitution.  The states didn't mind because the money helped them with their state budgets.  What needs to be done is to move education back into the hands of the people and away from Washington. 

  • Rchguns

    This is not an accident! The Progressives in this country gain control over public schools in the 60s and have systematically deleted important subject matter from the curriculum. The most important of these are history courses and courses on American government. These would seem to be some of the most important classes that our young people need to succeed.

    Why would they wish to do this? The answer is not only simple but frightening. A society that is well educated and has made aware of their history and their part in the governing of a free nation would never permit what they had planned for America.

    If you look at the state of affairs in our federal government you can see that they were very effective. If America does not turn itself around there will not be an American.

  • Sreynolds

    Make no mistake about it, our children HAVE been dumbed down by design, the "progressives" started this 7 or 8 decades ago.....

  • Sean murry

    This goverment has done for the people except raise taxes and spent money like a drunken sailor.

  • soupson10

    The country has become more and more engaged since Ron Paul has been out there talking about the issues involving constitutional law.   People have been waking up to the fact that when the constitution is so blatantly disregarded by Congress and the President...WE LOSE OUR RIGHTS.

    Thank You Ron Paul

    We will simply get more of the same with Obamney.  I for one, don't want more of the same.
    Vote Ron Paul 2012

    • dondh

      Soupson10, I don't believe Romney will come anywhere near what this illegal, confessed muslim socialist is!  In fact, Romney is just the opposite.  I believe any of the Republicans would be 100 time better than what we have now.  This anti-American wants to convert American to socialism and islam with him becoming a dictator and perhaps even a mullah, mark my word.  Ron Paul would be okay, except for his foreign policy.  Some of these countries would run all over him unless he had a change of mind and heart.  It seems to me like he has no interest in what all other countries want to do, expecially the muslim countries.  I hope you realize that the muslim's objective is to overtake the entire world and convert it to islam and sharia law, one thing would be make women as 3rd class citizens, and perhaps not even citizens but almost like slaves.  I for one pray that this never happens and I will fight for the American way of life, bad as it may seem sometimes.  But America is still the best place on earth to live!  But with this administration, it may not be very long until that changes.  In fact, it has a good start toward that since this administration too over.  He promised change!  Well, we're seeing it alright, all in the wrong direction!  Let's vote in a new president and get rid of as many sympathizing, to this president, wrong thinking congresspersons who are up for reelection this November! 
      Lastly, I pray that you would NOT vote to reelect this present administration just because you don't care for Romney.  I hate to say this to you, but Ron Paul does not have enough support to win the nomination, although he would be better than what we have now and is he did win the nomination, I would vote for him a 100 times over this guy we now call our American president!!  Lets face it, Romney will most likely be our nomination!  We have NOTHING to lose, unless this muslim gets reelected!  

      • soupson10

         With what I have seen going on in the primaries I am very concerned about the possibility of even getting a fair presidential election.  I am also very concerned about individuals who have never served in the military making military decisions.  Too much of what Ron Paul says has been distorted by the media.  He is not against having to go to war as long as it is done constitutionally.  The issue of defending America is extremely important to Dr. Paul.  Then there is the issue of money to fund these wars.  What will happen when the money runs out, do we simply print more worthless dollars?  These are issues that will destroy this country if something is not done as soon as possible.  The problem with Romney is that he is part of the problem.  He is already making invites to big donors to his inauguration.  This country needs some very difficult changes.  There is no way around it.  It is time for this country to get behind the man who knows the way back.  My concern is very much with this nation.  My father's family settled here in 1642 and my mother's side (Matthew Thornton) signed the Declaration.  We have to turn this country around.  We can't this time vote for the lesser of two evils.  One other issue with Romney, he seems to change his platform far too often.  He is for this and then he is not.  Too much of that, from too many, for too many years.

  • TOO INFORMED

    Ergo...HOME SCHOOL.  That is the only way to defete government sponsored FOOL SCHOOLS.  If you disagree, keep sending your child to the fool school and dumb them down.  In twenty years of fool school, the country's children will be qualified to do nothing with anything except for the government propaganda.

    You reap what you sow.  (Hitler Brown Shirts...turn in your parents and get a star on your RFID chip for being a 'good idiot'.)

    • dondh

      Great comment TOO INFORMED!  You don't know this, but 13 years ago, I retired from 40 years of teaching and I've seen far too many changes.  Most of them because of the NEA teachers union, working force unions, mostly sympathesizing congresspersons and far too many duped Americans to this present administration as well as most major media who are ruining America today!  As far as I'm concerned, I feel that things started to change back in the 60's when they took prayer out of the public places including schools!  Now if other religions, besides Christianity, want to learn about and/or practice other religions, nothing is said about that!  In fact what's happening now is that many public schools are including religion classes in other religions except for Christianity.  As a result, I would and am recommending that parents, especially Christian parents, home school their children.  It may be costly and burdensome, but will pay huge dividends in the end.  In fact, it is now a proven fact that most all home-schooled children are far ahead of public school children!  God Bless America and lets pray that the unions and those who oppose Christianity will see the light and have a change of heart! 

      • TOO INFORMED

        1)     In the past America had full employment and no need of coercive labor, unemployment insurance or welfare, until sometime after The Federal Reserve Act and the Income Tax Act of 1913.
        2)     In the past America had a largely virtuous, and Godly population, relatively low taxes and low crime rates, until sometime after The Federal Reserve Act and the Federal Income Tax Act of 1913.
        3)     In the past America had universities and institutes of higher learning, which produced thinkers, scholars, scientists, and creative genius of the highest order, until sometime after The Federal Reserve Act and the Federal Income Tax Act of 1913.

