It’s an interesting question. I mean, here on TTAG we talk a lot about the 2nd Amendment, and exercise our 1st and 2nd Amendment rights on a daily basis. Of course, the Tea Party phenomenon has made the Constitution a hot topic, and those on the left have made a career out of telling us either that the Constitution is outdated, it’s a “living document” (which is code for “we can interpret it in whatever way we see fit”) or that it needs changing/we should just ignore it. But everyone who wants to have a voice in this discussion should at least know something about what the Constitution says, dontcha think?
A group called the Intercollegiate Studies Institute wanted to know just how much the American public knows about the Constitution, and Civics in general. So they prepared a quiz and gave it to a random sample of 2,500 people. 164 of the respondents self-identified as government officials – federal, state or local. Now you’d think that anybody who’s in the business of governing would have a pretty good grip on the basics, right? I mean, you’d expect them to know, say, how many branches of government there are, or what does the 1st Amendment actually cover. You’d assume that they would know what the Electoral College is, and some stuff about gun rights. And you’d be wrong. Apparently, a lot of our elected officials are in need of a crash course on Civics. They scored lower than the national average on the test.
Okay, campers – time to suck it up and put your keyboard where your mouth is. Here’s a link to the test. I can tell you that I missed only three questions (and I’m kinda cheesed that I missed those, but they were especially tricky ones), giving me a score of 90.9%, which back in the day, at least, would have earned an “A” (okay, and A minus, but who’s counting). The national average? Under 50%. I’m betting the TTAGencia will do quite a bit better on this than that national average. Oh, and to be fair, I hereby issue a friendly challenge to the likes of MikeB302000, and any others on the Left who care to take the quiz, and have the stones to post their results here. But no cheating (for us OR them)…this is not an open-book quiz.
So…how do you measure up?