- Published: 15 December 2018 15 December 2018
You wonder why Americans are lining up to give their liberties to away government bureaucrats? It’s because they don’t know anything about them. A new poll from the University of PA Annenberg Public Policy Center reveals startling—and dangerous—facts regarding what little people know about our Constitution. You wonder why, for example, there’s such broad misunderstanding surrounding the First Amendment? According to the poll, 37% (more than one of every three people) cannot name a single right protected by the First Amendment. It protects five separate rights but a staggering percentage of people can’t identify a single one. Moreover, only 26% can name all three branches of government, and 33% can’t name even one. If people have no idea what the three branches of government are, how can you expect them to understand the doctrine of separation of powers? There’s no chance, and yet, the separation of powers was perhaps the single most important concept driving the thinking of the Founders, to ensure that the powers of government could not be centralized in the hands of an aristocratic few, or a despotic one. This is a sad testimony to the profound failure of government schools. Isn’t it time we restore our culture?