  • John Hodgden

    I've been preaching this for decades.  All societies are made up of four pillars or institutions without which those societties collapse in on themselves, usually in a blood-bath.  They are Church (or Religion), Family, Economy and its Government.  The church and family started to become abandoned as a fixture in our society in the late 1800's due to alcoholism and industrial growth.  Things got so bad that Prohibition was passed which compounded the devastation even more.  World War II provided the impetus for our sociatal degeneration exponentially by not only pulling the man of the house out of the family structure but leaving the kids to fare for themselves or be cared for by relatives and strangers.  "No family leadership or tutoring in family skills or social skills!"  When women discovered financial freedom as they replaced their male counterparts in business and industry, many left their family responsibilities for the workforce.  This was a very critical event in American History.  Our leaders come from how we do our children.  They bring to the table the skills and values we instill in them through our parenting skills.  If we are negligent in how we shape the character and future of our youth then we get whatever fate throws at us.  The 50's generation was the generation of two career families.  The abandoned kids were called "Latch Key" kids because they were given the keys to the house and left to let themselves in and left to their own devices.  There was a degeneration of family bonding and bonding to the American Heritage.  Patriotism!  The 60's saw a total rebellion against religion, family, economics and government.  The 50's was Post War America and with Russia's detonation of their own nuclear bomb, our government and much of our society, had a panic attack and formed the McCarthy Commission.  His job was to ferret out Communists wherever he could find them.  The next thing we knew everybody was subject to being accussed of being a communist and a traitor, especially Acadamia and Hollywood.  McCarthy created such an uproar that his commission was soon disolved.  In retaliation for what the anti-communist movement did to millions of Americans Acadamia very quickly began to push Communism and the Communist Philosophy.  One of the more memorable moments was a comment made by a professor at Berkley when he was confronted about pushing Communism.  He stated, "Don't knock until you try it!"  He, with the blessings of the alumni, helped students set up tents and organize communist communes on campus.  This was the beginning of the Hippie generation, the drug culture (which the popular tv series, Dragnet, was centered around), and free love making in rebellion against having legitimate kids and the institution of marriage and the church.  Now you know how things got cranked up.  That is what is sitting on Capitol Hill today.  Our delimma is how do we get back to where we hung our left turn and repair the road to our destiny before we go extinct? 

    • dondh

      Great comment John H.  You are right on!!  Lets get God and family back into America and this confessed muslim out of office in November, as well as some of those who sympathize with this anti-American we'll return to the good old days!!!

  • booyah222

    Interesting that there's no way to downvote a comment here. Here's my two cents worth. Nothing will change  until we stop playing the blame game. You're a fool if you think either political party gives a flip about "the people" except for what they can get out of them. Ditto for the media.

    • dondh

      booyah222, you are right on 2 of the accounts in your comment.  But any of the republicans who are trying for their party's nomination will put America back on the right path, or at least give it an honest try with the support of an honest group of new staff members and mostly an American interested congress!  I also thing there are a few democrats that would make a better president than what we see in the oval office now, an illegal, socialist, confessed muslim!!!  Also, there are far too many people in congress who are  sympathetic to this illegal administration, his duped staff members and far too many dumborats and a few ill-voted republirats who don't seem to see the forest for the trees and are only there to see how much attention they can gain for themselves!  So not only do we need a big change in the White House, but also in that corrupt congress, ie., dingy harry and, pass the obamacare bill and then we'll see what's in it pelosi just to mention 2 of many others!  What a bunch of idiots these two are!  And there are several more that fit this category!  Also, the corrupt media, except for FOX, is also the ruin of America!  Somehow, that needs to change as they are contributing to this fiasco going on today!  When they start printing the facts instead of their illicit opinions, then Americans can read honest reporting by the media.  That also goes for several TV stations, again excet for FOX News and FOX and FRIENDS!     

  • Doodlebug

    I don't believe that the older generation have been made ignorant of our history but, watch what is being taken out of textbooks now and what it is being replaced with. It is my understanding that much of history is being disregarded for "junk" and untrue inforamation passed off as  true. If this doesn't stop, kids won't know any real facts. The dumbing down of ALL subjects is also fact, kids getting passed on to another grade when they should be made to repeat the grade because we "don't want to hurt their feelings" Many are coming out of high school reading at a 5th or 6th grade level.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AKE4MSB6VJPTP6EOY66CSRWOCI Richard Schaefer

    If kids do not KNOW, what their rights are, how can the MISS them, or why would they Fight FOR them???  "Dumbing Down" HAS been done ON PURPOSE...

  • John Mahler

    Nothing is taught about our government anymore, starting with the fact this nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. That does not volate the "separation of church and state" policy espoused by Thomas Jefferson. When education became the province of central government and big labor unions, schooling in America became re-education along central progressive government lines. So, consequently incriminating evidence to the contrary of the intentions of leviathan progressive government must not be revealed in these re-education institutions. The government limiting Constitution, the triumverate theory of how our government is designed to work with checks and balances and the role and function of the free press must never be taught. We MUST teach black history as long as we don't mention Frederick Douglas or the brilliant discoveries of George Washington Carver. We MUST all learn about Che and Mao, but must never mention the noble life of our first president George Washington.  We all must learn the economics of Marxist redistribution but never mention the teachings of Thomas Sowell.  There is much the commie central government omits to educate in its re-education institutions. The omissions begin with the founding documents and the history of the Founding Fathers and morphs into outright lies vomited forth daily in the willing lapdog press, you know the one which once was the moral backbone of America. Yeah, that's you Chris Matthews, balding self proclaimed genius among erudite political pundits leading the way in baseless conjecture, half baked slogans, and out of context sound bites. Continue telling the lies, Chris. That's re-education too!

  • Doski

    Most people give too much credit to those of the liberal mind-set. If you want to give them credit for the one thing truly accel at it would be IGNORANCE.  It is because of that excellence that they promote failure by reducing all things to their lowest common denominator.  They can't help it, they are just too ignorant to accept that they MIGHT be wrong or at fault. And, so they promote their Parasitic nature so they can continually have someone else to Blame for those failures.

    Fail > Blame, Fail > Blame, Fail > Blame,  Sound Familiar. Leaders accept the responsibility that goes with Failure and constantly adapt to conditions. Parasites take credit for the accomplishments of others and blame their failures on others (Things or People).

    Remind you of any Leaders or Parasites you may support, or Not ?

