American's know more about "The Simpsons" than Constitution

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    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11611015/?GT1=7850

    CHICAGO - Americans apparently know more about “The Simpsons” than they do about the First Amendment.

    Only one in four Americans can name more than one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment.

    But more than half can name at least two members of the cartoon family, according to a survey.

    The study by the new McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum found that 22 percent of Americans could name all five Simpson family members, compared with just one in 1,000 people who could name all five First Amendment freedoms.

    Joe Madeira, director of exhibitions at the museum, said he was surprised by the results.

    “Part of the survey really shows there are misconceptions, and part of our mission is to clear up these misconceptions,” said Madeira, whose museum will be dedicated to helping visitors understand the First Amendment when it opens in April. “It means we have our job cut out for us.”

    The survey found more people could name the three “American Idol” judges than identify three First Amendment rights. They were also more likely to remember popular advertising slogans.

    It also showed that people misidentified First Amendment rights. About one in five people thought the right to own a pet was protected, and 38 percent said they believed the right against self-incrimination contained in the Fifth Amendment was a First Amendment right, the survey found.

    The telephone survey of 1,000 adults was conducted Jan. 20-22 by the research firm Synovate and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
     
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    more proof that 50 years from now, we're fucked.
     
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    God bless liberal education.
     
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    Well, I'll take a poke at it ---

    The "five freedoms" of the First Amendment do sort of blend together under the general guise of free speech, so I'm not so shocked that most folks can't separate them out.

    What's more shocking to me is how few Americans really support free speech.
     
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    I gotta admit---when a campaign donation=free speech even I get confused.
     
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    off the top of my head without looking...

    Free speech
    Free press
    Free religion
    right to assemble

    Damn cant remember the other guess i have to look.
     
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    "and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

    Ok i dont know what that means so maybe thats why i didnt get it. Get the other 4 though. I can understand no one getting the 5th one right. The other 4 have no excuse though.

    Speech
    Religion
    Press (thats a hard one to remember)
    Assembly (another hard one)
     
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    what i find interesting is it is "government control of" those things.....and the "living" document that those items have become.....we use the lens of today to evaluate the intent of the meaning written hundreds of years ago


    http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/index.php/First_amendment
     
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    WTF? From a law school?

    It does no such thing. IT has never been stated and the SCOTUS never ruled it so. This is the kind of insitutionalized rhetoric that we have to combat.
     
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    It means that you, as a citizen, can write down something that you think is wrong about the government, then get signatures from people who agree with you, and then present it to the appropriate government official as a way to show support for your claim. The Declaration of Independance was, essentially, a petition, but since Britain didn't protect that right, it was considered high treason.
     

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