Happy Birthday America!

As we approach our country’s 239th birthday this July 4th there are some things that I can’t help but observe that cause me to shake my head in dismay. One of these observations being; why we as Americans are so ignorant when it comes to basic, fundamental information about our country.

They say that if you want to know where you’re going, you must know where you’ve been, however a large percentage of us as Americans are most definitely naive about where we’ve been as a nation. When NEWSWEEK recently asked 1,000 U.S. citizens to take America’s official citizenship test, 29 percent couldn’t name the vice president. Seventy-three percent couldn’t correctly say why we fought the Cold War. Forty-four percent were unable to define the Bill of Rights. And 6 percent couldn’t even circle Independence Day on a calendar. According to a study by Michael X. Delli Carpini, dean of the Annenberg School for Communication, the yearly shifts in civic knowledge since World War II have averaged out to slightly less than 1 percent.

The big question is why? Why are we so uninformed or disinterested in something as important as the country in which we live. I’m not talking about politics here; I too have had about all I can take with regard to politicians, elections and the like. What I’m referring to here is basic knowledge of the country in which you reside; e.g. what happened on July 4th 1776? What is our national bird? In what state is our capital located? These are questions that most third graders can answer.

I think it should be mandatory for all existing Americans, not just those wanting to become our citizens to be able to provide the answers to most if not all of the basic questions on the U.S. citizenship test. After all despite the hypocrisy, the endless abuse and her jaded politics, America is still the best place in the world to live and realize your dreams! Happy Birthday Lady Liberty… may God continue to shed His light on thee, and may your freedom endure forever!

 

Yours in health and healing,

Sam