  • Ken Heinrich

    If you have never read about Agenda 21, you should search the web and learn all about it.  You will find out
    that the liberal progressive agenda is in lock step with the United Nations in promoting  "one world", and that
    it is all inclusive...one government with one leader, one economy distributed by the leadership, and one religion, a great ecumenical soup of all the current world religions, to whom everyone must bow.  The most alarming thing you will learn is how far we are along the highway to realizing this ghastly goal, and how well
    Obama and our national and state governments fit into the picture.  I am not a fan of conspiracy theories, but
    what I have learned in the past year from dozens of sources, including documents published by the United
    Nations, makes what little hair I have stand on end.  The place to start is to look up Agenda 21, and then search every source they cite, then prepare your families for some frightful times ahead...closer than you think.

  • dondh

    Absolutely, because this administration is ignoring everything possible related to the history of America.  He's claimed he will bring change!  Well guess what, we're seeing the change already, and its not what I want to see and I pray that the vast majority of Americans see the same thing.  This president is anti-American and a confessed muslim.  He must not win another term in office or I fear American will never be the same with Islam and sharia law becoming the rule of this land!  It is imperative that we vote which ever Republican wins the nomination to challenge this illegal person in the White House because any of the Republicans who are attempting to capture the nomination would be 100 times better than this present president, if you want to call him that.  As far as I'm concerned, he's not my president.  I want America to return to the good old days when we were free and not under complete government control what this administration wants to do!!  But if this guy wins another term, we'll be in bondage and perhaps America will be lost forever!  God save America!

  • antonioandy

    Duh!! The public schools teach different "versions" of US history depending on the region of the country and depending on the racial mix of the students.   I never realized there are multiple versions of United States History.  The Founding Fathers and American Constitution are ignored in the public schools. 

  • MikeH

    Short Answer - YES. It's been removed from the education system by the Unions (Secondary and Post-Seconday levels).

  • Milan Matusik

    So how about this tidbit of history; back in 1932 in Lenin
    School of Political warfare Gen. Manuilskij presented a very long speech.
    Luckily for you, I can remember only some interesting passages. But unlucky for
    you; most of you Americans and the Westerners have no clue.

    Gen. Manu-shmanu said; “today we are militarily very weak.
    We cannot beat the West in the direct confrontation. But we will take over
    their schools, universities, media, which will directly lead to take-over of
    their legal system. In 20 years we will change their society, in 30 years this
    process will be practically irreversible”.

    Now Gentlemen count from 1932 on; what happened in the 60s
    and so on…. This is a reason for KGB budget going 80% for the  “ideological subversion” and only 20% for
    actual 007 spying. Those guys are long time dead, but they won by default;
    conservatives were way too arrogant and stupid, they could not comprehend what
    is happening (they argue this point to this very day), taking so called “high
    road” and vent sleep.

    So do not blame Obama for total victory of socialism, he is
    the mere idiot puppet, blame the morons who elected him. And that is a scary
    part; it is a half of the electorate. One cannot fix them at this stage without
    a civil war.  Miracles occasionally
    happened, but historical precedent is clear.

    By, By USA, and the whole West with it. Islam will take care
    of the rest. GOD help us.

    Deus Vult

    Milan55

  • SetOurChildrenFree

    This is a purposeful dumbing down of our educational system, so the next generation will willingly accept tyranny.  Remember that compulsory public education is one of the ten planks of the Communist Manifesto.

  • Roy

    The "Dumbing Down" of America started way back in the eighties. Maybe even as far back as the seventies. I'm glad other people are finally getting it.
    Who is to blame? I point my finger directly at teachers, teachers unions, and complacent school administrators. They are all government employees and this entire business has been directed by the Democratic Party.
    This was widespread on talk radio in the eighties but no one was listening. Well, I was.
    Thank You Bob Grant! Bob is still on the air on WABC radio in New York. You should all start listening! Sunday's, noon to two.
    You're still the best Bob!

  • Bjtrexel

    But, some/many were Born thay way!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O24NYT5HOQNDEJ3TUT5QOTLOF4 TM

    Was that not proved in the last election in 2008 when millions of deaqd from the neck up idiots elected barack hussein obama.

    Devils people

    Evil is in their blood

    Madness

    Opposes God

    Corrupt

    Revolting

    Arse holes

    Typical idiots

    Social misfits

  • ONTIME

    You can thank the Hippies and their quest to corrupt the nations PBS, the communist all know that you reach the youth you change the culture, all you have to do is instill nagging doubt to bring down traditional institutions.  This they have done by revising history, traditions, language, the elimination of teaching civics and government stops the process of  learning the Constitution, the replacing it with the entitlement thinking always makes for unrest and a second class citizen.

    We have a lot of unlearned who are allowed to vote and they vote unwisely because they think that entitlement is a right, they are now the ultimate parasite, taking money from taxpayers they have not earned and they believe they are owed this right, they are the new warrior for the left and willing to fight any legality to claim what is not theirs...elitism at it best.

    Communist always lie, hippies still suck and a terrorist will kill anyone,  anywhere,  anytime, anyway just because."...axiom

  • Mgunns

    When I look at the "new" justice I can see our elected officials don't understand the Constitution any better than a 5th grader. No wonder we are in such trouble.  This is a quote from our ignorant head cheese burger" The National Anthem should be swapped for something like something less parochial and less bellicose.  I like the song  I'd Like To Teach the World To Sing". " If that were the Anthem then, I might salute it."  I think I would like Far, Far Away ding bat.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IBPI63ABT264USBDALCN4F7UKY billy2

    Sadly, it's true, most and too many Americans,for krist sake don't know who biden is, I mean they aren't missing much, except the fact that he is a total jerk off moron, most walkd thru life with their heads up their @$$, more worried about the next winner on dancing with the stars, whens my next promotion coming, the ones who don't work ovomit takes care of................so what do they need to know, well they will find out in one hellava hurry when one day they wake up WITH NO FREEDOMS LEFT!!!

  • Sonny

    For more on the lack of teaching of US History, read "The deliberate dumbing down of america" (Yes, the title of the book is in small case) by Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt.  She lays it all out in her condensed 450 page tome.  She goes back to 1762 up to the present.

  • http://www.survivingurbancrisis.com/ Silas Longshot

    The "post" is correct.....people just don't give-a-dam about the workings of politics and government. They vote for who they 'like', as the way Hitler was 'elected', not effective leaders who have to make tough decisions and do things by the rule of law of the Constitution. They can tell you who was voted off the island, or who won the last dancing with the stars, but can't even name their own representatives from their state, never mind how the clowns voted on any crucial issue as of late.
    If he's reelected, things may get interesting. Prepare now, click the name.

