Wednesday, March 01, 2006

The average citizen know the charaters of the Simpsons better than the First Amendment

I am usually downing government officials on this blog, but I'm downing the average citizens on this one. According to McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum, the average citizen knows better the charaters of the Simpsons' TV show (Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie) than the rights listed in the First Amendment (religion, speech, press, assembly, petition). Only one in four can name more than one right in the First Amendment, but more than half can name more than one charaters of the Simpsons. The study found 22 percent could name all five charaters, but one in 1,000 could name all five rights. One in 1,000? Now, I admit I can name the First Amendment verbatim, but I can name all five rights enumerated.

The survey also misidentified what is in there (in the First). About 20% thought that "the right to own a pet" was in the First, as well as 38% thought that the First Amendment includes "the right against self-incrimination" (actually, the last one is found in the Fifth Amendment, but not the First). America is way uninformed than you realize.

But, the greatest danger to our freedom is what this article missed. Like I said about the Second Amendment, the Bill of Rights doesn't give you any rights, none whatsoever. The Bill of "Rights" is actually a bill of "restrictions" on the federal government. The first five words in the First Amendment says it plainly: "Congress shall make no law...". Not me nor you, but Congress. In fact, all 10 amendments give us no rights at all. The restrictions on our government means we would feel safe with our democracy!, The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and all 27 amendments; there is no mention of "democracy" in there. In fact, in Art. IV, Sec. 4 in the Constitution, the Framers specifically said what kind of government we should have. Now, we are proud to have the greatest "democracy" in the world. This is best explained in James Bovard's latest, and I believe the best, book, Attention Deficit Democracy. Thomas Jefferson said about democracy, "A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49." Ben Franklin once said, "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch." I'm afraid, if we don't do something quick, America is going to fall. You had better be forewarned.


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