Great news: 36% of Americans can name all three branches of government

posted at 2:01 pm on September 19, 2014 by Allahpundit

When you’re waiting in line at your polling place in November, remind yourself that it’s statistically likely the person ahead of you and the person behind you understand basic civics at the level of a four-year-old.

Still care about voting?

Only 38 percent of Americans knew the Republican Party controls the U.S. House of Representatives, while 17 percent think Democrats are still in charge. The number of people who knew Republicans were in charge has dropped 17 percent since the last time Annenberg asked, back in 2011, right after Republicans reclaimed control.

An identical number, 38 percent, knows Democrats run the Senate, while 20 percent believe Republicans control the upper chamber. Only 27 percent knew it takes a two-thirds majority of the House and Senate to override a presidential veto.

If it makes you feel better, we don’t seem to be getting worse at civics, just coasting along at our usual levels of ignorance. Compare the data from 2014 and 2011. Solid as a rock:

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Interestingly, when people were asked whether they thought they knew the three branches, 72 percent said yes (73 percent in 2011). It’s not just ignorance you’re seeing here, it’s ignorance about the depth of one’s ignorance. The best kind.

There are a few noteworthy trends over the past three years buried in the data. Some are easily explained:

house

In 2011, the barrage of headlines about a big Republican takeover in the House was still fresh in the public’s mind from the preceding November. Three years later, that news is lost in the mists of time, drowned out by Iggy Azalea tunes and the fact that the new iPhone’s camera is 2.3 percent better than the old one’s or whatever. (The flip side of the last table is that many more people were apt to say incorrectly in 2011 that the GOP controlled the Senate than say so now. They saw the “GOP landslide!” headlines after the 2010 midterms, apparently, and didn’t bother reading further to see whether that applied to one chamber of Congress or both.) On the other hand, I’m not sure where this trend is coming from:

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Why is there almost a 10-point gain in people thinking a 5-4 decision gets sent back to Congress for further consideration? My half-assed guess is that it stems from SCOTUS’s 2012 ObamaCare ruling. That was big enough news to penetrate even the thick, Kardashian-filled skulls of the low-information voter; it could be that they heard about the ruling, then heard that Republicans in Congress were still holding votes to repeal the law, and somehow teased out that all 5-4 decisions are essentially punts back to the legislature. But I don’t know. How do you parse the civic reasoning of someone who’s working off of an essentially imaginary, incoherent civic template to begin with?

The poll was sponsored by the Civics Renewal Group. Another civics education group wants mandatory civics tests for high-school students on par with the kind that are given to immigrants during the naturalization process. Normally I’m “meh” about that sort of thing — does knowing that the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia matter much to good citizenship? — but after spending the last few years watching Obama grab statutory powers from Congress over war, health care, and soon immigration, I think a better handle on civics might be a fine idea. At least then, when O announces he’s going to raise the debt ceiling or the minimum wage on his own, you might get more out of the public than a shrug. Emphasis on “might.”


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Unfortunately…they vote

workingclass artist on September 19, 2014 at 2:03 PM

I got this: Political, financial, and social. Bam! all three branches. Thought you were gonna fool me, but I watch Neil Degassy Tyson, b!tches.

NotCoach on September 19, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Sadly, I am not surprised.

bazil9 on September 19, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Frankly, I’m amazed that many Americans can name all 3 branches. I would’ve thought way more than 35% wouldn’t be able to name a single one of them(unless we accept “President” or “Congress” as valid answers).

Doughboy on September 19, 2014 at 2:06 PM

And this is why there’s a never ending supply of Banana Republic morons who think that Congress should just do what the president wants.

rhombus on September 19, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Poll tax looks better every year.

nobar on September 19, 2014 at 2:06 PM

When you’re waiting in line at your polling place in November, remind yourself that it’s statistically likely the person ahead of you and the person behind you understands basic civics at the level of a four-year-old.

That isn’t true because voter turnout lags far behind the number of actual adults. It is likely that non-voters are the far more ignorant crowd. This isn’t to say there aren’t very ignorant voters, but naming the 3 branches of gooberment is an awfully low bar for the typical voter to clear.