  • BHUDDA

    This isn't surprizing as the democrats controled the education secture for years .Namely one Theodore Kennedy and really didn't think history was a good thing . They all but removed US and World history ,then did a remake on civics to where if you didn't major in college on these subjects you didn't know how the government was run and ckecked and balanced.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1187127934 Sheila Simmons

      William "Free As A Bird Guilty As Hell" Ayers became a "professor" who teaches teachers how to teach.  There's a clue to the disastrous state of American "education" right there.   

  • specialops01

    The goal of a dictator is to make and keep people uninformed about events (except what they want you to know), and restrict free speech, democracy, and in general destroy the Constitution.  Additionally, a dictator wants to make people dependent on the government by making it appear the government is looking out for the best interest of the citizens. There is nothing further from the truth. And obama and his corrupt administration is doing just that. 

  • AJP

    look what they are taught in School they are turning out Idiot's they cam't read or write Script can't tell time because it's digital History thing of the past union teacher just don't care anymore all they worry about is a pay check the hell with everything else.

  • Carl D Sedillo

    Way back in the forties most high schools required four
    years of English, two years of second language, one semester of American
    History, one of Civics, and a year of ancient history, two years of math (more
    if an individual intended to further their education by going to college) and
    one of science.  Sixteen credit hours
    were required for graduation and eleven were mandatory. Very different from the
    requirements some of my grandchildren have faced.

    The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill
    of Rights, the functions of critical departments in our government at the
    Federal, State and Local level, to include the means of funding these operations
    were part of the Civics’ curriculum.  In
    my hometown we visited the State Legislature during their annual session, and
    at least one committee meeting.  I have
    four grown children, one worked as a page for a couple of years for the State
    Legislature and all have seen their father testify in front of the House
    Appropriations and the Senate Finance Committees. After retiring from the
    Military I managed the State’s Property Control Division for eight years.  New Construction and Renovation of facilities owned
    by the Executive were the issues I presented each year.

    The fiscal status of Our Federal Government leaves a lot to
    be desired. Could it be those that serve haven’t a clue? But, Brutus was an
    honorable man.

  • JennieWalsh

    I pass out the following slips of paper on my walks.  Most people are thankful:Organized crime is running, plundering and destroying America.  MANY criminals hold government positions.
    Google: "The Bible and Ron Paul" (13 very short videos showing how Ron Paul's
    writings, 100%
    constitutional voting record, house bills and policies line up
    perfectly with God's Laws for civil government and the
    constitution).  ***Hillsdale College FREE online,
    constitution course. hillsdaleoffer.com/constitution101.FOR TRUTH IN NEWS:  brasscheckTV.com, activistpost.com, downsizedc.com, infowars.com, ronpaul2012.com, freeenterprisesociety.com (truth about the IRS), thepowerhour.com, theintelhub.com, unfilterednews.com  Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate who wants to abolish the Federal Reserve and IRS (2 ILLegal, UNconstitutional, criminal, fraudulent, private, NONgovernmental RACKETEERING organizations that are robbing  & destroying America).***The nation that obeys God's Laws will be blessed, protected from enemies, prospered abundantly and freed from the economic tyranny/dictatorship and grand theft of the IRS and the Federal Reserve.   If
    America had been following the constitution for the last 100 years, Americans would be so wealthy
    that healthcare, retirement, college education, car and home purchasing
    and business start-ups would not be a problem.  Everyone would be able
    to pay cash for everything.

  • FlaJim

    Daily, I challenge 'young' people (40 and under) to convince me that they know what's going on in our country.  Sadly, few of them are up to it.  As Thomas Sowell pointed out in his best selling 'Why Johnny Can't Read,' our teachers are the stupidest of the stupid.  The only college on campus they can enter is Education because the others have flunked them.

    Years ago, my 6 year old nephew was failing in grade one mathematics.  After spending two 3-hoour sessions with him, I insisted he be retested and the teachers were astonished.  "He's at least at a third grade level.  How could this be?"

    Because you don't know what you're doing and probably don't even understand the study material yourselves.

  • I_Stand_Amazed

    Last week our 4th grade grandson told us they were reading a book that promoted throwing out your clothes dryer (hang out your clothes to dry) - throwing out your gas-powered lawn mower (replace it with a "hand" mower) - all packaged in a story where a little boy has a dream (similar to Scrooge in the "Christmas Carol") - scare tactics.  Then a few days later they read about an American who had achieved his "dream" - guess who? AL GORE.  And, yes, between his mom and dad and grandparents, we help him think clearly.   I have been warning my kids this was coming but when I hear it actually occurring, I feel even more enraged and sad at the same time and helpless to  do anything about it - except cast my Vote in November and continue to stay informed.  We pray every day that this nation will turn itself around but I feel we are outnumbered.  The only thing I know is that in the end "God wins!"

  • CamoCoyote

    Most Americans are focused on their families and working to stay ahead of their bills. It's not like they have the time to follow the political ball around. Add to that our leftwing media selectively presenting propaganda as news and most Americans don't have a chance at keeping up with politics. It would be nice if Americans could simply live their lives and trust the politicians are trying to do what's best for America. Sadly, this will probably never be the case. Excluding unions and freeloaders, if Americans knew the truth, Democrats would be run out of town as the subversive closet communists they are. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BX23PSBVNKZBEOCXROD4555EFQ Ken

    Let's review what the brilliant left wing Marxist have given us. The housing bubble was created by a few left wing deviants such as Barney Frank which lead to the 2008 crash. Every one involved ought to be jailed & their property & possessions confiscated & given to those who lost their homes, possessions, & savings! How about that left wing Democrat nutcase president Woodrow Wilson that got us into WWI & gave us the Federal Reserve Act that resulted in the Great Depression and laid the foundation for the economic woes we have today. And that socialist commie traitor left wing Democrat president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, that let the Japanese attack & kill our boys at Pearl Harbor in order to drag America into WWII. Or that left wing socialist president Lyndon Baines Johnson, who reversed all the good Kennedy was doing & entrenched us in the Viet Nam war while creating the failed socialist experiment dubbed "The Great Society." Don't even get me started about Jimmy Carter & Barak Obama! The list of left wing dimwits in America alone could be made into a movie requiring many sequels! Jeez you guys have a short memory!   Better study history & get the facts straight before you try to teach the class, numbskulls!!!!

