Ignorance of Americans?

I've watched these reporter segments where they go to New York City or selected College campuses and interview various people asking them questions about who is the Vice President or questions about our Nation such as  what is the Constitution or other questions that most Americans should know.

Here we have people that are voting and have the ability to elect a President yet so any can't ask basic questions ask them about our Nation.   That said I wanted to pose the following question.

What is Memorial Day?   Why do we celebrate it and what distinguishes it from Veteran's day?

Could you answer that question?   How many ordinary citizens or even how many High School or even College graduates could answer it?

Memorial Day is the day we celebrate all those who DIED to secure and keep our freedoms in place.  It differs from Veteran's day in that Veteran's day  we celebrate and remember all Veterans, alive and dead but Memorial Day is to remember those who have DIED to secure our freedoms and to keep our freedoms.     How many do you believe would know this?

Be as the Bereans ( Acts 17:11 )
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You would think at least 95% would know the Answer. Especially all those old enough to vote. But then again, if you broke it down by Age Groups, the 18-24's would be the least able to answer "What is Memorial Day?" I could be wrong.. While theorizing which segments of Americans over 18 years old, why not break down the % of participants into Groups...by.. Education Level, Age, Male, Female, (They -Gay&Transgendering), Race, Income earnings, Recipients of Government handouts for Misfortunates &/or Bums, Political affiliation, etc. That would be a HOOT!!

But in years past, at family gatherings & Holidays, some of the family youngsters, (below 18) tend to get Memorial Day & Veterans day mixed up, when ask about the Holiday. To have a little fun with them, I used to ask them another question.  Do you know what Armistice Day is?.... By the time I would get about 2 sentences into the explanation... they scurried away swiftly to go play with the other kids... Even had 1 of their parents say, I didn't know that.... See what I dealing with!! I'm just passing down what my grandfather ask me on Nov 11, at 11am many many years ago about his War ending remembrance of WWI. I will say, all got it right about the 4th of July... school age up. Yea!!

 

I know that the respondents were chosen and selected by the news outlet and that (hopefully) many more knew the answers but some of the questions that could not be answered was:

Who won the Civil War?,  Who fought the Civil War?  Who did we win the Revolutionary war against?   Who did we fight in the Vietnam war?  Who did America fight in the Spanish American war?    Who won the Korean War? 

How many people actually know that the Korean war is technically still going on and that it never really ended but rather  both sides just agreed to stop fighting however there is no peace treaty.  Armistice was signed July 27, 1953 but technically the two Koreas are still at war.  How many know and realize that?

Speaking of Armistice day how many know that it was tied to World War I which ended, by agreement, on the 11th month, 11th day, at  the 11th hour and 11th minute. (11:11 AM of November 11th)   It was changed to Rememberance day then to Veteran's Day after World War II. 

How many others know what "VE Day" or "VJ Day" is?  There is you another tidbit to share with them.   Actually makes you wonder what is actually taught in today's schools to our youth?  Whose making the decisions about what is important and what isn't?  A very wise statement was once made by Edmund Burke (1729-1797)  "Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it." 

There has been many who have adapted the statement and worded it a little different but the thought remains the same.  I fear, I worry, that we are graduating far more children today with far less knowledge about the world and their own nation than ever before.  WE have an electorate that is increasingly more gullible and ignorant and will vote on superficial and meaningless things rather than substance, character, performance, education, experience, and ability. 

I'll make a very opinionated statement!  I believe that there should be a test that has to be passed in order to be able to vote today.  People should have a basic understanding about a few things.  I mean we require a basic test before a person can drive why not require some prior knowledge to be demonstrated in order to vote for someone to lead the (at least up to now) strongest nation in the World as well as occupy one of the highest positions in Government and with the ability to unleash nuclear war at a moments notice.  Voting for someone because of a "D" or "R" after their name or is considered a certain color or sex is ludicrous, insane, and disastrous.  It's said that Rapper Kanye West is going to run for President in 2020.  Given the electorate today, he just could win.   Given what's been said about him from his paid body guards that would be a really horrendous thought. 

Maybe we aren't there yet but it's growing doubtful day by day. 

A real interesting question today would be if those who vote Democratic or Republican really know what their party platform really says or what the bulk of those in the party are really for or believe in?  I dare say that the Republican party today would be more closely aligned with Roosevelt and Kennedy than the Democratic party and that the Republican party today as stereotyped by the current Democratic Party more closely resembles the 1950-1960 Democratic party.

 

 

 

The Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in areas of the Confederacy held by Union troops. With the final surrender that extended to all the area of the Confederacy.  There were still slaves in the four border states and DC.  DC ended slavery in 1863.  The 13th amendment ended slavery in the border states. General Grant continued to hold his slaves until the 13th amendment.

 

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, as the nation approached its third year of bloody civil war. The proclamation declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free."

Despite this expansive wording, the Emancipation Proclamation was limited in many ways. It applied only to states that had seceded from the Union, leaving slavery untouched in the loyal border states. It also expressly exempted parts of the Confederacy that had already come under Northern control. Most important, the freedom it promised depended upon Union military victory.

https://www.archives.gov/exhib...pation_proclamation/

 

 

I've mentioned this before, this was the same strategy used by King George III during the American Revolutionary War.  British former slavers and Yankee traders punishing the Southern Colonies and States for banning the importation of slaves and now found new jobs as abolitionist.

The British made similar offerings to the Cherokees to raid  in the backcountry of South Carolina where Andrew Jackson grew up.  An offering the Cherokee took the British up on.  After the American Revolution,   "The Trail of Tears" which followed  came as no surprise.  It was anticipated.

GBRK asked on another topic

How do you overcome that? I mean most of their voters vote mostly on whatever lies they are told without carrying to research it out.  They vote "D" because they believe the stereotypes the Democratic party sells them on.

So how do you over come that?

Well we have our history to lean on and if nothing isn't done towards the betterment of us all, there will be those who suffer  because the hands of their perceived benefactor will fail them, not because they are not strong, but because they are dishonest.

 

budsfarm posted:

 

I've mentioned this before, this was the same strategy used by King George III during the American Revolutionary War.  British former slavers and Yankee traders punishing the Southern Colonies and States for banning the importation of slaves and now found new jobs as abolitionist.

The British made similar offerings to the Cherokees to raid  in the backcountry of South Carolina where Andrew Jackson grew up.  An offering the Cherokee took the British up on.  After the American Revolution,   "The Trail of Tears" which followed  came as no surprise.  It was anticipated.

GBRK asked on another topic

How do you overcome that? I mean most of their voters vote mostly on whatever lies they are told without carrying to research it out.  They vote "D" because they believe the stereotypes the Democratic party sells them on.

So how do you over come that?

Well we have our history to lean on and if nothing isn't done towards the betterment of us all, there will be those who suffer  because the hands of their perceived benefactor will fail them, not because they are not strong, but because they are dishonest.

 

Which reminds me of why true histories were cancelled and replaced
with fictional rhetoric to support liberals reinvention of "what
really happened in the world of history."   

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