NotCoach on September 19, 2014 at 2:07 PM

But how many can put a condom on a banana?

Syzygy on September 19, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Obama, Obama, and Obama/

Patriot Vet on September 19, 2014 at 2:09 PM

obama can not.

Schadenfreude on September 19, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Liar in Chief

Schadenfreude on September 19, 2014 at 2:10 PM

For the question about which party controls the House… Do RINOs count as R or D?

malclave on September 19, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Unfortunately…they vote

workingclass artist on September 19, 2014 at 2:03 PM

For those on the those on the national socialist left

DinaRehn on September 19, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Oaf in Speak

Schadenfreude on September 19, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Why is there almost a 10-point gain in people thinking a 5-4 decision gets sent back to Congress for further consideration? My half-assed guess is that it stems from SCOTUS’s 2012 ObamaCare ruling.

Or perhaps it stems from BO’s railing against SCOTUS opinions such as Citizens United.

More likely they were just guessing.

Syzygy on September 19, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Yes, but they know about…. Insert name of pop culture icon

[I can’t do that but at least I can name the 3 branches…]

DinaRehn on September 19, 2014 at 2:13 PM

On one hand, I’d suggest a ten-question civics quiz before you’re let into the voting booth.

On the other, given who has control over the process in most urban areas, we’d end up with questions about Che Guevara and Kim Kardashian.

JEM on September 19, 2014 at 2:14 PM

I can name them.

The [email protected]
The Black Robed Idiots
The Thieves and Liars Club.

astonerii on September 19, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Only those should be able to vote.

If you want to vote, you should have to pass a citizenship test.

bossmanham on September 19, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Yes, but they know about…. Insert name of pop culture icon …

[I can’t do that but at least I can name the 3 branches…]

DinaRehn on September 19, 2014 at 2:13 PM

I heard Elizabeth Taylor got married again.

NotCoach on September 19, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Meanwhile:

Pompous Elitist Hacks In DC Still Doing Better Financially Than Real America…Via Capitol City Project:

Once again, to no one’s surprise, Washington, D.C. sits at the top of the the highest median household income list in the United States– dwarfing the top 25 most populous cities in the nation.

According to newly released data from the Census Bureau, which was conducted using data on median household income at the national and state levels based on the 2012 and 2013 American Community Surveys (ACS), DC had a median household income of $90,149 in 2013. This figure is $10,000 more than San Francisco, which comes in at second in metropolitan areas with a median household income of just below $80,000.

http://weaselzippers.us/200145-pompous-elitist-hacks-in-dc-still-doing-better-financially-than-real-america/

DinaRehn on September 19, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Chuck Schumer can’t.

kcewa on September 19, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Instead of an age limit of 18 on voting, can we please have an IQ limit?

Xanatos90 on September 19, 2014 at 2:16 PM

1) Bronco Bamma
2) His Wife
3) Beyonce

What do I win?

mudskipper on September 19, 2014 at 2:17 PM

I heard Elizabeth Taylor got married again.

NotCoach on September 19, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Good for her… I think..

DinaRehn on September 19, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Believe

I love sheep.

Schadenfreude on September 19, 2014 at 2:17 PM

E pluribus unum stupidum.

Schadenfreude on September 19, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Instead of an age limit of 18 on voting, can we please have an IQ limit?

Xanatos90 on September 19, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Perhaps we should return to the requirement of owning property.

NotCoach on September 19, 2014 at 2:17 PM

3 branches under obama

Schadenfreude on September 19, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Best one

Schadenfreude on September 19, 2014 at 2:19 PM

38% about what the republican party percentage is.

Democrats are the party of the dumb and criminals.

jukin3 on September 19, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Me, Myself and I

Schadenfreude on September 19, 2014 at 2:21 PM

On one hand, I’d suggest a ten-question civics quiz before you’re let into the voting booth.

On the other, given who has control over the process in most urban areas, we’d end up with questions about Che Guevara and Kim Kardashian.

JEM on September 19, 2014 at 2:14 PM

I prefer a simple document check.
Please submit the prior two years tax returns to get a ballot for your house representative.
Please submit the prior four years tax returns to get a ballot for the president.
Please submit the prior six years of tax returns to get a ballot for the Senate.