  • snooky

    If one were to evaluate the government educational system, they would only have to watch the segment called Jay Walking on the Jay Leno show, where he goes into these streets and asks people various political/historical questions. The vast majority appear to be college educated, and are dummer than dirt. Really a sad commentary of how our tax dollars are spent on what the government considers Edumication.

  • JacktheFAC

    Of course our students are being misled.  This simply part of the dumbing down of Americans that has been going on for some 50 years.  When I was in the 9th grade, we had a class on Civics in which we studied the Constitution and Declaration of Independence.  But this is not done today, for the same Declaration cannot be taught because it mentions God, and He has been outlawed by the SCOTUS.

  • Arnie Dahl

    Great assessment of the electorate in general.  No wonder we are losing our country.  Very sad indeed...

  • KNY

    Not teaching history has been a tactic of the left since the 60's.  If people have no sense of what America means, the wisdom and courage of the Founding Fathers and the struggles endured by those who established the Republic, they have no loyalty, no sense of pride, no willingness to fight to maintain the liberty and freedoms that our Founders fought so hard to achieve.
    The Progressives knew that the America that existed back in the 60's would have never allowed anything like the current Administration to thrive.  So they pulled back...became teachers, union organizers, community organizers and planted their disingenuous members in our government, they have taken over the minds of our children and are out to destroy our nation.
    God help us!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1187127934 Sheila Simmons

      If a nation has no idea where it came from and how it got where it is, then the people can be lead anywhere by anyone.  Our children have been poisoned and WE paid for the poison and paid for it to be administered.

  • Steve

    Did you know that President’s Day was originally  celebrated as Washington’s Birthday? Does anyone remember him? You Know the Father of our country. The man who defied a Tyrant at the risk of his own life, and that of his family. The man who if caught would have been hung as a traitor because he knew that there was a higher authority than that of evil tyrannical rulers, an authority that everyone will eventually be accountable to! An authority that he often gave all the credit praise and glory to even while suffering the hardships of the winter at Valley Forge with his half naked, starving ragtag army who’s tracks could be traced by the blood left in the snow by many of his soldiers bare feet, almost always without provisions, a good quarter of the army died of cold, starvation, and disease. Several thousand more deserted. Yet those who stayed and survived the suffering of that brutal winter formed a brotherhood that could never be broken, for it was God Almighty that General George Washington credited for the American Army overcoming overwhelming odds and devastating hardships and defeating the strongest military power of his time! The very same authority that the communist of the world hate and despise because they are the egotistical, arrogant, self serving, self proclaimed masters of the universe, who expect you and me to bow down to! For History repeats itself and when communist and other tyrannical invaders destroyed a society from within, they first destroyed their history and their national pride, don’t let this happen remember our Fore Fathers and the risk they took for our Declaration of Independence! They knew exactly how to deal with Tyrants and we are their descendants, never let our children forget! I took an oath to protect my country against all enemies! Foreign and domestic!

    A nation that does not remember where it came from, or what its foundations were, is easily destroyed, by its enemies, either from within, or without.
     
    What kind of man was George Washington that ordinary men would follow him, though the misery and hardships of Valley Forge, on to the battle fields against the strongest military power of their time, fighting for a cause that if lost their very reason for fighting, the Declaration of Independence would have been their death warrants.
     
    Over 60 years ago all American children learned in school, the story of our founding father George Washington, as a 23 year old Colonel of Virginia Militia under the British General Braddock along the banks of the Monongahela river, near Fort Duquesne, which is now Pittsburgh , Pa. and how he miraculously survived the first major battle of the French and Indian War at the hand of God, 20 years before the signing of the declaration of independence.

    The Battle of the Mongahela, also known as Braddock’s Defeat was fought on July 9th 1755. 

     Washington had done everything he could to inform Gen. Braddock of the tactics of the French & Indians, of getting down behind cover and firing only when a target was visible, but Braddock was insulted to be advised by an inferior officer. On the morning of July 9th, 1755, Braddock and 1000 of his men, along with Washington and some of his Virginia regulars, crossed the southern shore of the Monongahela.
    Colonel Thomas Gage had a forward detachment of 350 soldiers, and 250 workers, and axemen, cutting a path. They were about 10 miles from Ft. Duquesne. It was around 1:00 pm. Gage and the forward detachment had just crossed a ravine, when scouts, and flanking parties came running back towards them, waving them off. Just then, they were hit with a fusillade of musket balls. It immediately became chaos. The British could not see their enemy, for they were hidden behind rocks, hills, and trees. The rain of bullets kept coming in on them, dropping them like flies. Gage’s men fired back at the direction of the smoke plumes from their enemies’ rifles, but hit nothing but rocks, hills, and trees, merely splintering bark. Gage’s men continued to drop, and the horses, some of them wounded, began to panic, and bolt, carrying wagons full of their weapons and ammo, trampling men on the ground as they galloped off. The workers and axe men fled. For the Indians, who were crack marksmen, this was like shooting sitting ducks! Eventually what was left of Gage’s forward detachment began to retreat. Gen. Braddock, hearing the gunfire, left 400 troops along with most of the Virginia regulars, with Sir Peter Halkett, and most of the baggage. Braddock and his remaining troops, Washington, and a 100 or so, Virginia militia hastened towards the battle. The retreating men collided with the advancing men, setting them to more confusion. All the while, the French and Indians continued to rain down musket balls upon them with deadly accuracy, and force. It became an instant slaughter, as Braddock instructed his men to form columns (making them easy to hit, because of their red coats, and being in plain sight) like they were accustomed to doing in Europe. Musket balls rained down on them at will, cutting them down and anything else that gets in its way, with an instantaneous efficiency! The 100 or so Virginia men, quickly adopted the Indian style of warfare, and dropped behind trees, and shot when only an enemy target was visible. Gen. Braddock was furious at this, and barked orders for them to get out from behind the trees. He saw this as cowardice, according to his rules of engagement. Braddock was undaunted in his task, bravely going to and fro amidst the shower of musket balls, trying to rally his troops. He had five horses shot out from under him. But for all his bravery, and reckless courage, he could not stem the tide.

