Thursday, March 02, 2006

Why we're doomed as a nation

You're not going to believe this. Or maybe you will. Please click through and read this short article and then you'll understand why Americans are happy to give away their birthright without so much as a fare-thee-well. Here's the article: "Americans' answer to what are your rights? 'D'oh'"

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Most Americans have an easier time naming members of the cartoon Simpson family than listing the five freedoms granted by the nation's founders, a survey by a museum released on Wednesday said.

Here's a hint: one of them is not the right to own and raise pets, an error committed by one in five respondents.

Half of 1,000 Americans randomly surveyed by the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum could name at least two of the five members of Fox Television's Simpson family, the stars of the network's long-running show.

But just 28 percent of respondents could name more than one of the five freedoms listed in the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment -- about the same proportion that could name all five Simpson family members or could recall the three judges on Fox TV's top-rated "American Idol."

Just 8 percent could recall three First Amendment freedoms.

I'm sorry to be so pessimistic today but, honestly, after reading this I just don't think we even deserve to be free.

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