Sunday, July 4, 2010

Ignorance, Er, Independence Day

Another in my continuing (and never-ending) series on just how ignorant the American people are. A recent Maris poll reports the good news that 74 percent of Americans actually know that the U.S. declared its independence from and separated from Great Britain. The bad news is that 26 percent--that's a little over one-quarter of the population of this country--don't know this. Among the countries mentioned by these people that the US declared its independence from: Spain, France, Mexico, Japan, and China.

Think about it: in 1776 the U.S. declared its independence from China (!). How is possible anybody could even conceive of this? I give.

Happy 4th of July.
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