     God’s hand can be seen protecting Washington this whole time. Because he was busy going back and forth across the battle field, completely exposed. Carrying out General Braddock’s orders. One soldier observing Washington stated: “I expected every moment to see him fall. Nothing but the superintending care of Providence could have saved him.” Indians testified later, that they had singled him out, but their bullets had no effect on him. The chief suddenly realized that a mighty power must be shielding this man. “Stop firing!” he commanded. “This one is under the special protection of the Great Spirit.” A brave standing nearby stated, “I had seventeen clear shots at him…and after all could not bring him to the ground. This man was not born to be killed by a bullet.” They were convinced that an Invisible Power was protecting him. Washington had two horses shot out from under him, he had four bullet holes in his coat. Yet he had been untouched by bullet, or arrow. Scores of victims had fallen beside him, yet he went unharmed, protected by God’s hand! Every other mounted officer had been slain! Eventually, Braddock was mortally wounded in the side, and fell. When this occurred, all the British troops fled in confusion. Washington gathered up what was left of the Virginia men, barely 30, the injured General, and covered the retreating British, leaving all the baggage, weapons, provisions, cattle, horses, behind for the enemy to plunder. General Braddock died three days later. In the aftermath, 714 British soldiers had been killed, 37 wounded. 26 officers out of 86 were killed, and 37 wounded. Only 30 men and 3 officers were killed, of the French and Indians!

     

     
    15 years later, after this battle, an old respected Indian Chief, sought out council with Washington , when he heard that he was in the area. Through an interpreter he explained that he had set out on a long journey to meet Washington personally, and to speak to him about the battle 15 years earlier. He said: “I am a chief and ruler over my tribes. My influence extends to the waters of the great lakes and to the far Blue Mountains . I have traveled a long and weary path that I might see the young warrior of the great battle. It was on the day when the white man’s blood mixed with the streams of our forest that I first beheld this chief. I called to my young men and said, mark yon tall and daring warrior? He is not of the red-coat tribe—he hath an Indian’s wisdom, and his warriors fight as we do—him is alone exposed. Quick, let your aim be certain, and he dies. Our rifles were leveled, rifles which, but for you, knew not how to miss—’twas all in vain, a power mightier far than we, shielded you. Seeing you were under the special guard ship of the Great Spirit, we immediately ceased to fire at you. I am old and soon shall be gathered to the great council fire of my fathers in the land of shades, but ere I go, there is something bids me speak in the voice of prophecy. Listen! The Great Spirit protects that man [pointing at Washington ], and guides his destinies—he will become the chief of nations, and a people yet unborn will hail him as the founder of a mighty empire. I am come to pay homage to the man who is the particular favorite of Heaven, and who can never die in battle.”

     

    This story was once well known by all Americans, taught to our children in our schools

     
    . But thanks to the traitors, and infiltrators who hate God and America this story and many like it can no longer be taught in school to our children!

     

    This is not the complete list; it was taken from the 45 Communist goals that found their way down the halls of our great Capitol back in 1963.

    Communist Goals (1963) Congressional Record–Appendix, pp. A34-A35 January 10, 1963 Current Communist Goals EXTENSION OF REMARKS OF HON. A. S. HERLONG, JR. OF FLORIDA IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Thursday, January 10, 1963 .
    27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a “religious crutch.”
    30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”
    31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

    Political Correctness a term first seen in Mao’s Little Red Book, a communist engendered abomination that is instituting censorship little by little.

    “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”- George Washington

    Carl Marx, once wrote that, the goal of the Communists was to quote,. “enter into men’s minds and cast God down from his throne.”

    Matthew 12:31Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

     
    In ancient Babylon their economy was based on usury.
    "If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not be like a moneylender; charge him no interest. Exodus 22:25
    Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him. Ezekiel 18:13
    Usury is unlawful; expressly prohibited by GOD!
     Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution clearly states that only the Congress can print and coin money! 

    The Federal Reserve Act of 1913 was slipped thru congress during the Christmas break with the majority of it's members absent. 

    The Federal Reserve is self serving and privately owned in violation to the Constitution, charging interest on illegally printed money. Money printed from nothing!
    In America On June 4, 1963, a virtually unknown Presidential decree, Executive Order 11110, was signed with the authority to basically strip the Federal Reserve Bank of its power to loan money to the United States Federal Government at interest. With the stroke of a pen, President Kennedy declared that the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank would soon be out of business. Five months later A UNITED STATES PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY was MURDERED BY COMMUNIST!

    Our own US Congress voted themselves a raise. (But vetoed a raise for those on Social Security.) Many of you don't know that they only have to be in Congress one time to receive a pension that is more than $15,000 per month. And most are now equal to being millionaires plus.  If some one in the military stays  in for 20 years (providing that they are not killed in combat before that) and gets out as an E-7, they may receive a pension of $2,000 per month, and the very people who placed them in harm's way receives a pension of $15,000 per month.

    "If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not be like a moneylender; charge him no interest. Exodus 22:25
    Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him. Ezekiel 18:13
    Usury is unlawful; expressly prohibited by GOD!
     
     
    In ancient Babylon their priest sacrificed babies to their gods baal, and molech.  
    In America the communist under their socialist programs have sacrificed over 50 million American babies to their god satan!
    Leviticus 20:2-5
    2Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel , Whosoever he be of the children of Israel , or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel , that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones.
    3And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name.
    4And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not:
    5Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people.
     
    Luke 22:35-36 Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?” “Nothing,” they answered. 36 He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.
     
     
    Jeremiah 50:16Cut off the sower from Babylon, and him that handleth the SICKLE in the time of harvest: for fear of the oppressing sword they shall turn every one to his people, and they shall flee every one to his own land.
    Jeremiah 50:23How is the HAMMER OF THE WHOLE EARTH CUT ASUNDER AND BROKEN! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations!
    BABYLON = the HAMMER and SICKLE!
     