If the cumulative total for the sets of tax returns does not exceed a set amount, you do not get a ballot for that seat. Say a minimum tax per year equal to 1/5 of the nominal spending made on behalf of each adult in the nation for that year.

So, if for example spending minus social security and medicare for the years averaged 10,000 per adult in the nation for those years.
Each year would have to show a net positive income tax paid to uncle sam in excess of $2000.

astonerii on September 19, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Unfortunately…they vote

workingclass artist on September 19, 2014 at 2:03 PM

As well as reproduce…exponentially…

bimmcorp on September 19, 2014 at 2:22 PM

50 Million Illegals only know “Obama” and “Democrat”…

… and to think people actually died defending this Country.

Seven Percent Solution on September 19, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Schumer’s version

No judiciary per Schumer

House
Senate
President

— Schumer

What do you expect of the usual moocher/looter?

Schadenfreude on September 19, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Only those should be able to vote.

If you want to vote, you should have to pass a citizenship test.

bossmanham on September 19, 2014 at 2:15 PM

I think the test should be 5 questions

1) Name the President and Vice President
2) Name the Governor
3) Name your Senators
4) Name the three branches of Government
5) Name one of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution – number and what it is

If you can’t answer these you shouldn’t be able to vote, drive, or just function in American society.

gophergirl on September 19, 2014 at 2:26 PM

I would’ve got the question wrong because I think there are four branches, the bureaucracy being the fourth.

Mark1971 on September 19, 2014 at 2:26 PM

And an even smaller percentage of people know the Bible verse which inspired the Founders to create three branches…

Isaiah 33:22
“(For the LORD is our Judge, The LORD is our Lawgiver, The LORD is our King; He will save us);”

Judicial, Legislative, and Executive.

The LORD is all three, but mere men can not be entrusted with more than one at a time.

Because power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Hence, separation of powers, and checks & balances…

Article 1: Legislative
Article 2: Executive
Article 3: Judicial

ITguy on September 19, 2014 at 2:27 PM

The REAL Three branches of American government:
Aipac
LaRaza
Chamber of Commerce

abobo on September 19, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Unfortunately…they vote

workingclass artist on September 19, 2014 at 2:03 PM

As well as reproduce…exponentially…

bimmcorp on September 19, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Hmmm… I recall seeing a ‘documentary’ about that:

Idiocracy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=icmRCixQrx8

DinaRehn on September 19, 2014 at 2:27 PM

The REAL Three branches of American government:
Aipac
LaRaza
Chamber of Commerce

abobo on September 19, 2014 at 2:27 PM

SNORT

gophergirl on September 19, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Three branches of Government:

1) The Gimme Free Stuff Branch

2) The Ghey Marriage Branch

3) The Food Stamp Branch

All governments should be constructed so well.

NOMOBO on September 19, 2014 at 2:30 PM

How many of our HotAir trolls have told us that President George W. Bush had control of both sides of congress for eight years?

I think HotAir trolls come from the 36%.

slickwillie2001 on September 19, 2014 at 2:31 PM

D-rats
DIABLOs
Pains in the arses

Schadenfreude on September 19, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Remember before saying some people should not vote, that democracy was conceived as a means of changing government without revolutions which are destructive and expensive. Letting the majority have their way, made revolts less likely even if it did not produce the most efficient government policies. When things voted for the last time are not working out, many will vote the other way next time in search for improvement rather than take to the streets and start burning down the town, marching on the Bastile to set loose the criminals, setting up barricades, slaughtering the merchants and looting their goods etc. Thus, if someone is capable of carrying a pitchfork to a riot he should have the opportunity to vote instead. (Then if he still takes to the street and tears things up, we with good conscience and general public support of the majority, throw his keister in jail.)

KW64 on September 19, 2014 at 2:35 PM

We are the 36%! We are the Hot Gas Community!

Xanatos90 on September 19, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Unfortunately…they vote

workingclass artist on September 19, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Unless I’m mistaken, this poll relied only upon “Americans”…and not “Registered Voters” or “Likely Voters”. I took a quick look at the original article and AP’s post here, but didn’t see anything about that.

