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It shouldn't be too much to ask of our political leaders, prospective leaders, and media pundits that they have some knowledge of the founding documents and history of this country, such as the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration Of Independence.
But apparently, it is too much to ask.
First up, I give you a debate between Chris Coons (D) and Christine O'Donnell (R), who are running for the Senate in Delaware. O'Donnell displayed her ignorance of the First Amendment, as follows:
On the issue of whether creationism should be taught in public schools, a highly skeptical O'Donnell questioned Coon's assertion that the First Amendment calls for the separation of church and state.
"The First Amendment does?" O'Donnell asked during the Tuesday morning debate. "Let me just clarify: You're telling me that the separation of church and state is found in the First Amendment?"
Coons responded by quoting the relevant text: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion."
"That's in the First Amendment?" a still skeptical O'Donnell replied smiling, as laughter could be heard from the crowd.
Yes, Christine. Mr. Coons quoted the First Amendment accurately. That's in the First Amendment, and why the hell are you running for the Senate if you don't know the First Amendment ? Now go away, you simpleton. You'd think someone like O'Donnell, who wants to stake out goofy claims against the separation of church and state, would at the very least have SOME idea of what she was talking about. Then again, perhaps her ignorance of the matter is the entire point.
Later in the same debate, candidate Coons couldn't remember the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment:
O’Donnell was later able to score some points of her own off the remark, revisiting the issue to ask Coons if he could identify the “five freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment.”
Coons named the separation of church and state, but could not identify the others — the freedoms of speech, press, to assemble and petition — and asked that O’Donnell allow the moderators ask the questions.
“I guess he can’t,” O’Donnell said.
Coons only got one out of five. O'Donnell also couldn't remember what the 14th and 17th Amendments were. I might be able to excuse her for those, but having two candidates who don't know the First Amendment is inexcusable. Every 5th grader knows the First Amendment. Oy vey. I weep for Delaware. Perhaps it's no coincidence that Gaffemaster VP Joe Biden was a Senator there. Somebody should check Delaware's water supply. Something is amiss.
Next up, we have left-wing dullards, including Gwen Ifill of PBS and Markos Moulitsas of DailyKos, displaying their historical ignorance surrounding a remark Sarah Palin made at a Tea Party rally. Palin warned the Tea Partiers not to get overly excited until the election results are in, and she said only then could they "party like it's 1773." Left-wing illiterates immediately started tweeting the meme that Palin was soooo stupid, she couldn't even keep her historical years straight. I assume the clueless lefties thought Palin should have used 1776 as the correct year, however, Palin was in fact correctly referencing the Boston Tea Party, which TOOK PLACE IN 1773. Duh, lefties !
Next, we have Barack Obama misquoting the Declaration Of Independence AGAIN. I already mentioned this the first time he did it, but it has now become a pattern. Here's Obama:
"As wonderful as this land is here in the United States, as much as we have been blessed by the bounty of this magnificent continent that stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific, what makes this place special is not something physical. It has to do with this idea that was started by 13 colonies that decided to throw off the yoke of an empire and said, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that each of us are endowed with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,’” Obama said in Monday's speech.
For the second time, our alleged Christian President has left "by their creator" out of his Declaration Of Independence quote. The actual quote is:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Maybe our politically correct President doesn't want to offend atheists, who believe they created themselves. I don't know, but I do know he is doing this intentionally now.
Maybe we should have some kind of test for our aspiring political candidates, to make sure they have some basic knowledge of the Constitution and American History. Most other professions require some kind of certification, yet the people who are vying to run our country and control our lives aren't held to any standard whatsoever. All they have to do is fool enough people into voting for them. They don't even have to pass a drug test, let alone have knowledge of the Constitution. Let's say Christine O'Donnell won the election and became a Senator, heaven forbid. How could she swear to uphold the Constitution, when she doesn't even know what's in it ??? Ditto for Coons. It's embarassing. Too bad Delaware can't choose 'None Of The Above' and start over.