     
    Jeremiah 50:14 “ Put yourselves in array against Babylon all around, All you who bend the bow; Shoot at her, spare no arrows, For she has sinned against the LORD.

    All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them. Psalm 118:10

      2 Timothy 2:15   Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 

    Jeremiah 48: 10Cursed be he that doeth the work of the LORD deceitfully, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.

    Revelation 18:21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying , Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down , and shall be found no more at all.

    "The thing that separates the American Christian from every other person on earth is the fact that he would rather die on his feet, than live on his knees!"
    George Washington
     
    "NO KING BUT KING JESUS!"
            

    • Mark

       Excellent comment.

  • Blair

    I wouldn't doubt it.

  • Luckyg53

    The Constitution is taught at Hillsdale Collage and you have to pass it to graduate. You can get it an line for free.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1187127934 Sheila Simmons

      The Constitution was taught in my elementary school when I was in the 7th grade.  That was in 1964/65.  

  • jerry1944

    Here there  are some lib teacher and you know they dont teach anything conservative.  They started new math when my son was young and i had to go back to school almost to know how to help him. Lots thing change  in school and not for the better.  Like does anybody remember when  cali  want to teach  abonics

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1366477378 Coby Wever

    It doesnt matter. There is NOTHING Supreme about old lawyers sitting around arguing BS

  • JacktheFAC

    Recently I saw an exam that was given to fifth graders in a school back in 1905.  This exam included math, English, government, geography, and history (both world and American).  I have shown thist test to many, and have found no high school graduate who could pass it, and very few college graduates, a no school teachers who could.

  • Odessa000

    Education  today is lacking in Education. Education  today is mainly a liberal education ,  as prior to the mid-sixties
    education was conservative. It was importance in knowing the Constitution and the bill of rights. It was stressed in knowing American History and current affairs that included all our politcans and supreme court Justices. It would be required that we knew about the important Supreme Court Rulings as well as national and state legislation.

    It is shamefull of which the virtues of America  have gone...  Do a interview on the street and ask someone when was the war of 1812 ?  Does Mexico border Washington State ?  Who is the vice President of America ?  Did Zoro fight in the Civil War  or the Alamo ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1187127934 Sheila Simmons

    I know this is probably a rhetorical question, but the answer is "YES!"  

    • Insighting Truth

      The education system cannot be meaningfully reformed unless it is removed from the purview of government.

  • Lewissanborn

    Salvation of America is with reformation of its education.

  • Zyphod

    The Senate republicans who lack the courage to challenge a nominee who deals lawyers need to know International law more than they need to know the constitution are the problem. If those who claim to treasure our constitutional republic will sit on their hands. What can we do ? Short of starting bar fights with the with the VICTIMS OF GOVERNMENT EDUCATION.

  • JohnL2

    The Constitution of the United States speaks for itself, and although many legal citizens of the USA do not know  what is says should not deminish it.  Unfortunately, it is NOT the legal everyday American citizen's knowledge of it, or lack of knowledge, that is paramount, but the elected officials lack of following it that is of major concern.  Each and every elected federal official (including every member of the armed forces) takes an OATH to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic....... and ends with "So help me God."
    It is when these elected federal (or appointed) "officials", including the president, of the USA do NOT abide by their Oath Of Office that the constitution is in jeapordy!  Any member of our armed forces who violates his/her Oath is immediately subject to Dishonorable Discharge......should elected officials not be held to the same standard?
    Furthermore, the SCOTUS OATH is to ..."administer justice without respect to persons (this includes political parties or ideoliolgies), to do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and I will faithfully and IMPARTIALLY discharge and perform the duties incumbent upon me .........under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God."
    The constitution works as written only as long as those responsible for enforcing it, UNDER OATH, do so! Therefore, if one violates his/her OATH, that one should, and MUST, be expelled!

  • Camerajim

    Duh? Where have you been for 60 years?

  • Raven1990

    It's called liberal education. They have been brainwashing and dumbing down American kids since the 1960's. It's time to remove all the leftist moonbats from American schools.

  • Pegi

    Sure!  Seems the civics classes in schools today aren't what they used to be back when.  I went to parocial school and we were taught about the 3 branches of goverment and their purpose.  Seems some folks today think Obama has all the power.

  • Ronlohnes

    This country has benn purposely dumbed down by our inept gone rent school systems, which is why so many parents ave turned to home schooling.
    It's truly scary has ignorant people have become and then to see how the government has used them to their advantage.
    It's also scary to see how our history has been and continues to be re-written right before our very eyes and no one seems to care.

  • Insighting Truth

    Gary DeMar expresses the correct sentiments, but at the same time reveals that he too does not understand the role of the Supreme Court.  The Supreme Court was established as a check on the other branches of government, not as a check on the people. The people remain the final arbiter of what is or is not constitutional. It cannot be otherwise. If a branch of the government, any branch, or all three branches combined, are the final word on what is or is not constitutional, then there is no meaning to the first words of the Constitution: WE THE PEOPLE...

    To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions," wrote Thomas Jefferson in 1820, is "a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy." Abraham Lincoln -- revolted by the Supreme Court's ruling in Dred Scott that blacks "had no rights a white man was bound to respect" -- rejected the claim that the justices' word was final. "If the policy of the government upon vital questions affecting the whole people is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court the instant they are made," he warned in his first inaugural address, "the people will have ceased to be their own rulers."
     
    There is a path to liberty available. Americans need only avail themselves of it. The Supreme Court is not the final arbiter of what is or is not constitutional. Neither is the Congress. Nor is the President.

    The final arbiter of what is constitutional is we the people. The bedrock tenet of our Republic is the idea that all power is inherent in the people. This is graphically stated in the emboldened large print of the first three words of the preamble to the Constitution: We The People....

    As Jefferson plainly stated, it is the jury system, not the vote, that ultimately restrains government excess. Learn the power a juror wields, exercise that power, and politicians, bureaucrats, and despotic judges are made impotent.