I’d like to assume that likely/regular voters are more attuned to politics than the average dolt that might vote only rarely or never.

JetBoy on September 19, 2014 at 2:38 PM

I think every school should require the teaching of the constitution and basic civics to every child before they graduate high school. They should be required to pass a test with at least a 75% or be required to take it again until they achieve that score or better. Those that do not graduate from high school should be required to pass the same test before being allowed to register to vote. That should be the absolute minimum required to cast a vote in this country. If you can’t understand the basic law of the land and how our government is supposed to work, how can you vote intelligently on the issues of the day?

I would add that it would probably be a good idea to not allow people to vote who are on welfare, but that would be “mean” and we wouldn’t want to be mean, would we?

billboy89 on September 19, 2014 at 2:44 PM

1) F.E.C. (control elections)
2) H.H.S. (control healthcare)
3) E.P.A. (control commerce)

Nothing else matters.

UnstChem on September 19, 2014 at 2:45 PM

I think every school should require the teaching of the constitution and basic civics to every child before they graduate high school. They should be required to pass a test with at least a 75% or be required to take it again until they achieve that score or better. Those that do not graduate from high school should be required to pass the same test before being allowed to register to vote. That should be the absolute minimum required to cast a vote in this country. If you can’t understand the basic law of the land and how our government is supposed to work, how can you vote intelligently on the issues of the day?

I would add that it would probably be a good idea to not allow people to vote who are on welfare, but that would be “mean” and we wouldn’t want to be mean, would we?

billboy89 on September 19, 2014 at 2:44 PM

That’s meaningless unless you can strike down Affirmative Action. Good luck with that.

slickwillie2001 on September 19, 2014 at 2:47 PM

The President.
The Congress.
The Media.

albill on September 19, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Maybe you shouldn’t be a citizen just by birth. Maybe you should have to earn it.

Bitter Clinger on September 19, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Unless I’m mistaken, this poll relied only upon “Americans”…and not “Registered Voters” or “Likely Voters”. I took a quick look at the original article and AP’s post here, but didn’t see anything about that.

I’d like to assume that likely/regular voters are more attuned to politics than the average dolt that might vote only rarely or never.

JetBoy on September 19, 2014 at 2:38 PM

You’d “like to assume”. But you know what they say about assuming………

Bitter Clinger on September 19, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Where the He77 did they do the survey? Uh the Ivy League? Oh OK.

morbius on September 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM

How many of our HotAir trolls have told us that President George W. Bush had control of both sides of congress for eight years?

slickwillie2001 on September 19, 2014 at 2:31 PM

I’ve seen an abundance of media reports comparing Presidencies Obama vs. Bush vs. Clinton, etc., but I haven’t seen many which look at which political party controlled a majority (2+ out of 3) of the Executive and 2 Houses of the Legislative. Looking at things from that view COMPLETELY changes the perspective.

WHY?

Because Bill Clinton gets too much CREDIT for smaller deficits and surpluses created by the REPUBLICAN House & Senate during the last 6 years of his Presidency…

And George W. Bush gets too much BLAME for the skyrocketing deficits created by the DEMOCRAT House & Senate during the last 2 years of his Presidency.

Take a look at the last two decades from the perspective of which party controlled a majority of the elected offices in Washington D.C., rather than which party controlled the Presidency.

Average Annual FY Deficit as % of GDP:
======================================
Post-WWII….. FY 1947-1995: 1.8%
GOP Majority FY 1996-2007: 0.8% (↓56%)
DEM Majority FY 2008-2014: 6.4% (↑700%)

Data Sources from White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB):
FY receipts, outlays, and surplus/deficits in $
FY receipts, outlays, and surplus/deficits in % GDP
======================================

So, the media spreads the MYTH that Clinton & Obama were great at deficit reduction and George W. Bush was supposedly responsible for creating $1T+ deficits…

…but the TRUTH is that REPUBLICAN majorities cut deficits 56%,
while DEMOCRAT majorities increased deficits 700%!

I think HotAir trolls come from the 36%.

I think you mean the trolls come from the 64% who CAN’T name all three branches of government.

WE are part of the 36% who CAN.

