A recent Pew survey found that little more than a third of American adults can name the three branches of government and 35 percent can’t name a single one. Only 38 percent of Americans could correctly identify which party controls the House or the Senate, and more than 40 percent ‘didn’t even feel qualified to guess at the leadership of each house of Congress.’ There are dozens – hundreds – of surveys over the years that confirm the fact that majority of Americans care more about anything than they do about foreign policy. And while there’s no shame in being turned off by the cavity of Washington DC, there might be something shameful about nullifying the vote of a citizen who took the time to figure out the difference between Medicare and Medicaid.
Perhaps the natural born should also to take a citizenship test? We have allowed substandard public schools, administrations, and teachers to flourish. We have neglected the teaching of the founding ideals, and of self-reliance, and of the difference between the negative, inalienable rights enumerated at our founding and those grasping new-age “rights” which are really nothing more than demands.
It’s of little wonder to me that so few have any idea about how their government is meant to function and how far we have strayed from the principles embodied in the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution. It’s largely been by design.