  • FloridaJim

    There has been an insidious plot hatched by the 1960's radicals to rewrite the history of America through the radical teaching in high schools and colleges everywhere[BillAyers and his friends].FDR was a terrible President whose policies prolonged the depression by 6 years for America vs Europe World War II saved FDR not any of his policies.
    To verify this please read "New Deal or Raw Deal" By Burton Folsom Jr. who goes over this in great detail with documentation.
    Even Morgenthau, FDR's Sec. Of Treasury said this " We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have
    ever spent before and it does not work ... After eight years of this
    Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started ... And an
    enormous debt to boot!" The insidi0us democrats and their teachers and profeesors have rewrote history making everything democratic look good and everything conservative look bad and that is still going on the propagandizing in todays schools and colleges. David Horowitz , a former radical , has several books on this as well.

  • Scott

                                   Made ignorant of American history? Yes. Thats one way to  explain it Brainwhashed is another.

  • Trueblueam

    I am a retired history teacher who had to close my door when I taught the Constitution and the founding fathers praying I wouldn't be observed.  That information took only the first chapter in the government text.  I taught it for a semester using original  sources like the Federalist Papers and the Anti-Federalist Papers.  I joined a union my first year in teaching, but when I learned that they supported Dems with my dues, I never joined again...had to tolerate union reps putting notes on my desk calling me a "blood sucking parasite"...was ostracized by 90% of the staff.  But I made it through 37 years in the high school classroom trying my best to teach seniors that our founders did use the Bible as a major resource for the principals written into the Constitution.  I taught Federalism, Social contract, Supremacy, Individul Rights, Limited government, Republicanism, etc.  which I had never heard in college.  I'm truly  fearful of young people going to most colleges today.  I agree with these posts that the Executive Branch has become far too large and dictatorial with promises not kept like the Dept of Energy which was created to make us energy independent.  Progressivism dominates school systems nationwide from K-postgraduate education.  I am sickened at the things that are taught today which are blatantly untrue or immoral.   I am working on a political campaign for the first time in my life to help get a man elected to Congress who is not beholding to a political party but to the people...a man who fought for American freedom from terrorism in the Gulf War and the Iraq War as a Marine and who truly believes in the Constitution and limited government.  I pray that God will give these men who are running for office who are true believers in Constitutional principles a chance to go to DC and change the culture.  We are in desperate need and citizens must WAKE UP!!! if we are going to save this nation with freedom for our posterity!  Don't just blog, please tell your friends how to get educated on those who hold office today and how they are selling our nation down the drain.  We must do the hard things by educating those who have been missguided.

  • stim3350

    It is frightening once you realize that this has been planned for many, many years to dumb down society so that they may be more easily controlled. But to say that to most friends and family they will just stare at you as if you have three heads. I now understand why many people are choosing to homeschool as our public schools are failing to do what our taxes are paying them for. I fear that so much damage has been done to our educational system, and the tentacles of radicals and socialists are too widely wrapped around the foundations of public schools that there is no way out of this. When universities are full of radicals and socialists and they are training our future teachers, how does it end? It is all way too embedded. And way too many Americans would rather be clueless and just watch tv and ignore what is happening. Very scary and very sad.

  • Garwoodv6

    You hit the nail on the head with this article!

    I'm 50 now, and in the last 10 years (esp. the last 5!) I have learned more on the workings and framework of our Constitution, our government and how it (should) work, and our legal system, than I was EVER taught in school! My (lack of) education is a shame.

    I went to good schools, and was a very good student. But it simply wasn't taught.

    It wasn't required curriculum. And that is where the "wheels fall off"!

    The public's role in a properly functioning Representative Republic ONLY BEGINS in the voting booth.

    In a Representative Republic, it is the responsibility of all the citizens to do their part to see that the Goverment functions properly and serves its' constituency (us!). How can we expect it to turn out well when nobody understands what's going on, much less how to do their part to make it so?

    I firmly believe that thorough understanding of our Constitution, how the government is structured to function (read: how it is to be made to operate in service to us), and the individuals' role in operation of government should be required studies through the 7-12 grades.

  • Citizen1vote

    Our federal government is (dumbing) down our children our society through their involvement in our public schools, collages and universities.

  • Bill Weston

    These United States of America is a republic, not a democracy. There are at least six political parties operating in this country today, not two. The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of These United States are the legal and binding instruments that form this country, thay are not "literary" documents. Furthermore, the Constitution has been ammended 27 times and can be further ammended if needed; it does not evolve.  The first three words in our Constitution are "We, the people....", not the government of. therefore, we are obliged to choose our representatives (President, Senators, Congressmen, Governors, and state delegates) by ballot for specific terms of office with specific enumerated powers during their terms. Even our judges that are not elected serve for "terms of good behavior", they do not have life tenure. No man is above legitimate law. These are basic facts that all citizens must know and apply in their lives. Failure to teach these things as is demands  the removal of any educator or learning learning institution. Freedom is not free and citizenship has responsibility.

  • heylottylotty

    I can only answer this with.............. DUH!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BX23PSBVNKZBEOCXROD4555EFQ Ken

    Emergency Powers Statutes(Senate Report 93-549)

    In this 1973 official report, the U.S. Senate admits that the Emergency Powers given to the President under the pretense of the National Emergency of 1933 have remained in force and that the normal function of the Federal government has been suspended.

    See Actual Report: http://freedomsite.net/93-549.htm

  • Karl75

    Right! the lack of knowledge about our institutions, laws, rights and obligations has been done on purpose. To preserve our nation we need to know our history, our "real" history. look around the world and you see the poorest countries are those that have less freedoms.  Recently I run into a new nationalize citizen, that hardly spoke English and did not know how our government is set up.

  • CompUser

    Yes we are, and I think the whole "dumbing down of America" started when Jimmy Carter created the Department of Education in October 1979. I'm hoping it will be done away with soon.

  • CompUser

    By the way, everyone. Hillsdale College has a 10-week, online course called “Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution”. It's free and is available at http://constitution.hillsdale.edu. I heard about this listening to Hugh Hewett's radio show, and I hope he and Hillsdale College don't mind me putting the link here.

  • Lois MacLaren

    If you want to have some fun with a recent high school graduate, ask them who Oliver Wendell Holmes was and what he was famous for.  The vast majority will tell you that he is a well known British detective who wrote about the many criminal cases which he solved and who lived around the turn of the century!