ITguy on September 19, 2014 at 2:53 PM

The problem isn’t so much the ignorance, but rather that we beg and browbeat the ignorant and apathetic into registering and voting.

Naturally, the less you know, the more likely you will vote Democrat.

Adjoran on September 19, 2014 at 2:53 PM

There are the three branches of government but the obama was forged in the fire of Modor to rule them all.

morbius on September 19, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Maybe you shouldn’t be a citizen just by birth. Maybe you should have to earn it.

Bitter Clinger on September 19, 2014 at 2:47 PM

This doesn’t have anything to do with citizenship…but with an adequately educated voter. There’s a reason we have an Electoral College.

JetBoy on September 19, 2014 at 2:59 PM

What I REALLY want to see is the party affiliations on the crosstabs. I’d bet, by 2:1 or 3:1 that the Dems have a higher percentage of dumbasses than republicans.

SAMinVA on September 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Those new voters pouring in from the south won’t know either.There are billboards in Spanish on Hwy 59 coming into Houston telling them to be sure and vote.

docflash on September 19, 2014 at 3:04 PM

I can name all three: The President, the Phone and the Pen.

The Rogue Tomato on September 19, 2014 at 3:07 PM

If you want to vote, you should have to pass a citizenship test.

bossmanham on September 19, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Hmmmmm – interesting concept – EARN your citizenship…..

Jean Rasczak: All right, let’s sum up. This year in history, we talked about the failure of democracy. How the social scientists of the 21st Century brought our world to the brink of chaos. We talked about the veterans, how they took control and imposed the stability that has lasted for generations since. We talked about the rights and privileges between those who served in the armed forces and those who haven’t, therefore called citizens and civilians.

[to a student]
Jean Rasczak: You. Why are only citizens allowed to vote?

Student: It’s a reward. Something the federation gives you for doing federal service.

Jean Rasczak: No. Something given has no basis in value. When you vote, you are exercising political authority, you’re using force. And force my friends is violence. The supreme authority from which all other authorities are derived.

I like it.

dentarthurdent on September 19, 2014 at 3:20 PM

M.I. does the dying. Fleet just does the flying.

dentarthurdent on September 19, 2014 at 3:23 PM

That isn’t true because voter turnout lags far behind the number of actual adults. It is likely that non-voters are the far more ignorant crowd.

NotCoach on September 19, 2014 at 2:07 PM

^THIS^ It’s still pathetic, but not nearly what they make it out to be.

GWB on September 19, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Poll tax test looks better every year.

nobar on September 19, 2014 at 2:06 PM

I’d settle for that.

pannw on September 19, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Government has “branches” ?
.
They should be their own “money tree”, then . . . . . instead of taking it from us.

listens2glenn on September 19, 2014 at 3:41 PM

36% of Americans can name all three branches of government

That’s what a liberal education does.

Star Bird on September 19, 2014 at 3:42 PM

We need an intelligence test before someone can vote.

sadatoni on September 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM

They saw the “GOP landslide!” headlines after the 2010 midterms, apparently, and didn’t bother reading further to see whether that applied to one chamber of Congress or both.)

V7: “WTF, there’s ‘2’??”

Midas on September 19, 2014 at 4:15 PM

We need an intelligence test before someone can vote.

sadatoni on September 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM

And another one before someone can run for office.

JetBoy on September 19, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Branches?! Branches?!

We don’t need no steenkeen’ branches!

Axeman on September 19, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Where are the statistics on the people who were polled?

Because I’m willing to bet cash money that the ratio of right to wrong answers is better for R’s than for D’s.

connertown on September 19, 2014 at 4:37 PM

The Founding Fathers, who relied on an ‘informed public’ are probably rolling over in their graves.

GarandFan on September 19, 2014 at 4:45 PM

And yet, the Tennessee School Board has seen fit to require a 7 week course for 7th graders to learn the history of Islam.

A lot of parents and state legislators are not happy.

ladyingray on September 19, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Great news: 36% of Americans can name all three branches of government

Uh, lesee here…Goldman-Sachs, the AFL-CIO and the Democratic Party?

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 19, 2014 at 5:05 PM

And yet, the Tennessee School Board has seen fit to require a 7 week course for 7th graders to learn the history of Islam.

