Do you think you could take the U.S. citizenship test and pass it today? It’s going to ask you questions like, “Who is your vice President?” and “Why did we fight the Cold War?” How about “Define the Bill of Rights.” Ummmhuh, just as we thought. Don’t worry! You’re not alone. And the worst part is that the evidence of American ignorance is documented in the results of a survey conducted on 1,000 U.S. residents.
Newsweek conducted the survey that embarrassed all of these people. The results were ugly. “29 percent couldn’t name the vice president. Seventy-three percent couldn’t correctly say why we fought the Cold War. Forty-four percent were unable to define the Bill of Rights. And 6 percent couldn’t even circle Independence Day on a calendar.”
The worst part of it all is that in another test in 2009, Europeans kicked our butt in similar questions about our government. Also only 59 percent could effectively answer the question about the Taliban and who they are. But all of this is nothing new. But at some point we better get our facts straight.
Read more on the shameful results here.