According to a new survey from Marist College, 26 percent of those polled failed to correctly identify Great Britain as the country the United States fought an eight-year war with to gain its independence.
That percentage of Americans includes the 20 percent who were “unsure” and the six percent who thought the U.S. fought a revolution against another country. Among the countries mentioned were France, China, Japan, Mexico, and Spain, according to the poll.
Younger Americans know least about this country’s founding: only 60 percent of 18-29 year-olds could correctly name Great Britain. Men also had a considerable 81-67 percent advantage over women in naming the correct country.
None of these figures surprise me. As I’ve often said we lost the battle against our domestic enemies by allowing far left union propagandists masquerading as “teachers” to destroy our history in young American minds.
“On every question of construction [of the Constitution], let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.”
–Thomas Jefferson (letter to William Johnson) June 12, 1823
“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.”
“When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny.”
“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
“I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of freedoms of the people by gradual and silent encroachment of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
–James Madison (attributed to Madison, by his contemporaries)
“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”
–Thomas Jefferson (Letter to Archibald Stuart – 1791)
“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”
–Wendell Phillips (speech–January 28, 1852, citing Jefferson, though it has also been attributed to Patrick Henry)
“… rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our own will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law,’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual”
–Thomas Jefferson (Letter to Isaac H. Tiffany – 1819)