Wednesday, March 01, 2006

First Amendment Ignorance

A recent Associated Press survey shows most Americans know more about the FOX television show The Simpsons than they do about the First Amendment to the Constitution.

Is it any wonder, then, that we find ourselves being ruled by a class of political elites who exhibit a disregard of Constitutional authority that ranges from casual indifference to blatant disdain? Apparently it's just too difficult for us to pay close enough attention to hold our representatives accountable to the framework established by our forefathers.

Speaking of forefathers, Thomas Jefferson said something about this very situation: "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."


At 10:06 AM, Blogger The Center of the Universe said...

My Protege! You have a very good eye on this, and many other points. I respect your views, although you may want to visit my posting "We The People" for an expanded view of the 1st Amendment deterioration in the Great United States today.

At 12:09 PM, Anonymous Franklin Rant said...

Jefferson also said, "The price of liberty is eternal vigilance." I'm afraid the current level of vigilance exercised by this generation of Americans against the oppressive tendencies of government pales when compared to that of Jefferson's generation. We are hardly worthy of their legacy of liberty.


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