I was watching - Fox news perhaps? The interviewer was at a prestigious university somewhere and posed the following questions on a celebrated July 4th weekend: Q: What do the stars on the US flag represent? A: The stars in the sky. A2: I don't know Q: What country are we celebrating indepence from? A: The United States "The United States? - We are celebrating independance from ourselves?" "Yes" The studen replied. Q: What do the stripes represent? A: Q: Who wrote the declaration of independance? A: Thomas Jefferson The interviewer at this point jumped up and down and cheered...she could not believe someone knew something about this celebrated holiday. I have nothing further to add to this sad tale.