Do you spend more time than you ought to wondering how the hell the federal government got to be in such a sorry state? I know I do. It is often noted that at the end of the final day of deliberations of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, someone asked Benjamin Franklin, â€œWell, Doctor, what have we gotâ€”a Republic or a Monarchy?â€
Benjamin Franklin responded, â€œA Republic, if you can keep it.â€
One of the requisites of â€œkeeping itâ€ is an informed electorate. I fear that one of the reasons we may in the process of â€œlosing it,â€ is the sorry state of our primary educational system (the colleges arenâ€™t much better â€“ maybe even worse).
Take a look at an Eighth Grade Civics Test that was given in 1954. How well do you think the average voter would do on the test today? How would you do?
I see that Kenny Hignite, the boy who took the test in 1954 scored 98.5%. I figure that Kenny Hignite must be about 69 years old today. I wouldnâ€™t be surprised if you were to see him at a Tea Party holding a sign.
Thanks to reader, Dick, for the link.