A lot of parents and state legislators are not happy.

ladyingray on September 19, 2014 at 5:03 PM

That’s pretty violent stuff for the 7th Grade.

slickwillie2001 on September 19, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Since trust of Congress is the lowest in history (or near there) does this mean that it’s the Democrats that are not trusted since only 37% knew the Republicans were the majority in the House?

polarglen on September 19, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Liberals, progressives, union members. That about covers it. Oh wait where do the idiots and morons fall in or is that the dept of redundancy

jaywemm on September 19, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Maybe it’s just because I am a persnickety lawyer, but doesn’t it mean when the Supreme Court rules on a case 5 to 4 that a majority of 5 justices has decided to do “something?” They could rule 5 to 4 to reverse and remand to the lower court for further findings or they could fule 5 to 4 to affirm. I think a number of the possible responses could be partially accurate, except for the one that says it goes “back to Congress.” Anyone thinking that is what happens is an idiot.

CPStevens on September 19, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Hard to believe there are people that stupid voting.

cat_owner on September 19, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Maybe you shouldn’t be a citizen just by birth. Maybe you should have to earn it.

Bitter Clinger on September 19, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Heinlein had that covered 60 years ago

I like it.

dentarthurdent on September 19, 2014 at 3:20 PM

(you beat me to the quote :D)

There are the three branches of government but the obama was forged in the fire of Modor to rule them all.

morbius on September 19, 2014 at 2:56 PM

A+

AesopFan on September 19, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Normally I’m “meh” about that sort of thing — does knowing that the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia matter much to good citizenship? — but after spending the last few years watching Obama grab statutory powers from Congress over war, health care, and soon immigration, I think a better handle on civics might be a fine idea.

Just don’t let any members of the NEA or state teachers’ union(s) do the teaching…

Newtie and the Beauty on September 19, 2014 at 8:33 PM

I think alot of this can be blamed on Obama. He consistently blames Congress for the partisanship and his inability to get anything passed. He never specifies the House or Senate, but implies that he has a Republican Congress that won’t work with him. When the LIV’s hear Congress in that light, they automatically think Congress must be Republican. Note also, the survey only covers 2011 and 2014. Now, we don’t know for sure if they were just as stupid in 2004 and 2007, but given how loudly the media criticized W, they probably thought all of Congress was Republican back then too.

leftamark on September 19, 2014 at 11:46 PM

And yet, the Tennessee School Board has seen fit to require a 7 week course for 7th graders to learn the history of Islam.

A lot of parents and state legislators are not happy.

ladyingray on September 19, 2014 at 5:03 PM

.
That’s pretty violent stuff for the 7th Grade.

slickwillie2001 on September 19, 2014 at 5:06 PM

.
So . . . . . they would probably be open to the idea of a “7 week course” on Christianity, right ?
.
.
I can hear y’all laughing out there, you know . . . . .

listens2glenn on September 20, 2014 at 12:50 PM

This isn’t really fair. Even a large minority of “wonks” and “junkies” probably miss this one, given that

a) the name of the branches doesn’t really have any bearing on anything

b) they’re almost never mentioned in the news media, even the highly political niche media

c) the entire notion that there are three branches of government is increasingly fictitious, even before Obama.

Now, the three branches might be the Bureaucracy, the White House Chief of Staff, and the defense/intelligence community.

TimesUp on October 7, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Normally I’m “meh” about that sort of thing — does knowing that the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia matter much to good citizenship?

::smh::

Wrong, AP. Very, very, wrong, your position on this.

Yes, it is essential that people be taught, in a way that they can have a reasonable level of recall, the details of our nation’s history. That you ask this as a throw-away question is disturbing.

When people don’t try to have a handle on the past, you end up with “noted journalists” wrongly mocking Sarah Palin for the phrase admonishing that it wasn’t time to “Party like it’s 1773”. The idiot pundits (redundancy?) thought she was mis-stating the year of independence, when she was referring to the Boston Tea Party. At a Tea Party event.

Albert Einstein said, “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters”.

Don’t be careless. It ends up supporting those with bad intent.

Freelancer on June 9, 2015 at 2:08 PM