I am watching a TV show called “So you think you are smarter than a fifth grader.” The question is “On what Washington monument is the Gettysburg Address engraved?”. The answer given was the Washington Monument.
This reminds me of the time I showed a group of people a picture of Independence Hall and asked them what it was, not one person could tell me. Imagine if the question was what happened there. I also have asked numerous people in what century and what decade the Civil War was fought. Very few came close, one said 1940’s. Who was the second president of the United States, fagetaboutit! What important event happened in Promontory Summit, Utah in 1869? Who cares? In what significant place was the Gettysburg Address given and why is it significant? Which president is most responsible for establishing the US national parks? Yogi Bear is not it! What country was established in 1947/48 that has resulted in several wars and ongoing terrorism to this day?
Why do you think Muslim terrorists refer to the US as crusaders although they conveniently forget the action of the Moors in the 9th century.
You can top all this by watching the Jaywalking segment on the Leno show where the true education of many Americans comes to light. And these people can vote. Given the convenient short memories of members of Congress the results are obvious.
History may be in the past, but it has a tremendous impact on the present and more people need to learn that lesson.
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